OC Celebrates The Holidays

OC will celebrate the holiday season with its Third Annual Winter Wonderland Week, beginning with the Lighting of the Commons Tuesday night. The family event includes pictures with Santa, live music and horse drawn carriage rides from 6-9 p.m.

The holiday theme will continue Thursday through Saturday as the theater program presents the comedy, “Inspecting Carol,” at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre. At the risk of losing precious grant sponsorship, a fractious community theater embarks on the world’s most experimental production of Dickens’ classic. The result proves a hilarious indictment of avant-garde excess and its reliance on federal patronage. This play in a play is suitable for ages 12 and up. To purchase tickets, call 405.425.5540.

In addition, OC’s second annual Holiday Hustle 5K run will be Saturday at 9 a.m., which will help anyone looking to shed a few holiday pounds. A kid’s run will begin a 9:50 a.m. Register and pay for either event, which features a U.S.A. Track and Field-certified course, at www.oc.edu/holidayhustle or the day of the race from 7-8:30 a.m. Prize money will be awarded to the top finishers, and a pancake breakfast will be served following the race.

On Monday, OC will host its 34th annual holiday gift to the community, “Cocoa and Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. This free performance features a masterwork for chorus and orchestra, followed by a selection of much loved holiday music. Hot cocoa and cider will be served during intermission of the concert, which is open to the public.

Finally, OC’s theater program will host professional actor David Payne as he presents the world premier of his one-man show “A Christmas with C.S. Lewis” Dec. 9-10. The performances will be at 7 p.m. in Judd Theater. Originally from Britain, Payne specializes in works that present the life and writings of Lewis, the renowned apologist, poet and author. The third film adaptation of Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series opens worldwide Dec. 10. Payne’s play is suitable for ages 10 and up. To purchase tickets, call 405.425.5540 or e-mail lewistickets@oc.edu.