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BAPAC names theatre "The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre" in honor of hometown girl

Since its grand opening in 2009, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center has been a place not only to bring world class entertainment to Broken Arrow, but to also act as a launching pad for Broken Arrow Public Schools' students who have set their sights on making a career in the performing arts.

One individual who has been on both sides of the fence is Kristin Chenoweth, a Broken Arrow native who has climbed the heights of fame with work in television, movies, Broadway and the world of music with her impressive range, stellar stage presence and likable, humble personality.

Chenoweth's accomplishments were honored by her hometown in the summer of 2012 with the naming of "The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre," complete with a visit and a memorable one-night-only concert event.

In 2009, the process was started to try to bring Kristin Chenoweth back to her hometown. Starting with the Grand Opening Committee and later switching to the PAC Foundation Board, it had been a long and fulfilling three years.

“In a letter that I wrote Ms. Chenoweth, I told her that I didn’t feel that we could truly fulfill our vision until she came home,” same Mark Frie, executive director of the BAPAC.

Why name a facility after someone who is still so young and in the prime of her career?

"Quite simply," Frie said, “she deserves it. Kristin serves as a role model for the students of Broken Arrow that with talent, hard work and perseverance anything is possible."

Frie continued, “I believe Kristin has a unique opportunity to have a hand in what happens in the theatre named in her honor. She can be involved as much or as little as her schedule allows. While most honors of this nature are bestowed on someone after they pass, Kristin can really help me shape the vision of what the Kristin Chenoweth Theatre will be in the coming years."

Chenoweth has had an extraordinarily diverse career. In November 2010, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for her achievements.  She won a Tony Award for her role as Sally Brown in the Broadway musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. She is also celebrated for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked, which also earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 2010, she appeared as Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises alongside Sean Hayes.

She won an Emmy Award for her performance as Olive Snook in the television dramedy Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth is also known on TV for playing Annabeth Schott in The West Wing, and most recently as April Rhodes in GLEE, a role for which she was Emmy-nominated in 2010 and 2011.  She also had her own TV series, Kristin. Her film credits include Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Running With Scissors, Stranger Than Fiction, Four Christmases, RV, Ed Zwick’s Family Weekend and Outrun.