John de Lancie teaches at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. (Photo by Ashley McKee/The Oklahoman)
Valerie Naranjo performs at Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain in 2008. (Photo by Amy Rymer/The Oklahoman Archives)
The 2009 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain resort near Lone Wolf came to a close last Friday and Saturday with the high school students attending the rigorous academy putting on performances.
Among the professional instructors at this year’s institute were actor John de Lancie, known for the role of the impish godlike alien Q on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and his recent guest-starring turn on “Breaking Bad,” and Valerie Naranjo, percussionist for the “Saturday Night Live” band and the Broadway musical “The Lion King.”
Check out the NewsOK interviews with de Lancie and Naranjo here. I especially love de Lancie talking about his first encounter with “Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry.