Northwestern theatre students to present world premiere production

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Northwestern theatre students to present world premiere production

March 29, 2010

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Fine Arts Department will play host to a never-before performed production April 8-10 in Herod Hall Auditorium. “Blue-Haired Belles,” a script written by playwright and Woodward native Woody Leonard, will be directed by Sayre theatre major Charlie Burns for his senior performance.

The play explores life in a small town in Oklahoma and will shed light on the lives of the ladies of Charlene’s Crispy Chick Café. The production will run at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. on April 10. General admission for the public is $5, $3 for Northwestern faculty and staff, and $1 for Northwestern students with a current student ID.

Burns said the rehearsals are on schedule, and he is proud to premiere this piece. He also is thankful for all the hard work of the cast, crew and the current theatre practicum class.

“I am excited and nervous,” Burns said. “It’s been a huge project for me for the past year, and I’m looking forward to seeing it come to fruition.”

Northwestern students in the cast of Belles include: A.J. Bohlmann, Hooker junior, as Wendell; Ashlynn Walker, Perryton, Texas, junior, as Ivy Dale; Bob Gilliland, Pawnee junior, as Earl Dean; Dana Miller, Alva junior, as Charlene; Kasey Russell, Texhoma junior, as Jasmine; Lisa Bradt, Alva senior, as Mary Elizabeth; Tali McDonald, Alva freshman, as Bobbi Belinda; and Tyler Shafer, Cherokee sophomore, as Todd.

Assisting Burns as he directs the show will be stage manager, Courtney Porter, Guthrie sophomore; assistant stage manager, Christopher Shirley, Perryton, Texas, freshman; theatre technician, Cory Kerr, Conway Springs, Kan., senior; costumer Alica Hall, Alva post-graduate student; carpenter, Jerad Bradt of Alva; and producer, Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre. Additional students serve as understudies for the production.

Burns said the performance would not be possible without hard work from everyone involved, the “tremendous guidance” of Weast, and from the contributions of Alva businesses Pettit’s Carpet and Cookie’s Café and Bowl. He also said he is grateful to Leonard for the privilege to premiere a brand new production as a senior theatre major.

“We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful script from this great playwright,” Burns said. “It’s even better that he is a local talent…we’ve taken pride in bringing his work to life.”