Eastern and the Latimer County Arts Council to partner for a musical tribute “Some Enchanted Evening”


WILBURTON, OK (March 5, 2018) – The Latimer County Arts Council is partnering with the Eastern Oklahoma State College Music Department to produce a musical tribute to 65 years of music theatre excellence with Rodger and Hammerstein's acclaimed revue “Some Enchanted Evening” on April 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium in Wilburton.

The musical revue will feature current Eastern students, staff and faculty, as well as alumni from the theatre and music departments, past participants from Eastern's award-winning Children's Theatre program, and community supporters of Eastern’s arts programs.

Eastern will create a video honoring this outstanding legacy of artistic excellence featuring alumni sharing their memories of performing in plays or music concerts while at Eastern. Alumni are encouraged to contact Trish McBeath in Eastern’s Office Marketing and Communications at tmcbeath@eosc.edu or 918-465-1804 for information on how to contribute to the video.

Veteran theatre instructor Ruth Askew Brelsford will direct the production, while Dr. Brandon Hendrix, current head of the music program at Eastern, will serve as the music director. Les Brelsford will be the vocal coach for the show and Dottie Minshall will serve as the choreographer. The group is seeking additional assistance for anyone interested in the production.

“Just like always, we will need help with costumes, set, lights, as well as singing and dancing,” Brelsford said. “This is so exciting! Eastern boasts a legacy of producing wonderful shows and Les, Dottie and I are anxious to continue the tradition with one more great show!"

For more information or if you would like to help with the musical revue, contact Ruth Brelsford at 918-448-5034.

Marian Paroo, played by Wynema Austin, and Professor Harold Hill, played by Mel Wilkins, sing “Shipoopi” in Eastern’s1968 production of “The Music Man,” directed by Bob Pratt.

Leading men Mel Wilkins and Danny Knight rehearse their dual role with leading lady Wynema Austin in Eastern’s 1968 production of “The Music Man,” directed by Bob Pratt. Eastern will host a tribute to 65 years of music theatre excellence with “Some Enchanted Evening” April 27-28.

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