Large cast of alumni, students and community members to present “Some Enchanted Evening” at Eastern on April 28


WILBURTON, OK (April 23, 2018) – A large cast featuring Eastern Oklahoma State College alumni and students, as well as local community members, will present “Some Enchanted Evening,” the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium in Wilburton.

The Latimer County Arts Council and Eastern Music Department will present the musical revue in honor of 65 years of musical theatre excellence at Eastern. This project was supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission to “Some Enchanted Evening” is $5 for adults and free for children.

The musical revue is directed by Ruth Askew Brelsford, a retired professor of theatre and speech/drama at Eastern, while Dr. Brandon Hendrix, director of instrumental and choral ensembles at Eastern, serves as the music director.

Several Eastern alumni are returning to Wilburton for the production. Current students and community members will also appear on stage or work behind the scenes.

Members of the Eastern Ensemble include Leila Aaron, Triston Boling, Brianna Caldwell, Hannah Gockel, Charles Sorrell of Wilburton; Victoria Davison of Porum; Derek Hatridge of Kiowa; Zane Askew Johnson and Triphornia Mubaiwa of Austin, TX; Kaliyah Ledbetter of Haileyville; Caden Phillips of Buffalo Valley; Hannah Posey of McAlester; Lucinda Roberts of Yanush; Dale Shackleford of Noble; and Nikita Wemmerus of Wister.

Guest artists include Skylar Bell, Teresa and Paul Brady, Patricia and David Donoley, Jet Flener, Maurice Hawthorne, Philip Hawthorne, Justin Joslin, Kyle Littlejohn, Sarah Martinez, Dottie and Todd Minshall, Laura Morgan, CC and Suzee Puckett, Callie Bush Rhinehart, Helen Hobson Scott and Marie Underwood of Wilburton; Les Brelsford, Ava Johnson, Heather Johnson, Melissa Heath Lee and Peery Lee of Red Oak; Lucy Moore Muller of McAlester; Vanessa Miller of Haileyville; Ella McBeath of Quinton; Tiffany Craig Hyde of Wister; Marissa Scott Bevilacqua of Tulsa; and Shelley Dennis of Los Angeles, CA (formerly of Clayton).

The production and artistic staff include Shanna Harp, Maria Martinez and Inger Raunikar of Wilburton; Chris Ainsworth of Gowen; Christina Bentley, Garrick Dobson and Haile Dust of McAlester; Stanlee Underwood of Red Oak; Hannah Truitt of Tahlequah; Mary Shackleford of Broken Arrow; and Max Blansett of Tulsa.

Director Ruth Askew Brelsford works with students during rehearsals for “Some Enchanted Evening,” the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Cast members (left to right) Nikita Wemmerus, Victoria Davison and Dale Shackleford rehearse for “Some Enchanted Evening,” the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Cast members (left to right) Sarah Martinez, Jet Flener and Ella McBeath practice dance choreography during rehearsals for “Some Enchanted Evening,” the Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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