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Broadway at Panhandle counselors for 2006 include, from left,
Tyler Sanders, Monika Hamer, Becca Blackmore,
and Scott Garrison. – Courtesy Photo

**For Immediate Release**
Broadway at Panhandle Performance Set
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06/06/06

Goodwell, Okla. -- In its 9th year, campers at Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Broadway at Panhandle are busy rehearsing, building sets, and making lifelong memories. The week-long camp for students ages 12-18 offers the campers an opportunity to explore all aspects of theatre including everything from set design to preparing for the performance. Sponsored in part by a generous donation from the Oklahoma Arts Council, this year’s production is Once on This Island with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Once on This Island is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 W. 54th St., NY 10019 or visit www.mtishows.com for more information.

This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” sings and dances the story of Ti Moune, the black peasant girl who rescues, nurses and falls in love with Daniel, a mulatto from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his people, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death. (Synopsis by MTI)

The public is invited to attend the performance this Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Hughes-Strong Auditorium. Admission for adults is $5.00, and admission for students, children, and seniors is $3.00.

Counselors are Becca Blackmore from Tulsa, Scott Garrison from Guymon, Tyler Sanders (former camper) from Oklahoma City, Monika Hamer (former camper and formerly of Ulysses) from Kansas City. Camp director is Alison Chambers, a recent graduate in Musical Theater from Shenanadoah University, who now lives in New York City. Marilyn Gates of Tulsa, in her first year at Broadway at Panhandle, is the stage director. Cari Earnhart, OPSU Faculty, is music director.

Names of the cast and hometowns are listed below. These hardworking campers give only one performance, so join us Saturday to support their efforts!

Cast members include:

Name Hometown
Courtney Sell Stratford, Texas
Sutton Rowe Westminster, Colo.
Ailee Rowe Westminster, Colo.
Rachael Odell Boise City, Okla.
Austin Riffe Stratford, Texas
Tanner Riffe Stratford, Texas
Magen Witcher Elkhart, Kan.
Tylar Gregg Guymon, Okla.
Emily Dye Guymon, Okla.
CJ Watkins Hooker, Okla.
Kasey Russell Texhoma, Okla.
Vason Beddingfield Guymon, Okla.
Rachael Crouch Guymon, Okla.
Bethany Thomas Dalhart, Texas

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