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Audrey Brooks (far left), shares a laugh with cast members at a recent rehearsal of “My Name Is Not Alice.” The comedy, written and directed by Brooks, will run in mid-January at the Guymon Community Theater. - Scott Puryear Photo

**For Immediate Release**
The Smell of the Greasepaint . . .
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-09-05
by Scott Puryear

Oklahoma Panhandle State University student Audrey Brooks has written a play called “My Name Is Not Alice.” Area audiences will be treated to the premiere in January at the Guymon Community Theater and Brooks will direct a cast of over 50.

It’s an ambitious undertaking, but Brooks is one ambitious lady.

“My Name Is Not Alice” is a send-up of the movie “Alice in Wonderland” which was inspired by the Lewis Carroll penned stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The production in Guymon will be presented in the same manner as cable television style comedies in which the audience participates in the gags. There will even be an appearance by The Unknown Comic, made famous (or infamous) as part of the wildly popular 1970’s television program – “The Gong Show.”

Several of the cast members of “My Name Is Not Alice” are OPSU students and they will be giving up a good deal of their respective holiday breaks to make ready for the performance. There are many talented students and faculty members at OPSU and they work very hard in their performances and spend many hours in preparation.

Cast members from OPSU, in addition to Brooks, are Cicely Behne, Scott Garrison, Tanner Manning, Mallory Turlington, Tyler Puryear and Tito Aznar. Aznar teaches in the school’s English Department and the rest are students.

Brooks, as well as several other “Alice” cast members, performed in the recent OPSU production of “Neon Voices – A Broadway Review.” Featuring songs from many famous Broadway shows, “Neon Voices” was first presented in October, and then brought back in November by public demand for more.

A Guymon native, Brooks danced professionally and has performed on Broadway and off-Broadway in New York City. She returned to this area, entered Oklahoma Panhandle State University this year, and someday hopes to teach theater. One of the goals of this very busy lady is to open a children’s theater in Guymon.

Brooks says she is enjoying her studies at OPSU a great deal and especially likes the personal attention that many of the teachers at the school will take the time to give to students.

Performances of “My Name Is Not Alice” are scheduled for January 13, 14, 15, and 16.

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