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