Voices . . . A Broadway Review” on the OPSU campus
Mallory Turlington (left) and a heavily
made up Tracey Gregg Boothby were among the very talented
group of Oklahoma Panhandle State students and faculty who performed
by Dasha Guymon
OPSU’s “Neon Voices” -
Great People, Great Talent, Great Time
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-31-05
by Scott Puryear
Goodwell, OK – The Music Department at Oklahoma Panhandle
State University presented “Neon Voices . . . A Broadway
Review” this past weekend, and anyone who saw the show
walked away with a good idea of how much musical talent there
is at OPSU.
The show moved rapidly, with 33 well-known
and well-performed show tunes. Some were happy, like “Summer Nights” (from
Grease) and others were somber and heartfelt (the songs from
Les Miserables). Some were bawdy, like “Hey Big Spender” (from
Sweet Charity) and “Magic To Do” (from Pippin),
and the finale of “One Short Day”(from Wicked)
was a great one.
Audrey Brooks’ lead vocal in the opening number (“And
All That Jazz”) was dynamite and the show stayed entertaining
all the way. Mallory Turlington’s rendition of “Don’t
Cry For Me Argentina” was superior, and the talented
Ian McCulloch did his usual excellent work on several pieces
(including difficult ones from Les Miserables). Carly Kygar
also did a couple of fine song renditions in her first OPSU
Krista Margrave drew loud applause for her lead vocals on “Good
Morning Baltimore” and Tyler Puryear was hilarious
in a pair of comic renditions. Tracey Gregg Boothby performed
songs ranging from the comic to the forlorn and was great
every time she stepped on stage. Boothby is the Chair of
the OPSU Music Department and one of the most talented performers
ever to work in the Panhandle region.
Tito Aznar’s fine set design complimented his work as
Director/Choreographer and Rene Brain’s accompaniment
was superior. The costumes and color patterns they reflected
through the lighting (managed by Sara Odell) was a difficult
task, given the variety of the material, and they pulled it
off just fine.
The overall award for Best Performer of the Evening? Try a
tie between the entire cast, consisting of Tito Aznar, Cicely
Behne, Audrey Brooks, Rebecca Crawford, Scott Garrison, Tracey
Gregg Boothby, Tylar Rose Gregg, Drew Johnston, Carly Kygar,
Patricia Marealle, Ian McCulloch, Jennifer McCulloch, Elizabeth
McCulloch, Tanner Manning, Krista Margrave, Tyler Puryear,
Lindsay Sims, Mallory Turlington, Jazmin Valenzuela, Lori Acevedo,
Melody Gum, Joel Thompson, and Sarah Whitfield.
Though the 33 songs covered a vast amount of material . .
. there is, for sure, one more request . . . WHEN CAN WE SEE
NEON VOICES II?
The cast members of OPSU’s
recent “Neon Voices” performances may
just as good a time as the audience did. – photo
by Dasha Guymon