The Woodward News

Local News

June 24, 2014

Performances set for contest plays

Woodward, Okla. — Director Charlie Burns said things are coming together for OnStage Woodward's fast approaching first contest performance, but one thing is still needed: an audience.

"We need an audience to be able to gauge reactions and receive feedback in order to prepare the performers and crew members for the competition," Burns said.

That is why Burns has scheduled local performances on July 7 and July 8 for the contest piece, which is actually "2 one-act plays put together."  The performances will start at 7:30 p.m. each day in the Woodward Arts Theatre.

The local performances are set just days before Burns will take his cast and crew to Duncan to compete in the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association's annual play festival, OCTAFest, July 10-13.

Burns said he understands that the early week performance dates "may seem odd.  But we want to use our Woodward performances as a dress rehearsal scenario for the competition.  That's why we wanted them as close to the competition as possible."


The first play is titled "Graceland" and is set outside the front entrance to Elvis Presley's mansion 3 days before the estate is to be opened to the public in 1982, Burns said.

"Basically there are these 2 Elvis Presley fans, Bev and Rootie, who are camped outside the gates and each is determined to be the first one to enter," he said.

He described Bev's character, played by Carol Mote, as a middle-aged woman who wears wigs and too much make-up and who exudes a "brassy down-home style."  While Rootie, played by Liz Gay, is "young and shy and somewhat intimidated by Bev."

The juxtaposition between the 2 female fans makes for a "hilarious and heartwarming" story, Burns said.

Set in Louisiana in the early 1970s, the second play is titled "Asleep on the Wind" and is a prequel to "Graceland," although it is performed after, Burns said.

"It gives you insight into Rootie's love for Elvis and into her family," he said.

Like "Graceland," "Asleep on the Wind" also features 2 characters, but this time it's a young Rootie and her older brother Beau, portrayed by Sara Acosta and Greg Nuse respectively.

Burns said he believes the story told through both plays will pull on the audience's heartstrings.

"These shows are both entertaining and touching," he said.  "And I think our audience will really enjoy them."

Text Only
Local News
  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014