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Centennial Theatre Success with Nobody Cries in This Play

By Sidney Turner on 11/21/2017 The cast members of Nobody Cries in This Play take a bow after one of the three successful performances in Centennial Theatre. —Photo by Maxine Henderson The cast members of Nobody Cries in This Play take a bow after one of the three successful performances in Centennial Theatre. —Photo by Maxine Henderson

Goodwell, Okla. — Centennial Theatre kicked off its fall theater production with a bang on Sunday, November 5, 2017. As the performances continued on Monday and Tuesday evening, the theatre continually got more crowded each performance. Nobody Cries in This Play was a huge success for Panhandle State theatre.

Some of the leading characters were Suzzie, a stripper, and Marcy, a bossy independent woman who is trying to catch a break. Marcy, played by Sarah Atha, attempts to open the theater to debut her play, but disaster plagues her the whole time. Suzzie, played by Ashtyn Forbes, brings problems to opening night by taking Xanax before the production. Then Paula, played by Kamala I. Garrett, complains her costume is too tight for her, making her look like “a cow.” These complications combined with arguing amongst Marcy, Jane, and Rachel made for a catastrophic opening of Marcy’s production. Jane is played by Citlalli T. Vasquez and Rachel is played by Dr. Sara Jane Richter.

The production was led by Tito Aznar, an instructor of English on campus. Tito has directed all the theatre productions for many years now, and each year, the theatre seats begin to fill even more than the last fall’s production. The cast members that performed in Nobody Cries in This Play are students, faculty, and community members that represent the face of Panhandle State greatly.

The cast includes freshman Mariah Morigeau, who plays Ursula. She is an aspiring educator who makes her first debut in Centennial Theatre this fall. She’s from Elgin, Okla., and she enjoys being around her family and friends, especially her dog Ruger.

Ashtyn Forbes also makes her debut in Centennial Theatre playing Suzzie, the stripper. An elementary education major from Lamar, Colo., Ashlyn participates in band and drama actively. Throughout high school she was in five plays and plans to continue drama while in college.

Another freshman includes Sarah Atha, who plays Marcy, a controlling, bossy woman trying to get her crazy cast members to pull it together for the play. She is an elementary education major from Cheyenne, Okla. Sarah was very active in high school competing in one act plays, playing softball, and being a part of many organizations. At Panhandle State, Sarah is a member of the equestrian team.

The final freshman, Damien Cuellar, starred as Alex, playing a stage hand employed by Marcy. He is a computer graphics major originally from El Paso, Texas. Alex has acted in many productions and hopes to continue his career in theatre.

Among the cast members, there are returning cast members as well. Kamala I. Garrett returns to Centennial Theatre with her role as Paula. Kamala is an elementary education major originally from Ft. Washington, Md. Kamala films for the Aggie football team and is also a part of FCA, HALO, OIL, and SOEA.

Among the many freshman and returning actors and actresses,’ Panhandle Theatre also had a returning stage manager. Aaron Hammett, a junior on campus, has been a part of the last three plays at Panhandle State. He is double-majoring in general accounting and accounting information systems. He is from Boyd, Texas, and acts as stage manager for Nobody Cries in This Play. He participates in the PBL and is on the Aggie Cross Country team.

Citlalli T. Vasquez, playing Jane, also returns to Centennial Theatre. She is a veterinarian from Veracruz, Mexico, living in Guymon with her husband Felipe. She loves all art forms and was happy to return to the stage this fall.

Dr. Sara Jane Richter, Dean of Liberal Arts, plays Rachel in the play. Rachel is a cast member who endures all of Marcy’s demands and tries to appease Marcy in the process. Dr. Richter enjoys working with the theatre productions at Panhandle State and has acted in many productions on campus, including Driving Miss Daisy, Rumors, and Little Women. Sara has a brother Kevin, sister-in-law Debbie, and a cat named Louie Bob.

Congratulations to those who participated in the play! The production was great and it will be exciting to see what next fall holds for the theatre at Panhandle State.