The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 23, 2013

Watonga Community Theatre to perform this March


Enid News & Eagle

— Former Fay/Thomas resident Kyle Shifflett will star in Watonga Community Theatre’s “Greater Tuna” March 9-10 at the Liberty.

It’s a reunion not just for Shifflett, but also Meagan Mathews-Oakley, of Sayre, who performed for area audiences several years ago in “Always,” “Patsy Cline” and “Patsy Cline ... Revisited.” She brings Patsy to life in the small town of Tuna, Texas, “where Patsy Cline never dies.”

Patt Ward Curtin, who moved to Stillwater 18 months ago to work as a house director for the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, will direct.

Shifflett, who also designed and made the costumes, joins Seth Phillips, of Morrison, to entertain audiences.

“The novelty of the show includes fast costume changes for all of these quirky characters. I had to build the costumes not just for design, but for speed,” Shifflett said.

As an adult performer, Shifflett has performed many roles for Stillwater Town and Gown Theatre. In 1987, he graduated from Thomas High School, then went on to earn degrees at Oklahoma State University before going to law school at the University of Oklahoma. Since 1993, he has been working as a staff attorney for the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Mathews-Oakley has a vocal performance degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, runs her own voice studio and manages Sayre Floral.

The two performances of “Greater Tuna” will be 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 2:30 p.m. March 10. Reservations can be made 3:30-7 p.m. March 7-9 at the box office, which can be contacted at (580) 623-9666.