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March 2, 2013

Local News Briefs for 3/3/13

Drummond to face Deer Creek in competition

Drummond High School’s academic team competes against Deer Creek High School tonight in the second round of KSBI TV’s “Mind Games” competition.

The show will air at 6:30 p.m. on KSBI TV.

Tyler Messall, Tim Vasquez, Joyce Singleton, Miles Shaddy, Aaron Cornell and Daniel Carel make up the team from Drummond. Their coach is Anita Hughes.

“Mind Games” is a quiz show that pits Oklahoma high school academic teams in a battle of the brains. This is the first season for “Mind Games” High School Edition.

The program was created by KSBI President and CEO Vince Orza in 2011 as a college competition awarding $200,000 in scholarships made possible by the Chickasaw Nation.

The program expanded in the fall of 2012 to include a high school competition with 32 Oklahoma high school teams. More than $50,000 will be given as team awards.

Shifflett to star in theater production

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 in 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.

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