Cherokees perform in NSU River City Players

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
06/21/2019 04:30 PM
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TAHLEQUAH – Singing and dancing to songs of the 1960s such as Jan & Dean’s hit “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and Marty Robbins’ classic country ballad “El Paso,” the Northeastern State University River City Players opened their 2019 season June 13-14 and Cherokee Nation citizens played major roles in the productions.

Since 1986, the group has entertained audiences, and by the season premieres of the rock ‘n’ roll and country and western shows, this year will be no different.

CN citizen and River City Players Artistic Director Robyn Pursley said she’s proud of her affiliation with the group for almost two decades.

“I began as the stage manager when I was a student in 2000” said Pursley. “Then in 2004, I designed costumes and served as stage director for one show. I took over as artistic director in 2005 and have been doing that and serving as the stage director and costume designer as well since then.”

Pursley is not the only Cherokee involved in this season. CN citizens Katelyn Morton and Trico sing and dance in several of the songs performed, while Sydney Jennings choreographs both shows.

The River City Players 2019 season runs to Aug. 3 with four performances each week. Audiences can attend the rock ‘n’ roll show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Show times for the country and western show are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For ticket prices and more information, call 918-444-4500 or visit nsuok.edu/si .

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