CN citizens perform as NSU River City Players

BY ROGER GRAHAM
Multimedia Producer – @cp_rgraham
07/18/2018 08:30 AM
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Northeastern Oklahoma State University’s River City Players perform the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Replay” show for a full house on July 5 at the NSU Playhouse in Tahlequah. Seven members of the cast and crew are Cherokee Nation citizens. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – Performers from Northeastern Oklahoma State University’s River City Players “Rock ‘n’ Roll Replay” were a big hit recently in front of a full house at the NSU Playhouse, located at 300 N. Muskogee Avenue. But that’s old news. The group is in midseason of the 35th year of its existence and Cherokee Nation citizens have always been involved, CN citizen and NSU River City Players Artistic Director Robyn Pursley said.

“Two of our performers, Adam Childress and Trico Blue, are both Cherokee Nation citizens. In our band we have Bradley Spears, who’s our guitar player, and Farren Mayfield, who’s the leader of our band, and they are both Cherokee Nation citizens.”

Pursley also said the show’s choreographer, Sydney Jennings, as well as herself are CN citizens.

“The River City Players have been entertaining audiences since 1983. This will be my nineteenth season with them,” Pursley said. “RCP produces two different shows throughout the summer season. We do a rock ’n’ roll show and a country/western show. We call them Branson-style shows because it’s live music and dancing. We also have a live band on stage as well as singers and dancers.”

Blue, who does a rendition of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” in the show, said he’s thrilled about the attendance each show.

“I’ve fallen in love with getting to perform for my local community in the Tahlequah area. Being from Hulbert, Oklahoma, it’s great to see all the local people, including my Hulbert neighbors, coming in to see the show and loving it.”

The River City Players have four performances a week. Visitors can see the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Replay” show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The “Country Tradition” shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Those interested in seeing the shows can call the NSU Playhouse box office at 918-444-4500.

Tickets may also be purchased online. Go to www.nsuok.edu and search for River City Players. Ticket prices start at $7.
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