Duncan Little Theatre’s acting chops are award-winning.
It’s not every community theater group is named Oklahoma Theatre of the Year. DLT received the award Saturday in Tulsa at the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association (OCTA) conference. The award is given every two years at the July conference.
“Duncan Little Theatre is thrilled to be honored with this award,” DLT President Gina Flesher said. “We work hard to bring live theater to the stage every season. As you can see, there is so much more than just putting on a show that goes into our work.”
The theater group received the award the same day its teenage cast was performing the Teen Theatre production of “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which officially kicked off the 2013-14 season.
The award honors theater groups for their contributions and successes during the 2012-13 season. Flesher said DLT received a plaque that will be put in the Main Street location and a traveling trophy.
Aside from Saturday’s victory, this has been a successful year for DLT. For instance, the theater group took its production of “The Dixie Swim Club” to the state level in July 2012, and won. From there, the group advanced to the regional festival in April in Lafayette, La.
Flesher said there’s more to Duncan Little Theatre than performing plays for the Duncan community. For example, Duncan Little Theatre participated in Main Street Duncan’s Boo Review in October.
“We love to give back to this community as they are so supportive of us. We are hopeful that this season will be a ‘must see’ year for more and more folks in our community.”
Although the first production of the 2013-14 season is done, there are four other productions scheduled.
The next will be a two weekend performance of the state award-winning production “The Dixie Swim Club,” for which Tana Ashford received acting achievement awards at the state and regional competitions. This performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21, and Sept. 27 and 28.
Others include “Anything to Declare” on Nov. 8,9, 15 and 16; “Fiddler on the Roof on Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22; and Gossamer from June 13 through 15. Much of the funding for DLT productions comes from a grant through the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Duncan Little Theatre’s acting chops are award-winning.
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All schools closed Tuesday
All Stephens County public schools and Red River Technology Center will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Winter weather continues
Temperatures dropped to 10 degrees. Freezing rain and snow fell, covering roads and yards. Through all of it, one thing was certain: Winter weather had come to Duncan.
In fact, about 0.23 inches of precipitation fell between 10:30 a.m. Thursday and about 9 a.m. Friday. By Friday afternoon, snow drifts ranged from about 2 inches up to 4 inches. And high temperatures leveled out at 25 degrees.
Museum on track for holidays
Although watching car after car go by while waiting for the caboose to pass at a railroad crossing is usually inconvenient, there is something almost mesmerizing about a model train going round and round a track.
In the past, many a family Christmas tree was accompanied by a model train at its base. In Duncan, one woman set up an entire Christmas village, complete with train, at her home and opened it up to the public. That scene has now been recreated by the Stephens County Historical Museum.
Duncan FD battles blaze
Snow fell Friday, but Duncan firefighters stayed warm by the heat of a structure fire.
About 10 firefighters responded to a blaze around 10:30 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of South Fourth Street. A structure, just south of Main Street, was fully involved.
The building was across Fourth Street from Southwest Foods. The fire was contained to the one building.
Abigail Smith sends her final goodbye through online video
Though a community is grieving this weekend over the loss of Abigail Smith, those who knew her the best, know she is free from the pain of cancer.
Abigail was diagnosed in early 2012, with Synovial Cell Sarcoma, but “won” her battle early Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Some people may not see her death as a win, but Abigail, 24, never wavered in her mission to live life to its fullest. She always exuded the positive message of being a survivor.
Armitstead tackles next challenge at Christians Concerned
Barbara Armitstead came out of retirement to lend help to one of Duncan’s non-profit ventures.
Armitstead is the new executive director of Christians Concerned. Her first day with the United Way agency was Monday. She’s taking over the position recently vacated by Kassie Gilmore.
“I’m very excited about it,” Armitstead said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”
City Council to discuss possible improvement for Data Center
To improve the City of Duncan’s Data Center, the Duncan City Council may approve purchasing a server virtualization solution.
This purchase, if approved, would improve the performance and capacity of the Data Center. The server virtualization solution would cost $76,003.17 and would be purchased from CDW Logistics.
Golden Corral building remains vacant
In November 2012, Duncan’s Golden Corral closed its doors, leaving its building vacant on U.S. Highway 81.
More than a year later, the building still doesn’t have a new business. And it’s not the only building in such a condition. Buildings previously home to Hastings Entertainment and Goodies also remain vacant.
The gift of giving
Many young people have made out their list for Christmas, however, 11 Duncan Middle School students recently experienced the joy of giving rather than receiving.
Before Christmas each year, Love in Action, an organization through Eastside Church of Christ, makes aprons out of holiday themed fabric to take to nursing homes. This year, the group wasn’t able to purchase the fabric.
Jimmy’s Egg to arrive in March
Jimmy’s Egg is coming to Duncan.
In March, the breakfast and lunch restaurant will be taking over the old Legacy Bank location, just south of the Legacy Bank on U.S. Highway 81. This adds to other recent restaurant chains that have moved into Duncan in the past 12 months, including national chain Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Oklahoma chain Interurban.
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