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July 28, 2013

Teens bring ‘Hillbillies’ to life

DUNCAN — In a day about cowboys, bicycles and horses, hillbillies took center stage in the afternoon.

Duncan Little Theatre’s Teen Theatre workshop concluded with a performance Saturday afternoon in the Simmons Center Theatre. This year’s production was “The Beverly Hillbillies,” based on the TV show of the same name.

The two hour show was a work of three week, from planning to learning lines to execution. The three weeks were spent three hours a day for five days a week to bring the production to life. The show revolved around a family of backwoods country folks who struck it rich in the oil company, and their decision to move to Beverly Hills, Calif.

“I’m super proud of them,” Beth Ann Hough, Teen Theatre director, said. “They’ve done a great job.”

The workshop is for youths from sixth grade to 12th grade, and is aimed at showing the participants how a production comes together and all that goes into a performance.

And the performance brought together some actors who are old hat at Duncan Little Theatre, while teaching rookies about theater.

Hough said she thinks this year’s group learned a lot from taking an active role in the performance. She said everyone put in a lot of work to bring the show to life. And some of the youths had big personalities, which helped give their characters more life.

“I had a really good group this year,” she said.

Although Teen Theatre participants do pay a tuition to participate in the workshop, much of the funding for the production came through a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

This grant is also used for other DLT productions.

Saturday was also National Day of the Cowboy, celebrated at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center. Duncan's annual Dehydrator bike ride also took place Saturday.

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