NSU Repertory Company Receives $300,000 Grant for Centennial
The Oklahoma Centennial Commission announced the approval
of the Project Application of Har-Ber Village Museum for a 2007 Centennial
Celebration. This northeastern Oklahoma celebration will be highlighted
with a Centennial Showcase production by the Northeastern State
University River City Players.
NSU will receive $300,000 for their part in the Centennial
project. Monies will be used for script development, sets, costumes, sound
and general production expenses.
"We are so excited to get in on the ground floor of the Centennial
Celebration," said Dr.
Kathryn Robinson, NSU Dean of Arts and Letters. "This project will
not only serve northeastern Oklahoma, but will impact the whole state
with messages about where we've been, where we are, and where we are going
Tens of millions of dollars in projects were proposed as
Oklahoma begins the countdown to its 100th birthday in 2007. The bulk
of money will be spent to local projects and the renovation of museums
and historic sites. The Centennial Celebration is being designed to acknowledge
the accomplishments and sacrifices of those who have gone before us, while
at the same time recognizing the promise of both today and tomorrow.
River City Players will produce a Centennial Celebration
program that spotlights youth as they portray oklahoma characters from
history and fiction. Through song, dance and narrative they will create
an impressive array of images that constitute the essence of the state,
its history, art, diversity, resources and people.
The two-hour program will be performed in Tahlequah from
mid-June to mid-August. It will then tour the state beginning with the
Oklahoma Museum Centennial Conference at Har-Ber Village and Shangri-La
Resort. Students will receive professional semester, internship, and/or
capstone credit for their participation. Students from all Oklahoma colleges
and universities are welcome to audition.
Each summer, NSU produces family entertainment through the
River City Players, Downtown Country, Jazz Lab, and Northeastern Oklahoma
"I have been coming to the NSU summer programs for
years," said Jan Norman, executive director for Har-ber Village.
"Their wonderful productions geared to families was a perfect fit
for our Centennial project."
Other Har-Ber Village programs included within the Centennial
Celebrations grant include Oklahoma Museum Association Conference scholarships,
production, publication and distribution of schools of an Oklahoma History
video and book, "The Story of the Pensacola Dam & Grand Lake
O' the Cherokees," and community centennial events.