Ghost Dance”

2007

Readers Theatre, A Lawton Arts & Humanities Production

Performance Dates:

Thursday, April 19th, 7:30 pm, Museum of the Great Plains, 601 NW Ferris Ave. in Lawton, OK.

Friday, April 20th, 7:30 pm, Museum of the Great Plains, 601 NW Ferris Ave. in Lawton, OK.

Tickets are $2.00 for adults and free for College, Highschool, and Middle School students with ID. Children 13 and under are also admitted free. Tickets are available at the Arts & Humanities Division’s office located at 801 NW Ferris ( West entrance of McMahon Memorial Auditorium). There are a limited number of seats available and it will be first come first served until the tickets are gone. Call 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 for information.

This play was written by Oklahoman Annette Arkeketa (Otoe-Missouria). It is a story of attorney Hokte Buffalo, and how she finds her way home to her family and tribe to get help for her emotional needs and healing. Upon her return, she reluctantly is drawn into her tribal community’s spiritual and legal issues regarding the repatriation of their ancestral human remains and cultural patrimony items. Once she sees the injustice of what is happening to her family and tribe, she begins to heal emotionally and regain her strength by helping her ancestors. It is a story with ancient roots and a contemporary beat that weaves a tragic drama into an ending with hope for our future.

Jan Woomavoyah, Directs, Scott & Peg Hofmann of Sounds Impossible provides light & sound design and technical assistance. Holly Hare (Sioux Lakota Lower Brule) serves as the Stage Manager and Toby Blackstar (Comanche) will be the House Manager. Sharon Cheatwood, Arts Coordinator for the Arts & Humanities Division, City of Lawton serves as Producer, Production Manager, and Media Designer for the project. Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche) is an advisor for the project.

The theatrical reading of Ghost Dance is sponsored by the City of Lawton, Lawton Arts & Humanities Council, the Comanche Nation College, the Comanche Nation Funeral Home, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jan Woomavoyah (Comanche, Numunuu from the Pinhnaa Tuhka and Kwa ha ru Bands) directs this multinational cast. The cast members are:

Carolyn Balliet (Kiowa /Comanche Antelope Band/ Ft. Sill Apache),

Frances Balliet (German/ Mexican/ Irish),

Brianna Del Ciello (Choctaw),

Harry Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache/ Comanche Pinhnaa Tuhka),

Guy Delkon Narcomy Parton (Comanche),

Carlotta M. Nowell (Comanche),

Lucinda Poahway (Kiowa),

Mary Sellers (Choctaw),

Hickory Star Jr. (Cherokee, Redbird),

Lebert Taunah (Kiowa, Ki’con Clan / Comanche Kwa ha ru),

Jur-Nee Faith Toahty (Comanche),

Brandon M. Tortalita (Pena and Kwa ha ru Comanche bands, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Kiowa),

Kenneth Wahkinney (Comanche),

Tracy Woody (Cherokee),

and Eva Yeahquo Williams (Kiowa Kat’a Band),

The play has been performed in Santa Fe, NM, New York City, NY, and Tulsa, OK. This is the first performance in Southwest Oklahoma.

Rehearsal and Workshop Schedule for Cast

March 6: 7-9 pm, First meeting with cast, set rehearsal schedules, & first read thru at CNC

March 8 & 9: 7-9 pm, Character Development Workshop and rehearsals with Jan Woomavoyah, CNC

March 10: 10 am-12 noon and 1-3 pm, Workshop Voice & Diction / Memorization with Dr. David Fennema, CNC

March 12 - 16: 7-9 pm, Rehearsals at CNC

March 17-24: Spring Break- No rehearsals

March 26-30: 7-9 pm, Rehearsals, CNC

April 2-5: 7-9 pm, Rehearsals, CNC

April 7: No Rehearsals due to Easter weekend.

April 9-13: 7-9 pm, Rehearsals at CNC

April 14: 10-12 noon and 1-3 pm, Workshop Stage Movement with Jan Woomavoyah, CNC

April 16 & 17: 7-9 pm, Rehearsals at CNC

April 18: 6:30 cast call Rehearsal/Dress/Tech at MGP

Performance Dates & Times

April 19: 6:30 pm cast call, 7:30 pm show, Ghost Dance, performed at Museum of the Great Plains, call 581-3470 for ticket information

April 20: 6:30 pm cast call, 7:30 pm show, Ghost Dance, performed at Museum of the Great Plains, call 581-3470 for ticket information