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November 22, 2011

Area children fill the Brown Theatre for performances of Monster in the Closet


"Monster in the Closet" More than 1,600 area children attended the morning and afternoon presentations of Cowley College’s Children’s Theatre production of “Monster in the Closet” by Angela D. Stewart held Monday in the Robert Brown Theatre.

The children in attendance were from USD 470, Cedar Vale, Dexter, Central-Burden, Oxford, Newkirk (OK), Shidler (OK), and First Lutheran in Ponca City, OK. Students from Sacred Heart in Arkansas City and St. Mary’s in Ponca City, OK, attended the final dress rehearsal last Friday.

“The show was very well received, it was a really neat opportunity for those kids to see a live theatre performance,” theatre director Scott MacLaughlin said. “We were excited to have the support of USD 470 and the surrounding schools.”
The story consisted of a young girl named Emily, played by Kaitlin McDonough, who has a monster in her closet. Murray, the lovable closet monster, played by Ben Stranghoner, ends up being placed on probation by his boss the Dream King (Riley Emley), for goofing off on the job. When Emily and her friends’ plan to try and catch Murray things go a bit hay wire, which brought humor and ingenuity to this charming family show.

Rebecca Munoz served as the student director for the show, while Lane Russell handled the duties of stage manager.

“Our students did a wonderful job of really taking ownership of the show,” MacLaughlin said.

Along with the morning and afternoon presentations there was also an evening performance that was open to the public.


  • Mom – Charity Kester
  • Tom – Allen Holt
  • Emily – Kaitlin McDonough
  • Stephanie – Rose Hooley
  • Brain – Kimberley Deaver
  • Megan – Lyzeth Murillo
  • Tara – Emma Schrag
  • Kelly – Michelle Christian
  • Mary – Hayley Rogers
  • Chris – Christian Weston
  • Shelby – Gary Fizer III
  • Nathan – Jackson Curtright
  • Murray – Ben Stranghoner
  • Wanda – Nicole Mason
  • Dream King – Riley Emley
  • Toady – Jordan Hill
  • Sandman – Tim Kennedy
  • Robin – Abbey Ferris
  • Jamie – Morgan Wilson

Construction Crew:
Jackson Curtright, Eric Denning, Lane Russell, Vanessa Sherman, Rebecca Munoz, Ben Stranghoner, Tim Kennedy, Mariah Brooks, Riley Emley.

Running Crew:
Vanessa Sherman

Kaile Shrode and the Cast

Alexie Pearce, Beth Pudden and Sarah Everlove

Hair and Makeup:
Lyvia Grier and Mariah Wilson

Jamison Rhoads and Eric Denning

Charlie Garrison and Micah Fry

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