50 STORIES 50 YEARS: THE RED CARPET COMMUNITY THEATRE
The Red Carpet Community Theatre provides opportunities for acting, directing, stagecraft, and musical theatre in southwest Oklahoma.
During their recent program “An Enchanted Evening with Miss America, Susan Powell,” the Red Carpet hosted an evening of entertainment with former Miss America Susan Powell, a native of Western Oklahoma who participated in productions at the Red Carpet in her youth.
The stage musical numbers and clips from Powell’s winning Aria talent from her 1981 Miss America pageant mesmerized attendees.
After the show, Powell greeted patrons in the lobby, and every old acquaintance wanted to hug her and meet her husband—evidence of the close connections forged during her time at the Red Carpet.
Those close connections began for Powell as a young person, and she took the opportunity of this performance to stress the importance of the Red Carpet’s youth program in fostering, from a young age, a sense of community and cooperation in her hometown of Elk City.
Powell also used the platform to encourage stronger alliances between business leaders and arts leaders in Western Oklahoma that together they might cultivate the creativity and ingenuity of their cities and towns.
Powell’s performance and others like it would not have been possible without the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Financial support from the Oklahoma Arts Council has allows the Red Carpet to deepen and diversify their audiences by performing major contemporary musical and special concerts.
Theatre leaders wrote, “A flourishing creative environment is an essential part of improving the quality of life in any community, and community theatre at its best provides all of these things.
“Financial support from the Oklahoma Arts Council allows us to deepen and diversify our audiences by using new innovative approaches… without Oklahoma Arts Council funding it would not be possible.”
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