FYI - Guide to life in Stephens County, OK 2019 - Page 19

LIFESTYLES area. It is generally acknowledged as the second community arts council in Oklahoma. In 2018 CTAC absorbed the Duncan Art Guild to help continue their mission of getting community to participate in the arts, their 50 year of work can be seen around town. The guild with the help of CTAC hosted a holiday show, and hope to do a spring show and also the Crapemyrtle art contest in the late summer, among many other events. The shows highlight local artists, including some from across Oklahoma and surrounding states. CHISOLM TRAIL MUNICIPAL BAND The Chisholm Trail Municipal Band was formed in 1976 when the community decided to form a band to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The band is comprised of a group of volunteer musicians of all ages from across Southwest Oklahoma and is directed by Duncan Middle and High Schools’ band director, Jeramy Haas. The group usually provides three free concerts at the gazebo in Fuqua Park throughout each summer. COWBOY OPRY A small store on U.S. 81 in Comanche provides a comprehensive selection of guitars and fiddles for the musically inclined of Stephens County. The store’s owner, Allen Wooten, specializes in electric and vintage guitars and keeps an array of musical instruments in stock. The Cowboy Opry plays host to musical acts from across the country on their stage. The charming, 50s style intimate venue, which can accommodate upwards of 100 people, hosts musicians monthly on a fluid schedule. Wooten uses his contacts in the music industry to hook bands and musicians between their scheduled larger shows and brings them to the Opry, often for overnight stays. The Opry is fully equipped with lights and sound and even features special visits during the holiday season from Santa Claus, who hands out candy to visiting children. “Raise the Roof,” in November an “Evening of Shorts” and in September “You Can’t Take it With You.” During the summer months DLT puts on Teen Theatre which is a summer day camp and has the teens part part in all aspects of a production. The group owns two properties in the Main Street area. One, located at 824 Main Street, is the troupe’s main location and is used for rehearsals as well as housing costumes and small props. The other, located on Willow in Duncan, is used to house larger set pieces and building supplies. DUNCAN LITTLE THEATRE Duncan Little Theatre is Duncan’s source of high-quality live theatre and performs a unique array of musicals, plays, collections of skits, improv and more multiple times throughout the year. The ever-changing, diverse theatre troupe performs the bulk of their shows at the Simmons Center and also utilizes Hodgson’s Studio of Music and Drama, Marlow Opera House and the Asbury Complex in Comanche as venues for their showings. DLT has been active for more than 35 years. The group was started by the American Association of University Women, who performed plays in the ‘50s and 60s. A local collection of thespians revamped Duncan Little Theatre in 1981 after a period of inactivity. The 2019 season will bring in February “Shrek the Musical,” in June HODGSON STUDIO OF MUSIC & DRAMA Hodgson Studio of Music & Drama, located on 814 W. Walnut Ave. in Duncan, offers both musical and dramatic instruction in the theatre arts to area children. The studio, which opened its doors in 2011 under the direction of owner Veronica Hodgson, has showcased many local performers under their tutelage in varied venues, from their own stage inside the studio to the Simmons Center and beyond. Hodgson’s welcomes students of all ages and skill levels and exhibits those talents in both vocal music performances and live theatre performances, of which they host at least three per season. The studio often partners with Duncan Little Theatre to encourage and promote the live theatre experience in Stephens County. DUNCAN MAGAZINE | FYI 2019 19