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Published by The Journal Record – Read orignial article here

Orignially published on January 8, 2015

Around Town: PAGEANT tells funny story

Six unique contestants vie for the title of Miss Glamouresse in PAGEANT, the first play in Lyric Theatre’s 2015 season, and if this is a sample, hang onto your hats. The year’s going to be great.

This musical comedy, opening Jan. 28 and running through Feb. 15 at the Plaza Theatre, is a beauty pageant where the contestants experience the thrill of success and the agony of defeat each night. Every night the audience chooses the pageant winner.

PAGEANT received big applause each previous time it has been staged in Oklahoma City and praise will continue with Lyric Associate Artistic Director Ashley Wells in charge.

The six talented and hopeful “ladies” are serious about taking home the title and their shenanigans to do this are hilarious. The cast includes several performers regularly seen on the Lyric stage, including Monte Riegel Wheeler as Frankie Cavlier, James Michael Avance as Miss West Coast, Tanner Lee Hanley as Miss Texas, Ross McCorkell as Miss Industrial Northeast, Sheridan McMichael as Miss Great Plains and Christopher Sieker as Miss Bible Belt. Lyric newcomer Shane Pruitt plays Miss Deep South.

PAGEANT is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, the Chickasaw Nation and The Oklahoman. Annual support comes from Allied Arts, Inasmuch Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council and The Shubert Foundation.

Tickets are available at the Lyric Box Office, 1727 NW 16th St., or by calling (405) 524-9312. Purchase online at