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November 15, 2012

Comedy troupe to perform at NSU

Members will also put on class in acting today for students

— TAHLEQUAH — Featuring New York comics and singers with Broadway credentials, The Water Coolers will bring family friendly musical comedy to the Galaxy of Stars Series tonight, presented by the Sequoyah Institute at Northeastern State University.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 N. Grand Ave.

“The Water Coolers feature some of the most energetic comics and singers in the stage profession,” Amber Cowan, director of the Galaxy of Stars Series, said in a media release.

“Members of the current cast have performed in famous comedy clubs, appeared on Broadway or traveled with Broadway touring productions.”

Players have appeared at comedy venues including Igby’s, the Improv, the Comic Strip and the Icehouse.

They have also performed in such productions as “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Spamalot,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “In The Heights,” “Les Miserables,” “Mamma Mia,” “Grease,” “Nine,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Rent.”

“Enhancing The Water Coolers’ appeal is an outstanding team of writers,” Cowan said. “Of course it includes veterans of the New York comedy writing scene, but others are successful business people from around the country. Such an array of perspectives keeps the act fresh and evolving.”

Writers for The Water Coolers include:

• Thomas Michael Allen, co-creator of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” the longest running comedy in New York theater history. He also voiced the role of Peanut on the acclaimed animated comedy series “Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law” and has appeared in hundreds of commercials.

• Matt Heimer, editor and columnist for Smart Money Magazine.

• E. Andrew Sensenig, a former CEO and investment banker from Dallas who has had a life-long love of composing music.

• Joe Allen, a successful sales manager from northern Virginia.

• Marya Grandy acts and has sung with Paul Simon and The Manhattan Transfer,

• David Nehls, the composer of Off-Broadway’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.”

Based in New York City, The Water Coolers originally formed to perform for corporate, association, and convention audiences, but the troupe’s mass appeal has resulted in bookings at theaters across the country.

The Water Coolers use comedy, original music and song parodies to poke fun at the familiar frustrations and delights of life inside and outside the workplace.

During their visit to Tahlequah, The Water Coolers will host a comedy master class for students planning to pursue a career in acting at 2 p.m. today in Room 301 if the Fine Arts building. Students will learn how to musicalize comedy, perform scenes and songs onstage and receive professional coaching.

Prices per ticket are $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and older, and $10 for students. Anybody who presents an NSU student ID will be admitted free.

Balcony seating is open and an area is reserved for those who are unable to climb stairs.

Tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woods House, 529 Seminary Ave.

Information: (918) 458-2075 or www.nsuok.edu/si.

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