The impact of our own Pollard Theatre is felt far beyond Guthrie, OK. Actors, actresses, crew, and production staff have used The Pollard as a springboard to even more opportunities.
Ella Latham of Edmond performed in A Territorial Christmas Carol at The Pollard Theatre in Guthrie for 5 years. The 14 year old was in 2nd grade when she first performed here.
“The Pollard was her first real acting gig, before that she’d done some camps at UCO, where this summer she is volunteering, time flies,” said her mother, Gretchen Latham.
Since her start with The Pollard she has also been spreading her wings on other stages in the region. Latham will soon be featured in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, in the De Mattias Performance Hall at Newman University in Wichita, KS at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. on August 3, 2019.
The production is a culmination of a week of rehearsals at Broadway Academy of Performing, a musical theatre camp for kids ages 11-20 produced by Newman University. The cast is comprised of campers from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Colorado.
She was recently seen locally in Kismet Arts Theatre’s inaugural mainstage production of OLIVER!, as Bet and won a Broadway World best supporting actress award for both Bet and Martha Cratchit in 2018.
An avid actress and singer, she is furthering her musical theatre education by participating in productions at the Thelma Gaylord Academy at Lyric Theatre and Kismet Arts Studio, enjoying roles such as Alice in Alice in Wonderland; Lucinda in Into the Woods, and Mrs. Mayor in Seussical the Musical. You can spot Ella as a featured audience member in the feature film Te Ata, on Life.Church Konnect HQ short films, the upcoming short film The Magician (a semi-finalist film at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival), and in a Hudiburg Auto Group commercial.
Latham spent time as a vocal major at Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC, NY; has also participated in musical theatre intensives in St. Louis; and is an intern for Forever After Princess Parties in Edmond.
This year marks 22 years of Broadway Academy of Performing Camp. The camp staff includes Alison Bridget Chambers, camp producer and choreographer, and adjunct faculty at Newman; Marilyn Gates, director, from Tulsa, OK; and Thesa Loving, musical director, from NYC, NY. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a book by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay; music by Gene DePaul; lyrics by Johnny Mercer; and new songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn. It is is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com. Tickets are $5.00 for students, $10.00 for adults, and are available at the door.