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Two-time NWOSU alum to star in Castle Players' spring production 'Glass Menagerie' for a second time


April 15, 2018

The Perkins name figures predominately into Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) sports history during the late 1960s through 1983. Her father, former athletic director and coach Cecil Perkins, is in the National NAIA Hall of Fame and the NWOSU Sports Hall of Fame along with her brother, Michael Perkins, who was an All-American in baseball. There is also a Perkins family member who made her mark in the NWOSU Theatre Program and beyond.

Dr. Susan Perkins Vineyard, an Alva Goldbug and a two-time alum from NWOSU, will be starring in the Castle Players' spring production, "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.

When contacted by Professor Weast to consider the possibility, Dr. Vineyard leapt at the chance. The play is very important to her since she played the same character of Amanda in the 1981 NWOSU production. Now that she is in the real age-group of the character, Vineyard believes that she can give the character the depth of understanding that was lacking all those years ago.

"God has allowed me a 're-do!' It's the only play that I felt a bit of regret about my performance," she said.

Vineyard not only devoted her years at NWOSU to theatre productions, she also reached beyond. Miss Perkins, at the time, wanted to pursue professional theatre and attended the Southwest Theater Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas. One two-minute audition won her a professional job with a summer stock company. Summer stock consists of multiple shows rehearsed at the same time. Also, Vineyard was assigned to work with a professional costumer.

"It was amazing! There were people who'd been in movies, professional regional theatres and others like me who were college students," she said.

Upon her return that fall to NWOSU, a talent contest wo


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