Trico Blue displays talent across campus
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Trico Blue displays talent across campus

Published 11/01/18

Lani Hansen


TNE Writer


The Sequoyah Institute presents the River City Players shows during the summer. The River City Players are made up of university students. They are directed by Dr. Robyn Pursley and Scott Pursley, and they perform at the NSU Playhouse. Some of their performances have been covers from movies, country and Rock N’ Roll.


Trico Blue, Hulbert senior, has performed with RCP for three seasons now. He is also involvedhe in NSU’s Community Chorus, University Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Opera Workshop. He has also performed at other events including Lights on at Seminary Hall and alumni foundation events. At Emerald Bell 2018, Blue was invited on stage with the entertainer of the evening, Frankie Moreno. Blue said his gift of singing is from God.


“I helped improve my gift through singing with my family, at my church and through vocal lessons with Dr. Bob Daniel, a retired professor from NSU,” said Blue.


Blue did not know what the RCP’s were prior to joining the ensemble. Blue had a few friends in the cast and decided to give it a try in 2016. He fell in love with it and has been a part of the group every season since.


“My favorite experience of being in the RCP has been the friendships I have developed over the years,” said Blue. “My favorite song I have performed is ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding.”


Blue is graduating in May 2019 with his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education.


“I wish for his future to be filled with success and happiness,” said Aurburn Kirkhart, Fort Gibson sophomore. “He deserves the entire world and can achieve anything that he sets his mind to.”


Kirkhart has known Blue since May when she started River City Players. When she first heard him sing at practice she was blown away by his voice. Kirkhart’s friendship with Blue is one she cherishes.


“I love Trico’s welcoming heart and hilarious personality,” said Kirkhart. “The instant I started the show he made me feel so at home and welcomed.”


Her favorite memory with Blue was when they brought him to the river because he does not like water. She said it was the funniest days of her life.


When Blue is not at the Playhouse, he is at the NSU Alumni Association where he has worked part-time. Shawna Stanley, Alumni Association employee, has worked with Blue since August 2013.


“I first heard him sing through Facebook,” said Stanley. “I was in awe when I heard him sing, each time I hear him I get goosebumps or tear up. I am very proud of him, and he is very talented.”


Stanley said her favorite memory of Blue is watching him grow. She said he was shy, quiet and excessively polite when he first started working at the alumni association. She said he was scared to talk on the phone at the beginning and now he’s fearless and not afraid to take on any task he is given.


“We now use him to make phone calls for our campaign and he even sings in our office sometimes while he works,” said Stanley. “It is so gratifying to see our students grow.”


Stanley hopes Blue keeps his love and passion going strong for his singing and teaching careers, and anything else he loves. She said she hopes life gives him many wonderful new and exciting experiences.

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