October 16, 2023

Theatre major ready to return to the stage as a Queen Alalah finalist

Gwyneth Abrams

Comfortable acting on Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre stage, Gwyneth Abrams will take to the stage this time not as an actor but as one of five finalists for Queen Alalah XCI. Coronation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Abrams lived in Ark City as a child before moving back permanently in the fourth grade. She graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2022. At ACHS, she was involved in jazz band, concert band, marching band, color guard, choir, and performed in the spring play all four years at the school.

Her parents are Carson and Elizabeth Abrams of Ark City. Grandparents are Dr. Steve and Susan Abrams and Gary and Teresa Moore of Ark City. She has two brothers, Francis 18, and Luther 16. 

Abrams was hesitant to attend college until she participated in the musical Cinderella as a junior in high school. 

“People in Cowley College's theatre department really encouraged me to take my passion for theatre to the next level,” Abrams said. 

At Cowley, she is involved in theatre, Act One Drama Club, and choir. This will be the theatre major's first time attending the coronation. However, throughout high school, she would participate in the Arkalalah parades as part of the ACHS marching band. 

“I did not ever think this would be a reality,” Abrams said. “I am really excited about being a finalist for Queen Alalah and think this will be a fun way to get to know the other Queen candidates through the craziness that is Arkalalah.”

Away from Cowley, she is employed at Cottonwood Animal Clinic. After Cowley, she plans to enter the workforce and audition for theatrical roles.

“I like being on stage and performing,” Abrams said. “It’s fun to be able to bring entertainment to people who work long hours and need a way to relax.”

Gwyneth Abrams with Rikki Baird Play Video
CCMG interviews Queen Alalah candidate Gwyneth Abrams. She talks about traditions, Arkalalah and answers some interesting rapid fire questions about grass skirts and coconut bras.

Rama Peroo | Director of Institutional Communication
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