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Lucas Ross
4-Time Emmy Winner &
KFOR Personality


Lucas Ross is an actor/director/comedian from Minco, Oklahoma. The 4-time Emmy winner has appeared in feature films, national television shows and hundreds of regional commercials. Lucas can be seen weekday mornings on Freedom 43’s “Rise and Shine." When he’s not making TV, he’s playing the banjo and over the years has become an ambassador for the American Banjo Museum. In 2016 he joined with the museum for "A Banjo Salute to Steve Martin" highlighting Martin's career with the banjo. Lucas has recently worked on stage with Star Trek Voyager's Robert Picardo in City Rep's "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." He's opened for "Weird Al" Yankovic and has been featured on several albums providing accordion or banjo. In 2013 he released the bluegrass comedy album "Son of a Beekeeper" inspired by being raised by a family of honey producers.

Erica Thomas
Adjunct Voice Instructor at
Rose State & Langston University


Erica C. Thomas attended the University of Oklahoma where she received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Erica's voice teacher, the late Thomas Carey, introduced her to the Cimarron Circuit Opera Company where she served as Executive/Artistic Director from 2002 to 2008. Erica performed many roles with the company including Mimi (La Boheme), Cio-Cio San (Madame Butterfly) and the Witch (Hansel and Gretel). She also directed several of CCOC’s productions which include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Toy Shop, and Cosi Fan Tutte. The Black Liberated Arts Center was a part of Erica's earlier years developing her craft. She served as Administrative Assistant for the center as well as actress, singer, dancer, director and in several technical positions. Miss Thomas received a Master of Music in Opera/Music Theatre from Southern Illinois University, study ing with Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone, Richard Best. Miss Thomas was awarded the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre scholarship for two consecutive years at SIU. She also performed in She Loves Me and The Merry Widow and was an ensemble member of the McLeod Summer Playhouse (Carbondale, IL). Erica was a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in Oklahoma and St. Louis. She has worked with The Children's Theatre (OKC), Oklahoma City Arts Council, Sooner Theater in Norman, OK, and other community organizations and theaters in Oklahoma. Erica has received numerous honors and awards including the Know Your Neighbor Award from the Norman Chamber of Commerce for her work in the arts community. Erica has performed with Langston University, Rose State College, Milwaukee Bel Canto Chorus, the Ambassadors Concert Choir, Bellville Philharmonic, Oklahoma Community Orchestra and as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. She has been a performer on the touring roster for the Oklahoma Arts Council since 2004. Rev. Thomas is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Communications at Quayle United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and as an Adjunct Voice Instructor at Rose State College and Langston University.

 

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