UCM Production of "Blue Window" Selected for Regional Competition
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 14, 2013) - The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre and Dance has been invited to present the full production of Blue Window by Craig Lucas as part of the Kennedy Center American College Region V Theatre Festival in Lincoln, Neb. The production will be featured on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Lied Center Mainstage on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Blue Window was one of more than 200 productions entered as either associate or participating productions from a seven state region including Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Six productions were invited to the festival, which runs Jan. 20-26.
Blue Window is directed by Richard Herman, chair and professor of theatre. Faculty members Michael Benson, Jeff Peltz and Ronnie Chamberlain serve as scenic, lighting and costume designers.The student cast includes Meg Alshire, Devin Burns, Joe Reece, Emmy Panzica, Katie Turnbow, Maggie Quinn and Aaron Scully.
In addition to presenting Blue Window, the department’s production of The Tempest has been selected to be showcased in the Region V Costume Parade. Two student playwrights also have been selected to present their 10-minute plays. Jonathan Peck’s play Wedge and Sheri McCartney’s play Between the Lines will be showcased in the Ten-Minute Play Festival Friday Jan. 25.
Twenty UCM students will be competing in the Irene Ryan Acting Auditions, 12 students will be entered in National and Regional Design competitions, and three student directors will be participating in the Society of Stage Directors Scenes and the Ten-Minute Play Festival.
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival aims to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. Productions invited to the regional festival are considered for national awards of distinguished achievement which are presented at the KCACTF National Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in April 2013.