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Theatre Students, Faculty Earn Kennedy Center Region V Awards

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 8, 2008) - Students and faculty from UCM’s Department of Theatre received more than 20 top awards and honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 20-26.

Students Will Travel to National Competition

Students received top honors in stage management, makeup design and dramatic criticism. Chris Notestine received first place in the Regional Stage Management Competition for Side by Side by Sondheim; Becky Scrivener received first place in the Alcone Company Makeup Design for Side by Side by Sondheim; and Aaron Westlake received first place in the National Critics Institute. All earned expense-paid trips to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April to compete for the national title in their respective areas.

Additional Honors for Writing, Directing and Design

Three students earned second place honors. Paul Rundle received 2nd place in the One-Act Playwriting Competition for his one-act Forever and a Day, one of three productions out of 45 invited to the festival for a staged reading. Ryan Fortney received second place in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers National Fellowship Auditions, directing a 10-minute scene from Paula Vogel’s Hot and Throbbing. Kathleen Reid also received second place in the Regional Properties Design for her shadow puppets from Shadow Gets a Black Eye: A Karagoz Play.

Meritorious Achievement Awards

UCM faculty and students received 11 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Awards.  Herman received an Outstanding Directing award for Side by Side by Sondheim and Ronnie Chamberlain, assistant professor of theatre, received an Outstanding Costume Design Award for Side by Side by Sondheim. Nathan Potter received a Stage Combat Award and Phillip Ricketts a Dramaturgy Award for The Miracle Worker.

Shadow Gets A Black Eye: A Karagoz Play received seven awards, more than any production represented in Region V.  The awards included Jennifer Fugate for Stage Management, Cheryl Barker for Dramaturgy, Zadi Khalsa for Sound Design, Heather Tucker and Will Jeselnik for Scenic Design, Maggie Nevins for Costume Design, Kathleen Reid for Puppet Design, and the Cast for Ensemble Performance.  Dr. Julie Pratt, Associate Professor of Theatre, was the director for Shadow Gets A Black Eye and she was also selected as the Region V National Teaching Artist Grant Award Nominee for Directing.

Semifinalists in Irene Ryan Acting Competition

Out of 11 UCM Theatre students participating in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, Brett Alexander and his acting partner Jennifer Barron were among of 32 semi- finalists out of 343 students entered in the competition. The UCM Theatre Department also received the honor of being selected to present a scene from Side by Side by Sondheim in the Invited Showcase of Scenes and Maggie Nevins costumes for Shadow Gets A Black Eye were showcased in the Region V Costume Parade as part of the Irene Ryan Finals.

The festival included more than 1,500 faculty and students representing more than 90 universities in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.  The festival presents performances and scenes from invited productions from the top shows in the region and hosts acting, directing, design, playwriting, stage management, dramatic criticism and dramaturgy competitions.  Seven faculty members and 40 UCM students attended this event.