Theatre students participate in national conference

Staff Writer, General Arts

In the theatre world, all is well that ends well. The OBU theatre program recently tested that sentiment as they traveled out of state for competition.

This month, several students and professors returned from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region Six festival.

Theatre professors David Kenworthy and Matthew Caron led a group of 15 OBU students to the festival which was hosted at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX, March 1-4, 2017.

Matthew Martin participated in KCACTF. / Courtesy Photo

Of those 15 students, junior Elizabeth Grimes was nominated for her role as Penny Sycamore in “You Can’t Take It With You,” with scene partner senior Taylor Lassaigne; senior Kymber Sage was nominated for her role as Essie Carmichael (also in “You Can’t Take It With You”), with scene partner junior Brenna Bergeron—all theatre majors.

In addition, two students competed in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition.

A total of 145 student actors competed for the chance to represent their school and Region Six at the national festival in April.

Although OBU students did not advance to the next round this year, they performed well and represented OBU beautifully, Caron said.

He also said that he was quite proud of all participating students.

In addition to the acting competition, OBU made an impact in other festival areas.

Senior theatre major Conner Gilbert participated in the Design/Technology/Management competition with his lighting designs from “Oedipus the King” and “You Can’t Take It With You.”

Senior theatre major Samantha Faye King participated in the Institute of Theatre Journalism and Advocacy competition, and adjunct theatre professor Jennifer Ezell presented a workshop entitled “Creative Auditioning: How to Hold Auditions without Monologues.”

From left to right: Brenna Bergeron, Kymber Sage, Lizzy Grimes and Taylor Lasseigne. / Courtesy Photo

She was assisted by students Gilbert and senior theatre major Nina Longhofer.

Senior sociology major Matthew Martin participated in the on-site Devised Theatre Initiative.

Finally, two OBU students received awards. Martin received a commendation for his contribution to the Festival Developed Devised Performance and Sage was recognized as a finalist in the Musical Theatre Initiative Dance competition.

She was also one of only 15 student dancers selected to perform at the awards ceremony.

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