And another semester is upon us. It attacks, like a wolf, waiting for the most opportune time. But, before we go full force into the semester, I want to share with you Theatre Westminster’s adventures at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this past week at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.
For those that don’t know what KCACTF is, I encourage you to check their website at www.kcactf.org, or even better, check our region’s website at http://kcactf2.org. For those unwilling to click on the pretty, underlined links, I will tell you that the festival happens over five days, and during those five days are auditions, performances, workshops for all areas, design exhibition, DJ dances, movie nights, and on and on and on. Essentially it’s a giant theatre adventure. And it’s well worth it!
This year we had one entry into the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, Brett Pollock, and his partner Courtney Edmondson. I participated as a respondent this year for the Auditions, and I felt bad for the four judges who had to initially narrow down the entrants from 200 to 32. The level of talent was incredible, and the two hours worth of auditions I watched were incredible. Though Brett was unable to advance, I know he didn’t get down abot it, as he then auditioned for the New Plays Workshop and got cast. On Saturday he participated in a stage reading of a show that had never been performed before.
On the other side of things, Josh Scott entered the Sound Design Exhibition. KCACTF offers design exhibitions in Scenery, Lighting, Costumes, Sound, and Crafts (including props and costume crafts.) The best part of the design exhibitions is the ability to see work from other students from around the region. And before the end of the festival, the exhibitors also receive a response in regards to their designs. Some of the respondents this year included a stage manager from Norwegian Cruises, and a professional lighting designer who works around the country. And our students get to chat with these professionals, learning what they can in the short amount of time they are at the festival.
As the cliche goes, BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Maggie Hess was a volunteer for the festival and Dr. Scott Mackenzie’s right hand…. woman. As a volunteer she helped keep the festival running. And that is no easy task. Maggie has been assisting Scott through two festivals now, and it doesn’t look like she will be slowing down any time soon.
And finally Cody Currie, and that’s Cody with a Y, attended to take part in all the activities that were available. During the five days he was able to attend performances and workshops, view the the design work, and of course, enjoy the excitement of being around that many theatre participants.
So, now that I’ve talked a bunch about festival, I hope that you consider joining us next year. Whether you are an Irene Ryan Nominee, part of the Design Exhibition, a volunteer, or merely someone who wants to attend workshops and performances, we have a place for you.