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Drama students recognized

By   Erin Wood
03/09/2016

Lake Region State College students recently were recognized for acting ability and creativity in costume design and construction.

Bailey Pelchat and Paige Prekker received the Irene Ryan acting scholarship nomination for their performances in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Hannah Hardcastle, who also starred in the show, will be nominated for a certificate of Merit in Costume design/construction for her work with costuming. The nominations came after a review of their latest production Five Women Wearing the Same Dress March 3-6 at LRSC’s Robert Fawcett Auditorium.

The competition will take place at the American College Theatre Festival January 22-28, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa.  

“Two more people will be nominated during the fall production,” said director Casey Paradies. The fall production and dates will be announced in the near future.

Bailey Pelchat is a freshman from Yorkton, Saskatchewan. She is pursuing an AAS in Marketing and an Associate in Arts degree at LRSC. Paige Prekker is from Elko New Market, Minn and is studying for her Associate in Arts degree. Hannah Hardcastle is from Plains, Mont., and working towards a bachelor’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting.

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition provides financial assistance and recognition to outstanding student performers who plan to continue their education. The students will prepare two scenes and a monologue and will compete against nearly 400 other students from the region of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The top two winners receive a scholarship and the top prize also includes an invitation to the national scholarship competition.

The American College Theatre Festival is an opportunity for students interested in theatre, acting, directing and musical theatre to attend shows, workshops and master classes to further their skills and education. LRSC theatre director and drama club advisor, Casey Paradies, says the festival is a great opportunity for students to gain a new, realistic perspective of what it means to live and work in the arts.  For more information about the performance, competition or LRSC theatre department and opportunities, contact Casey Paradies at 701-662-1691.