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LRSC Theatre Students Compete for Scholarship

By   Sarah Smith Warren

For the first time in history, students from the Lake Region State College “Playmakers” drama club have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition. Jasmine Swinland and Kaitlyn Halvorson were nominated for their recent performance in Crimes of the Heart at LRSC.

The competition will take place at the American College Theatre Festival in Minneapolis, MN.  The “Playmakers” along with their director, Casey Paradies, have been raising funds to attend the week-long competition and learning festival. IMG_0485--400x267-.jpg

The nominees and their acting partners will give a public performance of their competition material on Thursday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the Robert Fawcett Auditorium at LRSC. The performance is free and open to the public, however, the group will accept any donations of healthy snacks such as juice or granola bars, for the students during their trip.

Jasmine and Kaitlyn are both from Devils Lake and sophomores at LRSC. Jasmine plans to pursue History Education at NDSU and Kaitlyn will continue her education in area of communications, working toward a Master’s Degree.

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. In order to attend the festival, the “Playmakers” drama club have been diligently fundraising including doing volunteer work, serving at the Pizza Ranch and more. The costs to attend include registration, lodging, meals and gas.

For more information about the performance, competition or LRSC theatre department and opportunities, contact Casey Paradies at 701-662-1691.