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Students participate in theatre arts festival

By   Casey Paradies

The 2017 Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival will feature Lake Region State College students and faculty.  The attached photos shows LRSC received commendation in 3 categories for work in the production Five Women Wearing the Same Dress:

Directing – Casey Paradies
Costume, Hair and Makeup – Hannah Hardcastle
Publicity and Poster Design – Paige Prekker

The American College Theatre Festival is an annual festival that celebrates theatre in different regions of the United States.  This year the Region 5 festival will be held in Des Moines, Iowa from January 22-27.  

The festival features workshops, productions, readings, and competitions that stretch students understanding of the art of Theatre as well as the profession of theatre.  The Festival also features the highly coveted Irene Ryan acting competition.  This is a competition named after the woman who you might remember as Granny in the television series The Beverly Hillbillies.  Each year students are nominated for their work in their colleges shows.  Two are nominated per show.  This year Paige Prekker and Bailey Pelchat were nominated for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress which was performed last spring at LRSC.  Skyler Bergstad and Angelica Rodriguez were nominated for their performances in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Though Prekker and Pelchat are unable to attend, Rodriguez (with her partner Kaitlyn Halvorson) and Bergstad (with his partner Dilyn Plemel) will compete in the scholarship.  The preliminary round is Monday where they will go up against 300-400 students from our region.  These students are slimmed down to 60 for semi-finals and to 16 for finals.  

The winner wins a scholarship and a chance to compete at the national festival in D.C. 

Hannah Hardcastle will be up for a certificate of merit for her costume work with Five Women Wearing the Same Dress and also has a chance to get one-on-one mentorship with her play No High Ground which had its world premiere at LRSC this fall. 

LRSC theatre director will also be working with the diversity committee conducting workshops in non-traditional casting and drag performance.

The playmakers will present a spring production in March.