Dordt College News

Dordt Theatre Department receives awards

January 29, 2008


Several regional awards were presented to Dordt College’s Theatre Department at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held recently at Omaha, NE.

Three certificates of meritorious achievement were presented to participants in the spring 2007 production, As It Is In Heaven. The awards were for sound design (Dan Den Boer, Sioux Center); set design (Jim Van Ry, Sioux Center) and for ensemble acting (cast consisting of Danielle Roos, Sioux Center; Sarah Hoogendoorn, Sioux Falls, SD; Emily Stam, Oskaloosa, IA; Ashley Laverman, Kellogg, IA; Becky Lancaster, Cedar Rapids, IA; Melissa Schans, Denver, CO; Anna Venhuizen, Burnett, WI; Jenna Veenbaas, Abbotsford, BC; and Justine Moelker, Chatham, ON).

As It Is In Heaven was directed by Jerelyn Schelhaas, professor of theatre arts and English at Dordt College. Schelhaas was awarded this year’s Region 5 Gold Medallion Award, based on extraordinary contributions to the teaching/producing of theatre, and significant contributions to the development of collegiate level theatre art.

Dordt’s costume designer, Sue Blom, also received an award for her work on the fall 2007 production, A Winter’s Tale. Her costumes were also modeled in the festival’s costume parade.

Another Dordt theater professor, April Hubbard, directed The Laramie Project at the University of South Dakota last semester as part of the work toward her master of fine arts in directing degree. That production received a meritorious achievement award in ensemble acting.

Region 5 of the KCACTF consists of about 75 colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. Each year over 200 productions are entered in the regional theater competition.

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