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Dordt students participate in American College Theatre Festival

February 2, 2009

Cop Song

Thirty-four Dordt College students participated recently in the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), held January 19-24 in Kansas City.

A scene from Dordt’s fall musical Urinetown, “The Cop Song,” was performed by Dordt actors and musicians in KCACTF’s popular Showcase of Invited Scenes. The performance received rave reviews and was a crowd favorite.

Dordt’s orchestra was invited to provide interlude music between all six of the invited scenes and did so under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Kornelis. A department spokesperson said it was a great opportunity for the Dordt Theatre Department to be highlighted as a program that produces quality theatre, and for Dordt musicians to show their stuff.

Becky Lancaster, a senior theatre arts major from Cedar Rapids, was awarded Scenic Design Certificates of Merit for three 2008 Dordt productions: Proof, Women of Greece, and Fully Committed. Her three awards were the most collected by any single student at the festival.

Also receiving Certificates of Merit from Dordt were Emily Huston, a sophomore education major from Winterset, for makeup and hair design on Urinetown; and Caitlin Lenz, a sophomore social work major from Chilliwack, BC, for makeup and hair design on Women of Greece.

College students at the festival had the opportunity to audition for theater projects that were rehearsed and performed throughout the event. Four Dordt students were cast in these projects, a higher student representation than any other college at the festival.

Selected cast members from Dordt were Jason Kornelis, a junior English major from Sioux Center; Becky Love, an art and theatre arts double major from San Marcos, CA; Nick Engbers, a senior business administration major from Sioux Falls, SD; and Jesse Walhof, a 2008 graduate from Le Mars.

Danielle Roos, a senior theatre arts and digital media production double major from Sioux Center, applied for and was awarded the opportunity to direct a play in KCACTF’s 10-Minute Play Festival. The plays are student written, directed, and acted, with performances presented throughout the festival week. Danielle directed a play called Mermaids, written by Jessica Huang from the University of Missouri. This was the winning play in the 10-Minute Play Festival and is going on to compete at the national level.

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