Dordt College News

Dordt College theater performance and students recognized for excellence

January 6, 2012

A scene from Dordt College’s recent production of Tennessee Williams’ classic, Glass Menagerie, has been chosen for performance at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) competition in January. The competition takes place the week of January 15.

Students presenting the scene from the Glass Menagerie are freshman Samantha Leverton (Cannon Falls, Minn.), junior Nathan Sparks (Luverne, Minn.), senior Jonathan Posthuma (Brandon, Wisc.), and senior Emily Hageman (Highlands Ranch, Colo.). Senior Ellen De Young (Minneapolis, Minn.) is the stage manager for the show.

The Dordt College theater program has a history of being recognized by KCACTF. “In the past four years we have had six shows ‘held’ for consideration, and three shows have been selected to compete,” said Ryan Donahoe, technical director and instructor for Dordt College’s theater arts department. “Dordt has certainly made a name for itself at the festival as we continue to be recognized for the amazing theatre work that our students produce.”

In addition, several students have received special recognition and will be presenting work. Four students who worked on the Glass Menagerie were chosen to present and have their work evaluated as part of the Design Expo including senior Ellen De Young for stage management, senior Jenifer Kanis (Minneapolis, Minn.) for scenic design, senior Anna Vanden Aaker (Leota, Minn.) for film and projection, and Jonathan Posthuma for music composition.

Judges have named senior Clare Laverman (Sully, Iowa) the runner up for her playwriting composition, Little Letters, a play about two youths who meet on the roof of a hospital and through the course of the production learn each other’s secrets.

Seven students will be participating in the Irene Ryan acting competition with more than 100 others. They will present two short scenes and a monologue. Dordt students include recent graduate Jason Kornelis (Sioux Center, Iowa), Emily Hageman, Nathan Sparks, junior Nathan Scheuers (Fox Lake, Wisc.), Clare Laverman, Ellen De Young, and senior Mia Kornelis (Sioux Center, Iowa).

The KCACTF showcases the finest of each region’s entered productions and offers a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. Since its inception in 1969, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued by judges and receive help to improve their dramatic skills.

Dordt’s active theater program serves the community with two fully mounted main stage shows each year, as well as numerous smaller student-directed or classroom-based projects. The program will have two openings for a faculty member and technical director in fall of 2012.

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