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Dordt College production selected in regional competition

December 18, 2003

The Dordt College Theater Department is one of only seven Midwest colleges selected to participate in the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival ™ (KACTF) at the University of Denver January 18-24, 2004.

Dordt College’s entry, the fall production of “All My Sons,” was one of 54 entries in the regional competition this year, and among the top seven chosen to perform in Denver. Dordt College is in Region 5, which consists of colleges in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Play Cast

Invited performers at the regional festival are eligible for invitation to the national festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, next spring. The Dordt College performance will be presented in the 250-seat Byron Flex Theater on the campus of the University of Denver on January 21 at 3 p.m. and repeated at 8 p.m. National KCACTF judges will adjudicate their performance.

The Arthur Miller drama “All My Sons” was directed by Dordt College Theater Arts instructor, Jeri Schelhaas, and performed at the TePaske Theater in Sioux Center Oct. 16-25. The 10-person cast and company of 18, along with an 18-wheeler to transport the set, will travel to Denver for the competition.

Other schools invited to perform January 18-24 are Kansas City Kansas Community College (Kansas City, KS), Emporia State University (Emporia, KS), University of Minnesota-Duluth (Duluth, MN), Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO), Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE), and the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO).

The aim of the national theater education program is to identify and promote quality in college-level theater production. Selected students and faculty may also be invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.

Last year more than 1,300 productions were entered in the KCACTF, involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, the Dordt College Theater Department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.

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