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Dordt Theater group in the running for national competition

January 29, 2004

After performing in regional competition at Denver, the Dordt College Theater Department has been notified that their performance of the Arthur Miller drama “All My Sons” is being held in consideration for inclusion in a national festival at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in April. All My Sons

The Region 5 competition was January 18-24, with Dordt College as one of seven Midwest colleges (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota) selected to perform. The final regional competition (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah) will be held in California Feb. 10-15.

At each regional competition, judges may choose to “hold” as many performances as they wish pending the completion of all regional competitions. Early in March, they will select up to six plays that advance to the (noncompetitive) national festival. This is the first time in Dordt College’s history that a play has been held for national consideration. The last Dordt production advancing to regionals was in 1981.

This year’s national festival will be held April 12-18 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. While at the festivals, students and faculty are also able to attend workshops, master classes, seminars, panel discussions and social gatherings so that they may further develop their skills and gain insight into the theater world. Funding is provided to groups invited to participate through support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Kennedy Corporate Fund, the National Committee for the Performing Arts and other commercial agencies.

“All My Sons” is directed by Dordt College Theater Arts instructor, Jeri Schelhaas, and performed at the TePaske Theater in Sioux Center Oct. 16-25. Schelhaas has been working in Dordt’s Theater Department for nearly ten years and “All My Sons” is the third show she has directed.

The cast consists of Dan Oldenkamp, Sanborn; Liz McPherson, Lincoln, Neb.; Ethan Koerner, Calhan, Colo.; Rachel Persenaire, Escalon, Calif.; Paul Olsen, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; Jonathan Hoerlings, Bradford, Ontario, Canada; Beth Knight, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Nathan Pasma, Ripon, Calif.; Laurel Alons, Sanborn, and sharing a role, William Sikkema and Colin Vander Woerd, Sioux Center.

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