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Dordt Theatre chosen for regional festival

Two Dordt College student productions were awarded special recognition at the Region V American College Theater Festival (ACTF) at North Dakota State University Jan. 22-28.

The Life Everlasting was named as alternate for the festival, where only nine shows have been invited to perform. (This year there were fifty-six participating entries.) Jonathan Horlings wrote and directed this play, which was presented at Dordt in December. The plot for Horlings’ play revolved around three sisters trapped in an abandoned basement, where childhood actions came back to haunt them. Horlings is a theatre arts major from Bradford, Ontario, Canada, who graduated at the end of the fall semester.

Included in the festival’s Showcase of Invited Scenes will be a scene from Death Song, written and produced by Ethan Koerner, Lincoln, Nebraska. Koerner graduated in May with a degree in theatre arts and emphases in acting/directing, design, and scenic art. Koerner’s play was an exploration of the experience of death and dying, and included more than thirty puppets made by Koerner and a Dordt art student (Joe Hoksbergen.)

In addition, costume designs from this year’s October production Into the Woods will be displayed at the regional event. Dordt’s costume designer and seamstress, Sue Blom, tailor-made approximately fifty fairy-tale costumes for that production with workstudy student assistance.

Region V consists of colleges in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota. Adjudicators attend each theater event at participating college campuses and select the best to perform at regional festivals. Some of these productions may then be selected for advancement to the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.