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Theater people earn a bunch of awards
Several regional awards were presented to Dordt College’s Theatre Department at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held in January in Omaha, Nebraska.
The spring 2007 theater production at Dordt College, “As It Is In Heaven,” received three meritorious achievement awards at the Region 5 festival held at Omaha, Nebraska, recently.
Three certificates of meritorious achievement were presented to participants in the spring 2007 production, “As It Is In Heaven.” The awards went to Dan Den Boer from Sioux Center for sound design, Jim Van Ry for set design, and to the cast for ensemble acting—Danielle Roos, Sioux Center; Sarah Hoogendoorn, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Emily Stam, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Ashley Laverman, Kellogg, Iowa; Becky Lancaster, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Melissa Schans, Denver, Colorado; Anna Venhuizen, Burnett, Wisconsin; Jenna Veenbaas, Abbotsford, British Columbia; and Justine Moelker, Chatham, Ontario.
“As It Is In Heaven” was directed by Jerelyn Schelhaas, professor of theatre arts and English at Dordt College. Schelhaas was also awarded this year’s Region 5 Gold Medallion Award, based on extraordinary contributions to the teaching/ producing of theatre, and significant contributions to the development of collegiate level theatre art.
Dordt’s costume designer, Sue Blom, also received an award for her work on the fall 2007 production, “A Winter’s Tale.” Her costumes were also modeled in the festival’s costume parade.
Another Dordt theater professor, April Hubbard, directed “The Laramie Project” at the University of South Dakota last semester as part of the work toward her master of fine arts in directing degree. That production received a meritorious achievement award in ensemble acting.
Region 5 of the KCACTF consists of about seventy-five colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. Each year more than 200 productions are entered in the regional theater competition.