Fall 2011

[News]

Kennedy Center Festival Takes Center Stage

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance has had quite a year: Not only did it produce the amazing Spring Dance Concert (check the Campus Scene on page 14) and the 44th annual Humboldt International Film Festival (page 18), it was host to the 43rd annual Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival—the largest Region VII festival in history.

A student stands in the spotlight A student stands in the spotlight, helping the lighting team prepare the stage for that evening’s full-length play. Four visiting campuses were invited to put on full productions.

FROM FEB. 14 THROUGH 18, over 1,000 students and faculty from 121 colleges and nine states converged on campus for their chance to participate in the nationally recognized theater program.

This was the first time the event had come to campus since the region was redistricted, attracting students from Western states including Alaska, Colorado and Wyoming.

During the weeklong event, festivalgoers enjoyed and participated in on-stage performances, exciting and nerve-wracking auditions and intense hands-on (sometimes shoes-off) workshops.

On stage, students performed audition pieces and one-act plays. During the 10 Minute Play Festival, budding playwrights had their pieces performed in front of a live audience and received critiques from professional judges.

In addition to shorter pieces, four visiting campuses put on full-length productions at the John Van Duzer Theatre. From Monday through Thursday, these full-length features served as the evening’s main event.

Off stage, students involved with technical design, lighting and set building were able to participate in skill-building, hands-on workshops and competitions of their own.

Festival awards were announced Friday, with three HSU students and alumni taking home a few of the top honors: April “Kitty” Grenot won first place in hair and makeup design, and represented Region VII at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Student Jonny Barrett won a California State University Summer Arts scholarship in acting. He was awarded a stipend to attend Steppenwolf Classes West.

And alum Kato Buss was the graduate student winner in the New West Drama Conference Scholarly Paper Competition. He is now engaged in graduate studies at the University of Oregon.