WTAMU Theatre Production Advances to KCACTF Region VI Festival

Jan. 29, 2018

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WTAMU Theatre Production Advances to KCACTF Region VI Festival


CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University theatre production of Luna Gale has advanced to the Region VI Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The production is one of seven selected from a field of 70 by the Region’s Committee to advance to the regional competition in March at Angelo State University.

This marks the sixth WTAMU theatre production to be selected for performance at KCACTF. Previous productions were selected in 1997, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. After the performance at the Region VI festival in March, the production will be considered for KCACTF National Awards in Washington, D.C.

KACACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and has served as a catalyst for improving the quality of college-theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions across the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. KCACTF Region VI consists of six states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.Scene from Luna Gale

Luna Gale is directed by Callie Hisek, assistant professor of theatre. It is a contemporary drama written by Rebecca Gillman about the child welfare system and one social worker’s determination to protect a child. The production was staged at WTAMU in September at the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre as a KCACTF participating production. Other faculty members involved with the production include costume designer Anne Medlock-Ely, lighting designer Tana Fleming Roberson and technical director John Landon. Student members of the production team include Bella Barnett, scene designer; Kaelee Eichorst, hair and makeup designer; Sarah Garcia, sound designer; L’Hannah Pedigo, properties master; Michael Hoy, assistant director; and Kennedy Ansley, stage manager.

“I am beyond proud of the work that the students and faculty have done with this production. I don’t know if I truly have the words to express my gratitude for the seven actors who put themselves out there every time they perform,” Hisek said. “This show impacts them emotionally, physically, and mentally and the amount of work that I have witnessed coming from all of them has inspired me.

“They, along with the entire team, are thrilled to be going back into this world to tell Luna’s story again for a new audience. We all felt a great loss on our last night in September and to know that we can once again tell Luna’s storyis amazing. This entire production, with the support and guidance of CASA, has changed all of our lives. The actors put their heart and soul into every action and line, the design team has put every ounce of themselves out there as well to create and establish a world so real that the audience forgets they are in a theatre. When I started this process I never imagined that it, along with those that I work with, would change as many lives as it has. We are looking forward to the journey to KCACTF in hopes that we can awaken others to Luna and those that surround her.”

In addition to their involvement with three regional performances of Luna Gale, WTAMU theatre students will compete in design and technical events, the Irene Ryan Acting competition, the Musical Theatre Initiative, as well as dramaturgy and directing events.

Students nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition include Marlee Wall, Mykelti Rhodes, Macy Watts, Madison Todd, Anna Holmes, Angel Garcia and Sean Evan Jones.

Musical Theatre Initiative competitors include Maddie Todd, Laurel Smalley, Anna Holmes, Macy Watts, Sean Jones, Zach Perrin, Madeleine Hale, Kenzi Redwine and Micaela Grenier. Technical and design entrees include Bella Barnett, Sarah Garcia, Mary Wadlington, Emilee Rottman, Kayla Specht, Tyler Garrison, Adam Whisman, Kelsey Landry, Kaelee Eichorst, Justin Tinnin and Kennedy Ansley.


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