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News Release

PSC Students Recognized at Theatre Festival


(Peru, Nebr.) The Peru State College Theatre Company recently participated in the annual Region 5  Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival hosted at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Through regional and national festivals, participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence in overall production and offers student artists' individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design. It is celebrated with a full week of intensive workshops, regionally renown performances, feedback and networking opportunities with professionals from all over the country.

We would like to extend congratulations to several Peru students who received awards or honors recognition at this year’s festival:

Tessa Way received second place honors taking the silver medal for the Regional Barbizon Award for Publicity.  Tessa’s entry was for her marketing and graphic work for PTC’s autumn production of Marcus is Walking. 

Ashley Churchill, Michael Casavant, Adam Jeanneret, & Davina Andrew auditioned and were cast in faculty scene productions.  The audition process was a mass call with over 120 actors auditioning for around 25 roles.  Each of these productions were cast, blocked and produced in a week, and some in as little as six hours.  Colin Cathcart was cast in Mother of the Bride, a ten minute student-written play. 

Mike Casavant, with partner Xavier Gibson, and Madison Farris, with partner Dan Perkins, were nominated and competed in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition.  They both gave excellent auditions and represented the college well through the initial round of nearly 200 actors. 

Students Joe Wingrove and Sam Atkinson also represented Peru State College at the festival.  Faculty member Joshua Young serves as Director of Theatre and Devon Denn-Young as Technical Director for the Peru Theatre Company.