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Peru Theatre Company earns honors at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College’s (PSC) Peru Theatre Company (PTC) recently received several honors at the week-long Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Lincoln.

Approximately 1,600 students from colleges and universities in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota participated in the festival, the vast majority being theatre majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Following is a list of the honors earned by the PTC:

  • Spirit Award for outstanding school spirit (second consecutive year).
  • Merit Award for Ensemble Acting, awarded to the cast of Andromache of Euripides.
  • Merit Award for Achievement in Social Issues Theatre, awarded to Peru State Communication Arts Instructor and PTC Theatre Director Joshua Young for the production of EAT (It’s Not About Food). Young was also selected to be one of the faculty directors for the event.
  • Merit Award for Reviving a Dormant Theatre Program at Peru State College, awarded to Young and Adjunct Instructor of Speech, English and Theatre Devon Denn-Young. 
  • Danny Moberly, a freshman liberal arts major from Auburn, and Grace Cole, a sophomore liberal arts major from Scribner, were selected from hundreds of students to perform in the KCACTF Faculty-Directed Scene Showcase of Edward Albee plays. 
  • Michael Casavant, a senior music major from Lincoln, was one of five students selected for the world premiere staged reading of The Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers, written by Louisa Hill and under the direction of Broadway Director Rob Urbinati. Casavant was cast as the reader of stage directions. 

Young said, “I am extremely proud of the progress our students have made. Their diligence, commitment and the quality of their work are to be commended.”

The PTC’s next production is Mr. Marmalade by Noah Hadle. Please note that this production is Rated R for adult themes and may not be appropriate for young audiences. Parental discretion is advised. Show times are:

  • Thursday, March 21 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24 – 2 p.m.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. General admission is $10. Admission for senior citizens and children (12 and under) is $5. PSC students and employees are admitted free with their campus ID.

Started in 1969 by the Kennedy Center's founding chairman Roger L. Stevens, the KCACTF is a national theater program involving 600 colleges and universities and 18,000 students from around the country. Through state, regional and national festivals, the KCACTF provides theater departments and student artists an opportunity to showcase their work, share experiences and insights within the community of theatre artists, and receive outside assessment. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, directing and design.

In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia and regional-level award programs. Regional festival productions are evaluated by a panel of three judges who are selected by the Kennedy Center and the KCACTF national committee.

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