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Theatre students prep to perform

Upcoming festival provides scholarship opportunities

By Katy Karas
On November 21, 2013


In January, Kirkwood Community College will be sending five of its students to audition for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. The auditions will be a part of the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Omaha, Neb.

 The five students nominated include Hunter C. Quint and Megan Clarke for "Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams," Kourtney Milling for "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" and John Miersen and Andrew Burlage for "Eurydice". Each nominee will choose another college student to be their partner for the audition process.

The process is comprised of three rounds. The first round consists of a prepared three-minute scene. If the pair advance on to the second round, they will perform the same three-minute scene with a contrasting scene that total no longer than five minutes. The final round includes the first two scenes and a monologue presented only by the nominee.

The top two winners advance to the national festival being held in Washington D.C.

 The Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, Calif., has awarded scholarships to outstanding student performers since 1972. Irene Ryan is best known for her portrayal of the fierce 'Granny Clampett' in "The Beverly Hillbillies". The scholarship provides recognition, honor and financial assistance to those wishing to pursue further education.

Kirkwood's theatre director, Rick D. Anderson, is the chairperson of Region V.

"The most important thing is the student. It doesn't matter if teachers and directors have a good time at the festival, we want the students to learn and meet other students," Anderson said. "We keep everything focused on the student and the student experience," he said.

Anderson said the auditions are just one part of the huge festival.

The festival lasts a week and includes something for every aspect of theatre.

Kirkwood student Ty Young will also be attending the festival for Stage Managing.

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