Throughout the week-long festival, students participate in a variety of workshops, professional auditions, musical theatre intensives and of course, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships. Two students are nominated for this award per show every calendar year. They are asked to pick a partner and put together a six-minute acting package. Out of the hundreds that compete, sixteen finalists are chosen from each region to go to the Kennedy Center in DC.
Last year four out of the sixteen acting duos in the Final Round were from MSU, and six students participating in the Musical Theatre Intensive were chosen to sing at the Kennedy Center in DC.
Friday night the students held their annual Irene Ryan Showcase where they performed their packages for faculty, staff and other students in the program.
|Erin Horst and her partner Michaela Shapiro singing a selection from West Side Story.|
|Sophie Jones and her partner Daniel Lane performing a selection from Boeing-Boeing.|
|Students in the Final Round at the 2015 KCACTF Competition.|
Front Row (L to R): Cassandra Johnson, Amanda Mai, Michael Stamp, Leigh Jacobson, Emily Scinto
Back Row (L to R): James Ehlenz, Steven Labine, Adam Yankowy, Erin Horst
|Students singing "Gun Song" from Assassins at the Kennedy Center in April, 2015.|
(L to R): Adam Yankowy, Matthew Stairs, Erin Horst, James Ehlenz