Saturday, January 16, 2016

A very important week begins: KCACTF is upon us

As the first week of classes comes to a close, some students in the Theatre and Dance Department at MSU are getting ready for a busy week in Minneapolis. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theatre program designed for students to showcase their work and receive feedback from KCACTF responders. Over 18,000 students from colleges and universities compete nationwide every year.

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.

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.
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.

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

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