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Concordia’s Theatre Production of The Cover of Life invited to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Regional Festival
Irvine, CA—Concordia is pleased to announce that the theatre department’s recent production of The Cover of Life by R.T. Robinson has been invited to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)- Region 8. This is the third year in a row that a Concordia University production has been invited to send all or part of a production to the festival.
The play, directed by Prof. Lori C. Siekmann, was performed on Concordia’s campus November 11-20, 2011 as part of the University’s regular theatre season. The play was presented in its entirety three times with full scenery, lighting, sound, costumes, etc., at the Region 8 festival at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, February 8-11, 2012.
“Having The Cover of Life receive an invitation to the festival is quite an honor and it’s a great testament to the work that takes place in our program every day. I’m very proud of the cast, crew and student designers whose work has made this special recognition possible,” comments Prof. Lori Siekmann.
Members of the all-student cast included Haley Brown, sophomore; Melissa Cheffers, junior; Sean Derbyshire, sophomore; Katie Foggiano, freshman; Nicole Salimbeni, sophomore; Marisa Smith, sophomore; and Lauren Walsh, senior. The crew for the production included Stephen Heggem, senior (Sound Design); Caleb House, junior (Costume Design); Ryan Linhardt, senior (Lighting Design); Tim Mueller ’89, staff (Scenic Design); Meredith Schmidt, adjunct faculty (Dialect Coach); and Megan Tisdale, junior (Properties Design).
Concordia’s theatre department participates annually in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) – Region 8. As part of the festival, most of Concordia’s productions receive a critical response from a faculty respondent from another college or university in the region. They give the cast and student designers their perspective on the work in an effort to help participants strive for excellence in all areas. Each year, a small number of productions from the region have scenes invited to the annual regional festival (about10) and an even smaller number of complete productions, about 8-10 per year, are invited to the festival to compete for honors at the national festival at the Kennedy Center.
Being invited to the festival is a tremendous honor since Region 8 consists of 159 schools across the states of Hawaii, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, a good portion of California and Guam. Since the beginning of its participation in KCACTF, Concordia has been honored with the following invitations to the regional festival:
- 2011 – The “nunnery scene” from Hamlet by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Vezner
- 2010 – The production of The Foolish Proposal, an improvisational comedy in the style of Commedia Del Arte, conceived and directed by Lori C. Siekmann
- 2004 – The production of Medea by Euripides, directed by Mic Shackelford
- 2003 – The opening scene from Cabaret - book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, directed by Dr. Peter Senkbeil, music direction by Rob Blaney, choreographed by Melanie Jacobson
Besides this, 2-3 actors per production are nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan National Acting Competition at the KCACTF regional festival to compete against nominees from other participating colleges and universities. The festival culminates in a national acting competition at the Kennedy Center each year.
For more information on Region 8 of the Kennedy Center of American College Theatre Festival, visit www.kcactf-8.org.