The Lone Star College-Montgomery theatre department’s recent participation at the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) conference known as TheatreFest resulted in various awards for some of the college’s theatre students.
TheatreFest, held in Houston, gives students an opportunity to audition for scholarships and transfer to four-year college theatre programs. From these auditions, six LSC-Montgomery students received a total of 36 callbacks from 42 theatre programs attending the conference. Laurel Johnston won the TETA Founder’s Scholarship, which is the penultimate prize from the auditions.
“TETA was a great experience for me,” said Johnston. “I was able to network with other colleges, take amazing acting workshops, and meet people who have the same passion for theatre as I do. The TETA Founders Scholarship has made it possible for me to continue acting elsewhere and for that I am truly grateful.”
Another part of the conference includes the recognition of theatre designers--from lighting, sound, make-up to stage management. Students entered designs and displays from their recent production of Too Much Memory. In this phase of the competition, LSC-Montgomery students excelled. Nicole Thoma received Honorable Mention (TETA) and Excellence in Tech/Management (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) for her properties design. Chris Young received Honorable mention (TETA) for his stage management display.
“The experience I had at TETA was irreplaceable,” said Thoma. “It's very difficult to find a place where you can go and not only network with others in the industry, but learn and grow as an artist. TETA opened my eyes to all of the amazing opportunities I have as an actor wanting to pursue my dream.”
LSC-Montgomery students fared well both on and off stage.
Chase Waites, lead faculty for theatre at LSC-Montgomery, said that the college’s participation in TETA is extremely valuable for the students and the program.
“Travel opportunities such as these are important for our students’ success and to the mission of the department,” said Waites. “LSC-Montgomery students and the greater LSC community directly benefit from our involvement in these types of events.”
Attending this year’s festival were 10 theatre students accompanied by two faculty members.
For more information regarding the theatre department at LSC-Montgomery or any of the season’s performances, please visit www.LoneStar.edu/theatre-Montgomery. All titles are subject to change without notice pending availability.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for fall 2010, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.