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Theatre department earns awards at annual festival

Extra space is needed in the theatre department’s trophy case after the cast and crew of “Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet” earned numerous awards at the 2017 Play Festival.

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s theatre production earned an overall rating of Excellent. The Play Festival is the annual two-year college festival hosted by the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association (TCCSTA). It is the benchmark for excellence in production at the two-year college level.

“My cast and crew worked so hard while diving into this world of Shakespeare gone awry. It was absolutely fantastic to receive such high recognition from such wonderful respondents (judges),” said Kalliope Vlahos, technical director and designer at LSC-Kingwood. “These awards, both individual acknowledgements as well as the overall production award of Excellent, help bring light to the wonderful and brilliant work we do in theatre department.”

The cast and stage crew earned individual awards for their role in “Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet”. Katherine (Kat) Espin, earned excellence in acting; Taylor Kenney, received superior in stage management; Joshua McElroy earned superior in stage management (assistant); Marissa Mascolo received superior in costume design (assistant) and superior in hair/make-up design; Allison Nauert earned two superior in scenic design awards, the “Greg Schneider Memorial Award for Technical Excellence and the inaugural “John Charles Corley Outstanding Tech Presentation Award; and Eric Skiles received superior in costume design.

“When the individual and overall production awards were announced, I almost couldn’t believe it. I remember feeling so grateful and validated, because the work that went into designing the set was recognized,” said Nauert, LSC-Kingwood student scenic designer and lead actress. “I was happy that the production received an Excellent rating. We all put 100 percent of ourselves into this show, and I think that really made it a great show.”

Espin, who played Desdemona, credits the production’s success to teamwork, talent and effort.

“I felt honored that the judges awarded the production as Excellent. It was extremely competitive this year and it was wonderful to have received an award,” Espin said. “This was a fun production to be a part of and everyone involved gave it their best.”

LSC-Kingwood’s Theatre Department strives to create high-level, professional-looking productions. In the nine years that the department has attended TCCSTA’s Play Festival, it has earned four superior ratings, three Greg Schneider Memorial awards for technical excellence and two Bill Morton Challenge awards for acting.

“The overall goal of the theatre department is to enrich the lives of our students and community at large. We teach a large assortment of theatre courses, and produce a wide-variety of shows that range from light-hearted comedies to thought provoking dramas, and everything else in-between,” Vlahos said.

LSC-Kingwood’s next production is the 11th annual “Evening of Shorts”. It will run April 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22-23 at 2 p.m. in the college’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors age 55 and older, and $7 for students. For more information, visit www.lonestar.edu/seasons or call 281-312-1532.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm

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