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Theatre Department Earns Top Honors at Festival

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Theatre Department earned superior rating for its production “No Exit” at the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival. Pictured from left are (top): Benjamin Peets, Paul Troung and Eric C. Sandell; (middle) Sydney Canaana, Natalie Jinks and Tarryn Shelman; and (bottom) Eric C. Skiles, Kalliope P. Vlahos and Bruce Moran.
Competing against 10 other schools, Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Theatre Department brought home top awards from the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association (TCCSTA) Play Festival.

The department’s recent production of “No Exit” was one of two shows awarded a superior rating; the highest rating at the festival. LSC-Kingwood students involved in the production, both acting and technical, also received individual acknowledgement for their outstanding work.

“We constantly strive to grow creative and intelligent theatre practitioners!  We intend that our department produces the most professional work possible in our theatrical season of shows,” said Eric Skiles, theatre professor and artistic director of theatre.

Students Eric C. Sandell and Sydney Canaan earned excellence in acting awards from both of the festival respondents; Natalie Jinks, stage manager, and Benjamin Peets, assistant stage manager, received superior in stage management award from the directors; and Tarryn Shelman, lighting technician and assistant master electrician, received a superior in lighting award from the directors. In addition, Bruce Moran received the J. Greg Schneider Tech Challenge award from the festival respondents, which makes him the best technician at the festival. He also earned a superior in sound design award from the directors and respondents.

“We love what we do and we love our students!” Skiles said. “These live theatre productions, and the classes that support them, teach actors and crew members vital skills such as good public speaking, team dynamics, extemporaneous speaking, problem solving, research skills and more.”

Earning awards at the TCCSTA Festival is not new for the college. In the past, the department and students earned numerous awards for the “Twelfth Night” in 2008; “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!!” in 2007; “Baby With the Bathwater” in 2007 and the 5th annual “Evening of Shorts” in 2011. In addition to the TCCSTA Festival, the department earned awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for “In the Company of Strangers” in 2005; “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” in 2009; “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!!” in 2007; and “The Vagina Monologues” in 2011.

LSC-Kingwood’s next production is “An Evening of Shorts” on April 17-21 in the Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre. For more information on LSC-Kingwood’s Theatre Department or on the upcoming production, email Eric Skiles at Eric.C.Skiles@LoneStar.edu or visit http://www.lonestar.edu/drama-dept-kingwood.htm.

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