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SFCC theatre arts students earn awards, internships

March 15, 2012

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Fifteen State Fair Community College Theatre Arts students competed against more than 200 students from five states Feb. 21-25 at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), Region 6, at the University of Oklahoma School of Drama in Norman.

Sophomore Megan Aleshire, Monett, was granted a summer internship with the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, Kan. She will receive room and board, a stipend and the chance to work on three musicals during her internship.

Freshman Kacy Barta, Monett, received a callback from Canterburry Summer Theatre in Michigan City, Ind. Upon submitting an audition tape, Barta has the chance to work on three musicals and two non-musicals during the 10-week internship.

Students competed by performing scenes from plays.

Six SFCC students who attended were nominated for Irene Ryan Award scholarships for their performances in SFCC shows during 2011. Nominated were Kiya Parker, Lexington, and Caleb Shook, Urbana, “Dining Room”; Aleshire and Daniel Parman, Harrisonville, “Urinetown”; DyNisha Hawkins, Sedalia, “Honus & Me”; and Kacy Knox, Lexington, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

Also nominated but unable to attend the festival were Shawn Dickmeyer, Lexington, “Honus & Me,” and Krystle Cain, Gainesville, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

Nominations for scholarships are based on evaluations of student performances by respondents from other colleges or universities as well as nominations from SFCC theatre instructors.

Region 6 schools are located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The KCACTF is a national organization that celebrates the educational and creative process of university and college theatre.

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