Several Southwestern College students and faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Region V, from Jan. 22 to 27 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Region V comprises Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri.

The following individuals received special commendations: Melissa Connell for “I and You” sound design; Brian Winnie for “Spring Awakening” musical direction; Shawn Knepper for “Peter and the Starcatcher” props master; and Brandi Young for “Peter and the Starcatcher” stage and production management.

Jack Warring was cast in one of the original 10-minute plays; Warring and Tanner Schartz were chosen to perform in the musical theater showcase.

Carson Davis, Jonathan Lane, Brandi Young, Jack Warring and Tanner Schartz either auditioned or interviewed for 12 summer theater companies and received numerous callbacks.

Allyson Moon, director of the theater program at Southwestern College, was involved at the festival. She served as an Irene Ryan Acting Competition respondent, led an improvisational acting workshop, participated in faculty workshops, and attended the productions.

Other SC students who attended the festival included Hannah Breshears, Jessica Burk, Tyler Demaree, Richard Ekhoff, Dakota Green, Ryan Pangracs, Victoria Peavey, Matthew Porter, Ondreya Seahorn, Aidan Wells and Xu Yue.

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