JMU Students Capture Top Awards at Regional Theatre Festival

Senior Mary Keegan won the regional lighting design award for her work on the fall production of Anna in the Tropics. She will have the opportunity to compete in the National KCACTF at the Kennedy Center in April. Junior Annemarie Scerra received the regional award in the area of sound design for her work on the fall production of For Sale.

Senior Sean Fry who was one of five students in the region to advance to the final round in the directing competition for his work with a scene from Polaroid Stories.

In the Irene Ryan acting scholarship area, two JMU pairs advanced to the final round of 16 out of nearly 270 pairs that began the process. Senior Jacob Dickey and his partner Maddie Arthur presented scenes from Wild Party, Beyond Therapy and King Lear. Senior Ross Neal and his partner Justin Calhoun presented scenes from I Love Your Because, Lone Star and Henry V.

JMU remounted its production of the original student-written play For Sale and presented that play at two performances at the festival. The production is eligible for a variety of awards, which will be announced after all eight KCACTF regional festivals are concluded. At the festival, JMU was awarded the Golden Hand Truck Award for the most efficient technical installation of a participating show.

About 1300 students, faculty and professional presenters attended the festival. Over 75 schools were represented.

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