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SAU at 2010 Regional Theatre Festival

December 2010

The St. Ambrose Theatre Dept. is proud to say they will be sharing some talents of their students at KCACTF. Here are a few spotlights on groups and individuals entering competitions.

Dr. Corinne Johnson is the Region 5 Irene Ryan coordinator for KCACTF. Responsibilities include travelling and seeing other schools' productions, and working with the Irene Ryan program and participants.

The Tech Crew Showdown, which SAU has won the past two consecutive years, is a competition that shows off the talents of the university's technical crew and how dedicated to the end product they are. Judgeing areas of the Stage Crew Showdown include hang and focus of a light, a rope tying, costume quick-change, and a prop placement event. The SAU Tech Team this year is Josh Tipsword '11, Tyler Reinert '12 and Daniel Conlin '13. A fourth member will be selected following auditions.

In addition to the Tech Team, Tyler Reinert '12 is looking for a scene design for the design expo and will be entering the stage-management fellowship and portfolio review.

Daniel Rairdin-Hale may be taking part in a new event called Devised Theatre. It's still in the planning stages but is something he is considering being involved with. Another thing on his mind that he will probably sign up for is the Faculty Splash Showcase. It's a showcase of scenes performed between faculty members from different schools, and the first time they see each other is when they perform in front of the audience. It sounds exciting and right up his alley!

St. Ambrose may be selected to perform its production of Oedipus Rex that was performed last April. This could be a very large task, but Joe Goodall, Ambrose alum, said he would help with this and we are very inspired by this. Goodall says, "I know how difficult it can be to travel a show; it can be very difficult when there is a hard time limit involved for load in and load out." He has experience moving shows and thinks the Oedipus production could use an experienced hand to ensure smoothness in the trip.

He still thinks of the SAU Theatre Department as an extended family. "The commitment to excellence the SAU theatre department strives for has inspired me to always do my best on any project. The department has helped me out in many ways and when the opportunity arises, I love returning the favor."

In Goodall's experience, KCACTF was a time to build stronger relationships with other people in the theatre department and meet professions as lots of new people in the region. "It is nice to see the work that others are doing and celebrate the art of theatre with people who really appreciate it as an art form." He still thinks many of those benefits hold true and make up what KCACTF is about today. "It's also an opportunity for students in the SAU theatre to show off their talents and passion with other peers and being to build an all important social network of professionals in their chosen field."

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