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Preparing for Irene Ryans

November 2013

Every year, St. Ambrose University Theatre Department sends in three out their four mainstage shows to be reviewed by an Kennedy Center American College Theatre (KCACTF) adjudicator. From these shows, two actors are nominated for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. Irene Ryan was an American actress, best known for her role as Granny Clampett in the famous 60s sit-com, The Beverly Hillbillies.

This nomination allows the chosen actors to compete at the KCACTF Festival. The Kennedy Center recognizes student actors and their talents through awards and scholarships in areas such as playwriting, acting, directing and design. There are sixteen regional and two national scholarships. The regional scholarships winners receive $500 and the national winners receive $3,000.

This year KCACTF will be held in Lincoln, Neb. The students stay for a week in January to compete, participate in workshops, devised theatre, and audition for summer internships. Last year, our very own Anthony Stratton '13 won at KCACTF and moved on to Washington to compete nationally. Our Technical Team also won and brought home the coveted Golden Wrench Award.

The actors must choose an acting partner from their peers, then prepare two contrasting scenes and either a monologue or a song to perform. Their performance must not exceed six minutes. The students who have been nominated for an Irene Ryan Scholarship this year are:

Molly Conrad, Senior: "Eurydice" - Eurydice - performing with acting partner, Stephanie Seward '13
Brooke Schelly, Junior: "Loud Stone" - Eurydice - performing with acting partner, First year Sam Jones
Tim Stompanato '13: "Billy Flynn" - Chicago - performing with acting partner, junior Chris Galvan
Jonathan Johnson, Sophomore: "King Arthur" - Spamalot – performing with acting partner, sophomore Jordan McGinnis
Jackson Green, First Year: "Historian" - Spamalot performing with acting partner, sophomore Amelia Fischer

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