DSU Students Compete at Regional Theatre Festival
Students from Dakota State University are participating in the Region V American College Theatre Festival in Overland Park, Kansas this week. The festival consists of workshops, along with opportunities to view plays, and participate in activities involving directing and acting.
The festival also includes competition for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. Irene Ryan was a stage and television actress best known as Granny on the tv show "The Beverly Hillbillies." Sixteen $500 scholarships are awarded regionally. Students become eligible for the scholarship through an audition process. During the regional festival, over 300 students will compete in three rounds of acting, with two being chosen to continue on to a national scholarship competition. Dakota State students Jordan Hamm, Adam Wells, Melissa Jean Pickerign, and Katie Jones are among the competitors.
Other DSU students attending the festival include Aaron Klimes, Jamie Grimes, Nick Wall, and Britney Timm. Klimes is entering his sound design for the DSU production of "A Christmas Story" and Grimes in entering his poster design for the production in the Design and Tech Expo festival competition. Hamm's scene design for "A Christmas Story" is also entered in the competition. Wall and Timm will attend workshops in lighting and other theatre design areas.