Lancaster –Three students from the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship and will perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Regional Festival this January in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students," said OUL Theatre Director Victor Jones. "I am thrilled for them."
The Kennedy Center American College Theater is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide.The Kennedy Center festival has served as a catalyst to improve the quality of college theater in the United States, and has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work to receive outside assessment.
The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship is named after the woman who played "Granny" on the television program "Beverly Hillbillies." OUL students Mason Taylor, Shannon Webb, and Jordon LeuVoy will compete at the festival in an effort to be awarded scholarships.The scholarships provide recognition, honor and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education.
"There have been so many milestones in the past few years with OUL Theatre: putting on our first major production, joining the Lancaster Festival line-up, partnering with community members, and now competing in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival," said Jones. "Each season, I try to bring new challenges for our students.This fall I asked them to join me in competing in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival with our production of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' The production was beautifully acted, and the set and lighting design allowed the audiences to be taken back to the 1930s."
An OUL Theatre group that includes 14 men and 10 women will attend the festival. The Ohio University Lancaster Campus has dedicated some funds for the costs associated with the trip including the festival registration, hotel and transportation costs. Additional funds will be raised through an e-mail that will be sent to alumni, and the campus theatre website will provide information for family, friends and other theatre-goers to contribute to support these students .
"This upcoming year promises to be something special as we continue 'A Season of Classics,'" said Jones. "I hope to announce the spring show and the Lancaster Festival summer production very soon."