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Campus Profile “One of the O ” Best utstanding quality has again earned Hope College Theatre major recognition. The department’s production of Gone Missing was one of only eight plays chosen for presentation during the Region Three Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in early January. The productions were selected by jury to showcase the best collegiate theatre of the year. It was the second time in only four years that a Hope production was chosen for the highly competitive event. The college’s production of Rose and the Rime was selected for the 2008 festival. Based on its performance at the 2008 regional, Rose and the Rime was one of only three full-length college/university-staged plays chosen for that year’s national festival. Gone Missing is an inventive new cabaret by Steve Cosson, artistic director of the New York City ensemble, The Civilians, with music Hope College Theatre’s production of gone missing, originally presented on campus in April 2011, was one of only eight plays chosen for the highly competitive region Three Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. It was the second time in four years that a Hope production was chosen for the event. and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Premiered in 2003, Gone Missing is based on interviews conducted by the theatre company’s members around the topic of losing something. Throughout the production, stories and songs about something “gone missing”—be it a dog, a shoe, a piece of jewelry—are shared. Hope College Theatre originally presented Gone Missing in April 2011, in the DeWitt Center main theatre. All of the original cast members reprised their roles for the regional event, including three who had since graduated. The performance, directed by Dr. Daina Robins, professor of theatre and chairperson of the department, included a response session with two theatre professionals, Michael Legg of Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and Michael Blatt, a professional actor from New York. Legg praised the performance, noting, “Hope College’s production of Gone Missing was one As News from Hope College went to press, the department of theatre learned that gone missing has earned three national awards through the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in addition to this year’s regional recognition: • The production itself is being recognized in the category of “Distinguished production of a musical”; • Faculty member Daina robins is being honored as a “Distinguished Director of a musical”; • Junior skye edwards is receiving the “Outstanding Choreography Award” for his work on the production. of the best KC/ACTF invited productions I’ve seen. They perfectly captured the style, heart and substance of this complex and beautiful piece of theatre. I’m incredibly impressed by the talent and professionalism of the students I meet from Hope’s theatre program. They’re definitely receiving the training and support they need to be competitive in their future careers.” Along with the showcased performances, the festival also includes workshops, a new play festival, an extensive display and competition for student designers, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions, and opportunities for stage managers, playwrights, directors and designers to exhibit their work and receive feedback from theatre professionals. A total of six Hope students nominated by ACTF responders based on their appearances in Hope productions during 2011 participated in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition: senior Kelsey Cratty of Rockford, Ill. ( The Two Gentlemen of Verona ), junior Skye Edwards of Morrison, Colo. ( Gone Missing ), junior Jesse Swatling-Holcomb of Oakland, Calif. ( Gone Missing ) senior John Telfer of Escondido, Calif. ( Under Milk Wood ), senior Christoff Visscher of Silver Spring, Md. ( The Two Gentlemen of Verona ) and senior Kara Williams of Saline, Mich. ( Under Milk Wood ). In addition, senior Brittini Nowicki of West Bloomfield, Mich., who was stage manager for the college’s November production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona , was selected to participate in both the semi-final and the final round of the National Stage Management Fellowship, and Kara Williams auditioned and was cast in a role for the Student 10 Minute Play Festival. 18 News From Hope College

“One of the Best”

Outstanding quality has again earned Hope College Theatre major recognition. The department’s production of Gone Missing was one of only eight plays chosen for presentation during the Region Three Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in early January. The productions were selected by jury to showcase the best collegiate theatre of the year.<br /> <br /> It was the second time in only four years that a Hope production was chosen for the highly competitive event. The college’s production of Rose and the Rime was selected for the 2008 festival. Based on its performance at the 2008 regional, Rose and the Rime was one of only three full-length college/university-staged plays chosen for that year’s national festival.<br /> <br /> Gone Missing is an inventive new cabaret by Steve Cosson, artistic director of the New York City ensemble, The Civilians, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Premiered in 2003, Gone Missing is based on interviews conducted by the theatre company’s members around the topic of losing something.<br /> <br /> Throughout the production, stories and songs about something “gone missing”—be it a dog, a shoe, a piece of jewelry—are shared. Hope College Theatre originally presented Gone Missing in April 2011, in the DeWitt Center main theatre. All of the original cast members reprised their roles for the regional event, including three who had since graduated.<br /> <br /> The performance, directed by Dr. Daina Robins, professor of theatre and chairperson of the department, included a response session with two theatre professionals, Michael Legg of Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and Michael Blatt, a professional actor from New York. Legg praised the performance, noting, “Hope College’s production of Gone Missing was one of the best KC/ACTF invited productions I’ve seen. They perfectly captured the style, heart and substance of this complex and beautiful piece of theatre. I’m incredibly impressed by the talent and professionalism of the students I meet from Hope’s theatre program. They’re definitely receiving the training and support they need to be competitive in their future careers.”<br /> <br /> Along with the showcased performances, the festival also includes workshops, a new play festival, an extensive display and competition for student designers, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions, and opportunities for stage managers, playwrights, directors and designers to exhibit their work and receive feedback from theatre professionals.<br /> <br /> A total of six Hope students nominated by ACTF responders based on their appearances in Hope productions during 2011 participated in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition: senior Kelsey Cratty of Rockford, Ill. (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), junior Skye Edwards of Morrison, Colo. (Gone Missing), junior Jesse Swatling-Holcomb of Oakland, Calif. (Gone Missing) senior John Telfer of Escondido, Calif. (Under Milk Wood), senior Christoff Visscher of Silver Spring, Md. (The Two Gentlemen of Verona) and senior Kara Williams of Saline, Mich. (Under Milk Wood).<br /> <br /> In addition, senior Brittini Nowicki of West Bloomfield, Mich., who was stage manager for the college’s November production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, was selected to participate in both the semifinal and the final round of the National Stage Management Fellowship, and Kara Williams auditioned and was cast in a role for the Student 10 Minute Play Festival.

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