Theatre students from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith performing “Dromnium” brought home a first -- the Director’s Choice Award -- from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional festival.
Bob Stevenson of Fort Smith, UAFS theatre director, said UAFS has never won this award, the Richard Weaver Award for the best show at the festival.
“It’s pretty big,” said Stevenson, “and makes us in the top eight in the nation this year.”
The UAFS performance of “Dromnium” also received the Best Load in/Load out Award, titled the Golden Hand Cart Award, and an Invited Production Award, given to those selected to perform at the festival.
Two individual awards went to Megan King of Cabot, both in make-up design. King won the U.S. Institute of Theatrical Technology Award, which includes a full scholarship to the Las Vegas Stage Technology Conference this summer, and the Region VI KC/ACTF Meritorious Achievement Award.
An individual award also went to Hannah Yeager of Booneville for lighting design, titled the U.S. Institute of Theatrical Technology Award.
Stevenson said it was a great honor to be considered the best show in the region for this year.
“The award carries with it a large traveling silver cup with our name inscribed,” he said, “very similar to the Stanley Cup. It is a privilege to have the name UAFS on the cup along with the other powerhouse theatre programs from around the region.”
He said he was also very proud of the individual awards won by UAFS design students.
“This is also a first for us,” he said. “They worked very hard to make sure that all of their design documentation and portfolios were in good shape for the competition, and we are especially excited about Megan’s USITT award that allows her to attend the Expo free and learn from some of the leading experts in live entertainment technology.”
This is the second time UAFS has won the Best Load in/Load out Award.
“I think it speaks volumes about the ideology of our program,” said Stevenson. “We all do everything. Every actor also serves as crew. There are no stars at UAFS, only hard-working theatre artists who know the value of teamwork.”
The storyline for “Dromnium” involves two people who are living in a loveless and monotonous relationship and, while they sleep, they enter into a land of dreams. Stevenson said the name for the acrobatic production actually comes from a Danish word which has a slash mark through the letter “o” and has a meaning related to dreams and dreaming.
The cast includes:
Barling: Joshua Victor Wilson.
Batesville: Owen Bailey.
Booneville: Hannah Yeager.
Cabot: Megan King.
Charleston: Zeek Sidwell.
Clarksville: Suzanne Wright.
Fayetteville: Jessica Harvey.
Fort Smith: Ashley Behm, Cassi Colvett, Fred Delarosa, Jamie Gilliam, Carline Handy, Jack Khounthikoummane, Wade King, Hannah Lovins, Shawn Mann, Christian Meurer, Sarah Pair, Edward Portman, Dakota Prescott, Carmelo Sanchez, John Smith, Priscilla Tran, Laura Wineland, Leah Wineland and Ethan Womack.
Greenwood: Jacob "Bob" Lensing and Courtney Wilburn.
Hackett: John Hall.
Hoxie: Aron Long.
Liberty, Okla.: Cody Banning.
Longview, Texas: Stuart Campbell.
Pea Ridge: Chastan Bratton.
Robinson, Texas: Casey Moore.
Roland, Okla.: Heather Jennings.
Sallisaw, Okla.: Jason Smith.
West Fork: Amber Wright.
Stevenson said national awards would be announced this summer.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre.