Oct. 10, 2012
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WTAMU Production Earns ACTF Respondent Awards
CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University production of The Elephant Man has earned several Respondent Awards as an associate production entry in the 2012 American College Theatre Festival (ACTF).
Respondent John Cimics attended the Oct. 6 performance of The Elephant Man and gave the production high praise and an impressive list of awards.
Josiah Robinson, a junior musical theatre major from Canyon, earned a Meritorious Achievement Award in acting for his performance as surgeon Frederick Treves. Kristina Reneau, a senior design/technology theatre major from Amarillo, received a Meritorious Achievement Award in wig and makeup design.
Commendations were given to Megan Hjerpe, a senior design/technology theatre major from Amarillo, for stage management, J.T. Sherrer, a junior theatre major from Amarillo, for sound design, and to Kylee Melson, a junior design/technology theatre major, for prop design.
Two WTAMU students— Zeke Lewis, a senior theatre major from Azle, and Reilly Downes, a senior musical theatre major from Bandera— received Irene Ryan Acting Awards which gives each student an opportunity to compete in the Regional Irene Ryan Acting Competition in February 2013 in Louisiana.
WTAMU began participating in ACTF in 1994, and every production since then has received high praise and/or a chance to advance to the regional festival. The University last competed at regionals in 2008 with The Rabbit Hole. The University’s 2012 participating entry, Iphigenia 2.0, will open in November and receive a critique and possible awards from a team of respondents.
The Elephant Man, directed by Royal Brantley, professor of theatre, and designed by theatre professors Anne Medlock and Shawn Irish, runs through Oct. 13 in the Happy State Bank Studio Theatre on campus. For ticket information, call the theatre box office at 806-651-2804.