March 29, 2017
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WTAMU Theatre Production Receives National Awards from KCACTF
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s theatre production of Brooklyn: the musical, received six national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in recognition of its outstanding work at the Region VI showcase in March at Angelo State University.
The six national awards included Distinguished Production of a Musical; Distinguished Ensemble of a Musical; Distinguished Direction of a Musical—Andrew Barratt Lewis, assistant professor of musical theatre; Distinguished Choreography—Crystal Bertrand, instructor of dance; Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical—Caleb Summers, musical theatre major; and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Musical—Laurel Smalley, musical theatre major.
In addition to the six national awards, the production also received regional recognition. The play was awarded the Director’s Choice Award and the Best Load In/Out Award. Eleven WTAMU students also were recognized as finalists in the Musical Theatre Initiative, a competition geared toward musical theatre students. The Musical Theatre Initiative vocal finalists included Laurel Smalley, Caleb Summers, Macy Watts and Maddie Todd. Caleb Aguilar was named first alternate. Dance finalists in the Musical Theatre Initiative are Maddie Todd, Zach Perrin, Macy Watts, Caitlin Izard, Treston Johnson and Caleb Summers. The award for Outstanding Honor Crew Member at the festival was presented to Thomas Stowers.
KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and has served as a catalyst for improving the quality of college-theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions across the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. KCACTF Region VI consists of six states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
The WTAMU production was one of six shows invited to perform at the regional festival. The invitation marked the fifth WTAMU theatre production to be selected for performance at KCACTF. Previous productions were selected in 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
With book, music and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, Brooklyn: the musical first appeared on Broadway in 2004. Brooklyn: the musical, directed by Andrew Barratt Lewis and choreographed by Crystal Bertrand, uses rhythm and blues to tell a heartwarming story of Brooklyn, a girl in search of her father and more. It first appeared on the WTAMU stage in the fall.