Eastern Theatre Department, students bring home honors from Kennedy Center Festival


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 10, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College theatre students were recently honored for their performance in the Region 6 Arkansas State Festival for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The department and its students earned several awards at the event, which was hosted by the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith Oct. 26-30, 2016.

“"KCACTF continues to provide excellent learning opportunities for our students. By touring a production to the state festival, EOSC is able to offer an educational tool that few colleges and universities in the nation are able to utilize,” said director Sarah Klocke. “The EOSC Theatre Department is thankful to have such a supportive administration that understands the importance of professional training."
Eastern presented “Eh?” by Henry Livings at the festival. The piece earned one of the top awards, “The Golden Crowbar,” for the best technical showing.

In addition, multiple leading actors and actresses of the production garnered nominations for Irene Ryan Acting Awards. Those nominated include Marcus Joe of Jonesboro, Arkansas for his role as Price; Tarius Dawson of Austin, Texas for his role as Reverend Mort; and Hannah Hathcock of Stigler for her role as Mrs. Murry. These students will have the opportunity to compete for the award at the KCACTF Region 6 Festival March 1, 2017 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Director Klocke personally brought home two awards from the festival. Her design skills won Excellence in Scenic Design and Excellence in Costume Design.

Two Eastern students were also named to the festival’s Honor Crew. Marcus Joe and Kayla Carr, of Checotah, were chosen based on their technical abilities, work ethic and attitude. Furthermore, Carr was singled out as an Outstanding Honor Crew Member. As Crew members, they worked several extra hours each day setting up and breaking down competing production’s technical elements.

Set in a factory boiler room, “Eh?” follows maverick Valentine Brose’s struggles with the mechanized modern industry. Broses’s failure to push the right button at the right time has comical repercussions as he clambers about the boiler attempting to stop it from blowing up. Eastern’s production was originally performed at the college in mid-October.

The KCACTF is a national organization that celebrates the educational and creative process of university and college theater. It promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds. More than 600 institutions and 18,000 students nationwide are involved in the program.

Eastern students Marcus Joe (left) and Tarius Dawson (right) were among those honored for their performance in “Eh?” at the Region 6 Arkansas State Festival for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

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