2/10/2006 Linfield theatre students to compete at NW drama conference
McMINNVILLE ? Linfield College theatre students and faculty members will plays integral roles in the Northwest Drama Conference, part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Feb. 20-24, in Pasco, Wash.
The annual drama conference provides Northwest theatre students with the opportunity to attend workshops, performances and seminars on a variety of theatrical topics including directing, acting and design. Twenty-three Linfield students, along with faculty members Ty Marshall and Janet Gupton, and Robert Miller, instructional associate and technical director, will attend.
Linfield?s production of "A Corpse With Feet" will be presented as a special invited showcase production for all festival participants on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Aoi Koto, a Japanese exchange student from Kanto Gakuin University, will return to the United States to perform with fellow actors, Brenna Crocker, Patrick Maxwell and Zane Johnston.
To prepare for the festival production, the Linfield Theatre will present a free final dress rehearsal of "A Corpse With Feet" for the Linfield and McMinnville community at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. Tickets are first-come first-served and can be picked up at the theatre office from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 14. The box office will open at 6 p.m. on the evening of the show. Seating is general admission. Phone and email reservations will not be accepted.
Seven Linfield students have been nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition based on their outstanding work during the Linfield production season. Students include sophomores Katie Dolph and Natalie Grant for their performances in "The Water Children"; sophomore Ben Los for his work in "Scapino!"; freshmen Brenna Crocker and Zane Johnston for their work in "A Corpse With Feet"; and freshman Keegan Bassett and junior Matt Hall for their work in "Woyzeck."
In addition to the acting competition, two students will present design work. Senior Terra Armstrong will present her lighting design for "Woyzeck" and junior Laurel Schultz will present costume design work from "A Midsummer Night?s Dream."
Senior Oliver Ogden has been nominated for the Student Director Fellowship and will direct a staged reading of a 10-minute play by a student playwright from another school in the region. Senior Morgan Yeates will present a workshop on property-making skills and Gupton will present "Infusing Asian Theatre Into the Production Schedule."
For more information call 503-883-2802.