Sat, Jan. 14, 2006
Production roles put students in running for scholarships
By University Notes
Several students from the area are involved in honors related to University of Kansas stage productions.
“An Army of One,” a new full-length play written by a University of Kansas graduate, has been selected for performance at the Region V festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The drama, originally presented at KU in mid-November, is a joint production of the University Theatre and the English Alternative Theatre.
Jeremy Riggs, a sophomore from De Soto, is sound board operator for “An Army of One.” The theatre and film major is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Riggs, and he is a graduate of De Soto High School; The regional festival will be Jan. 22-28 in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. “An Army of One” will be performed on the Concordia College campus in Moorhead.
Ryan Scholarship: Nine KU students are participating in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition, held as part of the Theatre Festival Jan. 23-24. Included are nominees from the EAT productions of “Zoo Story” and “The Holocaust Kid” as well as from the University Theatre productions of “Three Sisters,” “Popcorn” and “An Army of One.”
Local student members of the university company attending the regional festival include (listed by name, class and major, parents’ names, high school and role):
Joe Carey of Lenexa, sophomore film major, son of John and Beverly Carey, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. He is a Josh Now and Irene Ryan Scholarship nominee for “An Army of One.”
Val Smith of Lenexa, sophomore art history major, daughter of Tom and Vicki Smith, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. She is an Irene Ryan Scholarship nominee for “Popcorn.”
Patrick Crough of Merriam, junior journalism and Spanish major, son of Deborah Crough, Shawnee Mission North High School. She is an Irene Ryan Scholarship nominee for “Zoo Story.”
Niccole Thurman of Shawnee, senior theater major, daughter of Amy Thurman, Shawnee Mission North High School. She is an Irene Ryan Scholarship acting partner.
Nathan R. Totten, sophomore sociology and marketing major, son of Noel Totten and Donna Mayoral, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. He is an Irene Ryan Scholarship acting partner.
A special benefit performance of “An Army of One” will be staged at KU at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall.
Proceeds from the benefit will be used to offset the costs of attending the regional festival.
“An Army of One” tells the story of a patriotic young American and his family’s relationship to the military.
After returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, Joshua Harrison struggles to reconcile his memories of the war with the everyday realities of home.
General admission tickets for the benefit performance of “An Army of One” are on sale in the University Theatre ticket office, 864-3982, and online at kutheatre.com.
Tickets are $12 for the public, $10 for all students and KU faculty and staff and $11 for senior citizens.
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