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Coastal Carolina University Theater production earns regional ranking

December 4, 2002

Coastal Carolina University Theater's recent production of "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum," has placed in the top 28 at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KC/ACTF) regional competition, which featured entries from schools in 10 southeastern states and was recently held at Coastal.

The show featured Coastal theater students Jason Adams, Emily Perkins, Danny Garrity and Jerrod Paige, who were nominated for acting scholarships from the Irene Ryan Foundation as a result of their performances in the competition. Scholarship money may be used for students to attend graduate school. It's Adams' second nomination. He and Coastal theater student Elizabeth Farmer were nominated for their performances in Coastal Carolina University Theater's production of "Moose Mating," presented in September 2002.

Adams, Perkins, Garrity, Paige, and Farmer will travel to Savannah, Ga., in February to compete at the American College Theater Festival, Region IV. The Foundation and KC/ACTF bring winners from the eight regions to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in the spring to take part in the KC/ACTF national festival.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, Calif., has awarded scholarships to outstanding performers at each regional competition. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan, who is best remembered for her role as Granny Clampett on the "Beverly Hillbillies."