Coastal Carolina University Theater's production of The
Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) recently placed in the top 25
at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KC/ACTF)
regional competition, which featured 225 entries from schools in 10
southeastern states. The production featured Coastal dramatic arts
majors Jason Adams, Michael Levesque and Steven Thompson, who were
nominated for acting scholarships from the Irene Ryan Foundation
following the competition.
Adams, Levesque and Thompson will travel to the American College
Theater Festival, Region IV competition hosted by the University of
Southern Mississippi Feb. 8 to 10. The Foundation and KC/ACTF bring
winners from the eight regions to the Kennedy Center in Washington,
D.C., in spring 2001 to take part in the KC/ACTF national festival.
Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, Calif., has
awarded scholarships to the 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 portrayal of the
lovable and feisty Granny Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Coastal's production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
(abridged) was performed on campus in Wheelwright Auditorium Sept. 29
to Oct. 1. The plot takes the form of a comic romp through
Shakespeare's 37 histories, comedies and tragedies, performed in less
than two hours by three actors. The production gives emphasis to two of
the better known plays, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, with snippets from
all the other plays thrown in, including a brief rap version of
"The spirit and motivation in the theater department is
unbelievable right now," says Robin Edwards Russell, director of the
production and assistant professor of theater at Coastal. "It was truly
a collaborative effort. There were more than 20 people who all worked
very hard to make this production successful."
The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) was created in 1987
by three California college students, Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess
Winfield, who called themselves the Reduced Shakespeare Company. The
play has since been performed all over the world and has been praised
for its uproarious, Monty Python-style humor.
Coastal Carolina University Theater offers public performances of
significant plays complementing the dramatic arts and musical theater
degree programs in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of
Humanities and Fine Arts as well as other academic programs of the
university. Generally, four plays are selected each academic year to
provide a variety of training opportunities to students and to offer
the university community and the public a variety of live performances.
For information about future productions, call the Wheelwright Box