U-Idaho Theatre Students Prepare for Competition

Wednesday, February 1 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho -- Fourteen students from the University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts have been selected to compete for acting scholarships awarded by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

The national theater program will honor 16 students with Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships worth $500 each. Students will compete against nominees from 51 regional institutions. Before heading off to the Fort Collins, Colo., competition, they will present their auditions to the Palouse.

The department will host the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition Showcase 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the U-Idaho Hartung Theater on the corner of Sixth Street and Stadium Drive. Admission is free.

Nominees were chosen by KCACTF respondents based on performance evaluations during fall productions at U-Idaho. Each nominee is required to present two scenes and a monologue during in the regional competition. Scenes and monologues are chosen by the nominee and another student with whom they will partner.

About 200 students will participate in the KCACTF Region VII competition held Feb. 13-17. Winners of regional scholarships will be invited to the national festival in Washington, D.C., to compete for two $3,000 scholarships in April.

U-Idaho senior Kristin Glaeser, nominated for her performance in U-Idaho’s early fall production of Adoration of Dora by U-Idaho graduate student Lojo Simon, and her partner sophomore Tommy Lukrich will present scenes from Hopscotch by Israel Horovitz and Courtship by Horton Foote.

Auditions will be evaluated based on a nominees’ ability to partner, make bold acting choices and pursue clear objectives.

Glaeser said she sought selections that would highlight different acting skills judges may have not seen before. The two chose Hopscotch, she said, because it is a “nitty gritty” scene opposite what she and Lukrich are commonly cast.

“We come off as very sweet, innocent and young,” she said. “It’s great to dive into a scene that completely contrasts our appearance.”

Glaeser said pinpointing exactly what will catch a judge’s eye is difficult.

“I think the best way to fulfill their unknown expectations is to go in to have a good time, show them something worth watching and be grateful for the acting opportunity,” she said.

The 14 U-Idaho nominees and their partners are:

Nominee Partner
Phoenix Tage Emily McQuarrie
Joshua Christensen Emily Schneider
Sean Parker Kaleene Tressler
Kristin Glaeser Tommy Lukrich
Hilary Mosman Richard Sean Glen
Rachel Rosenfeld Max Holley
Emily Volf Emily Schneider
Cady Ann Smola Sean Altuna
Emily Nash-Gray Tiffany Flory
Heidi Lindholm Shane Brown
Emily Rose Schacher Anthony Luna
Jeremy Thompson Taylor Behary
Sondra Williams Tommy Lukrich
Cory Williamson Carlin Mitchell
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