December 3, 2008
Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s theatre program learned this week that its production of “The Curious Savage” is in the running for one of only a handful of slots available to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s (KCACTF) Region VI conference in February.
Kimberly Weast, associate professor of theatre, said that the organization’s vice chair from Arkansas and a professor from Cameron University attended the show on Oct. 24 where they gave a verbal critique to the cast and crew following the production.
“During the verbal response, the cast and crew must ‘defend’ their choices concerning everything from why the playbill has a certain color, to seams in the women’s panty hose,” Weast said. “Very, very detailed and stressful. Each actor, as well as the director, has to defend why the character they portrayed did what they did -- walk, accent, line delivery, etc. As designer, I have to defend color schemes, lights, furniture, magazine covers, music choices, etc. It is wild!”
The two visitors from KCACTF then recommended Northwestern’s production to the Region VI board to be considered for the prestigious honor of competing – a first in Northwestern’s history.
Weast explained that the production was recorded and then edited into a 10 and 30 minute version using various sections of the show to give a concise story. This weekend, the KCACTF vice chair will present Northwestern’s production to the rest of the committee. Before watching the shortened version of the show, a two to five page director’s concept statement and a defense for the production written by Weast will be read to the committee. After viewing the production, committee members will discuss its highs, lows, problems, quality of theatre, technicality and other items.
Northwestern’s production is one of 24 being considered this weekend, and only six to possibly eight will be selected. Weast said she should know by Monday if the production has been selected.
Some of the other productions being considered are from schools such as the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, West Texas A&M, Texas State San Marcos and Sam Houston State University.
“I’m very proud of the cast and crew of ‘The Curious Savage,’” Weast said. “The actors worked 21 to 24 hours a week for six weeks in rehearsal. The crew did an additional eight hours a week for six weeks on the set. The cast and crew gave up their fall break to get the show up before dress rehearsal the following Tuesday.
“When you add up all the man hours for this production and for every production we present, it is well into the thousands,” Weast said. “The theatre students at Northwestern are the hardest working students in the state. I’m extremely thrilled with their accomplishment.”
Posted on Wed, December 3, 2008
by Valarie Case