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MSU Campus Players return from theatre festival in Des Moines

MINOT, N.D. – Ten Minot State University students participated at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, during the week of Jan. 21-26. The festival offers theatre students the opportunity to participate in workshops, productions, professional auditions, and acting, playwriting, and technical competitions.

Overall MSU was honored with five certificates of merit for past productions including for the spring 2017 production of “Student Body,” director Kevin Neuharth and the cast for ensemble performance, and Maddie Thompson for sound design; for the spring 2017 production of “The Shape of Things,” Branden Evans for lighting design, and Brenna Heupel for costume design; and for the fall 2017 production of “God of Carnage,” EJ Rose for scenic design.

Dan Fagan received recognition for playwriting. Fagan’s 10-minute play, “Meanwhile in the Rust Belt,” was one of three finalists that received a staged reading, and his full-length play, “These Lonesome Roads,” was chosen as a regional finalist and submitted for national competition.

Students Annika Kraft, Maddie Thompson, Eric Fetske, and Dan Fagan competed in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Fagan and his scene partner J’Kobe Wallace advanced to the semi-final round.

The students were joined by professors Conrad Davidson and Aili Davidson Smith.

Minot State University is a public university dedicated to excellence in education, scholarship, and community engagement achieved through rigorous academic experiences, active learning environments, commitment to public service, and a vibrant campus life.

Published: 01/31/18

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