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Theatre Arts Recognizes Student Contributions in Awards Forum

Students were encouraged to refine their talents and remember that they are given from God

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On April 12, the theatre arts program honored and celebrated the achievements of its students at the annual Theatre Arts Awards forum. During the event, faculty recognized the efforts of the many hardworking students in the program.

At the close of the forum, the department also recognized the legacy of retiring professor George Nelson, who teaches theatre playwriting and directing. Several members of the faculty, as well as students in the audience, spoke about how Nelson has impacted their lives and taught them how to be good teachers.

Following the comments from the students and faculty, Nelson offered a few closing remarks. He observed that theatre is an important part of sharing the gospel of Christ “so that every person can hear the gospel in their own language.”

He added that “the skills and talents that we teach here [in the theatre program], the things that you’re gaining, are essential.” Nelson encouraged the students attending to continue to refine their talents and gifts and to always remember that they are given from God.

Vera Hinckley Mayhew Playwriting Contest

Ten-Minute Play:

First place: Bethany Teames
Honorable Mention: Samantha Daynes

Best World-Building in a 10-Minute Play:

Andrew-Elijah Schindler

One Act Play:

First Place: Samantha Daynes
Honorable Mention: Alyssa Call

Best Concept for a Musical:

Samantha Daynes

Outstanding Theatre Student — Finalists

Sadie Veach
Elliott Sweeney
Sydney Southwick
Elisabeth Goulding

Outstanding Theatre Student — Winners

Emma Hansen
Julia Rowley

Outstanding Acting Student

Emma Andreason
Freja Jorgensen
Justine Kitteringham
Trevor Komm
Bethany Teames

Outstanding Scenic Design Student

Elisabeth Goulding

Outstanding Lighting Design Student

Emma Hansen-Bayless

Outstanding Costume Design Student

Ryver Meacham

Outstanding Makeup & Hair Design Student

Emilie Ronhaar

Outstanding Sound Design Student

Katie Black

Outstanding Stage Management Student

Ellie Kuoppala

O. Lee Walker Award

Gabriella Warnick

Paul Hintz

Outstanding MDT Student

Luke Rands
Brendon French
Cagen Tregeagle
Benjamin Butters

Outstanding Playwriting Student

Avery DeGering

Outstanding Critical Studies Student

Spencer Fields

Outstanding Dramaturgy Student

Lillian Bills

Outstanding Directing Student

Joanna Noall

Outstanding Theatre Education Student

Reyna Shumway Workman
Sarah McDonald

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