In January, the WCSU theatre arts department took Best Associate Production with its staging of The Who’s 1969 rock opera “Tommy” at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region I Festival in Fitchburg, Mass. The KCACTF is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from more than 600 academic institutions across the country.
Along with the recognition for entire productions, KCACTF recognizes the efforts of individual actors, stage managers and various other crew members. Nick Bussett, senior theatre major, was the alternate winner in the stage management competition. Other mentions included Kymberly Powe, senior theatre major, who took second place in costume management and Alfya Menconi, senior graphic design major, who captured second place in the poster competition.
“We did fantastically well at this festival,” said Sal Trapani, chair of the theatre department. “We had nine students do readings! This is unheard of at KCACTF — usually schools will get no more than two or three. The students spent their free time taking workshops and making valuable connections in the world of theatre. I believe it was a very beneficial experience for the department.”
WestConn first competed in the acclaimed regional portion of the festival at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Mass., showcasing Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” in 2007. The production, directed by Pamela McDaniel, received a merit award as Outstanding Associate Production for Region One.