WCSU theatre students earn awards at regional festival

DANBURY, CONN. — Thirty-one students from the Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts traveled recently to Fitchburg, Mass., to compete in the 47th Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region One. This region includes all of New England and eastern New York, including New York City.

Sixteen pairs of WCSU students competed for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, resulting in three pairs moving on to the semi-finals: Michael Grispin, of Mahopac, N.Y., and partner Hannah Bellows, of Waterbury; Brianna Bagley, of Stafford Springs, and partner Jim O’Reilly, of Redding; and Tara Llewellyn, of Brookfield, and partner Andrew Hendrick, of Fairfield. Bagely and O’Reilly advanced to the finals.

Students also participated in other competitions, including: stage management, dramaturgy, allied crafts, musical theatre and stage directing. Vincent McCoy, of Torrington, advanced to the finals in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Initiative as a director.

Merit Awards were given to the following students: Rachel Fournier, of Shelton, Outstanding Directing, student-directed one acts; Suzanne Immarigeon, of New Fairfield, Outstanding Directing, student-directed one acts, Victoria Rojas, of Danbury, Outstanding Costume and Makeup, student-directed one acts; Alexis Willoughby, of Gaylordsville, Outstanding Costume and Makeup, student-directed one acts; Jim O’Reilly, of Redding, Matthew Terzigni, of Watertown, and Jim Goggin, of Naugatuck, Outstanding Puppetry, “Into the Woods;” and Anthony Paparello, of Bristol, Outstanding Prop Design, “Lysistrata.”

The KCACTF was started in 1969 and features 18,000 students from more than 600 institutions. Since its inception, over 400,000 students have had their work critiqued.

WCSU offers a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts, with concentrations in performance, design technology, theatre management and drama studies; or a Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre.

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