During the week of January 18 through the 24 of 2009, I had the chance to go to Lawrence, Kansas, for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. During this week I enjoyed some theatrical productions and a Design/Tech Exposition and response for my designs for “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.”
Productions I had seen at KCACTF 2009:
“Women of Troy”
This show was performed by the University of Nebraska-Omaha on January 21, 2009, at 7:30 pm at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at the University of Kansas. It is about how the women from the city of Troy are left to clean up the city and face an unknown future. The play was directed by a student, Maire Cregan.
Performed by Northwestern College and directed by Jim Baker. This production is also performed at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre on January 22, 2009, at 7:30 pm. It brings to life some the bible stories that are found in the King James Version. It was a very strong production.
Design and Technical Exposition
On Monday January 19, 2009, me and a few of my other friends went to the Lawrence Arts Center to load or put up our displays. It was a little daunting for three of us, because we had display boards to put up.
Then on January 20, we had an orientation breakfast that we went to. This basically was to give all the design and technical participants the low down on what scholarships and competitions that were going on.
On the 21 of January, the respondents went through to take a look at what was done. I was in the make-up category. Our section was pretty small for all the participants who entered.
Finally, on January 22, at 9:00am, I was the first person for the make-up division to have the respondent talk to or give feedback on what they thought about my design. She liked my design, but I needed to work on my sketches. She wanted me to have the research that is associated with the play with my designs. I didn’t place for nationals or regionals, but I did manage to get some valuable information for future reference.
This event is usually held the week of Martin Luther King Day. That year was also the year that President Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States. KCACTF is an experience that most college students will never forget, because of the valuable information that is obtained and it helps them get better prepared for the next year.
KCACTF Region V