Theatre students excel at regional competition

Three Northwestern College students, one alumnus and a theatre faculty member received recognition for outstanding theatre work at this year’s regional Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Jan. 23–27 in Fargo, N.D.

Junior Vaughn Donahue, Monmouth, Maine, took first place in publicity design for materials he has designed to promote the musical “James Joyce’s The Dead,” which is playing on campus this month.

Lois Estell, a senior from Taiwan, was runner-up in the sound design competition for her work on “David and Goliath,” which was on stage this past October.

Junior Mark Larson, Sioux Center, was given a special commendation award for achievement in lighting design for “Copenhagen,” a show staged in February 2005.

Solomon Davis, a 2005 graduate who now lives in Omaha, also received a commendation award for achievement in directing. Davis directed classmate Megan Hodgin’s play “Master’s Degree” last March.

Theatre professor John Paul’s scenic design for “Galileo,” on stage last April, received a commendation award as well.

Northwestern participates in Region V of the KCACTF, which includes undergraduate and graduate theatre programs at small colleges and universities in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.