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University Theatre Recognized for Productions

April 29, 2021
By Larry Isch
Posted in About
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University of the Ozarks Theatre has been recognized for numerous awards and honors by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for its recent performance of “Proof.”

University Theatre performed four live, virtual performances of “Proof” last weekend to conclude its 2020-21 schedule. The troupe also performed virtual productions of “For Hurting Hands,” and “Murder’s Disposal” this past year.

“In a year that has seen most professional theatres closed, University of the Ozarks theatre students have gone above and beyond to bring productions to life,” said Rebecca Bailey, assistant professor of theatre. “I am so proud of the dedication and ingenuity that our students have shown.  They did not only continue to create and entertain, they grew and achieved new goals in each production.  The awards and recognitions from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival are an exciting way to see their achievements recognized.”

In “Proof,” students Klara McElroy, Kevin Nawa, Petron Brown and Daisy Woodbury earned Irene Ryan performance nominations for their roles in the play.

In addition, Haley Wheeler won a meritorious achievement citation for her role of Claire, Tiffany Quinton won a meritorious achievement citations for costume design and her role as Claire, and Taylor Holland won a meritorious achievement citation for switcher (camera director). Other meritorious achievement citations went to Jonathan Ezra Adderly in stage management and Bailey as director.

The University Theatre was also recognized in several areas for its performance earlier this semester of “Murder’s Disposal,” which was written and directed by Ozarks Professor Dr. Rhonda Shook. Quinton won an Irene Ryan nomination, Holland won a meritorious achievement for production editing and Lucas Hoiland won a meritorious achievement for technical direction. University Theatre also won a meritorious achievement for production innovation and adaptability and for the support of a new work.

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