Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood’s trophy case just became crowded after its Fall 2018 production won top honors at an annual competition.
The Theater Department’s version of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]” achieved a “Superior” (highest rating) at the Texas Community College Speech and Theater Association (TCCSTA) Play Festival Feb. 23. This event is the benchmark for professionalism in theater production at the two-year college level.
“We do not compete against the other colleges, but against a very demanding set of performance standards. To receive a ‘Superior’ rating means we have created and performed a show that is comparable to professional-level theater,” said Eric Skiles, artistic director and professor of theater at LSC-Kingwood. “This level of award affirms that we are teaching our students to be professionals and that they are succeeding in their studies at a very high level.”
LSC-Kingwood students Ibrahim Refahi, Gaylen Hunt and Matthew Camidge, along with community member Bruce Arrick, received Superior for their acting. Refahi earned “Professor’s Choice – Outstanding Performance” and Camidge earned “Audience’s Choice – Outstanding Performance.” The technical crew members (students) also achieved high rankings from respondents and professors. Taylor Kenney, stage manager, earned Superior (only six awarded) and Excellent for technical presentation. Ariana Gonzalez, assistant stage manager, received two Excellent ratings in which one was for technical presentation. Marissa Mascolo, wardrobe mistress, attained Superior for technical presentation, the top score for LSC-Kingwood.
LSC-Kingwood’s Theater Department strives to create high-level, professional-looking productions. In the 10 years that the department has attended TCCSTA’s Play Festival, it has earned six superior production ratings, three excellent production ratings, three Greg Schneider Memorial awards for technical excellence, and two Bill Morton Challenge awards for acting.
“We are thrilled to attend the play festival each year and celebrate theater with our colleagues from around the state of Texas,” Skiles said. “Our students get a chance to learn more about theater from the other productions and the technical presentation given by their state-wide peers.”
The next production at LSC-Kingwood is Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense.” It will run May 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. on the APA Main Stage. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $14 for seniors 55 and older, and $7 for students. For more information, visit lonestar.edu/seasons or call 281-312-1532.