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February 25, 2009

Upcoming Blinn play already a hit

When the Blinn Players present “Edipus” this week, they will already know they have a hit. Their adaptation of the Greek tragedy received the Superior Award, the highest honor given, at the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival last week. Blinn students also received individual awards for acting, technical skills and set design.

Performances of “Edipus” at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26, 27 and 28, and at 2 p.m. on March 1. Tickets are $5 at the Student Center ticket office. Call (979) 830-4024 to reserve a seat. Blinn students receive two free tickets.

Receiving the Excellent Award for Acting were Bobby Bush, Zina Evans, Mikhala Godfrey, William Minter, Lauren Morales, Christian Swacker, and Julian Verner. The students that received the Superior Award for Acting were Andy Burian and Benjamin Jabe Tubbs. Receiving the Excellent Technical Award from Respondents were Forrest Bertolet and Kayla Wilson for stage management. The Superior Technical Award from Respondents went to Ron Foreman and Sandy Kluchin for sound design, Blake Kenyon for lighting design, Azure McLuckie for properties design, and Julian Verner for set Design. The students that received the Superior Technical Award from the Directors were Forrest Bertolet and Kayla Wilson for stage management, Ron Foreman and Sandy Kluchin for sound design, Blake Kenyon for lighting design, Azure McLuckie for properties design, Tiana Sefcik for costume Design, and Julian Verner for set design. Verner also won the Greg Schneider Technical Excellence Award, which is granted to a student who exceeds the expectations of the average student technician/designer.

The competition held Feb. 18-21 included entries from Weatherford College, Howard College, Panola College, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College-Tomball, and Houston Community College-Southwest.

 

Blinn College’s TCCSTA Play Festival Results for Fall 2007

Overall Production of Pseudolus – Superior
Special Awards Given by the Critics
Katie Cross – Recipient of the Bill Morton Actor’s Challenge Award
Tabitha Keeling – Recipient of the Greg Schneider Technical Excellence Award
Critics’ Choice Awards for Technical Work
Brooke Forrester – Superior for Stage Management
Tabitha Keeling – Superior for Lighting Design
Jarren “Moe” Meaux – Superior for Sound Design
John Kolkhorst – Excellent for Technical Direction
Tiana Sefcik – Excellent for Scene Design
Sarrean White – Excellent for Costume Design
Critics’ Choice Awards for Acting
Katie Cross – Superior for Acting
Ron Foreman – Excellent for Acting
Benjamin Tubbs – Excellent for Acting
William Minter – Excellent for Acting
Christian Swacker – Excellent for Acting
Directors’ Choice Awards for Technical Work
Brooke Forrester – Superior for Production Assistance
Tabitha Keeling – Superior for Lighting Design
John Kolkhorst – Superior for Technical Direction
Kara Marshall – Superior for Properties Design
Jarren “Moe” Meaux – Superior for Sound Design
Tiana Sefcik – Superior for Scenic Design

The festival was held at Kingwood College, Kingwood, Texas on November 14-17, 2007.  The critics judging the works were Dr. Adonia Placette from Lamar University, and Mr. Don Luna from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  Other schools in attendance were Kingwood College doing I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Weatherford College doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Panola College doing Rhinoceros, Tomball College doing To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Houston Community College-Southwest doing The Real Inspector Hound, North Harris Community College doing The Beckett Project, and San Jacinto College-South doing an original work entitled Nevermore.


 

March 6, 2006

Blinn theater arts production receives ‘superior’

The Blinn College Theater Arts production of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” received an “superior” ranking at the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival at Tarleton State University in Stephenville March 1-4.

Judges J. Don Luna from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Dr. Bill Gelber from Texas Tech University awarded this highest possible ranking at the contest.

 

 
   

Individual technical awards included: Morgan Borchardt of Brenham, superior for costume design (director's choice and critic’s choice) and superior for makeup design (director's choice and critics choice); Blake Browder of Bruceville, superior for special effects (properties design - director's choice and critic’s choice); Tabi Keeling of Brenham, excellent for lighting design (director's choice) and superior for lighting design (critic's choice); Kelly Konescheck of Eagle Lake, superior for production assistance (director's choice); and Isaac Littlejohn of Chappell Hill, superior for production assistance (director's choice).

Others were: Lesley Stark of La Grange, superior for sound design (director's choice and critic's choice); Natalie Stout of Houston, superior for special effects (properties design - director's choice); Rowdy Tidwell of Houston, superior for scene design (director's choice and critic's choice).

Among the acting awards, the entire cast received the Special Superior Award for Ensemble Acting (critic's choice).

Individual awards in acting went to: Tina Herring of Gatesville, excellent (critic's choice); Leslie Monge of Austin, superior (critic's choice); Erin Marie Oppermann of La Grange, superior (critic's choice); Keith Paxton of Smithville, superior (critic's choice); Steven Skadal of Houston, excellent (critic's choice); and Tidwell, excellent (critic's choice).

The production was directed by Bradley A. Nies, with technical direction by Kevin Patrick.

 

 

 

March 10, 2005

Blinn Players receive ‘Superior’ award at play festival

The Blinn Players received a “Superior” award for their production of “Once Upon a Mattress” at the Texas Community College Speech and Theater Association Play Festival held March 2-5 at Weatherford College.

The musical versions of the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” also garnered seven individual acting honors and five technical awards.

Morgan Borchardt of Brenham, Crystal Adair of Sealy, Kate Burns of Medina, Kevin Helton of Lufkin and Dustin Sturm of Sealy all received “Superior” awards for their acting, while Peter Madrigal of Mission and Rowdy Tidwell of Houston won “Excellent” honors.

“Superior” technical awards were given by the judges to Cody Riedinger of Thornton for special sound effects. “Superior” awards from the participating play directors went to Brittany Broeger of San Antonio and Kendra Ortego of Spicewood for production assistance, Leslie Monge of Austin for hair and makeup design and Sara Jones of Houston for costume design.

James W. Robinson of Warrenton, who as a third-year student was ineligible for awards, received special note from adjudicator Dr. Terral S. Lewis from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

Thomas Muhn, the technician for Blinn’s O’Donnell Center, also received special recognition from Lewis for his set and lighting design for the show.

The Blinn College Theater Arts program is under the direction of Bradley A. Nies.

 

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