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Blinn theatre programs earn top accolades at Texas Play Festival

Blinn productions of plays by Tennessee Williams, J.M. Barrie earn superior ratings

March 28, 2016

The Blinn College Theatre Program recently earned top honors for its performances at the Texas Community College Speech & Theatre Association (TCCSTA) Play Festival held March 2-5 at Tarleton State University.

Blinn earned superior ratings for its Brenham campus production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Remarkable Rooming-House of Madame Le Monde” and for its Bryan campus productions of J.M. Barrie’s “Twelve-Pound Look” and “Half an Hour.” Of the 13 college programs participating in the Play Festival, Blinn’s Brenham and Bryan campuses were among four to earn superior ratings.

The Brenham campus Theatre Program performed “The Remarkable Rooming-House of Madame Le Monde” Feb. 25-28 at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center’s MRW Studio Theatre on the Brenham campus, introducing audiences to a script Williams wrote shortly before his death in 1983.

Penned by the author of “Peter Pan,” “Twelve-Pound Look” and “Half an Hour” explore the experiences of women who redefined their lives in the height of the Industrial Revolution. Blinn-Bryan campus students hosted performances Feb. 11-14 in the Bryan campus Student Center Black Box Theatre.

From the Blinn-Brenham campus, Matthew McDaniel (Sealy) earned a superior rating in the role of Mint. Also earning superior ratings were Brian Francis (Altair) for scene design, Tyler Garrison (Cypress) for stage management and multimedia projections, Alexander Joshi (McKinney) for lighting design, Ansley Maddox (Navasota) for make-up design, Cristian Mejia (Burton) for costume design, Ilana Ariel (Brenham) for properties design and Bailee Vacek (Smithville) for sound design.

Earning excellent ratings were Allecia Johnson (Houston) playing The Patient, Cristian Santiago (Houston) playing Hall, Cassin Villa-Lobos (Brenham) playing Madame Le Monde, Garrison for multimedia projections and stage management, Vacek for sound design and Brianna Patten (Missouri City) for front-of-house management.

“Outstanding work by the acting ensemble and the student design and technical team, all under the capable direction of their director,” said Joe Brown, a TCCSTA respondent and a professor of Theatre Arts & Communication at Texas Wesleyan University. “It was a terrific production to start the Texas Play Festival and set the bar for the rest of the colleges to attain.”

From the Bryan campus, Seth Barton (Richland Hills), Riley Donato (Keller) and Kevin Reaves (Humble) earned superior ratings for acting, and Victoria Quiroz (Del Valle) earned a superior rating for properties design.

Raj Desai (Centerville) and Morgan Hughs (Houston) earned excellent ratings for acting, as did Braden Baumbach (Katy) for acting and lighting design, Emily Fischer (Brenham) for properties design, Cherilyn Kubicek (Bryan) for sound design and Amy Whelchel (Amarillo) for stage management.

“This was a strong ensemble of actors giving the audience a wonderful lesson in period and styles for the Edwardian era,” Brown said. “Very clean design choices on a workable set design for both shows with wonderful costumes.”