The Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood Theater Department recently earned an invitation to submit a production into a prestigious event.
The department will enter its show “The 39 Steps: a Live Radio Play,” directed by Kalliope Vlahos, technical director and designer at the college, into the Kennedy Center-American College Theater Regional Festival (KC-ACTF). This is the first time that the KC-ACTF invited LSC-Kingwood to participate in the event. The entire festival will take place virtually from Feb. 18-28.
“To be invited to appear at a regional festival signifies that the work we created at the college compares to the highest level of education theater in the U.S.,” said Eric Skiles, artistic director of theater at LSC-Kingwood. “We strive to be as professional as possible when we produce at this college. Our goal is to train our students to go into this career and maintain jobs.”
LSC-Kingwood initially debuted “The 39 Steps: a Live Radio Play” in November. It was the first radio show for the college and will be only one of two productions from a community college at the virtual festival. While details are still in the works, the play will stream between Feb. 22-25.
“This particular drama (‘The 39 Steps’) had an exceptional group of students on the stage and in all technical areas,” Skiles said. “It had a great polish when we presented it, and the two KC-ACTF respondents picked up on that commitment of delivering a professional-level show.”
Not only did “The 39 Steps: a Live Radio Play” gain LSC-Kingwood admission into the festival, several students earned individual awards. The Kennedy Center-American College Theater Regional Festival presented four Meritorious Achievement awards to Stephen Bradley, stage management; Daniel Devous, acting; Elena Mullenix, acting; and Ashlee Lopez, acting.
“This is the first play I have ever been in, so it was a surprise when I received news of this award,” Mullenix said. “From day one, everyone in the cast pushed each other to make the most of these characters. This inspired me to give this performance my all.”
She will transfer to Stephen F. Austin State University after Spring 2021 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human services. While continuing her studies, Mullenix plans to also continue her acting career.
The KC-ACTF is a national theater program involving both colleges and universities. Region VI comprises of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Since its beginning, the organization has critiqued the work of more than 400,000 drama students. Also, more than 16 million people have attended about 10,000 festivals.
Anyone interested in viewing “The 39 Steps: a Live Radio Play” during the virtual event or for more information can visit www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/pre-professional-artist-training/kcactf. For additional information on the LSC-Kingwood Theater Department, visit www.lonestar.edu/drama-dept-kingwood.