LSC-Kingwood student Christian Peck, left, and Houston Community College-NorthEast student Eduardo Lopez earned the Bill Morton Challenge Award for Acting at the 2016 Play Festival.

The trophy case in the theatre department just got crowded after “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” production, cast and crew earned numerous awards at the 2016 Play Festival.

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s musical earned a superior rating in Overall Production and superior rating in Ensemble Acting. The Play Festival is the annual two-year college festival hosted by the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association (TCCSTA). It is the benchmark for excellence in production at the two-year college.

“I was very happy to receive ‘top marks’ for the production – and thrilled to have so many actors and technicians singled out for their exemplary work!” said Eric Skiles, theatre professor and artistic director of theatre at LSC-Kingwood.

Actors, actresses and stage crew also took home noteworthy awards. Christian Peck, as William Barfeé, earned the Bill Morton Challenge Award for Acting (best actor). In the acting category, Peck and Briana Steptoe, as Olive Ostrovsky, won superior ratings and Daniel Robnett, as Leaf Coneybear, Lauryn Ferguson, as Marcy Park, and Wendy Jones, as Rona Lisa Peretti, earned excellent ratings.

In the technical category Corey Bischalaney, earned superior in stage management, Marissa Mascolo earned superior in costume design and Joshua McElroy earned excellent in sound engineering. Technical awards from the director’s cohort awarded Bischalaney superior in stage management; McElroy and Rashaad Fowler, superior in sound engineering; Mascolo, superior in costume design, Alli Nauert, superior in assistant lighting design; and Kimberly Dowden, excellent in assistant stage management.

In the eight years that the department has attended TCCSTA’s Play Festival, it has earned four superior ratings: two Greg Schneider Memorial awards for technical excellence and two Bill Morton Challenge awards for acting.

The next theatre production is the 10th annual “Evening of Shorts”. It will run April 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23-24 at 2 p.m. in the college’s Black Box. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors age 55 and older, and $7 for students. For more information, visit or call 281-312-1532.

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