Ebenezer, Lion shows earn award nominations

The land of Narnia and the streets of jolly old England came alive on stage last year as Northeast State Theatre continued staging classic productions with creative new twists.

Once again the work of Northeast State Theatre students was recognized by proctors from Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The student nominees have been invited to submit their work to the Festival’s Region IV competition held Feb. 3-8 at Darton State College in Albany, Ga. The adjudicated competition recognizes the best theatre work of two- and four-year colleges across the Southeast.

“Our students have been nominated for and won KCACTF awards every year we’ve entered as participants,” said Brad McKenzie, instructor and technical director of Northeast State Theatre. “So we are doing something right here.”

A scene from I, Ebenezer with Marlene (Heather Christian, left) Marley-bot (Austin Sparks, center) and Ebenezer (Richard Jackson). (Photo by David Grace)
A scene from I, Ebenezer with Marlene (Heather Christian, left) Marley-bot (Austin Sparks, center) and Ebenezer (Richard Jackson). (Photo by David Grace)

Marty France received a nomination for Costume Design with his lyrical and dreamlike work on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Dustin Lawson earned a nomination for Make-up Design in Lion and Ebenezer. Eli Kistner received a nomination for his work as Technical Director for Lion. Ashley Guy picked up the Costume Design nomination for the multiple period-piece design of Ebenezer. The managing of Narnia was pulled off by Hannah Duncan who picked up her third KCACTF nomination for her Stage Management work of Lion.

“Our students are so dedicated. Every semester they rise to the challenge,” said Elizabeth M. Sloan, professor and director of Northeast State Theatre. “It is rewarding and inspiring to work with so many incredible students.”

Lucy (Lorrie Anderson) and Mr. Tumnus (Tyler Bishop) in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Photo by David Grace)
Lucy (Lorrie Anderson) and Mr. Tumnus (Tyler Bishop) in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (Photo by David Grace)

Lorrie Anderson earned an Irene Ryan acting nomination for her role as the curious and courageous Lucy in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Austin Sparks received an Irene Ryan Acting nomination for his role of young Edmund in Lion. He nabbed a second Irene Ryan Acting nod for his work as Marley-bot, Scrooge’s mechanical creation in Ebenezer. Richard Jackson won his fourth Ryan acting nomination for playing the titular role in Ebenezer.

Grace Arrowood was selected as a Weiss Design participant for scenic design. Arrowood will present her own original concept of a set design for competitive review. The Weiss competition requires entrants to create a technical design for a hypothetical show.

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