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BHSU theatre received awards of merit at competition

Debra Iverson (back row, second from left), BHSU junior speech communication and art major from Bowman, N.D., is pictured with several members of the cast from the BHSU theatre production of It’s A Wonderful Life. BHSU theatre students and faculty were recently awarded certificates of merit at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival competition. Iverson participated in the Barbizon National Design Competition for costume design. Bert Juhrend, BHSU faculty member and theatre director, was acknowledged for his direction of It’s A Wonderful Life.  That production was recognized for ensemble cast.

Black Hills State University theatre students and faculty were recently awarded certificates of merit at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) competition.

Debra Iverson, junior speech communication and art major from Bowman, N.D., received an award of merit and participated in the Barbizon National Design Competition for costume design. Bert Juhrend, BHSU faculty member and theatre director, was acknowledged for his excellence in direction of It’s A Wonderful Life. The production of It’s A Wonderful Life was recognized with a merit award for ensemble cast.

The KCACTF week-long festival includes a variety of workshops and seminars covering all aspects of theatre, auditions for summer stock theatres, and networking with other schools and students. This year 14 BHSU students attended the festival, which involved 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. The program has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

Iverson says participating in festival provided several benefits. “It was a great opportunity to see how other colleges put together shows and design,” said Iverson.  “And the opportunity to network with other students and be noticed by professional organizations really made the festival useful for my future career.”

In addition to receiving this recognition, the BHSU theatre students are active in community service activities. They hosted an Halloween haunted house that collected food donations for the local food pantry.

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