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Black Hills State University speech communications majors Michael Hollinger (right), junior from Ashland, Nebr., and Casey Hibbert (left) junior from Spearfish, were recently nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition award and scholarship from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) based on their performances in Much Ado About Nothing.
Black Hills State University students, who performed in the BHSU production of Much Ado About Nothing, were recently nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition award and scholarship from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) based on their performances.

Junior speech communications majors Michael Hollinger from Ashland, Nebr., and Casey Hibbert from Spearfish, were selected as Irene Ryan Acting Competition nominees.  They will compete for a national acting scholarship award next January at the regional KCACTF festival.

Hollinger played Benedick, a soldier and close friend of Claudio who swears that he will never marry, but later falls in love.  Hibbert played Claudio, a loving but very gullible man who falls in love with another character.

Much Ado About Nothing was written by William Shakespeare.  The dramatic comedy was directed by BHSU speech communications professor, Dr. Pamela Wegner.  Wegner spent last spring on sabbatical studying Shakespearean plays.

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions require that the actors perform the scenes for which they were nominated, which also gives other students from the production a chance to perform and take part in the festival.

Last year, five BHSU students were nominated to participate in the KCACTF national competition.  Several awards of merit were presented to the BHSU theatre.

The KCACTF is a week-long festival that includes a variety of workshops and seminars covering all aspects of theatre, auditions for summer stock theatres, and networking with other schools and students.