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 Four Black Hills State University students were recently nominated for their acting performances at BHSU by the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival (KC-ACTF). Pictured left to right: Hannah Kloiber, speech communication and business administration major from Parker, Colo.; Ann Thompson, mass communication major from Spearfish; and Max Downs, speech communication major from Rapid City.  Not pictured: Theo Schmidt, speech communication major from Hot Springs.

Four Black Hills State University students were recently nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition for their acting performances at BHSU, by the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival (KC-ACTF).

Max Downs, speech communication major from Rapid City, and Theo Schmidt, speech communication major from Hot Springs, were nominated for their performances in the production of “Almost, Maine.”   Ann Thompson, mass communication major from Spearfish, and Hannah Kloiber, speech communication and business administration major from Parker, Colo., were nominated for their performances in the production of “True Magic.” The students were chosen by an outside respondent who came to see the productions as well as by the director of the shows.    

According to Pam Wegner, professor of speech and theatre, the Irene Ryan Acting Competition is one of the largest acting competitions for college students in the country.  Two students are nominated from every production that is entered in the KC-ACTF regional competition.  More than 300 students entered the regional competition last year.

The nominees will perform a memorized scene with a partner in front of a panel of judges at the regional festival that will be held in Ames, Iowa, Jan. 15-21.  A small number will be selected as semi-finalists, and they will perform two memorized scenes in front of a larger panel of judges.  Downs was selected as a semi-finalist last year.