Etcetera - 06/15/10

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National theater group The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival honored Walla Walla University's wwudrama with six awards for its spring production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

In addition, two actors were nominated to compete in a regional festival early in 2011.

"This is a phenomenal achievement for wwudrama and all the students involved; this particular production was directed by a senior psychology major," said Becky St. Clair, WWU news and information coordinator.

Directed by Shane Wood, senior psychology student, this version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was set in a post-apocalyptic world where the line between reality and fantasy was blurred.

The show was performed in Village Hall on the WWU campus. The larger-than-life set included a fairy bower stretching 20-plus feet above the stage floor. It also featured original music written and produced by WWU alum Ryan Sturges.

Six Meritorious Achievement Awards were awarded for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," including: Direction - Shane Wood, senior psychology major; Stage Management - Amy Shine, senior English major; Makeup Design - Darcy Sturges, junior English major; Sound Design - Ryan Sturges; Lighting Design - Trevor Iwata, sophomore industrial design major; and Ensemble Performance - awarded to the entire cast and crew.

WWU actors Jessica Roe as Helena and Katelyn Schiller as Puck, received Irene Ryan nominations to compete in the KCACTF regional festival, which will be held in northern California in February.

The KCACTF is a national theater education program which strives to identify and promote quality in college-level theater productions.

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Pioneer Middle School teachers Chris Plucker and Kyle Hurst organized a fundraiser in their advisory classes to purchase Smart Cycle and Smart Fit technology for Blue Ridge Community Preschool teacher Krissy Corbin's students.

"Due to rainy and snowy days, our preschool classes don't always have the opportunity to expend pent-up energy," Krissy said. She and fellow teacher Tami Plucker decided to combat the lack of outdoor time by involving technology in their classes while providing our students with academics and exercise.

Pioneer students have raised nearly $200 to purchase and donate the equipment, the Walla Walla Public Schools May 7 Week in Review reported. Krissy said they are looking for a way to have some of the advisory students deliver the equipment and spend some time teaching the preschoolers how to use it.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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