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unnamed (2)The Blinn College Theatre Arts Program earned top honors for its recent performances at the Texas Community College Speech & Theatre Association 2016-17 Play Festival at the Blinn-Brenham Campus.

Blinn-Bryan’s TCCSTA production of Rebecca Gilman’s “Boy Gets Girl” was recognized with an excellence in production rating. Lizzy Lovejoy earned a superior rating in acting, while Riley Donato was recognized with excellence in acting. Cherilyn Kubicek earned superior in stage management and Brittany Scott was recognized with superior in properties.

Alyssa Garza earned excellence in dramaturgy, Phil Olivera earned excellence in assistant stage management, Mason Barrington earned excellence in properties, Michael Ross earned excellence in lighting, and Caleb Bell earned excellence in sound.

Blinn-Bryan Theatre Director Greg Wise directed the play, and Jean Daniels served as technical director.

Blinn-Brenham’s production of Michael Hastings’ “Lee Harvey Oswald: A Far Mean Streak of Indepence [sic] Brought on by Negleck [sic]” also was recognized with a superior in production rating. Excellent ratings went to Nina Lauckner and Briana Patten for properties design.  Lauckner and Patten also received excellent ratings for assistant stage management.

Cristian Santiago received an excellent rating for scene design, and Kayla Adair received a superior rating for Stage Management. Tyler Garrison received a superior rating for sound design, and Allecia Johnson-Anderson received a superior rating and an excellent rating for makeup design. Johnson-Anderson also received superior ratings for costume design. Joshua Edwards received superior ratings for Multi-Media Design and a superior rating for honor crew.

Cassin Villa-Lobos, playing the role of Marina Oswald, received a superior rating in acting, as well as the Bill Morton Challenge Award, an honor given to any actor who performed an extremely challenging role with outstanding success.

Blinn-Brenham Theatre Director Bradley Nies directed the play, Kevin Patrick served as technical director, and Jennifer Patrick served as costume designer.

Nies served as host of the TCCSTA Play Festival. Students from Blinn-Brenham and Blinn-Bryan served as the honor crew.

TCCSTA has been actively enriching the lives of Texas community college students since 1922.  The annual Play Festival provides an opportunity for two-year colleges to share their work in a festival setting, receiving awards and important feedback from educated theatre critics.  Productions are presented to the Play Festival assembly and receive verbal responses from two respected theatre educators. Students are eligible for awards in all areas including acting, directing, stage management, technical design, dramaturgy, special effects, and poster/program design.

The Blinn-Brenham theatre season celebrating 50 years of Blinn College theatre arts will conclude April 20-21 with the Theatre Arts Student Showcase, in which students present the acting and technical skills they have acquired throughout the course of the year. The curtain will rise on both showings at 7pm.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice, by calling (979) 830-4024, or by emailing boxoffice@blinn.edu.

The Blinn-Bryan Theatre Arts 2016-17 season celebrating female playwrights will conclude with its presentation of “These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich April 27-30 in the Blinn-Bryan campus Student Center Theatre. The curtain will rise at 7:30pm April 27-29 and 2pm on Sunday, April 30.