SWOSU Theatre Students to Showcase Projects


Southwestern Oklahoma State University theatre students will showcase their entries for the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this Saturday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Theatre Scene Shop on the Weatherford campus.

Seventeen SWOSU students will travel to Tulsa for the regional theatre festival at the end of February.

In addition to the individual events that the students will be presenting, SWOSU’s production of The Women of Lockerbie was selected from the five-state region to be included in the festival. All of these entries will be adjudicated and are vying for awards which may advance them to the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The following SWOSU students are representing the university in various categories of theatrical production: Julie Barnett, Sentinel, costume design; Alex Corder, Baytown TX, graphic design, sound design, and stage management; Becky Curtis, Weatherford, graphic design and stage management; Ashleigh Edwards, Oklahoma City (Putnam City), makeup design; Rachel Giacometti, Weatherford, costume design; Eddie Gonzales, Woodward, lighting design; Misha Prichard, Weatherford, sound design; Tiffany Tuggle, Hollis, properties design; Randi Wallace, Hobart, properties design and makeup design; Allissun Allee, Frederick, National Critics Institute; and Traci Hanes, Weatherford, LMDA/ATHE/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy.

In the William Inge directing competition are Julie Barnett and Ashleigh Edwards with Samuel Jennings of Weatherford, Traci Hanes, Jess Moore of Burns Flat, Tiffany Tuggle, and Amanda Tyson of Yukon, serving as performers in their directing projects.

SWOSU’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominees are Sarajane Bidwell of Weatherford; Lauren Helmke of Nashoba; Samuel Jennings, Heather King of Kingfisher; and Randi Wallace. Their acting partners are Julie Barnett, Alex Corder, and Jess Moore.

The students are sponsored by faculty members Todd Canedy and Steve Strickler.

Local audiences will have an opportunity to see a return engagement of The Women of Lockerbie in the Old Science Building Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27. The group will leave the following day for the regional festival. The SWOSU production will be staged in Tulsa at 8 p.m. on March 1 in the Performing Arts Center for Education on the campus of Tulsa Community College.

For additional information on any of these events, please contact Strickler at 580.774.3082.