DJ and Evyn were nominated for the Maltby’s based on their performance in Godspell.
The title says it all. Last week I attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (long title I know) in Hyannis, MA. The festival is a week long event where theatre students from New England and New York come together to put on plays, go to workshops, and compete in competitions.
This year, I had friends from St. Mike’s competing in an acting competition called the Irene Ryan’s, in a stage management competition, and in a musical competition called the Maltby’s. They all did an incredible job and I’m not gonna lie, Evyn Whiteley singing Kindergarten Boyfriend from Heathers: The Musical made me tear up.
I was able to attend a lot of amazing workshops while at the festival. One that was really fun was a Stage Combat workshop. We learned how to make pulling hair, punching, and pushing someone look realistic without actually hurting them. I was also introduced to the organization ASTEP, or Artists Striving to End Poverty. Through the organization, volunteers use the arts to help underserved youth in the U.S. and abroad. This is definitely something I would be interested in doing in the future. You can check ASTEP out HERE.
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One of the more beneficial workshops for me was on Arts Management and using social media to promote theatre. As the head of this sort of thing for the Drama Club at St. Mike’s, I got some good advice on how to improve our presence online. Since then, I have created a Facebook page for the Drama Club. Feel free to like the page to keep up to date on any shows or programs the club is putting on.
I began promoting for the show Harvey on the Facebook page.
Yes, there are cars under there.
Overall the festival was a lot of fun. What made things interesting was the SNOWPOCALYPSE happened the first day of the festival, delaying everything by a day. As a result, the whole schedule was compacted and we were very busy. Despite this we all still had a great time and I wish I wasn’t graduating so that I could go again. If you find yourself attending St. Mike’s and joining the Drama Club, I definitely recommend going to KCACTF!