USD theatre students to participate in festival

USD theatre students to participate in festival Doug Strich, an undergraduate student majoring in theatre at USD, will present a workshop in the construction and manipulation of marionettes at Region Eight of the American College Theatre Festival in Lincoln, NE, Jan. 26.

Strich, who adapted, designed and directed marionette productions of A Christmas Carol and Rumpelstiltskin in Vermillion during the past year, has been invited to showcase his special skills at ACTF where hundreds of students from an eight state region attend workshops, view theatre productions, and compete in acting and design competitions. Strich, who trained in puppetry with James Racioppi at the Paper Moon Marionette Theatre in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, will be assisted by fellow student Erik Sunderman and professor Timothy Case.

USD students participating in ACTF design competitions include Chad Cable (Des Moines, IA) for his scenic design of Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief and Erik Sunderman (Clarinda, IA) for his technical direction of The Foreigner.

Actors Brian Adams (Lead), Christine Bennett (Sioux Falls), Carin Cornett (Sioux Falls), John Egan (Vermillion), Allen Goodroad (Sioux Falls), Kari Hammer (Milbank), Sarah Loeber (Millsboro, DE), Colleen Marsh (Sioux Falls), Patrick Pope (Sioux Falls), Tyler Swank (Rapid City), and Sam Williams (Yankton) are all entered in the Irene Ryan acting competition. Through an auditioning process that includes a monologue and a scene from a play, they compete for scholarships and the opportunity to advance to the national finals held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC each spring.

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