USD theatre students will travel to festival Doug Strich, a theatre major at The University of South Dakota, will present a workshop in the construction and manipulation of marionettes at Region Eight of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) in Lincoln, NE on Jan. 26. Strich will showcase his skills at ACTF where hundreds of students form an eight state region attend workshops, view theatre productions, and compete in acting and design competitions.
Strich was trained in puppetry with James Racioppi at the Paper Moon Marionette Theatre in Atlantic Highlands, NJ and will be assisted by fellow student Erik Sunderman and professor Timothy Case. Strich adapted, designed and directed marionette productions of A Christmas Carol and Rumpelstiltskin in Vermillion.
Other 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.
USD actors entered in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at ACTF include: Brian Adams, Lead; Kari Hammer, Milbank; Tyler Swank, Rapid City; John Egan, Vermillion: Sam Williams, Yankton; Sarah Loeber, Millsboro, DE; and Christine Bennett, Carin Cornett, Allen Goodroad, Colleen Marsh, and Patrick Pope from Sioux Falls.
Through an auditioning process that includes a monologue and a scene from a play, they will compete for scholarships and the opportunity to advance to the national finals held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC each spring.