USD production of Of Mice and Men to perform at festival

USD production of Of Mice and Men to perform at festival
Of Mice and Men, produced by The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre this fall, has been selected to perform at Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in the Iowa Western Community College Performing Arts Center at Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Of Mice and Men is one of only five productions in the region that was invited to perform out of 80 college and university productions that competed for the right to perform at the festival. A panel of industry professionals will judge the five invited productions and select one to advance to the national finals of KCACTF at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in April. More than 1,400 students from colleges and universities in seven Midwest states participate in the festival.

In preparation for the regional competition, Of Mice and Men will be featured in a single performance at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for youth (12 and under) and non-USD students, and $4 for USD students. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at (605) 677-5400 or online at The University Theatre box office will open for walk up sales on the day of performance beginning at noon.

The cast includes seniors Rob Garness (George) of Bell Fourche, and Andy Heller (Lennie) of Armour, Dan Workman of Vermillion is The Boss while Kevin Earlywine, a freshman from Rockford, IL, is Curley. Lindsey Straw, a junior from Ralston, NE, is Curley�s wife. Eric Adams, Omaha, NE, is Candy, and Victor Mohamed (Crooks) and Mike Husby (Slim), both of Sioux Falls, and Paul Petersen (Carlson) of Cheyenne, WY, and Tyler Hudson (Whit) of South Sioux City, NE., round out the cast. A photo of Straw and Heller is available for download at urelations/images/ofmiceandmen.jpg.

Associate Professor Charlotte Guyette is the director and Associate Professor Dennis Chandler is the sound designer while three senior students comprise the remainder of the artistic team: Randy Niles of Aberdeen, scenic design; Chris Schloss of Yankton, lighting design; and Steven Buechler of Centerville, costumes. For more information, contact Eric Hagen at (605) 677-5732 or

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