This is the first time Northwestern State has taken part in the Festival, according to Director of Musical Theatre Andrew Lewis.
Students performed scenes from fall productions of “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of an evening of invited scenes.
A 10-minute play directed by NSU student Tim Sandifer and with Northwestern State student Sarah Folkins in the cast was one of two plays selected for consideration in the National Festival in Washington, D.C.
Four students and their partners participated in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition. They performed scenes alongside 200 students from other colleges and universities and received feedback from professionals in the field as well as professors from other institutions.
Of those 200 competitors, 32 were selected to move on to the semi-finals including Timothy Callais with Folkins who was his partner.
During the semi-finals they were able to perform more scene work and receive more feedback. They were also among the 16 partnerships to be moved into the final round, and performed six minutes worth of scenes and monologues for a large crowd at the Riverview Theatre in downtown Shreveport. Folkins was recognized as “Best Partner in the Semi-Final Round.”
DeAngelo Renard competed in the Musical Theatre Initiative. He performed “Don’t Let Me Go” from “Shrek The Musical” and was one of 17 finalists.
Several NSU students participated in professional and graduate school auditions held at the festival. Each of them received a callback and will remain in contact with these companies in hopes of securing work for the summer.
As part of the Festival, students attended workshops taught by professionals and professors from across the country in topics such as script analysis, directing styles, auditioning, life in New York City and Los Angeles and musical theatre.