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Theater Program Honored by Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

by University Relations

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) selected a scene from Azusa Pacific’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone for inclusion in its Evening of Invited Scenes, this year’s regional festival, on February 7.

As 1 of 8 participants selected from 50 nominees, the scene featured APU students Shayfer Wayne ’12 and Devon Uy ’13. Held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, the event attracted more than 1,000 students, faculty, and guest artists from universities throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Guam.

Bart McHenry, dean of fine arts and media technology at Saddleback College and founding chair of APU’s Department of Theater, Film, and Television, directed APU’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone in October 2011. “It’s a musical comedy that takes place in 1929 with a modern-day narrator,” said McHenry, who directed 18 musicals at APU. “I was very proud of our students for studying and mastering the comedic timing of vaudeville acting, which was nicely juxtaposed by the dialogue of the contemporary narrator. I am pleased the Department of Theater, Film, and Television earned this distinction, and I hope that the recognition will bring additional awareness to the consistently outstanding work performed on the APU stage.”

The KCACTF, comprising a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, provides theater departments and student artists with the opportunity to showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. It encourages, recognizes, and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.

“The recognition by the KCACTF is a great honor and reflects our students’ hard work,” said Monica Ganas, Ph.D., co-chair and professor in the Department of Theater, Film, and Television. “This is an exciting indication of how far our program has come.”

Originally published in the Summer '12 issue of APU Life. Download the full issue (PDF).