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Creighton thespians earn Kennedy Center commendations

A brilliant 50th anniversary theater production schedule for the Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences Department of Fine and Performing Arts is being re-celebrated with a number of recognitions.

On Jan. 17, the Department earned five Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards at a ceremony in downtown Omaha. The very same night, Fine and Performing Arts faculty and students took home six commendations from the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The February 2015 production of the comedy “Noises Off” was the most decorated of Creighton’s Kennedy Center honorees, with the entire cast and crew awarded for Achievement in an Ensemble Performance. The show also merited an invitation to the Invited Scenes Showcase of the conference. 2015 Arts and Sciences graduate Victoria Vitola was singled out for Achievement in Scenic Design in “Noises Off.”

“Noises Off” was directed by theater professor Alan Klem and starred Creighton students Elizabeth Dagle, Austin Spillane, Eddie McGonigal, Krista Bergren, Alexia Lorch, Peter Nicholson, Emma Rasmussen, Ali Saeel and Ephriam Harnsberger. Kristi Walsh was the assistant director.

The backstage crew for “Sunday in the Park with George,” Creighton’s fall musical, earned a commendation for Achievement in Fly Work — a monumental undertaking as the technical crew was responsible for hoisting and lowering the massive reproduction of Georges Seurat’s masterpiece, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Comprising the backstage flies crew were students Ben Gliedt, Mesel Tzegai, Josh Acosta and Colton Brasel.

“Sunday in the Park with George” was also recognized for Achievement in Musical Direction.

Finally, Creighton’s spring production of the classic musical “Cabaret,” earned honors for 2015 Arts and Sciences graduate Matthew D. Hamel for Achievement in Scenic Design.

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