Theater festival highlight includes PLT ''Rose and the Rime''

Lewis University's “Rose and the Rime” performance was part of ''Evening of Scenes'' at Theater festival

Published: January 9, 2012.

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre’s (PLT) production of “Rose and the Rime” by Nathan Allen, Chris Mathews and Jake Minton was selected to participate in the “Evening of Scenes” at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The festival was held January 3 – 7 on the campus of the University of Illinois. The “Evening of Scenes” were held in conjunction with the opening ceremonies of the festival on Wednesday evening, January 4.

Lewis University’s Theatre Department participates annually in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). KCACTF festivals showcase selected university productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design. “Rose and the Rime” was one of nine productions showcased in the “Evening of Scenes” from a four state region.

Rachel Tau of Wood Dale reprised her role as Rose in the presentation. Ensemble members included: Ashley Daun of New Lenox, Jackie Staszak of Braidwood, Melanie Gillies of Lombard, Michael Wall of Waconda, Matt Carlson of Lockport, Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest, JackieFlint of Braidwood, Carli Wheeler of Joliet, and Greg Rossbach of Crete. The ten-minute scene was stage managed by Jonathan Erickson of Chicago and directed byLewis University theatre manager, Jo Slowik of Joliet.

In addition, Lewis University students also participated in technical competitions and the Irene Ryan Acting competition. Lewis students participating with production designs included: Ashley Daun (sound design, “Nickel and Dimed”) Melanie Gillies (properties, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and “Rose and the Rime”) Melissa Chicola of Lockport (set design, “Nickel and Dimed,” “Rose and the Rime”). Irene Ryan Acting competitors included: Jackie Staszak (“Nickel and Dimed” nomination), and Matt Carlson (“Nickel and Dimed” and “Rose and the Rime” nominations).

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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