Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts had its 2017-2018 Theatre Arts awards ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of their students this past year with a season celebrating “American Identities in the 21st Century.”
Lorenzo Butler, Lawton, was recognized for Outstanding Contribution by a Non-Major for his work as the Announcer in “Alice in America-Land or Through the Big Screen and What She Found There” and for serving as the House Manager for “Legally Blonde.”
Joy Christie, Lawton, received the Academic Achievement award, which recognizes the student having the highest grade point average within the discipline.
Performance awards were presented to Ciara Renee, Lawton, for her dual roles as the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen in “Alice in America-Land or Through the Big Screen and What She Found There”; Payton Williams, Comanche, for the role of President Charles Smith in “November”; MacEwan Sanders, Lawton, for the dual roles of Joseph and Balsero 2 in “Letters from Cuba/Manual for a Desperate Crossing”; and Joy Christie, Lawton, for Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”
“Legally Blonde” swept the Technical Achievement awards, which were presented to Jacob Parkhurst, Lawton, for Stage Managing; Dakota Barbie, Walters, for Assistant Stage Management; and Mandi Bongiorno, Lawton, for Wardrobe. Parkhurst was also recognized as the Outstanding Theatre Arts major for his volunteerism and leadership contributions.
Class of 2018 members Samantha Eddy and Lorenzo Butler, both of Lawton, received honor chords signifying membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Butler was inducted along with Christie; Sharan Khanal, Baglung, Nepal; and Stephanie Sabol, Lawton.
Officers for the coming year are Parkhurst, President; Emily Whatley, Duke, Vice-president; Abbey Rinestine, Lawton, Business Manager; and Williams, Student Government Representative.
Alpha Psi Omega is the American National Theatre Honor Society that recognizes participants in collegiate theatre programs. To be eligible a student must have a strong grade point average, show leadership skills, and work in more than one aspect of theatre such as acting, technical, stage management, design or publicity.
May 9, 2018