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Published January 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

UND students to attend weeklong theater festival in Nebraska

With goals to build their resumes, learn from professionals and audition for professional roles, 28 UND theater students will head to Nebraska for a week Sunday.

By: Jasmine Maki, Grand Forks Herald

With goals to build their resumes, learn from professionals and audition for professional roles, 28 UND theater students will head to Nebraska for a week Sunday.

The students will participate in the weeklong Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Last year, 35 students from UND were invited to perform their original production, “My Generation,” during the festival.

This year, Emily Cherry, assistant professor of musical theatre and directing, said they are going as a university.

Eight students have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, a national competition which awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually. And, three students have been invited to perform a scene from “Three Days of Rain,” which was originally produced in October at UND.

“It’s an honor to be invited,” Cherry said.

Other students will be making the 550-mile journey as well to attend classes, audition for musical theater and directing intensives, audition for professional work and perform readings.

“They get to perform, do design and take classes. There are activities from 8 in the morning to 1 a.m., going on all day, that they can take part in,” Cherry said. “It’s just a great week to learn about theater.”

According to the festival’s website, www.kcactf.org, the goal is “to encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in college theater programs,” and to provide opportunities for participants to grow and develop their skills.

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