Kennedy Center Recognizes COM Theatre With Top Accolades

Scene in a play of a pirate holding a young lady hostage while a young man reaches out to her.
Actors pictured in foreground from left, Issac Lopez, Anna Grygier and Fox Elrod. Photo credit, Pin Lim / Forest Photography.

The College of the Mainland Theatre was recently recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for its work in the currently-running production, “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The KCACTF is a national theater program that works to improve the quality of college theater in the United States through a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. The program honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing and design.

Led by theatre director, H. Russ Brown, the following honors were awarded:

Fox Elrod, COM Theatre Major

  • KCACTF Irene Ryan Award for his performance as "Peter"
  • KCACTF Musical Theatre Initiative Award

Isaac Lopez, COM Theatre Major

  • KCACTF Irene Ryan Award for his performance as "Black Stache"

Anna Grygier, COM Theatre Major

  • KCACTF Musical Theatre Initiative Award for her performance as “Molly”

Meredith Fraga, COM Theatre Major

  • KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Stage Management

Amanda Bezemek, COM Theatre Costume Director

  • KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Scenography (Costume / Hair / Makeup)

Curt Meyer, COM Theatre Technical Director

  • KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Scenography (Scenic / Lights / Sound)

Additionally, the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award in Ensemble Work was awarded to the entire cast.

The group will go on to represent College of the Mainland Theatre at the KCACTF Region VI Festival in February 2020 where they will compete for scholarships and awards amongst hundreds of collegiate theatre students from across a five-state region.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” will be showing through Sunday, November 24 in the COM Theatre. For ticket information, visit www.com.edu/theatre.

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