JBU Performance Studies Garners Awards

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 16, 2007) — The John Brown University Performance Studies department garnered recognition this past weekend at the Arkansas American College Theater Festival in Conway, Arkansas. Eight colleges and universities from around the state convened on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas to present theatrical productions and be recognized for excellence in various competencies. The John Brown University production of Children Elemental, an original full length production written by Assistant Professor Jason Hough, received three awards. Student Jasmine Brown received an award for Excellence in Costuming, student David Baker received an award for Excellence in Sound Design, and Hough received an award for Excellence in Program Design. Three actors were also recognized for excellence. Senior Sophie Morris and juniors Janelle Sando and Arthur Summers were selected as nominees for the Irene Ryan competition. Irene Ryan, better known as “Granny” from the hit television show The Beverly Hillbillies, dedicated part of her estate to fund a national acting competition. Morris, Sando, and Summers will travel to the regional competition in Houston, Texas in the Spring, and will compete against students from New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas for scholarship dollars. This is Morris’ third consecutive year to be nominated for this honor and Sando’s second. “I am very proud of the entire company,” said Hough. “The respondents at the festival were very complimentary of our show and impressed that we do not have a suitable performance space on our own campus but can bring a show this competitive.” The cast of Children Elemental included Morris, Sando, and Summers; seniors David Burney, Snorri Danielsen, and Jamie Lockard; juniors Andrew Bernard, Natalia Castelar, Jeremiah Christie, Faith Kinyanjui, Sarah Lewellen, and Jessica Zengulis; sophomores Karl Almquist, Kyle Mathis, Rissa Murphy, Seth Putnam, and Paul Yu; and freshman Jerikris Langston. The crew included assistant director alumnus Amy Templer, stage manager senior Sarah Lyman, costumer senior Jasmine Brown, sound design junior David Baker, lighting technician junior Peter Lightfoot, and crew and production assistants senior Carly Kennedy; juniors Meg Morales and Elizabeth Wright; sophomore Kristin Radaker; and freshmen Heather Cheek, Rebekah Constantin, and Lindsey Seader. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.