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NSU group does well at regional theater festival
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University students and faculty received accolades at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Lincoln, Neb., last week.
 
The “Shakespeare/Shakespeare” team immediately won recognition and a certificate of merit at the regional level opening event for use of Shakespearean language.
 
Later that evening, the Tony Award winning writers of “Urinetown” took the stage to talk about the creation of musicals.

Competed for Scholarships
On Monday, five NSU students competed for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships – the first round consisted of 365 students vying for 64 spots in the second round. 
 
“Despite not moving on, our students were so well-prepared and completely professional,” said NSU Director of Theater Daniel Yurgaitis. “All received positive feedback from the Ryan responders.”
 
Tap Performance, Professional Auditions
On Tuesday, Paul Hoselton, a senior from Fargo, N.D., was selected for the Musical Theater Tap intensive showcase performance. Anthony Rohr, a senior from Dickinson, N.D.; Emily Davis, a senior from Aberdeen; Yvonne Freese, a senior from Lanesboro, Minn.; Joseph Weseloh, a senior from Watertown; and Shlomit Oren, a sophomore from Jerusalem all took part in the professional auditions. Rohr in particular was successful, receiving six callbacks.

Presented Design Workshop
That afternoon, Josh Frachiseur, NSU assistant professor of theater, presented a workshop on costing out designs (geared for technical directors and graduate students) to a packed, highly engaged room. Yurgaitis spoke to a student in the back of the room before the workshop began.
“He came because he was so impressed with Josh’s workshop the year before,” he said. “An unexpected but well-deserved compliment for Josh’s hard work.”
 
Dramaturgy Showcase
On Wednesday, Jillian Jensen, a sophomore from Lennox, competed in the dramaturgy showcase, where she received very positive feedback for her dramaturgical work on “Shakespeare/Shakespeare.”
 
Northern Students' Work Featured
Thursday and Friday, adjunct instructor Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha led an acting workshop called "Owning Your (A)Typical Body," with 70 students attending both sessions. This workshop received much positive feedback from the students and on social media, with several students saying this was their favorite workshop of the week. The workshop also featured some NSU students' work.

“The week was very productive and an excellent showcase for our students and faculty,” Yurgaitis said.
 
Learn more about NSU's theater program and performances HERE.