The Anderson University Boze Lyric Theatre production "Into the Woods" has been selected by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) to present a scene at the regional festival at Michigan State University.
"We are honored to be selected to bring a scene from Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" to this year's KCACTF Regional Festival," said Laurel Goetzinger, associate professor of music. "This honor brings recognition to the growth and development of our lyric theatre and theatre productions here at Anderson University. We celebrate the work of our students, colleagues, and guest artists in working together to accomplish this significant milestone." [Photo: Scene from The Boze Lyric Theatre production "Into the Woods" at Anderson University in October 2009.]
The Region III Festival will be held January 4 – 8, 2011 with a performance from AU on January 5 at the Evening of Scenes (The Fringe). This is the highest honor afforded to an Associate Production entry, in which the full production is not competing to be considered for performance at the Regional and National Festivals. This is AU's first recognition since participating in ACTF.
"We are honored to be recognized for the excellent work of our faculty members and students who collaborated on this production of Into the Woods," said Dr. Jeffrey Wright, dean of the College of the Arts and chair of the School of Music. "This invitation to perform at ACTF affirms that our lyric theatre program is maturing and growing artistically. We believed this to be true, but it is gratifying when others agree and recognize those achievements."
AU's first entry to KCACTF was "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," a musical revue of Harold Arlen songs, in the fall of 2003.
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.