Award-Winning Simpson Theatre Department Prepares for ‘Night of the Soul’ Performances

Tickets go on sale Feb. 4 for the Theatre Simpson production of “Night of the Soul,” which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-18 in Barnum Stoner Theatre in the Blank Performing Arts Center. 

For more information, visit the Theatre Simpson page.

Here’s another reason to order tickets for the upcoming Theatre Simpson production of “Night of the Soul”:

You’ll be watching an award-winning department in action!

Students, recent graduates and faculty members from the Theatre Simpson Company were among those who earned awards at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Lincoln, Neb.

Three current students took home impressive honors:

*Ethan Newman placed second in the National Division for lighting design for The Women of Lockerbie. He also received a certificate of merit.

*Shannon Barondeau placed first in the Regional Division for lighting design for Festival of Short Plays: Thornton Wilder.

*Roxane Langard received the Best Portfolio designation in Portfolio Review.

Started in 1969, the Kennedy Center American College Theater program now involves 18,000 students from colleges and universities across the country. The goals include encouraging, recognizing and celebrating the finest and most diverse work produced in college and university theater programs.

Simpson participated in the regional festival with schools from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas.

“The Theatre Department is proud of all the Simpson students and alums who earned recognition at the KCACTF Region 5 Festival 46 in Lincoln Nebraska this past week,” said Steven McLean, interim chair of the department and professor of Theatre Arts.

“As a department, we continue to make a solid showing among the schools in our region and to represent Simpson College at Regional Festival. However, the real value of the week-long event is to the students themselves, through feedback that they get on their work from respondents and other festival attendees and in the exposure they have to new ideas and techniques through attendance at a wide variety of workshops a selection of theatrical productions.”

The following members of the Simpson team also were recognized:

Certificates of Merit

*Chris Williams, ’13, directing, for the production of Such Things Only Happen in Books.

*Caleb Carver, ’13, directing, for the productions of Leviathan & Mozart and the Grey Steward.

*Shelby Burgus, ’13, stage manager for the Festival of Short Plays: Thornton Wilder.

*Madison Densmore, current student, composition and sound design for the production of The Winter’s Tale.

*Steven McLean, professor of Theatre Arts, scenic design for the production of The Winter’s Tale, as well as scenic design for the production of Lysistrata Jones.

*Jennifer Ross Nostrala, professor of Theatre Arts, direction/choreography for the production of Lysistrata Jones.

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