by Janine Sobeck, dramaturg
For the last week, a majority of the cast and production team for The Servant of Two Masters traveled with a group from the BYU theatre department to Los Angeles for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). Though out the year, colleges and universities from around the country are judged on the different shows they produce – everything from the acting to the design to the dramaturgy to the stage management. Students have the possibility to be nominated for different awards and then every year they come together at KCACTF to compete. KCACTF starts as a regional competition (Utah is in Region 8, along with Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and parts of California), and the winners from each category travel to Washington DC to compete at the national level.
The week in LA was a great opportunity to see the cast and production team in a new light. Not only were they competing in their nominated categories, but many were involved in different workshops and opportunities throughout the week.
Now that we’ve returned to Utah, its time to kick rehearsal into a whole new gear. We have about a week and a half before we start technical rehearsals, where we will add costumes, lights, make-ups, wigs, sound and the set to the world that is being created. Until then, the time will be spent polishing and refining the work that was done before KCACTF. In other words, this is where the fun really begins.