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Jan. 16, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College theatre once again extended Kennedy Center Festival invitation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College production of “Urinetown” has been selected for the Region IV Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. It was selected as one of eight productions for the festival out of over 55 in the eight southeastern states that make up Region IV. Urinetown

“Urinetown,” a musical based on the book by Greg Kotis, is a production of the BSC Department of Theatre and Dance. The regional performance this year will be Feb. 10 at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, Ga., in hopes of being invited to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in April for the national festival.

Birmingham-Southern theatre productions have a long-standing history of receiving invitations to the Kennedy Center regional competitions. Since 1986, the college has been extended seven invitations to compete against much larger institutions, including those with graduate programs in theater.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving more than 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. The year-round program has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the U.S. Through its state, regional and national festivals, it honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.

Three BSC student members of the cast of “Urinetown” were selected to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition as a part of the festival. They are Christina Johnson, a freshman from Montgomery; Martin Landry, a senior from Ragland; and Skyler Vallo, a freshman from Vinton, Va.

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