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Carthage students shined at this year’s Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) Region III Festival.

This festival brings together performers and designers from colleges and universities across the Midwest. From singing to acting to production, Carthage students were recognized in multiple categories for their hard work and talent.

A special congratulations goes to music theatre major Tyler Meyer ’21, who was awarded first place in the Music Theatre Intensive Competition, earning the Open Jar Institute National Music Theatre Scholarship. Tyler is a voice student of Professor Jeremy Mossman. Watch the video below to see Tyler’s award-winning performance.

Leah Gawel M.M. ’21 was awarded the Graduate Prize for Innovation for her research on religious fundamentalism and artist agency. The research was a capstone for her graduate degree in music theatre vocal pedagogy. Leah’s research advisor is Professor Corinne Ness.

In addition to these festival awards, Carthage students received several other awards and certifications, including:
  • KCACTF Region III Award for Design Excellence in Sound Design for “Patience and Fortitude” — Gabrielle Tifft ’23
  • Devised Theatre Category: Physical Theatre Award for “Over The Hills and Far Away” — Lane Breimhorst ’23, Hannah Caflisch ’25, Rogelio Castro ’22, Rayven Craft ’22, Chloe Hilby ’23, Nate Myers ’23, Angela Palladini ’24, Fang Yi Duo (Flower) Wang M.M. ’23, and Jeffrey Watkins ’22
  • Acting Competition Music Theatre Intensive Finalists — Nicky Caldwell ’23, Caitlyn Preuss ’23, and Marielle Shiring ’22
  • Irene Ryan Acting Competition Semi-Finalist — Lane Breimhorst ’23
  • Certificates of Merit for Outstanding Work in Acting Ensemble for “Betrayal” — Natalie Lall ’22, Nicky Caldwell ’23, Car Flemming ’23, Becca Robertson ’23
  • Certificates of Merit for Outstanding Work in Acting Ensemble for “Patience and Fortitude” — Rayven Craft ’22, Rachel Skowronski ’22, Sophie Michalski ’22, Lane Breimhorst ’23, Nate Myers ’23, Massimo Manfredini ’23, Chloe Hilby ’23, Rogelio Castro ’22, Rose Reichert ’22, AK Engleson ’22
  • Certificate of Merit for Costume Design for “Betrayal” — Sierra Clark ’23
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in Directing for “Eurydice” — Ella Spoelstra ’21
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in Directing for “Betrayal” — Caitlin Preuss ’23
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in Projection Design for “Patience and Fortitude” — Kurt Meinhardt ’23
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in Properties for “Betrayal” — Emily Imig ’21
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in Sound Design for “Eurydice” — Lindsey O’Connor ’21
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Work in Stage Management for “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” — Lauren Hammes ’23

Congratulations to all award winners!