Lone Star College-Kingwood will host the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association (TCCTSA) 2019-2020 Play Festival Feb. 26-29.
This event will showcase productions from eight two-year colleges around the state. Each campus will have two hours to set-up and rehearse, and 90 minutes to perform and strike their shows. Held in the Administration and Performing Arts Center, the plays will be performed on the Main Stage, and talk-backs and technical presentations will take place in the Black Box.
"We hosted the play festival in 2015, and we are thrilled to do it again. This is a chance for us to show-off our newly rebuilt space," said Eric Skiles, artistic director and theatre professor at LSC-Kingwood. "
Participating campuses will receive a talk-back/critique from respected theatre professionals in the area. This year, Meg Edwards, with the Houston Grand Opera, will serve as the technical theatre respondent; and Kenn McLaughlin, from Stages Rep, will be the acting/directing respondent. Based on the feedback given, students will have a chance to earn excellent or superior awards in a variety of categories such as acting, directing, stage management, scenic design, lighting design, sound design, props design, and costume design. Also, each play will receive awards for "audience favorite" and "best performance" selected by the organization membership.
This festival is focused on celebrating theatre and doesn't involve any competition between shows, so the audiences (other participants) are always super supportive of each other," Skiles said.
The LSC-Kingwood Theatre Department will enter its production, "Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Story," with the hopes of adding additional TCCTSA awards to its shelf. At previous festivals, the college has earned more than four excellent and five superior awards along with numerous personal awards earned by students.
The TCCTSA 2019-2020 Play Festival participants will take up a large portion of the seating for each production, but there will be a few available for the public. Admission is free, but some shows might not be appropriate for all ages. For additional information, a detailed schedule, or a list of the productions, visit www.tccsta.org.