Rising stars: Four K-State Theatre performers earn regional honors
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
MANHATTAN — Four students from Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance have been selected as regional nominees for the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.
A regional representative from the scholarship sponsor, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, selected the nominees based on their performances in "The Arsonists" or "Into the Woods," two productions staged by K-State Theatre this fall. As nominees, they are invited to audition for the scholarship, which is named for the award-winning actress best known for playing Granny on the television classic "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Nominated to compete for the regional honor, a $500 scholarship, are Chelsea Turner, junior in American ethnic studies, Kansas City, for her role as Billie Eisenring in "The Arsonists"; Sterling Oliver, junior in theatre and applied music, Marysville, for his role as the Narrator in "Into the Woods"; Morgan Lynn Sterrett, junior in theatre, Overland Park, for her role as Little Red Ridinghood in "Into the Woods"; and Michael Duncan, sophomore in theatre, Topeka, for his role as Josef Schmitz in "The Arsonists."
Regional auditions for the scholarship will take place in January 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. Those selected will go on to participate at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. They will compete for two $2,500 scholarships.