"Little Shop of Horrors" honored

California State University, Stanislaus' production of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" has been selected for participation in the 2007 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival XXXIX, Region XIII. The Regional Festival, encompassing colleges and universities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa, attracted 58 entries of which 10 have been invited to be showcased at the KCACTF Regional Festival, February 12-17, in Cedar City, Utah.

The KCACTF is a national theatre program with funding and administrative support from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Regional Festival provides numerous workshops, seminars, audition opportunities, scholarships, and awards for students and faculty. The Regional Festival is also a showcase for the finest work produced in university and college theatre programs.

This year's invitation marks the fifth time since 1972 that CSU Stanislaus has been recognized at the Regional Festival. In February, 25 members of the production cast and crew will travel to Cedar City, Utah, for the showcase performance. In addition to being the largest production to travel to the Regional Festival from CSU Stanislaus, it is also the very first musical ever to represent the University at this event. The production is under the co-direction of Drew Sutherland of the Theatre Department faculty and Dr. Joseph Wiggett of the Music Department.

The Regional Festival performance of "Little Shop of Horrors" will be Saturday, February 17, at 8 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theatre in Cedar City, Utah. This performance will be considered for participation in the National Festival in Washington, D.C. In addition to the full production performance, three CSU Stanislaus student actors have been nominated for the Irene Ryan acting competition. Dan Mauterer (Audrey II puppeteer) of Modesto, Carol Smeltzer (Audrey) of Modesto, and Josh Bailey (Seymour) of Cottonwood will have the opportunity to compete for scholarships and the chance for selection to the National Festival in Washington D.C.

For more information please contact the College of the Arts at (209) 667-3959.