Several colleges and universities will showcase their best talent when Tulsa Community College hosts the Region VI competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) beginning Feb 27. The event runs through March 3 at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education on TCC’s Southeast Campus (81st Street and Highway 169). It is expected to draw hundreds of theatre enthusiasts from dozens of colleges in many states.
Through state, regional and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process and share experiences and insights within other theatre artists. It provides opportunities for theatre departments to showcase their work and receive external critical responses.
There are eight KCACTF regions in the country. Region VI includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Narrowed from a field of 25, this year’s Region VI competition includes seven productions from students at The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Lamar University-Beaumont, Oklahoma City University, Ouachita Baptist University, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Tulsa is no stranger to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Last year, TCC was the first community college to host the regional competition in this area, drawing more than 850 college students, staff, faculty and theatre professionals.
The productions showcased at the regional festivals will be considered for an all-expenses paid trip to the national festival in Washington D.C. in April. There are also displays in theatrical design and the Irene Ryan Acting competitions.
The public is invited to attend the festival. Seven shows are scheduled in four days. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, contact the TCC Performing Arts Division at (918) 595-8618 or the VanTrease Performing Arts Center For Education box office at (918) 595-7777.