Troy University Theatre and Dance production selected for regional competition

Posted: Wednesday, 27 January 2016

TROY - A production of the Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance has been selected for regional competition in the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival.

TROY students will perform "29," a faculty-written musical, in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV contest, which takes place Feb. 2-6 at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.

Sixty-five participating productions in the Southeast were considered for inclusion in the regional festival, with "29" making it to the final field of six.

"29," which has been selected to close the festival on Feb. 6, is a pop/rock musical theatre song cycle that features a tapestry of characters in their 20s, each facing defining moments of growing up, from graduating college to getting a job and finding romance.

With sounds reminiscent of Billy Joel, Ben Folds and James Taylor, the show ranges from playful and funny to touching and uplifting. This exciting new musical was co-written by Troy University graduate and current TROY Theatre faculty member Tommy Newman.

"This is a true accomplishment," said Tori Lee Averett, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. "The musical '29' was specifically requested for placement in the coveted Saturday night performance slot, the closing show for the entire festival, which is an honor. This is an exciting opportunity for us."

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually.

For 46 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country.

District IV includes colleges and universities from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, southern Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Productions selected from regional competitions will advance to the national festival at the Kennedy Center in April.

The cast of "29" includes:

  • Lacey Alexander as Devon
  • Tori Beauchamp as Sandra
  • Sean Birkett as Danny
  • Raquel Cole as Maricia
  • Kaitlyn Conway as Alex
  • DJ Gilroy as Jeff
  • Anna Maria Mollica as Sue
  • Seth Alderman as Andy
  • Shelby Steverson as Stephen

Before the trip to South Carolina, though, the department will present a free performance on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater.