Troy University Theatre and Dance production selected for regional competition

Posted: Thursday , 10 January 2014

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 Theatre Festival.

The production, "Single Girls Guide," was performed on the Troy Campus in October. Set in the stylish world of 1964 Manhattan, the musical follows Emma Woodhouse, who is about to turn 30 years of age and is under the gun to get married when she takes over a household advice column. In a bold move, she plucks a single girl from obscurity and sets out to transform her life, setting into motion a wave of excitement that culminates in hilarious calamity at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball.

The musical is based on the book by Gordon Greenburg. TROY alumnus Tommy Newman co-authored the original script and the production features music and lyrics by Newman. Troy faculty member Adena Moree served as the production's director. Chris Rich served as scenic and lighting designer and Tori Lee Averett was the production's choreographer.

Region IV competition will take place Feb. 6 in Roanoke, Va.

"I am proud of our faculty and students for all they have accomplished and everything they will continue to accomplish through this spring during the KC-ACTF Region IV Showcase," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, Interim Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. The Festival has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment.

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 "Single Girls Guide" includes:

  • Grace Bailey as Emma Woodhouse
  • Neil David Seibel as Henry Woodhouse
  • Josh Williams at Nick Knightley
  • Lacey Alexander as Doris Simpkins
  • Quade Sewell as T.R. Elton
  • Kara McDowell as Harriet Belagamba
  • Shane Murphy as Martin
  • Amanda Lewis as Dede
  • Marissa Mena as Truman Capote

The musical also features: Mary Catherine Chambliss, Jordan Gulledge, Mykel Trent, Amanda Lewis and Anna Maria Mollica as the Secretaries; Payton Buchin, Taylor Morgan, Marissa Mena and D.J. Gilroy as the Dental Staff; Chris Charleston, Jacobi Hall, Jordan Gulledge, D.J. Gilroy, and Mykel Trent as the Bossa Rio Waiters; Chris Charleston, Jacobi Hall, D.J. Gilroy, Justin Kirkpatrick, Shelby Stevenson as the Guys; and Mary Catherine Chambliss, Anna Maria Mollica, Marissa Mena, Payton Buchin, Jordan Gulledge, Taylor Morgan, Mykel Trent and Amanda Lewis as the Girls.

Dr. Bice

The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance’s production “Single Girls Guide” has been selected for regional competition in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival in Roanoke, Va. on Feb. 6. The production was performed on the Troy Campus in October.