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WCU Theatre Students Win at Regional Festival

Five William Carey University theatre majors received awards at the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held in Daytona, Fla., January 31-February 4.
Students competed against 73 college and university programs from eight states. Design awards are given in two separate categories, David Weiss and Barbizon. Only one first place and an honorable mention is awarded in each category. Chris Permenter, a freshman from Oak Grove, placed first in the David Weiss Design Competition for his costume design of “Crow and Weasel,” Permenter receiving a cash prize and certificate.
Jana Barkley, a freshman from Picayune, and Billy Burkes, a sophomore from Meridian, received Barbizon Design honorable mentions in applied arts for their puppet design from “The Princess and The Dragon.” Stephanie Keller, a senior from Picayune, received a Barbizon Design honorable mention for her make-up and hair design for “The Diviners,” and Zach Lancaster, a junior from Picayune, received a Barbizon Design honorable mention for his sound design in “Wait Until Dark.”
The students are mentored by Tim Matheny, chair of the theatre and communication department, and Dewey Douglas, assistant professor of theatre design and technical director.