Panola College Drama students earned awards at the 2014 TCCSTA Play Festival. Panola College’s production of Rashomon by Fay and Michael Kanin earned a Superior award at the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association’s 2014 Play Fest. TCCSTA, established in 1928, offers opportunities for Texas Community and Junior Colleges to participate in an annual play festival highlighting the talents of the students and departments.
Students from Center, Mariah Fulbright, Superior Performance participant, Ethan Xieu, Director’s Choice and Judge’s Choice for Fight Direction as well as a Superior Acting recognition. Earning an excellence in acting was Avery Tindol. Students from Gary were Matthew Odom, Superior Performance participant, Hannah Hoover, Director’s Choice and Judge’s Choice for Costume Design. Hannah also earned a Superior Acting recognition as her role as a Koken as did Jacob Woolf. Students from Hillsboro who were winners are Osvaldo Cabral for his portrayal of Tajamoru and for their role as the Koken, Josue Ramirez, Kyree Williams, and Peter Zarate IV for his role as the Deputy, Horse, and Koken. Callie Rosson, Hallsville, Superior Performance participant, Kate Morton, Marshall HS, Director’s Choice and Judge’s Choice for both Stage Management and Scene Design, Jordan Vaughn, Director’s Choice and Judge’s Choice for Lighting Design, and Claire Beasley, Elysian Fields, Director’s Choice and Judge’s Choice for Make-Up Design.
The technical awards consist of the Director’s Choice, which is determined by the visiting directors, who listen to the students presentation of their work and process and ask a series of questions related to their specific field of expertise. The presentations are then ranked and then given a score to determine, Superior or Excellent. The Judge’s Choice is determined by the judge’s observation of the production’s performance.
Awards are given for overall performance, acting, and areas of technical theatre. Nine colleges from across the State partook in this year’s festival. The festival was adjudicated by the director of the Unity Theatre, Kate Revnell-Smith and Dr. Bill Gelber, Texas Tech University. The play was directed by Professor of Drama at Panola College, Karen King.