Panola Theatre Students Excel in State Festival Contest

The cast of “I Gelosi” take a bow.

December 5, 2018 - Panola College theatre students earned 27 awards at the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held recently.

Five student actors were nominated for the Irene Ryan Award, which qualifies them for an invitation to the 2019 regional festival. These include Shelby Watson, Justin Gonzales, Sarah Owens, Jasmine Ryan and Cody Osburn.

Jasmine Ryan and Cody Osburn starred in “Gruesome Playground Injuries.”

Earning meritorious achievement honors were Maelbi Calderon, dramaturgy and festival coordinator; Nathaniel Endsley, dramaturgy and festival management; Lacie Sepulvado, costume design; Tailer Chong, sound design; Kyree Williams, directing; Angel Kammer, Kassidy Weatherford, Bethany Crowe, and Madison Spence, festival hospitality; Kassandra Escobar, Keath Kibbey, Peyton Proffitt and Brenton Humphries for technical support excellence; and Karen King, festival hosting.

In addition, the Panola College cast and crew of “I Gelosi” received a meritorious achievement award for production ensemble, and were invited to showcase a scene at the 2019 regional festival. Panola College also earned the Director’s Choice award for “Gruesome Playground Injuries.”