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EAC Students Nominated for Irene Ryan Auditions

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EAC Students Nominated for Irene Ryan Auditions

By Lexi Heninger

Thatcher, AZ— Six students from Eastern Arizona College have been nominated to compete in the 2012 Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions hosted by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which will be held in Ogden, Utah, in February 2012.

These students have been nominated for their skills as performers based on their recent work in the productions of A Play About Three Women Written By Four Men and The Taming of the Shrew, and include: Annalea McDonald, of Tucson, Camille Neering, of Maui, Sarah Brisco, of Saudi Arabia, Shauntel Simper, of Gilbert, Javaonta Light, of Benson, and Abram Yarbro, of Prescott.

In honor of Irene Ryan, best known as “Granny” from the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, the KCACTF offers 16 regional scholarships to the winners of the competition. The winners are then invited to Washington, D.C., where they will compete for two national scholarships. The nominees will have to go through several auditions in front of a panel of judges who will be looking for the actor’s abilities to make bold acting choices, work with a partner, easily perform with the language and understanding of the text, and to urgently pursue strong, clear objectives.

“I am proud of these students,” says Bill Nidiffer, EAC drama director. “They have worked so hard in the plays they performed in and I believe they will do well in the competition.”