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March 1, 2004
Contact: Brian Hood
MUW theater department wins awards at the American College Theatre
COLUMBUS, Miss. –The Mississippi University for Women theater department
recently garnered top awards at the American College Theatre Festival in
Two students placed first in their respective categories. Brian Hill, a
senior music major from West Point, was awarded first place in sound
design. This award carries a cash prize and makes Hill eligible for a
trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as a
Marianna Coffey, a junior art major from Columbus, was the winner in two
areas of impromptu design, The Design Storm and the 12- Minute Design.
William (Peppy) Biddy, professor and director of theater, said,
“Directing ‘On the Verge’ was a very satisfying experience. We (David
Carter, my colleague and the scenic designer for the show) had a very
talented group of students to work with both on stage and off, and this
was reflected in the number of nominations the show received.”
Earlier this year MUW’s production of “On the Verge” was named first
alternate to the regional festival. Students garnered nominations in
acting as well as four awards in design categories.
Chad Fortenberry of Gore Springs and Miranda McBeth of Saucier were
nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. Students with design
nominations were Claire Jackson of Starkville-costumes, Coffey-lighting,
Hill-sound and BG Johnson of Horn Lake, Tenn.–props.
Biddy added, “I was very pleased with the level of skill that each MUW
student displayed at the Regional Festival. Coming home with a couple of
first place prizes was a well deserved payoff for several months of hard
work by the entire company.”
MUW competed in Region 4, which encompasses 10 states. Ninety-nine
schools produced more than 200 productions.