Student actors, play win awards at state

KINGSVILLE - November 15, 2018

Contact: Julie Navejar
Email: julie.navejar@tamuk.edu
or Phone: 361-593-2590


            KINGSVILLE (November 16, 2018) — Students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville took the original play, June Bugs, to the Texas State Theatre Festival recently and brought back several awards with the possibility of a slot in the national regional competition.

 

            June Bugs, written by Corey Ranson, associate professor and director of theatre activities, received the Respondent’s Choice Award, the Excellence in Playwriting Award and the Support of New Works Award.

 

            Diana Ibarra received an award for Excellence in Lighting Design while Dario Coronado, Jesse Ochoa, Edgar Vasquez, Ben Ortiz and Gage Roberts earned awards for Excellence in Sound and Music.

 

            Alessandra Ramirez, Laurie Guajardo and Robin Machuca received the Irene Ryan Acting Nomination Award for June Bugs. Dylan Mendoza and Niko Villarreal previously received the Irene Ryan Acting Nomination Award for their work in The Aliens which played earlier in the semester.

 

            Out of six productions in the six-state region, June Bugs is under consideration to be invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Festival in Abilene.  

 

            June Bugs focuses on Farah Lee Princess, Mable, Perfecto, Jimbo and Cotton as they focus on the next fix. They are on the streets because they have to be or because they want to be. Their basic day-to-day needs and activities are simple things we take for granted. Their tomorrow is not certain and they know that. They laugh. They fight. They help each other.

 

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