Prior to the pandemic, we had been wanting to do more to connect students with professionals in theatre and film. This year we met online with professional filmmakers, costume designers, and lighting designers.

This spring we began offering masterclasses. Last month we held two. The first was with Nicole Parker, who is best known for her work on MadTV. She led a masterclass with all MTC and WWTC students on improv and comedy acting.

 

On March 29, the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher met with Celia Keenan-Bolger. She won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Scout Finch in the recent Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, and she also was nominated for her portrayal of Molly in the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Participating in these classes has enabled students to enhance their performance skills. In addition, students who are serious about going into the profession can ask questions about what it is like!

Next week, we will have one final masterclass with the writer of Peter and the Starcatcher, Rick Elice. Facilitation of these masterclasses comes from our ongoing partnership with Projects with Jason, which has provided so many opportunities for MTC students this year!

These experiences are possible because of ongoing support through ticket sales and patron donations. If you want to know more about how you can help continue these classes for our students next year, please reach out to Ray Palasz at rapalasz@munster.us.

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

EQUUS AWARD WINNERS

      

On July 30, the Munster Theatre Company held the 21st Annual Equus Awards, recognizing achievement in the 2019-2020 Theatre Season.  Though temporarily interrupted by the pandemic, we were able to complete our season with a virtual production of Much Ado About Nothing.  That in turn inspired us to creat a virtual award ceremony via Zoom!  The list below comprises those who were recognized throughout the night!

 

INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY TROUPE #2861 INDUCTEES
Ayush Arora
Bradley Bieniak
Sophia Brunetti
Michael Casner
Hunter Crowley
Sarah Espiritu
Joshua Korwek
Josephine Mittelberger
Shreya Patel
Isidora Pavlic

HONOR THESPIANS
Amanda Beaudouin
Clara Terry
Ariel Velasco
Zachary Tucker

NATIONAL HONOR THESPIAN
Camryn Hayes

THESPIAN SCHOLAR LIST (Juniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA)
Bradley Bieniak
Chris Canul
Ian Horn

VICE PRESIDENT’S SCHOLAR LIST (Juniors with a 3.5 or higher GPA)
Dori Clousing
Andrew Wittkamp

PRESIDENT’S SCHOLAR LIST (Juniors with a 4.0 or higher GPA)
Francis Hovland
Ashley Nita
Ava Quasney
Sarah Resch

STATE THESPY SUPERIOR RECOGNITION
Sarah Espiritu
Camryn Hayes
Ashley Nita and Francis Hovland

MTC LETTER RECIPIENTS
Dori Clousing
Ashley Nita
Maria Ramos

AUDITORIUM STAFF LETTERS
Madison Bevil
Sophia Brunetti
MJ Migliore
Zachary Tucker

BEST NEW TECHNICIAN
Josephine Mittelberger

OUTSTANDING COLLABORATOR
Andrew Wittkamp

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP
Zachary Tucker

BEST STAFF MEMBER
Sarah Resch

BEST NEW ARTIST
Stephanie Niemiec
Anna Raycroft

BEST IMPROV PERFORMER
Camryn Hayes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Chris Canul

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amanda Beaudouin

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA/COMEDY
Joshua Korwek

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA/COMEDY
Diana Ayala

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Hunter Crowley

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Ariel Velasco

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Ariana Casas

BEST PRODUCTION ACHIEVEMENT
Clara Terry

TROUPE SPIRIT AWARD
Ashley Nita

BEST THESPIAN
Chris Canul

PEGASUS AWARD
Camryn Hayes