D&E students join summer theater productions

Five Davis & Elkins College students will spend the summer sharing their talent – and love – for entertaining others when they work in seasonal theater productions throughout the East Coast.

In March, 10 students from the Fine & Performing Arts Department, along with faculty members, traveled to the Southeastern Theater Conference 64th annual Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Attending were Katee Conaway, a senior from St. Marys; T.J. Myers, a junior from Lisbon, Md.; Jenny Hart, a senior from Beverly; Sarah Satterwhite, a senior from Farmington; Taylor “Aly” Prince, a sophomore from Fraziers Bottom; Millie Omps, a senior from Paw Paw; Carly Sable, a junior from Alexandria, Va.; Ashley Collins, a sophomore from Independence; Zach Snyder, a senior from Hambleton; and Dayna Cooper, a freshman from Parkersburg; along with associate professor of Theater and chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department April Daras, associate professor of theater Tom Hackman and Instructor of Theatre Ruth Humphrey.

At the conference, students participated in actor/tech auditions and interviews with representatives from regional and national professional theaters. Several students have been offered jobs at these theaters since returning.

Cooper will work as a production intern at Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre in Winchester, Va.

Satterwhite received offers from multiple companies including Shenandoah Music Theatre and the American Dance Festival. She will be working this summer as an intern in the costume shop of the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Hart, a graduating design and technical theater major, will also be joining the company of the Chautauqua Institute as assistant scenic charge.

Sable will perform as an actor/technician at The Lost Colony in Manteo, N.C.

Snyder will return to Unto These Hills in Cherokee, N.C., for the third time. This year, he will play one of the lead roles in the historic outdoor drama.

Myers will return to Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, based in Ellicott City, Md., and work as an assistant designer in multiple areas of theatre production.

Also during the conference, the group attended a variety of theater workshops, training sessions and speaking events; and faculty members represented D&E at the Education Exposition, recruiting prospective students through undergraduate auditions, interviews and callbacks.

Additionally, Hackman participated in portfolio reviews for undergraduate design and tech students.

The Southeastern Theatre Conference is the largest and most active regional theatre organization in the United States. The annual convention brings together thousands of people from all theatre disciplines.

The Davis & Elkins College Theater Program offers courses in theatre and theatrer production designed to provide students with knowledge of and experience in an art form which has played a key role in cultural history and contemporary society. Three options are available to students working toward a bachelor of arts degree: theater arts, design and technical Theater or theater Education.

The theater Arts program prepares and presents three to five main stage productions and three to five student-directed studio productions every year.

For more information, please visit the website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.