Seven Grayson College students were recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for their performance and behind-the-scenes roles in the college’s October production of "Black Snow." The festival attracts theater departments from community colleges and four-year institutions across Texas and the United States.

Seven Grayson College students were recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for their performance and behind-the-scenes roles in the college’s October production of "Black Snow." The festival attracts theater departments from community colleges and four-year institutions across Texas and the United States.


After presenting the show to audiences on Oct. 17-19 in Cruce Stark Auditorium on campus, the GC theater troupe traveled to San Angelo, Texas, for KCACTF’s competition hosted by Angelo State University on Oct. 24-26. Students competed with five other colleges during the festival.


The GC troupe as a whole received an Excellence in Acting Ensemble Award, and three students were honored as Irene Ryan Acting Nominees, including: sophomore Arron Hogue, of Anna; freshman Brandon Langston, of Denison; and sophomore Blake Rice, of Savoy. They will compete with a partner in an acting contest during the festival’s next phase at the KCACTF Region 6 Competition in Shreveport, La., in late February.


Four Grayson students were named to the festival’s Honor Crew. They are sophomores Taylor Ginger Roberts, of Whitesboro, and Jasmine Shannon, of Rowlett, andfreshmen Krystina Burns, of Howe, and Dustin Meadows, of McKinney. Robin Robinson, GC theater director and professor of theater and speech, received Excellence Awards in both directing and sound design.


The GC production also was selected to be "held" for consideration for advancement to KCACTF’s Region 6 competition where six finalists will perform. To be held means that Grayson keeps the set, costumes and props intact until the finalist decision is made. Finalists will be announced in mid-December.


"It’s a huge honor for the students who were recognized for their craft and to have our show held," said Robinson. "KCACTF is a wonderful opportunity for our theater students to network with other schools and to be exposed to all genres of theater. We are fortunate Grayson College supports this opportunity."