Southeastern Theatre honored at Louisiana College Theatre Festival
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre’s production of “Parking Lot Babies,” an original play written by mass communication major Zach Boudreaux of Walker, recently was honored with awards at the Louisiana College Theatre Festival (LCTF), hosted by the University of New Orleans last month..
“Parking Lot Babies,” directed by Southeastern theater instructor James Winter, won the “Regional Committee Choice” award at the state festival, advancing the production to the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) to be held in February at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Tex.
Winter said Region VI judges reviewed 19 productions from state festivals in Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. The judges selected “Parking Lot Babies” to be staged at the regional festival.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our school and students. It essentially places us in the top 40 collegiate productions in the nation this year,” Winter said. “We’re going to compete against five other plays in our region for a chance to go to the national festival in Washington DC, where we could actually bring Zach’s play and give it a full production in the Kennedy Center.”
At the Louisiana College Theatre Festival, Southeastern won the “Support for Original Work” Award. Kacie Stephens of Denham Springs was recognized for logo design, while Tiffany Baptiste of New Orleans was recognized for hair design and Blake Kelley of St. Francisville, was recognized for tattoo art.
Southeastern Theatre students also received individual awards at the LCTF. Boudreaux, Megan Cleveland of Mandeville, and Lee Jeansonne of Covington received nominations to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition at the regional festival.
Boudreax, Aaron Griffin of New Roads and Drew Zeringue of Pearlington, Miss., were recognized for Excellence in Original Music Competition.
“There’s no group of students that I’ve worked with that I could be happier this is happening to,” Winter said. “They all pulled together and worked really well as a group.”