The Central Texas College (CTC) Fine Arts department recently announced two cast members of its fall drama production “Anon(ymous),” were selected to represent CTC at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival competition in Abilene, TX. Ellacey Selah and Giovanna Bruniera de Oliveira have been selected as the “Irene Ryan Acting” nominees for the Region VI program to be held February 23-27. The winners of the regional competition advance to compete on a national level at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Selah and Bruniera de Oliveira were part of this semester’s play “Anon(ymous) written by Naomi Iizuka. It is the story of a young refugee, Anon, and his travels across the country to be reunited his mother, Nemasani, portrayed by Selah. Bruniera de Oliveira played the part of Ritu, the mother of a young woman who befriends Anon during his journey. Both actresses were selected as nominees for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships which provide recognition, honor and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education.
While at the regional Kennedy Center festival, Selah and Bruniera de Oliveira will share the stage with thousands of students from regional colleges and four-year universities in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. They will participate in acting and playwriting competitions and attend workshops on performance, movement, stage combat and voice.
Also earning special recognition for their outstanding contributions to the production of “Anon(ymous)” were Bailey Patterson, student, - meritorious achievement in makeup; Shey Concepcion, student, - meritorious achievement in stage management; Matthew Stanley, CTC Fine Arts lab assistant, - meritorious achievement in sound design; and Yesenia Garcia Herrington, CTC drama professor, - meritorious achievement in directing.
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing, and design. The regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a wide range of activities, including workshops, symposia and regional-level scholarship and award programs.
Photo: Ellacey Selah (front stage left) and Giovanna Bruniera de Oliveira (front stage right) rehearse the opening number of the drama production "Anon(ymous)."