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Doane Theatre Honors

Doane’s latest theater production Next to Normal received high praise from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival responder.

"Last night's performance of Next to Normal was brilliant,” said the responder, who remains anonymous for competition purposes. “The scenes moved quickly, and the set was especially adaptable to multiple stagings."

The responder also had special praise for the actors in the show.

"What a powerful piece of theater--so many goosebumps moments,” the responder said. “You are all so talented and handled this incredible show with such care and authenticity”

Two Doane students, freshman Abby Fletcher and sophomore Brandon Rossell, were nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship based on their performances. They will both be allowed to audition at the festival next January.

The Irene Ryan Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation has awarded 16 regional and two national scholarships annually. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty 'Granny Clampett' in The Beverly Hillbillies.

The responder was also thrilled by Doane’s production as a whole.

"I am never disappointed when I attend a Doane theater production. It was outstanding."

The next theater production will be Hedda Gabler from April 25-27.