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Loyola’s production of the Children’s Hour receives top awards at state festival

Loyola press release - November 21, 2003

Loyola’s production of The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman won the award of Excellence at the Louisiana Theatre Festival. In addition to the full production of The Children's Hour receiving accolades, individual student participants also won recognition in various categories at the festival in October.

The cast and crew of 24 students and three faculty members presented the play at the festival. The Children’s Hour is set in a private school for girls where Mary, one of the students, accuses two female teachers of having an “abnormal attachment” to each other. Mary shares her accusation with her grandmother who is a huge financial contributor to the school, and her grandmother forces the school’s closure. The rumors are later proven false.

The Children’s Hour received the following awards: Production Award, Regional Committee Award, and Excellence Production, Director Anne Kauffman and entire cast and crew; Faculty Award and Excellence in Costume Design, Kellie Grengs; Excellence in Acting, Kim Lucas and Daiva Olson; Excellence in Makeup Design, Tammie Merheb; Excellence in Audio Design, Jacqueline Steager; Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nominees, Kerri Driscoll, Kim Lucas and Gwen Sisco.

By entering in the festival, Loyola’s production of The Children’s Hour is eligible for inclusion in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) and also can be considered for invitation to the regional KCACTF national festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in the spring. Last year more than 1,100 productions and 20,000 students participated in the American College Theater Festival nationwide. By entering this production, the Department of Drama and Speech is sharing in the KCACTF goals to help college theatre grow and focus attention on the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.