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An Asbury University theatre production was recently selected to compete against universities from nine Southeastern states through the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) program.

Christian theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the subject of The Beams are Creaking.“The Beams are Creaking,” a drama based on events in the life of Christian theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, went on stage at Asbury last spring. This year, on Feb. 6-9, a team of Asburians will travel to Roanoke, Va., where they will join fewer than 10 other college theater casts performing at the regional festival.

Asbury’s advancement to the regional festival marks the first time in several years that a Kentucky school has been invited to perform. However, the honor is part of an ongoing path of excellence at Asbury.

“Each year, hundreds of productions are submitted to be part of the Region Four conference,” said Professor Jeff Day, director of Asbury’s Theatre and Cinema Performance program. “The committee reduces that amount to around 26-33 productions who score high enough to qualify for the regional conference. From the 26-33, the selection committee meets and invites 6-8 productions to compete in the regional festival. We have made it to the pool of 26-33 five of the six times we have competed since 2005.

“We will travel the show to Roanoke, Va., and stage it there,” he continued. “We will have four hours to get up the entire set, lighting and costumes and perform the show. It is a huge honor and a nice feather in the hat of the Theatre & Cinema program.”

Three individual students — juniors Rebeca Robles and Alex Heath, and senior Matt Winters — have been selected to compete in the KCACTF’s Irene Ryan Awards at the festival.  The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. Each candidate may bring a partner and perform one monologue and two scenes. The two top candidates then move on to the National Competition in April.

The student cast of “The Beams are Creaking” includes the following: Alex Heath, Rebeca Robles, Jake Theriault, Jake McCoy, Nathanial Taylor, Grace Oliver, Ryan Sommers, Zack Remme, Josh Kelly, Kellen Ayers and Josh Heinlein.