DZP Goal #87: Get a Scholarship

Achieved when I found out back in December 2011 that I was nominated to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in February 2012 - I got nominated to compete as an actor for my performance in BYU's "The Hundred Dresses" last fall! AKA I got a scholarship to take me there and pay my way for lodging + travel expenses + the like! (:

Here's the bright + shining acceptance letter I received:

And the proof that I, indeed, was nominated for what I was nominated for. (:

So I'm sure you're wondering - what is KCACTF? Let me tell you a bit about it and my experience there.

Here's a blurb straight from the KCACTF wesbite:

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

Basically, what this meant for me was that I got to get excused from a week of school and drive 1.5 hours up to beautiful Ogden, UT (so much cooler than the festival being held in Los Angeles like last year, obviously) with a bunch of my fellow BYU theatre kiddos + professors and enjoy a week filled with workshops, shows, keynote speakers (like David Auburn - the playwright of the play Proof - so cool!), and staying up late hanging out in the beautiful Ogden Marriott hotel (for free!).

My favorite part about Weber State? Probably the fact that they have one building on campus just with theatres inside. AKA no music practice rooms or art classrooms - - just theatres. Three of them, all inside.  It was so nice to be in a building that was solely dedicated to theatre...without any music/art/dance classrooms or anything inside.

This a picture from the outside of that building: the Browning Center.

So what exactly happened at KCACTF all week long? Here, I'll tell you a bit more:

Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.

Yes, I got to compete in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions. Basically all of the actors nominated (about 1-3 for each college production) were invited to prepare 2 contrasting scenes and a monologue. Everyone participated in the Preliminary Rounds (over 300 students), then 48 moved on to the Semifinal Rounds, and 12 moved on to the Final Round. From BYU alone we had 10 compete in the Preliminaries, 6 compete in the Seminfinals, and 4 BYU students competed in the final round!! I only made it to the preliminary round, but I was so caught up in the rush of everyone else doing so well that it didn't even phase me (hello, Theatre Education major status!); we took home quite a bit of wins overall!

PS there weren't just acting awards handed out (as you'll see) - there were also a handful of dramaturgy + design awards, too!

Overall, it was mega fun and an incredible experience to get to attend KCACTF. The shows I saw were incredible and the talent I saw (and learned from) was outstanding. I highly recommend attending to anyone who gets the chance. (:



So about a week + a coupla days ago (February 4th) the day was marked as celebration of one of my favorite older sisters' birthdays (the big 2-5!)! (PS I promise I only have two favorite sisters...the other one's b-day recap is here :)

Here are some of the many, many reasons I love my older sister Miss Anna Banana:

#10 - She loves going on adventures with me - from hurricane simulating (literally whenever we get the chance), to zoo trips, to crazy hair days, to national park exploring, to (although not pictured) H&M excursions, to baseball games (and catching foul balls!!) and everything in between.

#9 - She knows how to have a great time - from taking me to get Chinese for the first time (eternally grateful to you for that one), to introducing me to the wonders of mac 'n' cheese (Wisconsin-bred) pizza, to the proper way to construct a rockin' gingerbread graham cracker house, to partying it up for the new year (and yes, everything in between)! 

#8 - EVERYONE LOVES HER. Obviously I love her regardless of this fact, but I guess my point here is, seriously, what's not to love about Anna??

Okay, so he was having a bad day. But just a second later he was so happy to be in Anna's arms, I promise (PS remember when he was this tiny??). 

#7 - She is so fun to spend the holidays with. Even though we are currently living our lives approximately 1504.28 miles apart (yes, I did MapQuest it), we still manage to spend the holidays together - - and have a blast doing it (in whatever amount of time we may have) - - and take lots of holiday-appropriate (and sometimes intentionally awkward) photos in the process (including our newest addition - the anniversary dessert photo ;).

Christmas 2009

Christmas 2010

Christmas/New Year's 2011

#6 - Um. She jumps into crazy photos with DK + I without us even needing to ask. (: 

...and doesn't mind posing with her Pretty Pretty Princess jewelry as an official Krondashian sister, either. (: 

#5- She is a BEYOND stellar chef/cook/pastry chef extraordinaire. Two years ago she sent me the most delicious birthday package - - specially individually wrapped pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (!!) - just check out the beautiful faces she picked out just for me (;

#4 - Well, I'd love her regardless of this fact as well, but let's face it - - She's FAMOUS. Multimedia Journalist for WAOW in Wausau, Wisconsin. Check her out (: 

#3 - Okay, and I'd be lying if I didn't say that one of the things I love most about Anna is how well she keeps with traditions (remembering dates/times/places/etc.) - - especially since she's kept the "snowman poop for Christmas" bit going for over a decade now...it never gets old. Trust me.

Christmas 1999 

Christmas 2011 

#2 - On top of keeping with tradition, even though she is so crazy busy all the time, she is still so great at keeping in contact with those she loves - - namely us, her family, duh. (:

Aaaaand last but most certainly not least, #1 - She's an incredible example to me of what it means to be a hard worker, a stellar friend, and a fantastic sister, always there to talk/listen to me, whenever. (:

Happy 25th birthday, Anna Banana!
I love + miss you so so much and hope it was a fantastic day! A big XOX until we are reunited once more (:
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