CANYON, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – The West Texas A&M University Theater has said it is celebrating several awards recently won by a special fall 2020 production.
WT Theater has stated that the musical “Theory of Relativity,” a film production that aired in October, won eight awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
“This show offered a chance for collaboration that we might not have sought otherwise. We have developed great partnerships and new friendships by giving our actors the chance to work with the School of Music students in the recording studio and to work with the communication students on a location shoot, ”said said Behrmann, director of “Relativity”.
Behrmann received a special award in staging and musical direction for his work. The show won a special award for overall production and the entire cast received a special award for collaboration with the ensemble.
The national awards were chosen by a committee whose members saw approximately 40 eligible productions in eight regions across the country. The awards were presented at a virtual ceremony in May, WT said.
The musical also won special awards for the overall production design and for the innovative use of technology.
“Because we aired this production, we were able to reach a theatrical audience in the region, in the state – even across the country,” Behrmann said. “This level of engagement is rare for our department and helps us show a potentially huge audience the kind of work our students are capable of producing.”
WT said this was the fifth consecutive year that a WT production had qualified for the KCACTF regional competition. WT’s production “Ada and the Engine” also won the Director’s Cup for Best Production at the KCACTF Region VI Festival in Abilene in February 2020.
The 2021-22 season opens September 17-26 with “You on the Moors Now”, followed by “Monstersongs”, “As You Like It” and “The SpongeBob Musical”.
West Texas A&M University has said supporting the arts and entertainment is a critical part of the university’s long-term plan, WT 125: From Panhandle to the World.