Students reach festival finals

Joshua Lloyd, a theatre and communication senior, and Clay Singer, a psychology and theatre senior, advanced as part of the final 16 competitors in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s acting category.

The festival took place Jan. 8 through Jan. 13 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Lloyd was nominated for the festival because of his participation in “Stick Fly,” “The Servant of Two Masters” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

He selected Singer as his partner to participate in the competition.

“I chose Clay because he’s a phenomenal actor, and I’d never had the chance to work with him until now,” he said. “We are also friends outside of the theatre department, which plays a factor in why we had such great chemistry together on stage.”

Lloyd preformed a monologue. Then, Singer assisted him with two scenes, one dramatic and one comical, that showed off their wide range of acting abilities.

“I was most excited to perform a scene from the play “Sweat” by playwright Lynn Nottage,” Lloyd said. “I recently had the opportunity to see the mobile unit national tour of the show, as well as meet the playwright, and I instantly knew that I had to select a scene from the show. It speaks volumes about the struggles of the American working class.”

Lloyd has attended the festival four consecutive years. This was Singer’s second year performing at the festival as a partner.

The actors practiced for a month and a half before the festival and auditioned in front of theatre professors at SVSU before proceeding to the festival.

“First, we prepared for the auditions,” Singer said. “We had to audition before our professors to go to the festival, and then once we were there, they had rehearsal rooms, and we just ran the scenes as much as we could.”

The pair is the first to make it to the finals since 2014. Although they did not win, both enjoyed the festival and learned new skills.

“I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of the festival, from attending various workshops, to seeing the many participating productions invited from our region,” Lloyd said.

Reported by Melissa Vennix, Vanguard Reporter

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