First row. Jorge Donoso, Carrie Ameling, Sarah Kier Second row. Christopher Moore, Jena Alford, Lexi Kronk, Al Benson.
Once again, students in Limestone's Theatre Department were a dominant force in a competition against their peers from area colleges.
During the February 2nd South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association College Festival, Limestone students were presented with several top-three awards, including three first place awards.
As a team, Limestone won the Sweepstakes Award with the most points collectively among the ten college teams represented.
Individual winners for Limestone included:
• Jorge Donoso, a senior theatre major from Greenville, was the festival's big winner by being named recipient of the Triathlon Performance Award, which is given to the student who has the most points in the Performance Studies, Public Speaking, and Theatre categories. He also earned first-place honors in the Oral History and Musical Theatre categories.
• Sarah Kier, a senior theatre major from Gaffney, earned first-place honors in the Audition Monologues category.
• Al Benson of Cherryville, NC and Christopher Moore of Blythewood, S.C., both senior theatre majors, earned second-place honors in the Duet Acting Scene category. Benson and Moore performed a scene from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori-Parks.
• Jena Alford, a junior from Gaffney, placed second in the Oral History category.
• Lexi Kronk, a freshman theatre major from Lincolnton, N.C., was awarded third-place in the Oral History category.
Theatre students who represented Limestone at the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association College Festival were:
• Jena Alford, junior from Gaffney
• Al Benson, senior from Cherryville, N.C.
• Cody Bostic, senior from Gaffney
• Anna Grace Bradford, sophomore from Spartanburg
• Jorge Donoso, senior from Greenville
• Lauren Finney, senior from Gaffney
• Damon Green, sophomore from Blacksburg
• Sarah Kier, senior from Gaffney
• Lexi Kronk, freshman from Lincolnton, N.C.
• Ashley McHam, freshman from Pacolet
• Christopher Moore, senior from Blythewood, S.C.
• Christopher Patterson, senior from Union
• Matthew Smith, a 2012 Limestone graduate from Myrtle Beach
• Cynthia Tate, senior from Gaffney
• Trey Tubb, freshman from Gaffney
• Zach White, freshman from Gaffney
"I could not possibly be more proud of my students and Limestone College Theatre," said Dr. Carrie Ameling, Associate Professor of Theatre and English at Limestone. "Our theatre students represented Limestone with poise, class, and great talent. Sharing the Sweepstakes Award with my dedicated, gifted students is the happiest moment of my teaching career. Hard work is a reward in itself and the festival is a learning experience no matter how many trophies are won."
The Limestone Theatre Department is establishing itself as a powerhouse in the region. During the 9th Annual Metrolina Theatre Awards (MTA) held in September in Charlotte, N.C., the Department was presented with four Outstanding Awards for lead male actor, supporting female actor, direction, and costume design.