Theater: So Much More than Acting (PHOTOS)


PHOTO BY C. FISKEWOLD Opening night ceremony view from the upper level of the theater in the Ames Center.

Students from Anoka Ramsey Community College attended Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January, a convention all about theater  

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By Cassie Fiskewold

Staff writer and photographer


Theater students from Anoka Ramsey Community College attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, also known as KCACTF during the week of Jan. 18. The festival took place at Normandale Community College and the Ames Center in Burnsville, Minn., about 90 minutes from Cambridge, and just south of the Twin Cities.

The festival consisted of different sets of workshops, classes, and lectures about everything that involves theater. Three students from ARCC’s Cambridge campus attended and a larger group from Coon Rapids also attended. Students were sponsored by ARCC and were able to attend at no cost. Throughout the week, students also had the opportunity to go and see shows for free. At 11:00 p.m. the night before a show, tickets for the next day’s shows would go on sale but would be grabbed up within the hour.

A couple interesting highlights that came from this festival were fencing classes, animal tails, scenic design and a theater blood workshop. Throughout the course of the week, Cambridge students went to a variety of different events.

PHOTO BY C. FISKEWOLD    Opening night ceremony view from the upper level of the theater in the Ames Center.
PHOTO BY C. FISKEWOLD Opening night ceremony view from the upper level of the theater in the Ames Center.

Starting on Jan.18, students from all over the region attended the opening ceremony that involved a lot of speakers and information about the upcoming week. The festival offered more events than what some students attended.

On the first full day of the festival, students had the opportunity to attend a variety of activities at the Normandale Community College. Some events that students attended were the Stage Crew Showdown, an event about tech crews, a competition for hanging lights and other various tasks, and Shakespeare Made Sexy which was a lecture about Shakespearean writing.

The second day had two dance classes, one taught by a person who actually works with Broadway, and also was the day of the fencing class. People are often confused to hear that a fencing class is involved in a theater festival. Fencing does come in handy and it has good skills to know for the future when it comes to combat acting. Students were lined up outside the doors for over an hour to get into this fencing class. It had limited seating of only 50 students. The festival did offer this class later on in the week as well.

Cambridge student Andrina Moe attended the blood workshop, where she learned about different recipes for fake blood and she also attended the Animal Tails Onstage workshop, where she got to try on tails and the harnesses to hold the tails, and learn how they were made.

Students had the opportunity to attend the college fair that was going on at the Ames Center. At the college fair, different colleges from the region were on display, and were talking about their different theater opportunities.

Students from ARCC also attended a free ticketed event which was a production about writing the production they were acting out. Even though the students did not attend each event that was open to them, students still had a wide variety to choose from and which events they wanted to go to, and ended up having a lot of fun. Theater is not always just acting on stage, it’s a project that takes people from every aspect of it, the lights, the design, the sound, and the style and actions.


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