Normandale Department of Theatre Benefit Performances Cancelled

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relation

The Normandale Community College of Theatre benefit performances of The Wolves and Colossal, scheduled for January 17, have been cancelled out of caution for our students and patrons due to the Winter Storm Warning forecast.

Proceeds from the performance were going to be used towards the cost of the students travel to the festival. If you would still like to support the students travel, you can do so through a donation at the Box Office (boxoffice@normandale.edu).  

The productions of Colossal and The Wolves are invited to perform at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) hosted by South Dakota State University in Sioux Falls, S.D. from January 19-25.

Normandale theater instructors Anne Byrd (The Wolves) and Amanda White (Colossal) directed the two performances.

Colossal is an epic event, a celebration and a censure of one of America's favorite seasonal dramas: football. Played out in four 15-minute quarters, Colossal tells the story of a rising star in the sport - a young man with pro aspirations who is in love with one of his teammates - and the devastating injury that changes everything. Featuring full-contact choreography, a drum corps, contemporary dance, and a cast in full uniform, Colossal faces off with current portrayals of masculinity, disability, violence, LGBTQ+ communities in sports, and, ultimately, love.   

In The Wolves, a girls' high school soccer team warms up, and the nine teammates discuss their teenage trials, torments and triumphs. As they struggle to define themselves, they find within each other both adversaries and companions, mentors and challenges, friends and foes. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and a startlingly deep coming of age story, The Wolves learn that the fiercest battles are fought off the playing field - and best won as a team.

In addition to the invited performances, 10 students have been nominated this year for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships.    

Those students include Erik Dagoberg ({title of show}), Taelyn Gore (The Wolves), Tracy Hindt (Colossal), Abby Holmstrom ({title of show}), Michael Hundevad (Colossal), Shelby Lengyel (Normandale Play Project), Ryan Lippert (Normandale Play Project), Sophenia Marchant (The Wolves), Daniel Redfield (Colossal) and Allison Skinner (The Wolves).

"The Department of Theatre is honored to receive these invitations to perform at the regional festival," said Byrd. "It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students that their work was recognized in this way.  We are excited to share the students' work and these moving stories with our community again."

KCACTF is a national theatre education program that aims to identify and promote quality in college-level theatre production. The invitation to perform at the Region V festival recognizes, rewards and celebrates the excellent work of the Normandale Department of Theatre at the January performance.