• Panola College Drama's production of The Exonerated brought home 20 awards from the TCCSTA State Play Festival held at LCS-Kingwood this past week. Superior Production Trophy, Kyree Williams, Sophomore, was awarded the Bill Morton Acting Challenge Award (best actor), Avery Tindol, Superior-Acting, Darian Upshaw and Carenza Johnson, Excellence in Acting, The following students were awarded a Director's Superior in the following Technical areas, Ben Charrez,Stage Mangement, Mariah Fulbright, Assistant Directing, Christin Lindgren, Dramaturgy and Lobby Design, Alex Dutton, Lighting Design, Laura "Alfy" Lindsey, Sound Design, Keelan Moses, Costume Design, Nicole Cassell, Make-up Design Kaycee Ricketson, Scene Design, Ethan Xiu, Projection Design. Receiving the Respondents Award for Excellence in Tech were Kaycee Ricketson for Scene Design and Shadow Play Design, Ethan Xiu for Projection Design, Dewey Brannan III for Scrim Lighting Design. Panolal College's entire cast and crew received the Honor Crew award as well. PC Drama Director Karen King said, "I am so proud of these students. At the end of our production as the house went dark for the curtain call, the entire audience rose to their feet as one to give a standing ovation. It was an incredible moment for our students!" March 2, 2015

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SFA string quartet performs McGowan’s compositions

SFA string quartet performs McGowan’s compositions

Mike McGowan's original compositions were performed in a concert at SFA.

The Stephen F. Austin faculty string quartet performed Mike McGowan’s three original string quartets with voice on February 11 in the Cole Concert Hall at SFA in Nacogdoches. McGowan is the director of instrumental music at Panola College.

The concert, titled “Mozart…& All That Jazz…,” was the world premiere of the jazz arrangements for voice and string quartet composed by McGowan.

Performers were Jennifer Dalmas, Chris Ayer, Melissa Rabb, Kimberly LaGraff, Evgeni Raychev, and student violinists Lamont Cline and Pavel Baez.

The concert, a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, was part of the Cole Performing Arts Series. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Isidor Saslav String Scholarship at SFA.


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