December 22, 2000
Michael Culp to Compete for Acting Scholarship
UW-River Falls students Michael Culp and Gwen Heyn have been selected to compete for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at the American College Theatre Festival in Milwaukee, Wis., Jan 10-13, at the Pabst Theatre. Culp is a senior, majoring in speech communication with a theatre emphasis. He is a resident of Onalaska. Heyn is a senior majoring in speech communication with a theatre emphasis from Columbia Heights.
Heyn will present a five-minute combination of a scene and a monologue, which she was allowed to select. Her scene will be from "Keely and Do," by Jane Martin, performed with scene partner Ona Spille, who is also a student at UW-RF. Her monologue will be the character "Rosalind," from "As You Like It" by Shakespeare.
Culp will present a five-minute combination of a scene and a monologue, which he was allowed to select. His scene will be from "I Hate Hamlet," by Paul Rudnick, and his monologue will be from "Assassins," by John Weildman and Stephen Sondheim.
He will compete with more than 500 other regional contestants. The winners will go on to a national competition in Washington D.C.
Culp will also perform in scenes from "Stuff," an improvisational production created by UW-RF students. It was directed by Ken Stofferahn, professor of speech communication and theatre arts, with UW-RF alumnus Joshua Will as assistant director. "Stuff" was presented to the public last fall at the University.
Students will perform two scenes from the play for the "Evening of Scenes" presentation at the festival. The play was one of six selected by the regional board for this honor.
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