March 31, 2009


NACC Theatre, Preparing Students for the Future, Represented at SETC

Recently, seven Northeast Alabama Community College students traveled to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Birmingham. Two of those students auditioned with approximately 900 other college students for over 150 companies who were seeking performers for their theatre companies. Both students, Autumn Brown and Kayleigh Smith, received requests for further interviews for paid theatre positions with companies such as RWS & Associates of New York, Unto These Hills of North Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse of North Carolina, Texas Musical Drama of Texas, Student Life of Birmingham, Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse of Illinois, and Missoula Children’s Theatre of Montana.

All students who attended the convention were able to take advantage of the opportunities offered at SETC including hundreds of workshops, highly acclaimed speakers, commercial and college exhibits, and 40 play performances. One of the most outstanding speakers was Eugene Lee, a gentleman who holds three Tony Awards for set design for Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and Stephen Schwartz's Wicked. In addition to work on Broadway, Mr. Lee also has been the set designer for Saturday Night Live since its inception in 1974.

One NACC student, Devin Kennamer of Henagar, was a volunteer worker at the convention. “We were honored to have a volunteer chosen from NACC out of the hundreds of applicants who wanted these positions,” said Regan McClung, Theatre Office Manager. “Not only was a current student chosen as a volunteer, we had NACC alumni who were returning volunteers. Cody Moore of Pisgah, Taylor Campbell of Arab, and Brenton Bellomy of Scottsboro, now theatre scholarship students at UAB, all volunteered with SETC this year. Nanette Harbuck, the volunteer coordinator, said, ‘You sent me such good folks last year, I’m looking forward to working with you again.’ What an honor to be recognized on a regional level for the hardworking, dedicated students that NACC has produced,” continued McClung.

The NACC theatre trains students to embrace their passions while at the same time helping them to achieve their goals. Conferences such as SETC provide the students the opportunity, training, and experience to become effective communicators and become successful in the demanding world of theatre. The wide array of professional audition opportunities offered at NACC gives students the training to face tough auditions for scholarships, roles, and job interviews.

“We are very proud our students’ accomplishments and the outstanding work done by our Theatre staff,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “We are pleased to be able to sponsor our students’ participation in this competition and consider it a part of their educational experiences and training for the future. Our Theatre Guild, led by Mrs. Susan Metcalf, also helps financially support this project and special thanks to them. As with everything we do at Northeast, we want it to be the best, and the accomplishments of our Theatre program certainly attest to how well our staff and students are doing.”

For more information on the NACC Theatre, call McClung at 638-4418 or 228-6001, ext. 218, or go to the
NACC Theatre webpage.

(Left) Autumn Brown and Kayleigh Smith as they head to professional auditions.

(Below) Pictured from left are (front) Devin Kennamer of Henagar, Kayleigh Smith of Rainsville, and Ally Nelson of Fort Payne; (back) Autumn Brown of Pisgah, Judy Nicole Kirby of Pisgah, Chris Phillips of Sylvania, and Cody Webb of Huntsville.