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February 4, 2013

Blinn student wins theatre scholarship

Freshman’s musical composition for ‘Snow White’ wins acclaim

Blinn College – Brenham campus student Christian Daigle received the “Outside the Box” award at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Southwest Regional Winter Symposium in Huntsville.

Daigle, a freshman from Waller, was recognized for his original composition for Blinn’s production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Daigle was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Archibald Foundation to continue his education at Blinn, and won a Shure SM57 microphone.

Blinn – Brenham’s theatre arts department sent 18 students and three faculty members to the symposium, which included almost 200 students, faculty and entertainment industry professionals from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Ten Blinn students presented their design and technical production work from this season’s productions and class projects. In addition to Daigle, presenters included Aaron Cravens (costume design for The Evil Witch in “Snow White”), Emma Russell (costume design for The Huntsman in “Snow White”), Jamie Calhoun (costume design for Sleepy in “Snow White”), Jen Cegielski (stage management for “Snow White”), Joshua Blocker (stage management for “Enron”), Nathaniel Guitron (costume design for The Prince in “Snow White”), Tyler Morton (makeup design for “Snow White”), Zachary Yoke (costume design for “Snow White,” and mask design for the raptor heads in “Enron”) and Colleen Dougan (mask design for The Three Blind Mice in “Enron”).

Students participating in workshops included: Amy Kirkland, Austin Allie, Caitlin Drury, Corrine Booth, Jericka Gaskamp, Karen Rush, Nathan Maler, Nora Hunt and Caitlin Lewis.
Faculty sponsors were Technical Theatre Arts Director Kevin Patrick, Theatre Arts Director Brad Nies and Costume Designer Jennifer Patrick.

Blinn’s chapter of the USITT is partnering with Texas A&M University to host the symposium in January 2015.

Blinn – Brenham’s next production will be Feb. 21-24 when it presents “Biloxi Blues” by Neil Simon. Performances are at 7 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center (map). Tickets are free for Blinn faculty, staff and administrators, and students receive two free tickets with their College ID. General admission is $5. For advance tickets, call the O’Donnell Center box office at 979-830-4024.