October 23, 2013
Program welcomed more than 700 guests for its second Fall performance
After five shows in which the Blinn College- Brenham Theatre Arts Program solved the murder of Mr. Boddy in “Clue: The Musical!” the only mystery remaining was which students would win national recognition for their performance.
Dr. David LeMaster of San Jacinto College – Central nominated nine Blinn students for Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival awards based on their work in the play, which ran Oct. 10-12 at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.
Jericka Gaskamp (Miss Scarlett), Sundi Lee (Mrs. Peacock) and Cristian Mejia (Mr. Boddy) were nominated for Irene Acting Awards for their performances. Technicians Zachary Yoke (lighting design); Cole Matlock, Dallas Gonzales and Cheryl Amelang (sound design); and Jennifer Patrick and Hayley Wilder (costume, make-up and hair design) were nominated for Theatrical Design Excellence in scenic, costume and lighting design.
In addition to the 700 theatre-goers who attended the show’s three-day run, Blinn welcomed more than 300 students from local junior and high schools for two free performances as part of its Service Learning program. Service Learning involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic or professional skills and commitment to their community. The preview performances gave high school students and youths in local community organizations the opportunity to experience high-quality theatre first-hand.
At the end of the Fall 2012 semester, Blinn students had documented more than 326,000 hours of community service, valued at more than $6.5 million by the Points of Light Foundation.
Blinn has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest accolade an educational institution can receive from the federal government for its commitment to service and civic engagement, five of the last seven years.
In addition to being named to the President’s Honor Roll, Blinn received Carnegie Classification in January 2011 from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. That honor places Blinn among the top five percent of colleges and universities in the nation in terms of documented public service.
“Clue” was the second production of the semester following “Red” in September. The program will present “The Musicians of Bremen” Nov. 13-15 to close out its Fall season.