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Cameron University theatre arts students honored

The Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts honored the accomplishments of CU’s theatre arts students through a virtual award ceremony recently.

Honor chords were presented to graduating seniors Payton Williams, Comanche; Emily Whatley, Duke; and Joy Christie, Abigail Rhinestine, Dakota Weeks, and Regan Williams, Lawton. Each is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society. Eligibility is based on grade point average, leadership skills, and working in more than one aspect of theatre such as acting, technical, stage management, design or publicity.

Dakota Weeks, Lawton, received the outstanding contribution by a non-major for his work as a performer in “Much Ado About Nothing” as well as his volunteer work. This is the second consecutive year he has been so honored. Joy Christie, Lawton, received the award for academic achievement, which recognizes the student having the highest grade point average within the discipline. Christie has received this award for four years.

Performance awards were given to Sidney Blalock, Duncan, for her role as the Matilde in Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House”; Ciara Reneé, Lawton, for the role of Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing”; and Joy Christie for Nora in “A Doll’s House Part 2.”

Technical Achievement awards were presented to Emily Whatley, Duke, for her outstanding property design and execution for “Much Ado About Nothing,” as well as Nina Alexandra Pebeahsy, Lawton, for outstanding property design and execution for “The Clean House” and Dakota Barbee, Walters, for stage management of “The Clean House.”

Barbee, Blalock, Pebeashy and Reneé were awarded scholarships from the McMahon Foundation, as did Stephanie Sabol, Lawton. To qualify for a McMahon scholarship, a student must be a sophomore and maintain a grade point average of a “B” or better.