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May 28, 2015


Theatre students finding success


Holly Landis and Andrew HorningIt is lining up to be an exciting summer for students in Cowley College’s Theatre Department. Five theatre students have secured summer internships, two will be performing in summer theatre productions, one will be on a theatre production staff, and two more will be auditioning for famed animator Don Bluth's theatre company as well as Disney Parks.


Sophomores Courtney Banks and Holly Landis will serve summer internships in Maine. Banks, who received a scholarship to attend Temple University (PA) in the fall with a major in theatre, will be interning at the Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine. Landis, who in the fall will attend Colorado State University with a major in Communications and a minor in Arts Management, will serve an internship at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, Maine.


Jon Lane and Kat Pierce have begun summer internships at Music Theatre Wichita, while Tori Addis has been brought on to the production staff at Aberdeen Theatre in South Dakota.


Fellow Cowley student Kyle Smith will appear in The Addams Family at Southwestern College's Summer Theatre Festival, and Paige Lundin will appear in Wichita Shakespeare Company's production of As You Like It.


Courtney Andrews is flying to Arizona to audition for famed animator Don Bluth's theatre company, and Abby Killman is preparing for an audition with Disney Parks.


"It's so exciting to see so many of our students getting out there -- not only following their dream, but doing so in really intelligent, responsible ways that can actually unlock careers in the performing arts," said Theatre Director John Sefel. "Just having the dream isn't enough--it's a tough industry, but one that people can absolutely earn a living in if they work hard, build connections through internship programs, and really put themselves out there."


Andrew Horning will continue in Theatre at Wichita State University, Malaree Hood plans to major in Theatre at Emporia State University, and Garrett Wolf will major in theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


"I couldn't be happier," Sefel said. "There's nothing better than seeing a student you've cared so deeply about take the next step."