'Pippin' production, percussion student win national recognition

9:00:14 AM CDT - Monday, May 09, 2005

After charming local audiences in October, the School of Performing Arts musical production "Pippin" went on the road to St. Louis to the eight-state regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival where it was the only production chosen to compete nationwide for presentation at the April national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

"Pippin" was selected as an alternate production at the national festival.

"Only three university productions from the entire United States received invitations to perform at the national festival," said Marie King, director of WSU's opera and music theater program. WSU and another college were alternates should one of the schools have declined to perform.

"To be selected as one of the five best college productions in the country is a great honor," King said.
The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival annually involves more than 600 academic institutions and 18,000 students from across the country.

In other national news, one of School of Music professor J.C. Combs' percussion students, sophomore Daniel Cathey, was among nine instrumentalists chosen from universities throughout the United States as a Yamaha Young Artist of the Year. He will perform this summer at the Yamaha Corp.'s "Bands of America" summer camp at Illinois State University.

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