Ryan Archibald, a sophomore theater student at Laramie County Community College, has received recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
(KCACTF) for Meritorious Achievement in Acting. Archibald receives this acknowledgment for his performance as Cupid in the production of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, which was presented this past December at LCCC.
Archibald has performed in several productions at LCCC. In his role as Cupid he said that the KCACTF representative credited him with good comedic timing and playing the role naturally without over exaggerating. Archibald described playing the role of the flamboyant reindeer in this controversial production as something he's never done before.
"I was a reindeer and that in itself is difficult because I'm not a reindeer," Archibald said with a chuckle. "I kind of had to tell a story about Santa Claus that some may consider inappropriate and also I had a totally different type of role that I've never played. It was interesting but most of all it was fun to go out there every night and see everyone laugh."
LCCC theater instructor Jason Pasqua said all LCCC productions are viewed by a representative who critiques the performance and can choose to award special recognition to deserving students.
"It's really quite meaningful," Pasqua said. "It's not every day that someone gets to hang a certificate from the Kennedy Center on their wall."
KCACTF is broken into eight different geographical regions. LCCC is a member of the seventh region which includes Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
The KCACTF is a national theater program that aims to improve the quality of college theater. In doing so it gives recognition to productions as well as honors excellence to deserving individuals in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design with awards and scholarships.
Since its inception in 1969, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued to improve their theatrics and receive national recognition.