The Kennedy Center American College Theater has honored Clarion University student Payge Crock of Lake City, Pa., with a Certificate of Merit. Recognized for her costume design for the production of “Edges,” Crock’s award represents the theatre department’s 51st Kennedy Center Award in the past 10 years.
Representatives from the Kennedy Center’s Region II attend and critique each Clarion University theatrical performance, offering feedback to the shows’ performers and designers. In Crock’s case, the regional respondents loved what they saw, noting that her wardrobe selections helped to subtly define the “Edges” characters.
“Typically they’re looking for work they find particularly exceptional or appropriate to a production,” said Myra Bullington, who served as Crock’s advisor. According to Bullington, the respondents found Crock’s choices to be “appropriately youthful … perfect for blending the worlds of different ages.”
“The choices were hers,” said Bullington. “I would ask her about certain choices she made, but only to get her to think about why she made them.”
Throughout the production, Crock had to research, shop, piece together and sew her designs to see them come to life on stage. She was also responsible for maintaining communication with the play’s director to ensure that she was carrying out the show’s artistic vision.
While Bullington touted the confidence and resumé-building aspects of awards like Crock’s, she cautioned against living and dying by that kind of recognition. “A student has to know that their work is good. The rest of it is nice, but you have to be excellent within yourself to succeed.”
Clarion University’s theatre department hopes to improve upon its 51 awards with its next show, “All’s Well that Ends Well,” Nov. 14-18 in Marwick-Boyd Little Theatre. Representatives from the department will be attending the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January.
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