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Local Costumer Receives Regional Praise


Published Date1\5\2010
Keryl Brady, Costumer for the recent MMC Theatre production THE BRIDE OF BRACKENLOCH!, has been honored by an invitation to the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival being held January 18-23 in Overland Park, KS.

Specifically, the three 1860s hoop skirts designed by Brady will be shown as part of the Region V Costume Parade January 22 at the Yardley Theatre on the Johnson County Community College campus, host of this years annual festival. Bradys fine work was recommended to KCACTF by J.D. Ackman, Director of Theatre at South Dakota State University, as part of his response to the November production in Yankton. Subsequently, photos of the garments were sent to the Costume Parade committee as part of the selection process. The Costume Parade is part of the final evening activities of the festival, and will be attended by nearly 1500 students and faculty from Region V, which includes South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.

Andy Henrickson, Theatre Director for Mount Marty College, recognized Keryls talents early. Keryl helped out with the costuming for Schmeckfest in Freeman a few years ago, and when she showed up on campus to return some of the items we loaned them, I threw out a line and said if you really enjoy doing costumes Id love to have you stick around here! Since that day three years ago, she has costumed A FLEA IN HER EAR, COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (abridged), WAKEFIELD MYSTERIES I and II, TO GILLIAN ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY, BINGO THE MUSICAL, and THE BRIDE OF BRACKENLOCH. She will be doing RABBIT HOLE for us in the spring.

With each production, Bradys talents grew. Henrickson indicated that when Brady began her work with Mount Marty, her costume ideas started out as pencil sketches. Now her sketchbook features full-color renderings as she orchestrates the visual elements of the costumes.

Keryl has a keen sense of the visual, is a stickler for details, she stays on budget and on schedule, and the students who have worked on the costume crews have had a great opportunity to learn.

Working with an artist as dedicated as Keryl is a treat as a director. I never doubt for a second that the work will be done well. That her design and build on BRACKENLOCH has brought her REGIONAL KUDOS is a testament to her hard work and is a huge plug for Mount Marty Theatre, Henrickson concluded.

Other Colleges Invited to the Costume Parade were:

Emporia State University; THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Highland Community College; RASHOMON
Iowa State University; GYPSY
Iowa Western Community College; EVIL DEAD, THE MUSICALnbsp;nbsp;nbsp;
Minnesota State University, Mankato; INTO THE WOODS
Minnesota State University-Moorhead; COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY
Mount Marty College; THE BRIDE OF BRACKENLOCH
Simpson College; THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS
University of Central Missouri; ELECTRA
University of Kansas; 13 CLOCKS
University of Nebraska Lincoln; THE LONDON CUCKOLDS