ALBANY, GA (WALB) - About a thousand students from colleges around the Southeast are in Albany this week perfecting their craft in the performing arts.
The Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for this area and officials say they're glad to be back in Albany.
“ This is not black and white, this is gray."
These are just some of the 1200 students and faculty attending theatre workshops around Albany.
Working to perfect their craft in the performing arts, like Richard Thornton who has dreams of hitting the big stage.
" Hopefully on Broadway. If not on Broadway, then doing something independently that's fine too," said
Richard Thornton, Georgia Southwestern Student
It's his fifth year attending the event.
" Every year I also come to gain a little bit more knowledge. I love going to the workshop, I love seeing the shows,” said Thornton.
The festival was here two years ago and is a collaboration between Darton State College and Albany State University.
" It's the prime example of how we use the practice of our craft in theatre to to build community," said Jeff Green- Regional Chair for Festival
And the festival is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars back into our community.
" The economic impact of bringing this event to the community is about 700 thousand dollars because you've got over a thousand people and hotels and eating and restaurants," said Jeff Green.
Students also explored the costume and technology design exhibit..with more than 100 displays created by students across the region.
" So this arranges from sound design, costume design, scenic and lighting design," said Jesse Dreikosen, Region 4 DTM Chair
Dreikosen said design is another tool to tell the story.
" The design is sort of an added character to a play that the actors are bringing to life on stage,” said Dreikosen.
" You really want to make a connection with the audience," said Richard Thornton.
The festival runs through Saturday and includes two full-length plays each day. Albany State,Valdosta State, and Georgia Southern are finalists in that competition.
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