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Titan 'Godspell' Production Earns Two National Nods

Musical Wins Outstanding Honors From 2013 Kennedy Center College Theater Festival

March 14, 2013

The Titan production of “Godspell” has won national honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF).

Initially performed last year for a March 9-24 run at the Grand Central Art Center theater in Santa Ana, the Cal State Fullerton production of the rock gospel musical was a big hit with the judges for the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Regional Festival at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The production earned “Outstanding” honors in the musical theatre category for both the production as a whole and for its co-directors, Jim Taulli, associate dean of the College of the Arts and professor of theatre and dance, and Craig Tyrl, a graduate student in theatre arts.

Taulli and Tyrl also earned “Distinguished” honors for the musical’s choreography, and alumnus Kevin Rose ’12 (B.F.A. theatre arts) earned “Distinguished” honors for his performance in the lead role, as did the work of the entire ensemble in this revival of the '70s-era rock musical. 

The Kennedy Center program is flying Tyrl and Taulli to Washington, D.C., to represent the Department of Theatre and Dance's production of “Godspell” at the KCACTF National Festival, April 15-20. They will join Jonathan Castanien, an undergraduate theatre major awarded a national fellowship for stage management. Additionally, four other students from CSUF were regional finalists for acting: Amanda Sylvia, Gina Velez, Tim Alexander and Charlotte Williams.

The KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. It has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

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