Southern Utah University's production of "The Elephant Man" has received several honors.
According to director Roger Bean, a flurry of invitations and nominations were received within a three-day period recently.The production has been selected for presentation in the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association's upcoming Festivention, which will be held at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., beginning Jan. 17. Southern Utah State College played host to the annual convention/competition of intermountain university and college theater departments last year.
In addition to being one of the plays selected for competition, three cast members from "The Elephant Man" have been nominated for acting honors at Festivention: Brian Vaughn, who portrays John Merrick; Holly Bradford, for her role as Mrs. Kendal; and Russ Benton, for performances as Carr Gorman and a London policeman.
Award winners at Festivention also receive theater scholarships.
The SUU theater department will present a benefit performance on Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theater. More information will be released shortly, Bean said.
On Feb. 14, the cast will travel to Los Angeles to present a 15-minute segment of "Elephant Man" at the American College Theatre Festival, where the play has been chosen as a finalist in the annual national competition. Vaughn and Benton have also been nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Awards, a prestigious national award and theater scholarship.
"Elephant Man" has also been selected by the Utah Arts Council for special presentation to Utah audiences.
R. Scott Phillips, managing director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, noted that the acting nominations for Brian Vaughn, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, are a high honor.
"Brian is a freshman - that's remarkable," Phillips said.