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Production wins state, national award

December 15, 2011

AMIE ROLLAND
News Editor

It may seem that “being green” is an action of the latest generation. However, since 1953 Keep America Beautiful has been promoting national cleanliness. KAB strives to bring together public and private sectors at the local, state and national levels to provide a cleaner, safer environment.

 

Last week, KAB held its 58th annual national conference where Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Tech were awarded a creativity in outreach and media award for the most innovative.

 

Tech’s School of Performing Arts received special recognition for its 2011 production of “KABman.”

 

Camille Mize, Ruston environmental services manager, said she and Cathi Cox-Boniol of Keep Lincoln Green, along with Mark Guinn, professor of performing arts and creator of the production, headed to New Orleans to receive the state award completely oblivious of any special recognition.

 

“We went to receive the Keep Louisiana Beautiful award and were thumbing through the agenda when we saw the special recognition,” she said.

 

Mize said it was a good thing the three decided to attend the conference because no one had informed them of the production’s recognition in the category of behavior change for outstanding public service messaging and outreach.

 

“Mark and the students deserve all the credit,” she said. “The production was all the theater department.”

 

“KABman,” the environmental super hero, fights dirty villains such as Cig-Man, Big Pollution, Alu-Mini-Anne and Styro throughout the play in order to convince his audience to make eco-friendly decisions.

 

Playing the role of Cig-Man, Jake Guinn, a junior theater major, said the faculty and students began working on the production of “KABman” last fall.

 

“We wrote the script and developed all of the characters present in our production except for ‘KABman,’” he said.

 

Being part of the production, Guinn said that the play being recognized at the state and national level made him feel a great sense of accomplishment.

 

“It was such a fantastic achievement for all of us,” he said. “It was such a long and difficult process, and it was fulfilling to see it succeed.”

 

Because as Tech is one of the few theater departments in the country offering extensive stage combat training, Guinn said “KABman” was a success in showing off the strengths of the department.

 

“I feel like this show proved that quality fights for the stage are possible and they can serve to give a simple idea a unique twist that makes it fun and memorable,” he said.

 

Ben Porch, a graduate student in speech, also played a hand in writing and creating the script.

 

“We spent an entire quarter not only writing but setting up rehearsals, stage and choreography,” he said.

 

Porcc said they intended to put on “KABman” as part of Food Fights, a program for raising awareness and collecting canned goods.

 

“We didn’t have any intention of doing this for an award,” he said. “It was purely to raise food and awareness for people in Lincoln Parish.”

 

Email comments to asr017@latech.edu.

 

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