BCTC film and theatre students and faculty gain national recognition

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Still from "The Covid Monologue" Source: BCTC

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Film and theatre students at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) two Bronze Telly awards for “BCTC Presents Antigone” and “The Covid Monologues.” The Telly Awards recognize video and television content judged by a group of industry-leading experts.

This is “BCTC Presents Antigone’s” first national award and the second national award for “The Covid Monologues.” Its firs came from the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February.

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“It has been a great opportunity to showcase the Filmmaking and Theatre programs and find creative ways the programs and our students can work together on joint productions now and in the future,” said Stephanie Fitch, Film Studies coordinator.

According to BCTC, written, performed and produced by BCTC students, alumni and faculty, “The Covid Monologues” brings the current social reality of isolation, death, civil unrest and all related emotions to the stage. Through collective collaboration, the audience takes in an individual experience as shared. The collaboration goes beyond the production as both the theatre and film departments worked together on this project.

 

Created in the early months of the pandemic, the show was filmed while observing safety and social distance requirements. The performance strives to illustrate the isolation of the pandemic and demonstrate the human ability to connect.

BCTC Presents Antigone” adapts Sophocles by Ian Finley. The production was created and performed live in adherence to COVID-19 guidelines in November 2021.

Theater coordinator and show director Timothy Davis said, “It would have been a real challenge to produce pieces of this nature in the best of circumstances, to say nothing of attempting to do it during a pandemic.”

“Through these pieces, students and faculty demonstrated the power of art, creativity and thought to draw us together, even in the most challenging times,” said BCTC President Koffi Akakpo. “It also demonstrates the determination of artists to carry on!”

The full productions and a highlight reel can be found on the BCTC Theatre YouTube channel. To learn more about the BCTC theatre and film programs, visit the BCTC website. The college is now enrolling for summer and fall classes.