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CU Garners Grand Awards

Cornerstone University Theatre took away a win at the Grand Awards this year as well as two special awards.

Janessa Slayton won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a College Production for her part in “The 1940’s Radio Hour.” She was also nominated in the same category for her role in “The Sound of Music.”

“I always thought it would be awesome to have a nomination someday in the future, so it was really exciting and such an honor,” said Slayton. “A part of me still can't believe it happened! It was a fun night of celebration for all the recipients, and I was glad to share it with CU friends.”

CU alum, Christina Woolard, joined students from Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College in receiving special awards for Outstanding Stage Management of a College Production. This is the first time this award has been given.

Randall Wm. Burghart, an adjunct faculty member at CU, received a special award for Outstanding Composition for original music he wrote for “A Little Princess.”

Students Amber Farnum and Kirk Laing, both theatre majors, were chosen to serve as award presenters during the ceremony, handing trophies to each of the award recipients.

The Grand Awards, held every year to recognize outstanding community and collegiate theatre productions also raises funds for a theatre scholarship.

Cornerstone Theater received eight nominations for the awards this year.

Nominees included: Jennifer Hunter, professor of theater, for Outstanding Director of a College Production; Shane Hurst, a student, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a College Production for “A Little Princess” and Outstanding Lead Actor in a College Production for “Sound of Music.”

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