Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
Williams…whose specialties include improvisation, Shakespearean drama and theatre career skills…has worked with students of all ages in workshop and classroom setting for more than 15 years…making him exactly the type of performer Galaxy Series coordinator Shelly Johns is anxious to bring to CSC.
Johns wants to giving visiting artists such as Williams as many chances as possible to interact with students because they have “valuable career and networking advice to offer our students and we want to foster more of that type of interaction”…adding that it gives the performers “an additional dimension to their time in Chadron.”
The highlight of his stay will see Williams star in the CSC production of the Tony Award-winning musical Big River, October 2-5. He will portray Jim in the adaption of Mark Twain’s immortal Huckleberry Finn with music by country legend Roger Miller.
As Artist-in-Resident, Williams will lead workshops open to the public at Chadron State as well as workshops at Chadron High School and Crawford High.
He’ll also present a pair of one-hour workshops during CSC’s annual Theater Day…expected to draw 250-300 high school students from around the area interest in learning more about the college and the theater department. CSC students and faculty will also lead Theater Day workshops, and there will be a matinee performance of Big River.
Students from the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center will provide an audience for the final dress rehearsal of the show on October 1st and there will also be a special matinee on the 3rd for area grade school and middle students funded in part by the Chadron Library Foundation.
D. Kevin Williams resume includes local and regional commercials, radio and TV voice-overs…most notably the Emmy-nominated animated children’s series “Liberty’s Kids”…and the recent film “For Love of Amy.”
On stage, he has performed in the Nebraska and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals, as well as the National Broadway Company tour of “The Color Purple.”
Williams says he uses his workshops to introduce students to the elements of performance from musical theater to Shakespeare, improvisation, and stage combat…letting them share creative ideas in a safe environment where the students can develop trust and confidence.
He uses his Artist-in-Residence stays to teach more advanced students some of the finer aspects of theater and the acting profession such as resume building, voice-over opportunities, and auditioning skills.