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Theatre students honored for 'Todd'

Melissa Lindsay
Three students have been selected to represent Monmouth College at the regional American College Theater Festival (ACTF) in 2011, based on their work in a recent production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Chosen were junior Michael Carioto of Worth and freshmen Emily Frazer of Jerseyville and Nick Munson of Moline. Carioto and Frazer will perform in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, while Munson will compete in the hair and makeup design category.
According to theatre professor Doug Rankin, the level of competition is high.
“They will be up against 30-year-old grad students,” he said.
Frazer said that being involved in “Sweeney Todd” has been one of the highlights of her college career thus far.
“Everyone did a tremendous job in the musical, so I was excited and a little surprised when I was selected,” said the political science major. Although she is not currently considering a career in theatre, she believes that attending ACTF will look good on her résumé.
“I really enjoyed working on and creating a character as dynamic as Tobias,” said Carioto, who is majoring in theater, art and education major. He added that being nominated is an honor, but it is also a time to hone his skills and work to improve his craft.
“Being invited to ACTF is great for my future career because it will give me a chance to be critiqued,” said Munson, a theatre major who is minoring in business. “This is also a place where graduate schools can notice me.”
Munson not only played the title role of Sweeney Todd, but was also responsible for the hair and makeup designs of all of the characters.
“Designing for ‘Sweeney Todd’ was very exciting because I had the opportunity to use prosthetic makeup on the Beggar Woman character and also create more character designs,” he said. “Usually when I create hair and makeup designs, the makeup is pretty simple, but with ‘Sweeney Todd’ I had a lot of creative license.”