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NMSU Theatre Arts students receive awards

Senior theater students at New Mexico State University received high honors at the 2004-2005 Theatre Arts Awards Ceremony held Tuesday, May 3.

rrison and Felicia Smithson received the award for Best Leading Performance for their performances as Adam and Evelyn in "The Shape of Things."

Frankie Rentas received the award for Best Supporting Performance for his multiple character roles in "On the Verge." Rentas received the award last year for his role in "What the Butler Saw."

Crystal Herman and Efrain Schunior won awards for Best Designer or Director. Herman won the award for costume design in "Machinal," and Schunior received the award for co-directing "On the Verge."

Brenda Walker and Michael Sepulveda received The Hershel Zohn Award, an award given to a senior theater student who best exemplifies the commitment, service and artistry of its namesake over a four year period.

"These awards are our way of honoring (the students) for their incredible service to our production season and our department," said Tom Smith, associate professor of theater.

Following the awards ceremony, Ruth Cantrell, NMSU Theatre Arts department head and managing director of the American Southwest Theatre Company, received a special award for many years of dedication, service and artistry.

NMSU Theatre Arts faculty and staff vote for the recipients of the awards. ASTC season subscribers also are mailed ballots to vote for the winners of the two acting awards.