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EFSC Theatre Production Earns State Recognition

Actors in Tom to Tennessee performing on stage.

January 16, 2024

The Performing Arts Department at Eastern Florida State College recently received statewide recognition and a Superior Ranking from the Florida College System (FCS) Activities Association’s Theatre Division Respondent Program for the EFSC Theatre Program’s performance of "From Tom to Tennessee" by Tennessee Williams.

Directed by Theatre Instructor Selena Ambush, the play is composed of select one-acts about family relationships, youth and aging as well as the challenges of identity. Some of the selections included: “This Property is Condemned,” “Mister Paradise,” “Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen,” and “Summer at the Lake.”

Kelly Warren, Executive Director of the FCS Activity Association said, “The play was reviewed by theatre professional Althea Wilson who thought the actors seemed to embrace the poetry of Tennessee Williams and worked it seamlessly into the troubled and gritty existence of their characters’ real lives.”

In addition, she lauded Ambush, saying, “Ms. Ambush created a believable and intriguing world. She wove a tapestry of pieces full of psychological and emotional depth into a varied and colorful spirit.”

From Tom to Tennessee Cast and Crew
EFSC's Cast and Crew of "From Tom to Tennessee" by Tennessee Williams

The play’s cast included Alix Banks, Geovana De Oliveira Martins, Adison Estrada, Isabel Fuentes, Travelle Hawkins, Justin Jacobson, Jonah Jones, Violet Kearns, Graham Makowski, Luke Martin, Amya McDaniel, Kenneth Messer, Samantha Miller, Kristian Rodriguez, Julia San Roman, Ronald Sellers, and Leila Timmer.

Crew members included Selena Ambush, Director; Grace Ferguson, Stage Manager; Paul McKee, Technical Director; Lilly Hastings, Scenic Designer; Isabel Fuentes, Costume Designer; Alyssa Barrack, Lighting Designer; 2X2L Kearns, Sound Designer; Carter Morgan, Sound Board Operator; and Tabatha Scrinzi, Technical Crew.

“We are extremely proud of our Performing Arts students and faculty,” said College President Dr. Jim Richey.

“The Arts continue to be a very important component of the excellent academic offerings at Eastern Florida State College. These students are high caliber, extending their interest beyond their majors and expanding their world views through art.”

For more information about Eastern Florida State College, visit easternflorida.edu or call (321) 632-1111.

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