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BUG Actors Nominated!


Two Officials from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) nominated Henry Ford College acting students Samantha Kenbeek and Zach Ross for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions.

Their nominations are based on their performances in “BUG,” which will finish its run at HFC the weekend of June 23. Ross and Kenbeek will compete at the regional level in January 2017. If successful, they will showcase their talents at the national festival in Washington, D.C.

“Bug” is directed by HFC Director of Theatre George Popovich.

Kenbeek, of Dearborn Heights, received the nomination for her portrayal of Agnes White, a poor waitress who befriends a stranger and gradually descends into madness during the course of the play.

“Agnes is the character of a lifetime,” Kenbeek stated. The range of emotions and her character changes throught the course of the play are challenging and thought provoking.”

Ross, of Dearborn, received the nomination for his portrayal of Peter Evans. He is slated to graduate from HFC in 2016 and will transfer to the highly competitive acting program at Oakland University this fall. Ross has the rare honor of being nominated for the Ryans twice in a row. He was also nominated for HFC’s “The Diviners” in April.

“HFC Theatre is proving itself to be an artistic risk-taker with productions like “Bug,” Ross stated. Most of the productions of “Bug” are done by professional theatres, not colleges. “Bug” is one of the most difficult to produce plays ever written.”

According to Popovich, in addition to the Irene Ryan nominees, the entire HFC production of “Bug” has been entered in the KCACTF. HFC will receive notification in December if “Bug” is a regional winner.

“The HFC community should come out and support these extremely talented actors and their fine fellow cast members,” Popovich continued. The talent level in this show is as good or better than that found at Metro Detroit professional Theatres.”

“We have an extremely high talent level presently at HFC. The KCACTF is the Academy Awards of college theater. It has all levels of colleges competing against each other. We are in Region III of the Festival, which includes all colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. So we are competing against Northwestern University, the University of Michigan (U-M) and many more famous and prestigious schools. These schools take the Festival seriously and devote thousands of dollars to winning,” said Popovich.

“Bug continues its Run on June 18,19, 23, 24, 25, 26. Sunday shows are at 2PM. All other performances are at 8 PM. All tickets are 15.00. “Bug” contains adult content and no one under 18 is admitted. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: