Harford Community College’s Actors Guild has received more honors for its production of Silver Scream than any of their previous productions. Silver Scream received two Irene Ryan acting nominations and four certificates of merit for Scenic Design (JimmyO Burril), Choreography (HCC’s own Katie Gordon), Lighting Design (Bill Price), and Costume Design (April Burril and Gaylynn Price) from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
According to Dr. Ben Fisler, advisor to the Actors Guild, “The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is the primary organization in the nation for encouraging the exchange of knowledge and artistic accomplishments within higher education theatre programs. Since 2008, HCC Actors Guild has submitted 2-3 shows per year for consideration as an Associate Production.
It is a great honor when representatives of sister institutions or our colleagues in the professional world recognize the talent of HCC’s student and guest theatre artists through scholarship nominations and certificates of merit.”
JimmyO Burril’s horror musical Silver Scream is a tribute to an era of genre cinema that’s long since past. Silver Scream is a dark humored spoof of various horror films with musical production numbers. The plot involves a small town’s movie theater going out of business, and the theater owner holding a final gathering where three unwitting victims are magically sucked into the realm of the movie screen, passing from horror movie to horror movie.
Actors Guild unites guest artists and students in a diverse array of productions. The organization promotes discussions about acting, theater, and media; encourages acting and theater on campus; and performs workshops and performances on campus.
Membership is open to all students who openly display an interest in and desire for improving their acting abilities in a higher learning environment.
Actors Guild productions depend on support from College Life, Visual Performing and Applied Arts, and Cultural Events.