Gem of the Day 1/19: Three Blinn Students Win Prestigious Awards

By: Blinn College Email
By: Blinn College Email

Three Blinn College students were recognized recently for their entries in the design and technology competition of a prestigious technical theatre symposium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Blinn sent a group of theatre students to the Winter Symposium of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology-Southwest Region, where they joined almost 200 students, faculty and industry professionals from across the Southwest region in the study of numerous aspects of technical theatre design, including set model making techniques, lighting technology, foam carving, custom wig-making, costume design and rendering, mask-making and rigging.

Six Blinn students were among the 51 entrants in the design and technology competition, presenting costume design and technology from their work in Blinn’s Introduction to Costumes course, taught by part-time instructor and regular guest costume designer Jennifer Patrick, and the “Raggedy Ann and Andy” production Blinn’s Theatre Arts program presented to Brenham audiences in November. The students also presented stage props and stage management from “Raggedy Ann and Andy” and “Amadeus,” which Blinn presented in October.

Sophomores Tyler Ray Morton of Sealy, Brandon Flippo of Smithville and Rebecca Flippo of Smithville were all recognized for their entries.

Rebecca Flippo was awarded the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Annual Award for the Student Showing the Most Potential and received eight weeks’ tuition to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, where she will engage in weeklong courses with industry professionals, learn the latest techniques and see the latest Las Vegas shows and productions. This award is valued at $8,995.

Rebecca Flippo was recognized after presenting her costume design and crafts for the character King Kookoo and for her stage props in “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” and for her presentation on her role as stage manager for the same production.

Morton was awarded Special Mention in Costume Technology and received a signed copy of “Showcase: Developing, Maintaining and Presenting a Design-Tech Portfolio for Theatre and Allied Fields,” by Rafael Jaen, for his presentation detailing his design and construction of Suzy Pincushion’s costume for Blinn’s presentation of “Raggedy Ann and Andy.”

Brandon Flippo was awarded Honorable Mention in Props Technology and received a set of Rosco scenic paint brushes, a painter’s apron and a sample collection of the full line of Rosco Off-Broadway paints for his presentation on the Forte piano he designed and built for Blinn’s performance of “Amadeus.”

“We are all very proud of our students who developed design competition entries, preparing themselves for organizing and presenting their ideas as they move on to the next step in their education,” Blinn College Technical Theatre Arts Director Kevin Patrick said.

Blinn students’ design and production work can next be seen in “God of Carnage,” directed by Bradley Nies, Theatre Arts Director, and presented in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Feb. 23-26. Blinn designers and technicians will again develop portfolio presentations for entry in the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association (TCCSTA) Play Festival on March 1 at Weatherford (Texas) College. More information can be found at and

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