Jill Holland '15 nominated for American College Theatre Festival musical theatre award

By: Buff Lindau

Jill Holland '15Performing in Ruthless!The Musical earned Saint Michael's student Jill Holland '15 a nomination for the prestigious Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, under the auspices of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Theater major Holland is the daughter of Maura and Michael Holland of Mansfield, MA. She graduated from Mansfield High School in 2010 before coming to Saint Michael's.

In February, the Saint Michael's Drama Club produced Ruthless! The Musical (music by Marvin Laird, lyrics by Joel Paley) directed by theatre majors Shannon Carroll '15 and Zac Pesner '15. The Kennedy Center respondent who attended and adjudicated the show nominated Jill Holland for her role as Judy Denmark/Ginger Denmark in the production.

Holland will attend the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Hyannis, MA, in January 2014. She will join 20 other nominees for the Maltby Award nominated from other colleges and universities in the New England region. They will spend the festival week going to voice, acting and dance workshops, master classes, musical coachings, and more.

At the end of the week, they will present a musical theatre audition in a showcase. Last year two of the nominees were recipients of an internship with the Broadway Theatre Project, presented by Richard Maltby Jr., so the rewards could be great. The prestige of being nominated is itself significant, said Professor Cathy Hurst of the Saint Michael's theater department.

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