Some noteworthy happenings in theater and dance at California State University, Sacramento:
* The Department of Theatre and Dance has 24 students participating in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on Feb. 11 in Los Angeles.
* While there, 10 student actors - two each from the department’s last five productions - will compete for Irene Ryan Acting scholarships with 200 other students from across the West. They could win a $500 scholarship and trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington to further compete for a $3,000 scholarship in April.
Among the students participating: Scarlette Bustos (“My Visits With My Grandmother Marta”), Stephanie Zito and Michael R.J. Campbell (“Seussical: The Musical”), Diana Tercero (“My Visits With My Grandmother Marta”), Candace Nicholas-Lippman and Kamra Jacobs (“North Star”), Sara Perry and Renee DeGarmo (“Loose Knit”), and Tygar Hicks and Amira Judeh (“Afghan Women”).
Graduate student Karen Nylund, director of “Afghan Women,” has been nominated for a student director fellowship, and alumnus Elizabeth Keller for a fellowship in stage management.
* The department will stage a scene from its production of “North Star” (pictured) at the festival’s opening ceremony.
To get a taste of what they'll be doing, theater and dance student groups, the Dramatist Society, and Sons and Ancestors Players will present a special showcase at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Playwright’s Theatre in Shasta Hall.
Admission is “pay what you can,” with a $5 minimum to help with travel costs to L.A.