by jamesc 5/9/2014 12:57:29 PM --
NORFOLK – Two members of the Northeast Players, the student theatre group at Northeast Community College, have been recognized for their work on stage and behind the scenes. Dakota Vlotho, of Rock Valley, IA, and Lauren Oestreich, of Stanton, have been named Norfolk Lions Club Outstanding Theatre Award winners for 2013-14.
Vlotho has been involved in theatre since high school, playing a variety of supporting roles until his senior year when he starred in the world premiere of “Paradise Lost and Found” as the wisecracking janitor, Gillis.
Other notable roles in high school include Constable Locke in “The Music Man,” as well as a variety of roles in Monty Pythons’ “Search for the Holy Grail.” After moving to Norfolk to attend Northeast Community College, Vlotho had a supporting role in the play “Bus Stop,” as the bus driver, Carl. He then starred in the Neil Simon comedy “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” as Mel Edison, and just recently played the role of Derek in the Northeast Players production of “On Ego.”
Oestreich has done light design work on 16 productions with Huff Theatre in Ankeny, IA. She also worked on a show at Grandview University in Des Moines, IA, seven shows at the Des Moines Civic Center's Stoner Studio Theater, and some work at the 4th Street Theater in downtown Des Moines. Oestreich recently served as light and projection designer for “On Ego.”
She is currently a Northeast student who hopes to pursue a career in light design.
Students in Northeast Community College’s theatre program will develop performance and stage production skills. They will also have several opportunities to participate in theatre annually (in an acting and/or technical capacity) with Norfolk Community Theater productions and the all-student College production. Opportunities include acting, stage management, and various crew positions, including lighting, set construction, costume construction, make-up and props. After earning an associate of arts degree in two years, students may either put their skills directly to work or transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college.
PHOTO ID: Dakota Vlotho (left) and Lauren Oestriech