Posting Date: December 2, 2010
Kennesaw State recognized at Suzi Bass Awards
Students, alumni and faculty receive awards
By Andea C. Kirwan
Recent graduate Chase Todd was honored with two Suzi Award nominations in the category that he won.
2010 Suzi Award nominees Kayce Grogan Wallace and
Chase Todd performed together in the KSU production
of "Bat Boy: The Musical" before appearing together in
the much-nominated production of "Hairspray"
at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Photo by Robert Pack
The achievements of Kennesaw State University students, alumni and faculty members were celebrated on Nov. 8 at The Suzi Bass Awards. Founded in 2003, the awards celebrate exceptional work in live theatre and the artists who produce it. KSU alumnus Chase Todd (dance, 2010) won best featured actor in a musical for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at Atlanta Lyric Theatre and was also nominated in the same category for his role in ALT's production of "Hairspray."
Todd was also a member of casts that were nominated for the Suzi Awards last year, yet this was the first time he was nominated and won an individual award. “I am so thankful for this award, but even more than the award, I am thankful for the experience I had with ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.’ I did my best to absorb everything I could from the brilliant people that surrounded me,” says Todd. “I owe this award to my director, Alan Kilpatrick. Without his direction and support I could not have developed my version of the iconic musical theatre character, Hysterium.”
Todd says his strongest skill is his vocal ability after being under the instruction KSU Voice Instructor Jana Young. “In this role, I was able to use the advanced theatrics of my voice to add a dimension to Hysterium through vocal inflection and range.” Todd also adds, “I believe that I am a successful actor because I am completely aware that I have so much more to learn."
In addition to Todd, KSU students, alumni and faculty were also recognized in the following categories:
Freddie Ashley, instructor of theatre and performance studies: winner, best director-musical, "Grey Gardens" at Actor's Express.
Kayce Grogan Wallace (theatre & performance studies, 2008): nominee, featured actress-musical, "Hairspray" at Atlanta Lyric Theatre.
"Hairspray": best musical, in addition to Wallace the show featured Nick Morrett (music, 2010) and Chase Todd (dance, 2010).
Jason Royal (art student): member of the nominated cast of "Hair" at 7 Stages, best ensemble-musical.