Two GWC actors nominated for Irene Ryan Acting Award

Josh Allton, Chantelle Rosinsky, and Tony Graham

On Sunday October 17, after the GWC Theater Department’s matinee of DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, the representative/respondent from the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival spoke with the cast and crew and responded, reviewed and discussed the production and their acting performances.

Josh Allton and Tony Graham, two of the actors in the production, were chosen to be Irene Ryan Acting Award/Scholarship nominees and as such can attend the upcoming American College Theater Festival to be held in downtown Los Angeles this coming February.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty ‘Granny Clampett’ in The Beverly Hillbillies. All student actors in both Participating and Associate productions are eligible for consideration for these $500 regional scholarships.

Josh Allton (standing) and Tony Graham (floor)

Josh Allton is in his 6th production at Golden West College.  His past credits include Riff (West Side Story), Marcellus (The Music Man), Erik the Phantom (Phantom), Pharaoh/ Issachar (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Harry (Company), Magaldi (Evita), The Bearded Lady (Sideshow), Curly (Of Mice and Men), Action (West Side Story), and many more. Josh is planning to pursue a major in History with a minor in theater while also looking towards law school in the future.

Tony Graham is appearing in his third show at Golden West College, having performed as Roger (and the Danny understudy) in Grease last spring, as well as playing Jerome/Young man in How I Learned to Drive. Tony has acted in many of his high school drama productions, as well as in musicals, such as Guys and Dolls, and Crazy For You! as well as shows with Phantom Projects. Tony is a Theater Arts major  at Golden West College and hopes to have a long career in the performing arts.

Congratulations Josh and Tony and the entire cast!