Check out the following local residents and their recent participation in art-related activities.
• Independent film "Saint Frances," written by and starring Kelly O'Sullivan and directed by Alex Thompson debuted at the SXSW 2019 Film FestivalFestival in Austin, Texas on March 11, 2019.
Starring alongside O'Sullivan was Ramona Edith Williams, 6, of Joliet. This is Williams' first feature film and she has received great reviews for her performance.
The film received the Grand Jury Special Recognition award for Breakthrough Voice in the Narrative Feature category as well as the Audience Award for Narrative Feature.
• Christopher Murino of Homer Glen was one of 20 Central College students taking part in the percussion extravaganza on April 27 in Douwstra Auditorium.
• The Troy Middle School symphonic band, under the direction of William Goetz and Jenny Carlton, participated in the 2019 Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival in the JH-MS Class.
The band’s 50 members, plus two members of the Troy Middle School concert band, participated in the concert on May 3 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
• Students from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in Missouri, including Nate Garner of Minooka, who is studying musical theater, designed, constructed and performed Love's Labours Lost, a new musical based on the play by William Shakespeare with songs by Michael Friedman and book adapted by Alex Timbers.