FRANKLIN, Mass. — Dean College has announced that it has cast Turner, Maine native Vincent Rastavong in the role of Judas for the college’s upcoming production of “Godspell” running April 3-7. The sophomore theater major has also appeared in Dean’s “Noises Off,” “Hairspray” and “The Three Musketeers.”

“‘Godspell’ has been one of the most inspirational, deeply motivated and life-changing experiences I have ever had,” said Ratsavong. “I am beyond excited about the opportunity to play Judas every night and share the stage with such a dedicated, loving, talented cast and crew. I believe this show allows you to experience your most innate human qualities.”

Ratsavong attributes his success on stage to the tight-knit Dean College Theater community, in particular the hands-on approach from faculty members Jim Beauregard, Craig Handel, Daniel Kozar and Dori Bryan-Ployer. “My Dean Theater experience has truly been what you would call ‘The Dean Difference,’” explains Ratsavong. “We get the opportunity to work with fellow actors on a day to day basis and train with the best.”

While at Dean, Ratsavong has been able to showcase his choreography in a number of dance and theater productions and this fall was nominated as an Irene Ryan National Acting Scholarship Candidate, affording him the opportunity to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Ratsavong would like to pursue a master’s degree and open his own theater company that provides expressive opportunities for artists and audiences alike.


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