via The Alabama Conference of Theatre on Facebook:
ACT and the Wetumpka Depot Players Host Alabama’s Largest Community Theatre Festival!
After completing two days full days and nights of enlightening workshops, inspiring and entertaining performances, after glow parties, a silent auction, a children’s theatre competition, and a brief divisional meeting, participants at ACTFest ’13, Alabama’s 2012 Community Festival, agreed the event was a smashing success!
The Wetumpka Depot Players were warm and gracious hosts with their excellent facility. Many folks reported that the workshop idea exchanges and performances were highlights of the festival, encouraging them to raise the bar at their own theatres.
AWARDS: Two productions were chosen “Best in Show” and will represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, KY March, 2013 during AACTFest ’13.
“Living Together,” Theatre Downtown, directed by Mary Anne Garrett
“Sylvia,” South City Theatre, directed by Sue Ellen Gerrells
Should one of those two shows not be able to represent, the alternate production will represent Alabama: “William the Bard,” Park Players, directed by Clay Boyce
Best actor: Douglas O’Neill, Jr. — “Living Together”
Best actress: Ashley Richardson — “Sylvia
Best supporting actress: Beth Ashton — “Living Together”
Best supporting actor: David Coker — “William the Bard”
Outstanding Achievement in Direction: Clay Boyce, “William the Bard”
Outstanding Achievement in Set Design: “A Southern Exposure”
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography: Jared Max Wright, “Freckleface Strawberry”
Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble: “Freckleface Strawberry”
All Star Cast:
Barbara Davis (Ida Mae) — “A Southern Exposure”
John Collier (Piney) — “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”
Juanita Smith (Leateen Saunders) — “The Passing of Pearl”
Brittain Bright (Jean) — “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”
Hannah Francis (Sarah) — “Living Together”
Thomas William Shaw (Tom/Leslie) — “Sylvia”
Howard Green (Edmund Malone) — “William the Bard”
Grant Lackey (Jake) — “Freckleface Strawberry”
Baylee Saint (Strawberry) — “Freckleface Strawberry”
Thanks to all who made it possible: our hosts—Kristy Meanor, Carol Heier, and Tom Salter and the Wetumpka Depot Players’ superb volunteers! Our backstage crew: Bill Richardson, David Bailor, Karen Black, Festival Chair John Chain and Vice Chair Cliff Keen, Jr., Silent Auction Coordinator Nell Richardson, Theatre for Youth Chair Kelleybrooke Blackwell, AACT Festival Commissioner Thomas La Foe, and our adjudicators: Ginger Heath (North Carolina), Lynn Nelson (Mississippi), and Sam Wallace (Auburn University, Montgomery). A special thank you to the competing companies who brought such entertaining productions:
Wetumpka Depot Players: “A Southern Exposure”
Millbrook Community Players: “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”
Red Door Theatre (Union Springs): “The Passing of Pearl”
Auburn Area Community Theatre: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”
Theatre Downtown (Birmingham): “Living Together”
South City Theatre (Columbiana): “Sylvia”
Park Players (Birmingham): “William the Bard”
The Whole Backstage Theatre: “Freckleface Strawberry, the Musical”
Mark your calendars now for October, 2013 and plan to participate in our next community festival! Watch ACT’s website (www.alabamaconferenceoftheatre.org) for dates and details.