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Wisconsin AACTFest 2011

 

Wisconsin's 2011 AACTFest took place February 25 - 27, 2011 on the St. Norbert College Campus in De Pere, Wisconsin.

 

 

Another State Festival is History

The weekend of February 25 - 27 was the weekend to remember for Wisconsin Community Theatre enthusiasts.  Evergreen Productions played host to the 2011 Wisconsin AACTFest on the beautiful St. Norbert College campus in De Pere, Wisconsin. 

Friday was a day filled with rehearsals and tech meetings, ending with a welcome party at the Kress Inn hospitality suite.  It was a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  With everyone sharing their supplies of snacks and libations as the wheels of “networking” turned until the wee hours of the morning.

Saturday began early with the first three productions followed by lunch.  The festival then continued with the final five festival performances.

Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa

In Juliet's Garden

Redbud Players

A Marriage Proposal

Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

Proof

Kettle Moraine Players

Almost, Maine

Evergreen Productions

And The Winner Is

Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild

Infancy

Verona Area Community Theatre

Mosquito Dirigible Aerosol Deodorant

La Crosse Community Theatre

Almost, Maine

But the end of the performances didn’t mean the fun was over yet.  While the adjudicators were deliberating and deciding, it was off to the Sports Corner for the post show celebration.  Once again there was sharing of snacks and libations.

Sunday morning the Bemis Center was the site of the awards brunch and the WACT annual meeting.  During the annual meeting, the Frank Peot Award for Individual service was presented to Bob Kafka.  After the annual meeting was concluded, it was on to the awards.  Selected to proceed to the Region III festival were Kettle Moraine Players' production of Almost, Maine and the La Crosse Community Theatre's production of Almost, Maine (not a typo).  Chosen as alternate was Mosquito Dirigible Aerosol Deodorant by the Verona Area Community Theater.

Wisconsin AACTFest 2011 Awards

Productions Proceeding to the Regional Festival

Almost, Maine

Kettle Moraine Players

 

Almost, Maine

La Crosse Community Theatre

 

Alternate Regional Production

Verona Area Community Theater Mosquito

Dirigible Aerosol Deodorant

 

 

Backstage Award

Kettle Moraine PlayersAlmost, Maine

 

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting

La Crosse Community Theater -- Almost, Maine

 

Best Set Design

John Brandl, Kettle Moraine PlayersAlmost, Maine

 

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music

Chris Scheuermann, La Crosse Community Theater -- Almost, Maine

 

Best Costume Design

Jean Daniewicz, Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild -- Infancy

 

Special Award for use of an Accent

Marita Kelter, Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild – Infancy

 

Best Ensemble Acting

La Crosse Community Theatre – Almost, Maine

 

Best Supporting Actress

Jodi Garvey,  – Almost, Maine, Kettle Moraine Players

 

Best Supporting Actor

Thomas Bakken – Almost, Maine, Kettle Moraine Players

 

Best Lead Actress  

Kelley Manson – Almost, Maine, La Crosse Community Theatre

 

Best Lead Actor  

Dan Radtke -- Almost, Maine, La Crosse Community Theatre

 

Best Director

Casem AbuLughod -- Mosquito Dirigible Aerosol Deodorant, Verona Area Community Theater

 

 

 

2011 Wisconsin AACTFest Adjudicators
Nancy Eppert Stephen Rupsch Ron Ziegler

 

Nancy serves as Chair of the AACT Education Committee, member of the Workshops Committee and Conference NYC Task Force.  she has chaired Artistic Directors and Education Directors conferences and served on state/regional AACTFest committees.  Nancy provides training and program consultation fot the University of Kansas Standardized Patient program; has created training presentations in support of Arts-In-Education programs; board development consultation for theatre companies in Louisiana, Missouri and Kansas; developed training programs for the Kansas City Coalition for community collaboration.  Nancy is the Chair of the Youth L.E. A.D. program for the Independence Chamber of Commerce and is the Artistic Director of the "Enchanted Forest", an annual Halloween event for the City of Independence, MO.  Nancy serves as the local Community Relations Specialist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She has served as: President, Missouri Association of Community Theatres; President, City Theatre of Independence; Board Member, Sidell, LA Little Theatre; Steering Committee, American Association of Suicidology, National Convention.  Awards: MoACT best director/show-2003 Taking Sides, show-2009 Fat; KC  Stage best show-2005 Hello Dolly; Best actress CTI-2008 Funny Money.  Nancy and her husband, John, live in the historic district of Independence and love doting over their four grandchildren.

Stephen is currently in his sixth year as an Assistant Professor and director of the Theatre Studies Program at St. Norbert College.  During his time at SNC, he has directed Lives of the Saints, the Glass Menagerie, Fuddy Meers, Songs for a New World, Metamorphoses, The Shape of Things, Frankenstein, Tartuffe, Twelfth Nights, The Laramie Project and is currently working on Hay Fever.  He received his PhD in Theatre Practice from the University of Oregon, Eugene, and his Masters Degree in Theatre Directing from Middleses University in London. Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen spent 25 years on the West Coast working as an actor, director, and theatre administrator.

Ron is field services director of The American Association of Community Theatre.  He served as associate director for the Des Moines (IA) Playhouse, where he is still a frequent guest director. He was also the first artistic/managing director for the Des Moines Playhouse's Kate Goldman children's Theatre and teaches there on occasion.  Ron founded and managed the Iowa Fringe Festival and was the first executive director for Orlando (FL) Repertory Theatre.  He is a past president of The American Association of Community Theatre, was named and AACT Fellow, and served twice as facilitator for the National Artistic Director's Conference.  He has a long lilst of directing credits for various theatres around the country during his 28-year community theatre career, including drama, comedy, classics and musicals.  Ron has adjudicated many state theatre festivals across the country and abroad inclding twice for the US Military's Tournament of Plays at various bases around Europe, and for the 2007 National AACTFest in Charlotte, NC.

 

 

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