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Wisconsin AACTFest 2013 took place February 22 - 24, 2013.  The Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre hosted the festival at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin and the Cedarberry Inn in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

 

 

Another State Festival is History

The weekend of February 22 - 24 was the weekend to remember for Wisconsin Community Theatre enthusiasts.  The Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre played host to the 2013 Wisconsin AACTFest at the beautiful River Arts Center in Sauk City, Wisconsin.

Friday was a day filled with rehearsals and tech meetings, ending with a welcome party at the Cedarberry Inn.  It was a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  With snacks and libations as lubricants, 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.

Festival

Program

 

Sun Prairie Civic Theatre

Eleemosynary

Verona Area Community Theatre

Blithe Spirit

Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild

Time Flies
Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre Cradle and All

Redbud Players

The Other Woman and Other Short Plays

Kettle Moraine Players

The Shadow Box

La Crosse Community Theatre

Macbeth

Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa

The Actor's Nightmare

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 Blue Spoon Cafe for the post show celebration.  Once again there was sharing of food and libations.

Sunday morning it was back to the stage of the River Arts Center for the awards brunch and the WACT annual meeting.  Selected to proceed to the Region III festival were the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre's production of Cradle and All and the La Crosse Community Theatre's production of Macbeth.  Chosen as alternate was Eleemosynary by the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre.

Wisconsin AACTFest 2013 Awards

Productions Proceeding to the Regional Festival

Cradle and All

Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre

 

Macbeth

La Crosse Community Theatre

 

Alternate Regional Production

Eleemosynary

Sun Prairie Civic Theatre

 

Excellence in Direction
Susan Edgren
Cradle and All
Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre


 



Excellence in Acting
Elizabeth Robbins - Echo
Eleemosynary
Sun Prairie Civic Theatre


Excellence in Supporting Acting
Jessie Barr - Stage Manager
The Actor's Nightmare
Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa


Excellence in Performance
Steven Martin - Nate
Cradle and All
Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre


Excellence in Performance
Jovan Serrano - Agnes
The Shadow Box
Kettle Moraine Players


Excellence in Performance
Karly Tellekson - Annie
Cradle and All
Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre


Excellence in Ensemble
Macbeth
La Crosse Community Theatre


Excellence in Costume Design
Sarah Mills
Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild
Time Flies


Excellence in Costume Design
Mandy Parmeter
La Crosse Community Theatre
Macbeth


Excellence in Scenic Design
William Millonig & John Brandl
Kettle Moraine Players
The Shadow Box


Excellence in Fight Direction
Greg Parmeter
La Crosse Community Theatre
Macbeth


Excellence in Lighting
Dillon McArdle
La Crosse Community Theatre
Macbeth


 

 

2013 Wisconsin AACTFest Adjudicators

 

Ross Daniels

 

Allen Ebert

 

Lauren Love

Ross Daniels recently retired after 25 years as the Director of U.S. Army Entertainment Programs at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Vicenza, Italy. In 2001, the U.S. Army presented Ross with the “James T. Martin Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement”. While at Fort Knox, Ross, and his wife Bonnie, established Army Community Theatre and built one of the Army’s most decorated programs. He produced and directed plays that took top awards at state and regional AACT festivals and were honored at International Theatre Festivals in Aruba, England and Germany.  In Vicenza, Italy, he produced Do Not Go Gentle which won the AACT Region 10 Best Play Award. Soldiers’ Theatre of Vicenza became the first military theatre to qualify competitively and was an award recipient at the AACT National Theatre Festival in 1999.

Alan Ebert is the Production Manager for the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union and Union South.  He was formerly the Executive Director of the La Crosse Community Theatre where he directed The Women of Lockerbie, a participant in the 2007 National AACTFest.  Allen spent three years in Italy serving as Entertainment Director of Soldiers’ Theatre, an Army Community Theatre.  He produced The Tolstoy Story Play which represented the United States at the 2006 AACT International Festival.  Over the past several years he has adjudicated and conducted workshops at state, regional and national festivals..  He has enjoyed being a director and an acting instructor with The National High School Theatre Institute, Sun Prairie Civic Theatre, Menomonee Falls Patio Players, US Army Kaiserslautern Community Theatre - Germany, CTM Children’s Theatre of Madison, Madison Repertory Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, and Center Stage, New York.

Lauren Love is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County where she teaches, serves as the Director of Theatre and Artistic Director of the Summerset Festival of the Arts.  Lauren earned a master of fine arts degree in acting from UW- Madison and a doctorate in theatre history, theory and criticism from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  In between degrees she performed, wrote, directed, taught acting, and coached actors in several Chicago theatre venues. While in Chicago, she also co-founded and served as Managing Director of Theatre Praxis.  Lauren directs all University Theatre productions at UW-BSC and continues to pursue non-academic directing and dramaturgical work at Stage Q in Madison.  She is delighted to be a part of this year's AACTFest and wishes all participants (proverbial) broken legs.

 

 

Till Next Time!