☆ SPTG Participates in WACT Fest ☆
At the Wisconsin Association of Community Theaters (WACT) Festival brunch on February 24, Will Cairns, director and actor of SPTG's production Time Flies by David Ives, received a participation plaque from Brad Toberman, President of WACT and Managing Director of the River Arts Center.
Eight community theater companies engaged in a friendly competition on Saturday, February 23rd. Two companies were then selected to represent Wisconsin in at the Region III competition to be held at the Schauer Center in Hartford, Wisconsin over the weekend of April 18.
Although SPTG's production was not one of companies proceeding to the next level, they received many positive comments from the three adjudicators.
Pictured, left to right, are some of SPTG's cast and crew: Joe Getty (David Attenborough), Colleen Getty (Stage Manager), William Cairns (Director and Horace, the Mayfly), Krysta Donner (May, the Mayfly), and Ellen Paul (Sound and Producer). Missing from picture was Mike Irwin (Assistant Director and lights) and Kelly Shields (the Frog). Sarah Mills, the mayfly costume designer, receive special recognition for her costume design. Mills is an eighth grader at Blessed Trinity School in Dane and is a Lodi resident.
The seven other community theaters participating in this event included: La Crosse Community Theatre, Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa, Kettle Moraine Players, Red Bud Players, Wisconsin Rapids Community Theater, Verona Area Community Theater, and Sun Prairie Civic Theatre.
The Wisconsin Association of Community Theaters (WACT) is the state-level organization of the American Association of Community Theaters (AACT). In odd numbered years, the state organizations hold a festival where member companies meet, compete, and learn. For each four participating companies participating in the competition, one is sent to the next level. The location of the festival travels around the state of Wisconsin. In 2011, it was held in Green Bay. This year, here in Sauk Prairie; the third time the festival has been held in the River Arts Center. Companies chosen to represent a state, then compete at a regional level. For Wisconsin, we join Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Companies selected at the regional level will then move onto the National level, hosted by AACT.
If you would like more information about the entire festival cycle, check out AACT's web site!
Finally, we'd like to congratulate Anne Klinkner on her election to the WACT Board of Directors!