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2020 OCTA Events Have Been Cancelled


It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 OCTA Regionals, OCTA, Jr. and the OCTA State Conference 2020.

The COVID-19 situation posed new challenges, both in terms of safety and logistics, to our regionals, OCTA, Jr and OCTA State Conference and the decision to cancel was made after great deliberation by the OCTA State Board and Regional Reps. Our ability to guarantee a healthy environment for our participants throughout the experience was of primary importance in this decision. Even though the actual events are months away and the landscape is still very uncertain, the safety issues of rehearsal spaces, live performances, audience social distancing, hotel and buffet meals indicate cancellation as the wisest course for this year.

Participation in any OCTA event is an experience that cannot be replaced, and we are saddened that we cannot provide that opportunity for our participants and member theatres this year. Plans are already being made for the OCTA 2020-2021 Season.

On behalf of the entire OCTA State Board and our Regional Representatives, thank you for your continued interest and support of OCTA and our programs.  We depend on your membership and participation to make OCTA a viable organization for community theatre participants across the state of Ohio to not only have educational opportunities but also to receive recognition for their efforts on and off the stage.

Break-a-leg to all our member theatres as we begin to re-open our theatres and tread the boards once again!

Joe Barton, President

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ACT/OCTA Festival Scheduled for June 18th-20th Going Virtual


ACT of Greater Cincinnati.

Dear ACT Members,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our members, and the financial well-being of our organization, ACT-Cincinnati has made the difficult decision to move this year’s ACT/OCTA Festival scheduled for June 18th-20th to a virtual event.

This was put to a vote of the ACT-Cincinnati member theaters, and the result was 14-0 in favor of the change with one group abstaining and two groups not responding.

Unfortunately, this means no excerpts will be held. The ACT-Executive Board along with the support of the Long-Range Judging Committee will host the awards online starting at 7 PM EST on Saturday, June 20th.

Details will be forthcoming, but we still encourage members to dress up in the comfort of their own homes, tune in, share photos to social media, and celebrate the season. It will be different, for sure, but the show will go on in a way that we can maintain the safety of everyone involved.

Please stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to when we come together as a theater community again.


Dan Maloney, President of ACT-Cincinnati
Amanda Emmons Shumate – 1st VP of ACT-Cincinnati/Conference Chair

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Excerpt Awards From 2019 OCTA State Convention

OCTA_logoFIRST DATE – Footlighters Inc.

  • Excellence in Costumes – Kristie Marasch & Amanda Marasch
  • Excellence in Musical Direction – Alan Masters
  • Excellence in Vocal Direction – Xan Waddell Jeffery
  • Excellence in Directing – Jerry Wiesenhahn
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance Man #1 – Gregory Shaffer
  • Outstanding in Ensemble – The Cast


  • Outstanding in Acting – Scott Unes
  • Outstanding Use of the Sense of Smell as Satan – Michael Ireland
  • Excellence in Acting – Michael Ireland
  • Excellence in Acting – Chris Payne
  • Excellence in Acting – Rose Vanden Eynden
  • Excellence in a Featured Role – Amy Sullivan
  • Excellence in Light Design – Elena Sokoloski
  • Excellence in Ensemble – The Cast
  • Excellence in Direction – Dan Maloney

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE – The Drama Workshop

  • Merit in Direction – Rose Vanden Eynden
  • Excellence in Ensemble – The Cast
  • Excellence in Acting – Kristy Rucker
  • Excellence in Acting – Linda Callahan
  • Outstanding in Sound Design – Jason Cox
  • Outstanding in Sound Design – Rose Vanden Eynden
  • Outstanding in Acting – Holly Sauerbrunn


  • Merit in Light Design- Eric Bardes
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance- Alex Ross
  • Excellence in Ensemble- The Cast
  • Excellence in Directing- Jacqlyn Schott

OUT OF STERNO – Mariemont Players

  • Outstanding in Acting – Patrick Kramer
  • Excellence in Acting – Patricia Mullins
  • Excellence in Acting – Julia Hedges
  • Excellence in Costumes – Peggy Stouffer
  • Excellence in Set Design – Dan Dermody
  • Excellence in Direction – Dan Maloney
  • Merit in Sound Design – Dan Maloney

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The Passing of Fred Wise

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Fred Wise.

As we announced at the festival Friday, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Fred Wise, Ohio Community Theatre Association historian, board member, and long-time friend. He will be sorely missed by all of the OCTA Family. Please keep his daughter, Aara, and the rest of Fred’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 30, from 5:00 to 8:00, at the Vensil & Chute Funeral Home, 1850 W. Main St., Newark, OH. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 1, at 10:00 am. Complete details can be viewed at www.vocfh.com.

Wayne Kirsch

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2017 Southwest Reational OCTAFest Line-Up

ACT_purpleAt Monday night’s meeting to set the performance line-up for this year’s OCTA Fest Regional, nine theatres submitted entry forms to compete.  Following the selection process, with a few adjustments, the following schedule was set.  The festival will be held on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, at Parrish Auditorium, Miami University-Hamilton.   Two of the competing excerpts will be chosen to represent the Southwest Region at this year’s OCTA State Conference, Labor Day weekend, in Columbus.

2017 Southwest Regional OCTA Fest – Excerpt Schedule

Friday, June 23

  • Excerpt #1 – 7:30pm ALL MY SONS – Stagecrafters
  • Excerpt #2 – 8:30pm SHREK – Cinti. Music Theatre SHOWCASING
  • Excerpt #3 – 9:30pm DOLLHOUSE – Mariemont Players

Saturday June 24

  • Excerpt #4 – 9am AMERICAN IDIOT – Sunset Players
  • Excerpt #5 – 10am THE BOYS NEXT DOOR – Fairfield Footlighters
  • Excerpt #6 – 11am LOVE/SICK – Village Players of Fort Thomas
  • LUNCH – 12pm
  • Excerpt #7 – 1pm SIDE SHOW – Footlighters, Inc.
  • Excerpt #8 – 2pm  TAKE ME OUT – CenterStage Players
  • Excerpt #9 – 3pm ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE – The Drama Workshop

For additional information on this year’s convention, visit http://www.actcincinnati.org/convention.html.

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