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ON CUE – OCTA Conference Sept. 2022

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OCTA CONFERENCE Sept. 2022

The electronic newsletter of the Association of Community Theatres of
Greater Cincinnati

Linda Roll, editor
llroll69@hotmail.com

What a great weekend of theatre. It was the first time since Covid struck that this has been held and as usual, it was full of excerpts, workshops, food, drink, games and reconnecting with theatre friends from around the state.

 The OCTA Conference took place Labor Day weekend at the Cherry Valley Hotel in Newark, Ohio.

The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a carnival. Each region set up carnival games and encouraged people to play. Peggy Kenney was responsible for the Southwest games. There was a beanbag toss into basketball style hoops and a ping pong ball toss. People received entry coupons upon successful completion of each game. These were placed into a jar and winners were drawn every half hour. Peggy extends thanks to everyone who donated prizes to the booth and a special thank you to Kent Smith who trucked the equipment to Newark. Kevin Noll and his wife brought a cotton candy machine, which was a great hit.

There were also ring toss games, a balloon dart game, a cornhole toss game, a fish bowl toss game and a beanbag toss game. There was also popcorn from a popcorn machine.

A fun time was had by all.


There were 13 excerpts scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

All of the Southwest excerpts were scheduled on Saturday. Below is a list of excerpts and the awards each received. Congratulations to all the theatres and awards.

Tri-County Players THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE

  • CINDY MILLER – MERIT IN ACTING AS OLIVE ALLISON
  • SHARON ROSE TYAHUR – MERIT IN ACTING AS HATTIE
  • DARREN LEE – MERIT IN ACTING AS BILL LIVINGSTON

The Drama Workshop BRIGHT STAR

  • DENNIS MURPHY – EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
  • JASON COX – EXCELLENCE IN SOUND DESIGN
  • DENNIS MURPHY – EXCELLENCE IN COSTUMES
  • LINDA ABBOTT – EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRA
  • MARISA BANES – EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRA
  • PAUL BREHM – EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRA
  • CHRIS TAYLOR – EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRA
  • CAST OF BRIGHT STAR – EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE

INNOVAtheatre youth show FREAKY FRIDAY

  • MAX FOX – MERIT IN MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AS KATHERINE BLAKE
  • CAST OF FREAKY FRIDAY – MERIT IN ENSEMBLE
  • CAST OF FREAKY FRIDAY – MERIT IN SUCCESSFUL PROMOTION IN POSITIVE BODY IMAGE

Mariemont Players THE OUTSIDER

  • CAST OF THE OUTSIDER – EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE
  • DOUGLAS BERLON – EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING

There were a lot of workshops scheduled over Saturday and Sunday as well. Topics were varied and covered all areas of theatre from the technical, to acting, directing and administration.

Dee Anne Bryll was the workshop leader to train new responders. All four of the people who signed up to take this workshop passed with flying colors.

Congratulations to Forest and Pamela Fairley from Southwest who are new OCTA responders.


There were lots of other rewards presented over the weekend.

Travel Award

INNOVATHEATRE – ART ROUSE TRAVEL AWARD-36 people travelling 147 miles

FOOTLIGHTERS INC – Something Rotten

  • Ryan Oalker – EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN
  • Faye Crawford – OUTSTANDING IN COSTUME DESIGN
  • Carolyn Martinez, Faye Crawford,Crew – OUTSTANDING IN OVERALL COSTUME DESIGN

CINCINNATI MUSIC THEATRE – Pricilla Queen of the Desert

  • Elaine Michael, Cathy Ross & Crew – EXCELLENCE IN INDIVIDUAL COSTUME DESIGN

Web Design – ACT Cincinnati

  • MARY STONE – OUTSTANDING IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • BELLKISS ABRIL-ROMAN – OUTSTANDING IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • MARY STONE – EXCELLENCE IN NAVIGATION
  • BELLKISS ABRIL-ROMAN – EXCELLENCE IN NAVIGATION
  • MARY STONE – OUTSTANDING IN DIGITAL MEDIA USE
  • BELLKISS ABRIL-ROMAN – OUTSTANDING IN DIGITAL MEDIA USE
  • MARY STONE – EXCELLENCE IN REGIONAL REPRESENTATION
  • BELLKISS ABRIL-ROMAN – EXCELLENCE IN REGIONAL REPRESENTATION

Newsletter Awards

Footlighters, Inc – Libretto

  • ERICA BEIMESCHE, EDITOR – EXCELLENCE IN SPECIAL INFORMATION: “CURTAIN UP!,” “HAVE A SEAT,” “A NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT,” AND “BIRTHDAYS.”
  • ERICA BEIMESCHE, EDITOR – EXCELLENCE IN OCTA NEWS AND USE OF GRAPHICS/PICTURES
  • ERICA BEIMESCHE, EDITOR – EXCELLENCE IN LAYOUT, WRITING, AND OVERALL QUALITY

The Village Players

  • PEGGY KENNEY & SHARON SHELTON, EDITORS – EXCELLENCE IN USE OF GRAPHICS/PICTURES AND LAYOUT
  • PEGGY KENNEY & SHARON SHELTON, EDITORS – EXCELLENCE IN OCTA NEWS
  • PEGGY KENNEY & SHARON SHELTON, EDITORS – EXCELLENCE IN SPECIAL INFORMATIOM: “SPOTLIGHT” AND “VINTAGE STORIES

This year, Dave Meyers from Sunset Players was inducted into the OCTA Hall of Fame. Dave’s family as well as John Wesseling were on hand to accept the award. Anyone who knew or worked with Dave knows that this award was well deserved.

The President has the option to present an award to someone who has gone above and beyond in performing duties assigned to him/her. This year, the recipient was John Masterson from Southwest. John has worked on the treasury committee for a number of years and has manned the Silent Auction room at the OCTA conference as well as the OCTA table at our regional.   Congratulation John.

AACT has an award that is presented for service to community theatre.

This year the Robert E. Gord  Superior Volunteer Award was presented to Ron and Freida Houck for their 25 plus years of work and dedication to the Footlighters, Inc.  Congratulations to both of them.


At the delegates luncheon on Saturday, nominations for board positions were presented. Judy Berrens was voted in for a 2 year term on the OCTA board. She will join Wayne Kirsch, Carissa Slone, Denise Schneider, Ray Lebowski, Robert Weidle and Peggy Kenney. At the board meeting on Monday morning, Wayne Kirsch was elected President and Carissa Sloan was elected 2nd Vice President -heading MMPR. Congratulations to both of them.

The Regional Representatives for the coming year are Kevin Noll, John Masterson and Linda Roll. Please, if you are interested in serving our region, talk to Kevin and let him know.


The final event of the weekend was the introduction of the theme for the 2023 conference which will be held in the Southwest at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Eastgate. Peggy Kenney and Robert Weidle are the co-chairs for the event.  2023 will be OCTA’s 70th anniversary.

The theme for the conference is: OCTA 2023 Platinum Jubilee-A Million Stars.

Please let Peggy or Robert know if you are interested in working on the committee. Let’s all pull together to make this as outstanding as all of the conferences held in Cincinnati.


Any errors, mistakes or omissions are not intentional.

Thanks to all of you for being a part of Greater Cincinnati theatre.

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OCTA State Conference Awards

OCTA_2022BRIGHT STAR
The Drama Workshop

  • Excellence in Costumes
  • Excellence in Sound Design
  • Excellence in Ensemble
  • Excellence in Orchestra
  • Excellence in Direction

FREAKY FRIDAY (OCTA JR)
INNOVAtheatre

  • Art Rouse Travel Award
  • Merit in Ensemble
  • Merit in Successful Promotion in Positive Body Image
  • Merit in Musical Theatre Performance to Max Fox as Katherine Blake

THE OUTSIDER
Mariemont Players

  • Excellence in Ensemble
  • Excellence in Direction

THE TIN WOMAN
Troy Civic Theatre

  • Merit in Performance Beth Shrake

THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE
Tri-County Players

  • Merit in Acting Darren Lee
  • Merit in Acting Cindy Miller
  • Merit in Acting Sharon Rose Tyahur

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2021-2022 Orchid & OCTAfest Convention Awards

ACT_logoScroll down for links to Orchid Awards by Group

NAMED AWARDS 

  • ART ROUSE AWARD – Bunny Arszman
  • MARIO PITOCCO AWARD – Elaine Michael
  • ROGER GROOMS AWARD –Danny Davies
  • PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Joy Sharp & Mary Stone
  • RISING STAR AWARD – Jake Hart (MPI), Sophie Grant (TDW), James Major (ACTUP), Molly Sexton (CMT), Stephanie Mackris (LSC), Katie Werner (MCP) & Parker Culp (CSP)
  • SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY THEATRE AWARD – Amanda Emmons Shumate & Elaine Volker

OCTA_logoEXCERPTS INVITED TO REPRESENT THE SOUTHWEST REGION AT STATE

  • BRIGHT STAR – The Drama Workshop
  • THE OUTSIDER – Mariemont Players
  • THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE – Tri-County Players (Alternate, also performing at State)

EXCERPT AWARDS 

Below is the list of OCTA awards for the shows that excerpted over the weekend.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Queen City Productions

  • MERIT IN I LOVE YOU TRIO MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Erica Wilson
  • MERIT IN I LOVE YOU TRIO MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Maddie Smith
  • MERIT IN I LOVE YOU TRIO MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Kevin Dunaway

BRIGHT STAR
The Drama Workshop

  • MERIT IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE AS BILLY – Nicholas Dunker
  • MERIT IN ACTING AS MAX –  Rob Bucher
  • EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY – Denise Schnieders
  • EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE – The Musicians
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUMING – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE AS JIMMY RAY- Peyton Hahn
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE AS MAYOR – Forrest Fairley
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – The Cast of BRIGHT STAR
  • OUTSTANDING IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE AS ALICE – Stefanie Adams
  • OUTSTANDING IN DIRECTION – Dennis Murphy
  • OUTSTANDING IN MUSICAL DIRECTION – Linda Abbott

FALSETTOS
Cincinnati Music Theatre

  • MERIT IN SET CREW – Paul Hahn
  • MERIT IN DIRECTION – Amanda Marasch
  • MERIT IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE AS JASON – Leland Parker McGuire
  • MERIT IN MUSICAL DIRECTION – Jim Swartout
  • MERIT IN VOCAL ENSEMBLE – The Cast of FALSETTOS
  • MERIT IN VOCAL PERFORMANCE AS MARVIN – Zac Hoffman

INCORRIGIBLE
CenterStage Players

  • MERIT IN ACTING AS JAKE – Neil Geoppinger
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS ROBBY – Parker Culp
  • OUTSTANDING IN ORIGINAL WORK – Teri Foltz

THE OUTSIDER
Mariemont Players 

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS NED NEWLEY – Chuck Ingram
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – The Cast of THE OUTSIDER
  • OUTSTANDING IN DIRECTION – Douglas Berlon
  • OUTSTANDING IN ACTING AS DAVE RILEY – Aaron Mettey
  • OUTSTANDING IN ACTING AS LOUISE PEAKES – Debbi Berlon
  • OUTSTANDING IN ACTING AS ARTHUR VANCE – Eric Day

SYLVIA
Village Players

  • MERIT IN ENSEMBLE – The Cast of SYLVIA
  • MERIT IN MUSICAL TRIO PERFORMANCE AS SYLVIA – Molly Sexton
  • MERIT IN MUSICAL TRIO PERFORMANCE AS GREG – BJ Simpson
  • MERIT IN MUSICAL TRIO PERFORMANCE AS KATE – Jennifer Davis
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING – Molly Sexton

THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE
Tri-County Players

  • MERIT IN SET DESIGN – Burt McCollom
  • MERIT IN ACTING AS HATTIE – Sharon Rose Tyahur
  • MERIT IN ACTING AS BILL – Darren Lee
  • MERIT IN ACTING AS GREEK CHOURS – Linda Roll
  • MERIT IN ACTING AS GREEK CHOURS – Kelly Goeppinger
  • MERIT IN ACTING AS GREEK CHOURS – Heidi Beck
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Burt McCollom
  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUMING – Linda Roll
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS OLIVE – Cindy Miller
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – The Cast of THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE

WRONG WINDOW
Beechmont Players

  • MERIT IN ACTING AS LOOMIS – Jim Waldfogle
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AS LILA LARSWALD – Katherine Anderson

ORCHID AWARDS

The Orchid Awards are presented at the end of each season determined by an adjudication system of providing three judges per production for each of the ACT of Greater Cincinnati member groups. Orchid awards for the 2021-2022 Season:

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Get geared up for the 2022 Southwest Regional OCTAFest Convention!

ACT_logoIt’s been a long two years, but we’re back and ready and rarin’ to have an in-person convention once again! 

​Excited? Giddy? You should be~ we are, too! The 2022 OCTAFest and ACT Cincinnati Convention Registration forms have been mailed out old school style via USPS, but if that’s not your jam, you can also register online for excerpts, lunch, banquet, and awards starting today: https://www.actcincinnati.org/registration. While you’re at it, take a look at our new website at http://www.actcincinnati.org. We hope you like our new look!

If you haven’t already, be sure to make hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Blue Ash before June 5, 2022. ACT Cincinnati has a group rate at the Embassy Suites for the weekend of June 16-19, 2022. ​

Booking Link: https://group.embassysuites.com/uj6g46
Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Northeast Blue Ash

Group Name: Act Cincinnati
Group Code: CESXAC

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​And finally, don’t forget our split the pot! We’re selling tickets online up until the weekend of the convention when we will switch to selling with cash only. Tickets are $10 for 1, $25 for 3- a great way to help ACT and earn a little spending money for yourself!

​Get excited to be back watching live theater in person again! Can’t wait to see your smiling faces in June!

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2020 OCTA Events Have Been Cancelled

OCTA_logoFrom OHIO COMMUNITY THEATRE ASSOCIATION STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

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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