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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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2016 OCTAFest Excerpt Schedule

ACT_purplePlease find below the excerpt schedule for this year’s Southwest Regional OCTAFest, to be held June 23-25, at Parrish Auditorium, Miami University-Hamilton.

It will be a full weekend of great theatre as 15 OCTA member theatres will present portions of their seasons.  Plan now to attend some or all of this great local event.

2016 Southwest Regional OCTA Fest – Excerpt Schedule

Thursday, June 23

  • Excerpt #1 – JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – Footlighters, Inc.
  • Excerpt #2 – TIME STANDS STILL – Stagecrafters
  • Excerpt #3 – THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Milford Theatre Guilde

Friday, June 24

  • Excerpt #4 – NIGHT WATCH – Fairfield Footlighters
  • Excerpt #5 – MARY POPPINS – Cincinnati Music Theatre
  • Excerpt #6 – CLYBOURNE PARK – Sunset Players
  • Excerpt #7 – DEARLY DEPARTED – Village Players of Fort Thomas

Saturday morning, June 25 

  • Excerpt #8 – GREATER TUNA – Mason Community Players
  • Excerpt #9 – ACAPULCO – CenterStage Players
  • Excerpt #10 – REHEARSAL FOR MURDER – Tri-County Players
  • Excerpt #11 – WHO AM I THIS TIME… – Mariemont Players, Inc.

[Lunch break from 12:30 – 1:30]

Saturday afternoon, June 25 

  • Excerpt #12 – CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – Showbiz Playets
  • Excerpt #13 – SMELL OF THE KILL – Beechmont Players, Inc.
  • Excerpt #14 – UNNECESSARY FARCE – The Drama Workshop
  • Excerpt #15 – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – RiverStage Community Theatre

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Top Stories for July 2015

TCT_logoListed below are the top 25 stories for July 2015. Breaking it down, there are ten auditions notices, five cast lists, four press releases, three production pages, two casting calls, two season announcements, and one review. (Yes, that totals 27 as there were two ties. 🙂 )

  1. Casting Call for Skyline Chili TV Commercial
  2. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2015-2016 Mainstage Season Auditions
  3. Cast Announced for MARY POPPINS at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
  4. Exciting Changes Afoot at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
  5. Cast Announced for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at The Footlighters
    2016 Season Announced at La Comedia Dinner Theatre
  6. Cast Announced for BONNIE AND CLYDE at Sunset Players
  7. Cast Announced for RENT at Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
  8. Auditions Announced for A CHRISTMAS STORY The Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theatre
  9. 1776 Review
  10. Auditions Announced for THE WIZARD OF OZ presented by The Carnegie
  11. 2015-2016 Season Announced by Miami University
  12. Auditions Announced for THE DINNER DETECTIVE Cincinnati
  13. 2015-2016 Season Auditions Announced for Dare to Defy Productions
  14. Auditions Announced for JEKYLL & HYDE at Loveland Stage Company
  15. Teaching Positions Available at Indian Hill Performing Arts
  16. Theatre Company Finds New Home in Northside
  17. MARY POPPINS Runs Aug. 6-15
  18. 1776 Runs July 8-26
  19. Auditions Announced for JUNIE B. IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS at CenterStage Players
  20. Auditions Announced for BYE BYE LIVER by 628 Productions
    2014-2015 Southwest Regional OCTAFest Awards
  21. Cast Announced for SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS at Mariemont Players
  22. Auditions Announced for CURTAINS at Lebanon Theatre Company
  23. Auditions Announced for PICNIC by The Footlighters Inc.
  24. CCM Drama – Amazing Changes
  25. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL Runs Aug. 12-30

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