Wisconsin AACTFest 2015

 

 

The weekend of February 19 - 22 was the weekend to remember for Wisconsin Community Theatre enthusiasts. The Baraboo Theatre Guild, the Al. Ringling Theatre and the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre played host to the 2015 Wisconsin AACTFest at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin.


Friday was a day filled with rehearsals and tech meetings, ending with a welcome party at the Al. Ringling Theatre. 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 was filled with performances during the day ending with more networking at a party at the Ringling Mansion in Baraboo.  Sunday, everyone was up bright and early for brunch, the WACT Annual Meeting, and the festival awards presentation at the Baraboo Country Club.
 

         
 
 

Festival

Program

 

Verona Area Community Theatre

The Role of Della

Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

Mothers

Village Playhouse

A Comedy in Three Acts

Kettle Moraine Players

The Vagina Monologues

La Crosse Community Theatre

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Baraboo Theatre Guild

Escanaba in da Moonlight

Sun Prairie Civic Theatre

The Coal Diamond

 

Wisconsin AACTFest 2015 Companies Proceeding to the Regional Festival

 

Escanaba in da Moonlight

Baraboo Theatre Guild

 

The Coal Diamond

Sun Prairie Civic Theatre

 

 

Wisconsin AACTFest 2015 Awards

 

Outstanding Direction
Joan Williamson
A Comedy in Three Acts
Village Playhouse

Outstanding Actor
Dale Loomis - Albert
Escanaba in da Moonlight
Baraboo Theatre Guild


Outstanding Supporting Actor
Erico Ortiz - Frank
A Comedy in Three Acts
Village Playhouse

Outstanding Actress
Donna Gawel-Miller - Woman 1
The Vagina Monologues
Kettle Moraine Players


Outstanding Ensemble
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
La Crosse Community Theatre

 

Outstanding Lighting
Escanaba in da Moonlight
Baraboo Theatre Guild

 

Outstanding Costumes
The Coal Diamond
Sun Prairie Civic Theatre

 

Outstanding Makeup
The Coal Diamond
Sun Prairie Civic Theatre

 

 

2015 Wisconsin AACTFest Adjudicators

 

Geoff Leonard Robinson

 

Stephen F. Murray

 

Sarah Rudolph

Geoff Leonard Robinson has been a theatre performer and director for over 30 years.  His theatre background includes six years as the managing and artistic director of River's Bend Playhouse (a community theatre in Evansville, Indiana), which he founded; director of professional summer stock at the Shawnee Summer Theater; director for summer productions at Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (KY); director of development and education for Evansville (IN) Civic Theatre; and five years as a high school vocal music and theatre director.  Other theatre involvement has included serving on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Theatre, for which he designed the workshop model utilized for several national conferences; regional theatre festival adjudicator; state theatre festival adjudicator for Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin; workshop presenter for state and national theatre festivals; selected to present two workshops fo r the National Endowment for the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and twice served on the review panel for state arts grants in community theatre at the request of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.  Geoff served as senior minister for Metropolitan Community Church Key West and subsequently for St. Luke's MCC in Jacksonville, FL from 2001 - 2007.  In 2008 he began his career with American Airlines where he served as Communications Specialist for AA's Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering organization, writing and editing for their daily news product and monthly magazine, Leading Edge, for which he received an international excellence in feature writing award.  He currently serves as a Shift Manager for Envoy Air (previously American Eagle) in Dallas, where he lives with his husband of fourteen years, Steven, and their three cats, Theo, Caitlin, and Alexis.

Stephen Murray is a director who recently moved to Sun Prairie after spending the past 15 years working in Chicago.  Chicago credits include Geppetto (Chicago Cultural Center), laer's Last Prayer (Illinois Arts Council Grant), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, (City Lit Theatre), Spring Awakening, Our Country's Good (Promethean Theatre Ensemble), and 2nd Story (Serendipity Theatre Collective).  His work has been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival where he directed the Darling Children.  He served as the Artistic Director of Promethean Theatre Ensemble from 2005 - 2009.  Before Promethean, he was a member of Strawdog Theatre Company where he directed Brett Neveu's Radio Man for their their Radio Series.  He has also been a member of Red Twist Theater, the side project, and Last Note Theatre Company (resident director).  He also served on the advisory committee for the Chicago chapter of Arts in Sacred Places.  Mr. Murray holds a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and previous to that spent his summers studying at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Sarah Rudolph teaches and directs the theatre program at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County.  Recent productions include John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Burial at Thebes, an adaptation of Sophocle's Antigone by Seamus Henley featuring original music by J.D. and Billy Steele.  In addition to directing and producing, Sarah enjoys returning to her first love, acting and has played Juliana in Sharr White's The Other Place and Martha in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf among other roles.  Her publication and research concentrates on the representation of mental illness on stage and she has recently begun the study of lessac voice and body training.