Hosted for the third consecutive year by Theatre Tuscaloosa at its Bean-Brown Theatre, the Alabama Community Theatre Festival (ACTFest) named several adjudicated winners from its Nov. 1-2 event.
Best of Show went to a pair of companies, Pelham's South City Theatre for its production of "The Gulf," and Dothan's Spark Theater Co. for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Those will represent the state at February's Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Alternate designation went to the host company's production of "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," which will open as a full-length show this week at the Drish House. For ACTFest, companies performed cut-down one-hour-or-less versions in the Bean-Brown, at Shelton State Community College, setting up in 10 minutes or less, and striking the set afterwards in the same constraints.
Full-length performances of "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Nov. 16, closing with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Nov. 17. All seats are $8. For more, call Theatre Tuscaloosa at 391-2277, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, or 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. www.theatretusc.com.
As alternate to best of show, the Theatre Tuscaloosa production will travel to SETC if either of the top two aren't able to go.
Best actor went to Josh Kauffman for the title character in "Macbeth," by Winfield's Self Express Productions, and best actress to Autumn Brown as Betty in "The Gulf."
Outstanding acting was noted for Theatre Tuscaloosa's Faith Bonitz, Carol DeVelice, and NorQuina Rieves; Harvey Lipscomb as Dodge and Lauren Norris as Shelley in "Buried Child," for The Actor's Charitable Theatre, also of Tuscaloosa; to Madison Richards as She in "An Ongoing Examination of the True Meaning of Life," Auburn Area Community Theatre; Andrew Rasnake as Macduff in "Macbeth," Self Express Productions; Rachael Pike as Kendra in "The Gulf"; and to John Caleb Davis as Chip, Cassidy Ryan as Rona, Dawson Pate Spencer as Mr. Panch, and Riley Turberville as Olive in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." A featured ensemble award went to the witches from "Macbeth," played by Kendall Wakefield, Angela Proffitt, and Casey Kauffman.
Outstanding design went to both Spark and South City, as did the outstanding directing awards, to Lisa Ponder and Caleb Brooks. Auburn's company earned the Spirit of the Road Award for "exceptionally positive attitude" backstage.