Two theatre companies drove back to Kerrville Sunday after a busy week at the Texas Non-profit Theatre Convention and State AACT Festival in Fort Worth. Technical Directors Nick Boland (Playhouse) and Bobby Sands (Point) lead the unloading of the truck that carried the sets and props for “Grace and Glorie” and “Almost, Maine.” Amidst hugs and handshakes, the actors and crew members congratulated each other before going home to prepare for another busy week of producing local shows. Both companies won many awards and “Almost, Maine” was announced as the first alternate show for the Regional AACT festival next month.
Many award winners are already at work on their next projects. The TNT “Best Scenic Design” team led by Jim Boman and Nick Boland are busy building the two story revolving set for Playhouse’s “Noises Off” (opening April 1st).
Playhouse 2000 won the “Steadfast Support Award” for their hard work and involvement in Texas Theatre’s over the past eight years. Heather Cunningham and her team are already busy preparing for Metropolitan Opera Star, Angela Brown’s performance at the Cailloux on May 6th.
The “Best Backstage Crew” led by Bobby Sands will be working on “Dixie Swim Club” at the Point (April 1st). They are joined by the winner of the TNT Design Contest, Julie Bangs and “All-star Cast” member Joan Bryson: stage manager and assistant director respectively.
“All-star Cast” members T.J. Ashabranner and Phil Huddleston jump back immediately into their roles in the GSQ production of “Never the Sinner” which completes its run this weekend at the Cailloux Theatre (Thursday 24th through Sunday 27th).
“The AACT State Meet and the TNT festival represented an important investment for our local theatres.” explained a Playhouse staff member “Many new friendships were formed and old ones rekindled with other arts programs throughout the state. New resources and opportunities were discovered that will help the growth of our local programs. The Point and Playhouse had a wonderful experience in Fort Worth and are ready to use that experience to keep entertaining and amazing our own local audience.