For the first time ever, the Point and Playhouse theatres have competed together in an AACT Festival. The Point has not submitted a play to this community theatre competition in over twenty years. The Playhouse has never competed prior to last weekend. In a late night award ceremony following the festival at the Cailloux Theatre, it was announced that both Kerrville area companies had successfully advanced to the State Festival.
The Point Theatre’s comedy “Almost, Maine” opened the AACT Quadfest Friday evening and the Playhouse ended the event Saturday night with “Grace and Glorie.” The two theatres’s shared the weekend with four other companies, all of which presented “solid, entertaining shows.” In the end, four shows were able to advance to the state level including: Bastrop Opera House’s “Souvenir” and the Del Rio Upstager’s “Greater Tuna.” The State Festival will be in Fort Worth the third weekend in March.
In addition to advancing, the two local theatres enjoyed four “All Star Cast” awards for Jessica Roberts, and Phillip Huddleston of “Almost, Maine” and Joan Bryson and Amy Goodyear of “Grace and Glorie.”
As the Festival came to a close and the Cailloux’s out of town guests left for their homes or hotels, the casts and crews of both local shows stayed around to celebrate, visit, and help Festival Host Heather Cunningham clean-up and lock down the Cailloux. As they did they made plans for the upcoming trip to Fort Worth.
The two companies were made up primarily of volunteers who have worked and performed for both theatres in the past. The first decision they all made was to share transportation to Fort Worth for the personal and the scenery of both shows. They also agreed to work together to find local sponsors to help them with the cost of bringing the two shows to the next competitions.
Individuals and businesses who want to help the two local companies as they travel to Fort Worth are encouraged to call Jeff Cunningham at the Playhouse at (830) 896-9393 ext 226 or David Cockerell at the Point Theater (830) 367-5121.
The American Association of Community Theatre’s Texas State Meet will be held in Fort Worth’s Scott Theatre during the Texas Not-for-Profit Theatres’s Annual Convention during the third week in March. More information is available at www.texastheatres.org