Long Beach Playhouse Hosts the American Association of Community Theatre’s California State Festival

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The Long Beach Playhouse announces the three American Association of Community Theatre’s (AACT) member theatres that will participate in the 2015 California State Festival (AACTFest) on February 14, 2015. All three participating companies are from the San Diego area:

  • New Group West, San Diego  – I Am My Own Wife, by Doug Wright.
  • Patio Playhouse, Escondido – Gidion’s Knot, by Johanna Adams
  • PowPac, Poway’s Community Theatre, Poway – I Do, I Do, I Do, by Robin Hawdon

The shows will start at 1:30pm and feature all three hour-long performances. An awards ceremony and reception gala will follow at 8pm in the Playhouse gallery/bar.

One of the participating companies will move on to the Regional Fest in Flagstaff, AZ in March to vie for a spot in the National Fest in June in Grand Rapids, MI.

“It is a very exciting venture and such an honor to host the AACTFest in our Studio theatre,” said Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive and Producing Artistic Director of the Playhouse, “we’re looking forward to the challenge and to making new friends in the field.”

In addition to performances, attendees will have the opportunity to attend artistic and informative workshops, designed for directors, auditioners, and anyone interested in learning about the AACTFest experience. These workshops include:

10am: Audition Intensive presented by Gregory Cohen
10am: Directing Community Theatre Actors presented by Dennis Gilmore
12pm: How to Go to AACTFest presented by Gil Savage and Liz Lydic (FREE)
12pm: The Art of Directing – from Good to Great presented by caryn desai
12pm: Finding the Message in the Movement presented by Tracy Freidman

Tickets for performances are $15.00 for all three shows. To attend the workshops and/or the Gala reception, separate tickets are available for $30.00. Or attendees can choose the all-inclusive package for $40.00, which provides all-access to the entire day of theatre, workshops, and celebration.

AACTFest is the festival process that culminates in a national theatre festival. It is sponsored by AACT and is held in odd-numbered years. AACTFest presents a forum for community theatres from AACT’s 10 regions to enter productions for adjudication and advancement from the state level to the regional level and finally, to the national level.

All events take place at the Long Beach Playhouse. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.lbplayhouse.org/show/aactfest-2015-studio-collaborative-season/ or by calling the box office at 562-494-1014.

AACTFest is part of the Long Beach Playhouse Collaborative Season, offering outside theatre companies and other performing arts organizations in the community the opportunity to produce their own productions in the Playhouse’s Studio Theater. AACT is a national organization dedicated to supporting and developing community theatres throughout the United States.

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