Troy Civic Theatre to host regional theater festival

The Miami Valley’s 2016-2017 theater season is in the history books, which means it’s time for this year’s West Region Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) Festival slated Saturday, July 8, at Troy Civic Theatre’s Barn in the Park.

The West Region of OCTA encompasses nine community theatres from Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties. During the festival, respective theaters have 40 minutes to set up and showcase an excerpt of a show they presented during the season.

After a five-minute set tear-down, three responders are allotted three minutes each to critique the excerpt. At the end of the day, two groups will be asked to showcase their work at the State Conference slated for Labor Day weekend in Columbus at the Crown Plaza Columbus North-Worthington, hosted by the Central Region.

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"Looks like a great lineup," said West Region OCTA Representative Christi Thomas of Sidney.

Theaters and shows scheduled include Beavercreek Community Theatre’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Xenia Area Community Theatre’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Bellefontaine’s Windmill Productions’ “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Dayton Theatre Guild’s “The Last Lifeboat,” and Troy Civic Theatre’s “Almost, Maine.”

“The West Region has grown in the past few years,” said Debra Kent, Guild OCTA delegate overseeing the Guild’s excerpt as producer of “Last Lifeboat.” “What I love most about our OCTA regional is supporting all our local theatres. I like being able to see an excerpt of some of the plays I missed over the past season.”

“Beavercreek Community Theatre is involved in OCTA as a great way to network,” added Doug Lloyd, who directed “Vanya.” “It’s a wonderful place for theaters and the public to see examples of each other’s work. It’s a way for us to connect, share ideas and even see (excerpts) from shows we might not know.”

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Founded in 1953, OCTA holds six regional festivals each summer. The organization was conceived for the purpose of promoting excellence and creativity in live theater by providing its members educational opportunities for growth in artistic and technical aspects of theater. The organization also promotes community awareness and understanding of and access to live theater.

This year’s respondents are Kathy Hyland of Columbus, Mitch Antesky of Toledo and Brian Keegan of Bowling Green.

“The regional festival is a fun day,” Kent added. “It’s a day that all local theater comes together to support each other.”

How to go

What: West Region Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) Festival

Where: Troy Civic Theatre's Barn in the Park, Adams Street across from Hobart Arena

When: Saturday, July 8; Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with excerpts starting at 9:45 a.m.

Cost: $15

More info: Call Christi Thomas at (937) 726-0755

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