Ann Arbor Civic Theatre received first place in Michigan’s American Association of Community Theatres’ festival in Kalamazoo February 22-24, 2013. A2CT took top honors, including individual acting awards for every cast member and awards for outstanding direction and lighting/sound design. The production, an excerpt from Civic’s 2012 production of Leaving Iowa by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, will advance to the regional competition in Wisconsin April 19-21, 2013.
“We were thrilled to do so well in the festival,” says A2CT managing director Suzi Peterson. “We entered the festival at the urging of Leaving Iowa’s director, Michael Schacherbauer. Michael was heavily involved in theater festivals in Ohio for years, but A2CT has not entered the festival since the early 90’s. The event was a great way to mingle with other community theater members and to see what other theaters do; we indeed made some new friends in the theater community. We are looking forward to the regional competition in April.”
In preparation for the regional competition in April, a dress rehearsal of the excerpt of Leaving Iowa will take place at the A2CT Studio Theatre and will be open to the public, to help defray costs of sending the cast and crew to Wisconsin. A specific date and time is yet to be determined.
The talented and versatile cast of Leaving Iowa features Nick Boyer as Don, Matt Steward as Dad, Kathleen Beardmore as Mom, and Dana Denha as Sis. The cast also includes Isaac Ellis, Cassie Mann, and Steven White playing multiple characters.
For information about A2CT and the open dress rehearsal of Leaving Iowa, visit www.a2ct.org or call 734-971-2228.