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New England Regional Festival

Two Eastern Massachusetts groups will enter the first phase of the national festival cycle by attending the Regional State Festival in Torrington, Connecticut on February 28 and March 1.

The Hovey Players' cutting of Rabbit Hole and the Lexington Players' cutting of Spring Awakening will be representing EMACT. Both groups will perform on Saturday, February 28. If you never attended a festival, a unique experience awaits you. You are treated to a complete theatre experience featuring works representing the Eastern Region: Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Eastern Mass and Western Mass. Some state festivals will be sending two groups as their geographic areas are large. The Warner Theatre is located at 68 Main Street in Torrington CT 06790.

SFX Makeup Artist and Litchfield native, TYLER GREEN, will teach a master class on the magical art form of special effect makeup and prosthetics. In addition to a lively discussion about the nature of this intricate art form as well as his own experiences as a special effects artist and finalist on the smash hit TV series FACE OFF, Tyler will also take us through steps to create realistic bruising and simple wounds for stage and screen.

The entry that wins at the Regional State festival will be invited to attend the National Festival, which opens on June 23, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

AACTFest 2015

AACTFest 2015 is a national theatre event, where community theatre participants from across the United States and the U.S. Armed Services abroad will gather in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a week that celebrates theatre. More than 600 people are expected to attend this event, which will feature 12 of the strongest community theatre productions from state and regional festivals. The week will also include workshops, ample opportunities to network, and theatre vendor exhibits. Performances and exhibits are open to the public.

The performances will take place in the beautifully restored Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Performances will be in two-show sessions, beginning Wednesday afternoon, June 24 and ending Saturday afternoon, June 27. With workshops in the mornings, shows in the afternoons and evenings, and socializing/networking events after the sun goes down, AACTFest 2015 has anything every community theatre devotee desires. For more detailed information visit the AACT website (info@aact.org).

Hotel:
The official hotel for AACTFest 2015 is the luxurious Amway Grand Plaza located in downtown Grand Rapids a short walk from the Theatre. Enjoy our special AACTFest rate of $129 for 1-4 in a room. Reserve online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/AACT2015 or call (800) 253-3590 to reserve at the AACTFest rate.

If you have never experienced a festival at either the Regional or National level, EMACT encourages you to attend. We hope to see you in Torrington, Connecticut in February to cheer on our Eastern Mass groups as they take the next step toward Nationals.

In Memory of Marshall Cannell

It is with deep sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of EMACT founding member and historian Marshall Cannell on Monday, March 10, 2014. Marshall was a familiar face at EMACT festivals for years. He worked with our festival staff as a stage manager and technician. In recent years, his smiling face manned the box-office for EMACT Festivals.

Marshall was also a longtime member of the Wellesley Players. Marshall served as the group's president, treasurer and historian, to name just a few of the roles he took on during his faithful service to the Players. He built sets, designed lights and was involved in all aspects of productions for more than five decades. Marshall was awarded an honorary life membership in the Wellesley Players for his service.

Marshall encouraged the Players to participate in NETC/EMACT and in his retirement became technical adviser to the Wellesley Middle School, which was invaluable to the Players when they used that performance space. His theatrical knowledge and memory for all things Players and EMACT were legendary.

Our thoughts go out to Marshall's wife, Tina, and his family.

Marshall’s  memorial service has be scheduled for May 31st at 11 am at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church at 79 Denton Road in Wellesley, MA

Festival 2014

We are pleased to announce our 58th annual EMACT Festival. It will be on the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29, 2014. We also have a new and exciting venue. We will be moving our festival to the Christine McGrath Performing Arts Center at the two-year old Tewksbury, HS. We are thrilled with the venue with its state of the art sound and lighting system. The Performing Arts Center was built as a theatre with fine acoustical baffling and a Marly dance floor. There is ample parking and great access for load-in and set storage. There is a large lobby area and we look forward to having many groups participate.

There's now a spiffy page set up dedicated to Festival 2014 chock full of all the information you ever wanted to know,
click here to go to the Festival 2014 page

The Technical Package is also finished. There's a link on the Festival page itself, or just
click here to go to the Technical Package

Tickets are now on sale! click here to go to our ticket site

Pictures of the Festival are now available at: Http://Www.flickr.com/photos/22994671@N08/collections

Click on "EMACT 2014"

 

New To Festival Design Competition
This year, we are also adding a design competition open to ALL groups. The design competition exhibits will be featured during festival weekend and will be assessed for awards by two different adjudicators with strong backgrounds in technical theatre. Details of the design competition will be announced in the next month or so. We are very happy to bring this new feature to the festival as it provides groups and individual designers to submit their work without having to be involved with a participating festival group. We are hoping that the myriad of talented lighting, sound, costumes, make-up, hair, set dressing, and properties designers will take advantage of having your work recognized at the state festival. 

 


Would you like to be a part of the oldest community theatre festival in the country? It takes scores of dedicated volunteers to make this event the jewel in the EMACT crown. Whether you are an individual looking to get involved or part of a member group wishing to participate as a team, we enthusiastically welcome all volunteers with open arms! Please contact us at the email below.

Suzanne and Celia, EMACT Festival Producers

Email us at:  festival@emact.org

 

NEW - ONLINE FORUMS

EMACT is excited to roll out its new on-line forums, a way for all community theater members to interact on-line. Use the forums to post questions, announcements, suggestions on any sort of theater-related topic from audition notices to marketing tips to suggestions on how to pull off a tricky special effect. Nothing is out of bounds as long as its theater related.

We'll leave the link in the upper left corner so you don't forget!

http://forums.emact.org

Become A Member - Registration Form

Why go it alone? Communicate, Promote, Educate, Support, Recognize, Celebrate. We all benefit when we join together!

EMACT's membership year begins on 1 September 2009. Community theatre companies or groups must be members of EMACT to enjoy its benefits and services, which include the DASH program, the ETC program, and the annual Festival. For 2009-10 the fee for Individual membership is still $20. The Basic fee for Companies/Groups is still $50, and is available throughout the year.

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