Each year, OCTA (Ohio Community Theatre Association) holds regional gatherings where member theatres from that region showcase an excerpt from one of the shows that the group has produced in the immediate past season. Those excerpts are adjudicated by three respondeers on the spot. Those responders not only give feedback, but determine which aspects of which excerpts deserve recognition of either Merit, Excellence or Outstanding and they award certificates for those. They also invite a certain number of excerpts based on the number of excerpts that present at regionals to showcase at the State Convention in September.

We are in Southwest Region. We have one of the largest conventions in the state. Fourteen theatre groups from this region will excerpt and MCP's The Foreigner will be one of those! With that many groups, at least three will be invited to go to the State Convention.

In the southwest region, there is the addition of an organized group of local theatres that has been in existence for many years ... ACT Cincinnati. OCTA and ACT work together to present the excerpts and ACT hosts a banquet on the Saturday of the big weekend where OCTA certificates for excerpts are awarded and groups that are invited to State are announced. It is also the event at which Orchid Awards are presented resulting from the adjudicators who come from ACT to see member shows and others are honored for long time service.

If you have never attended any part of the the ACT Convention/OCTAFest and you love theatre, you are really missing out!

For $15 you can see 14 great excerpts over three days. 

This year's weekend is Thursday, June 20th, Friday, June 21st, and Saturday, June 22nd. The Foreigner will be presented at 8:15 PM on Friday, June 21st. There are no individual tickets for just one night. It is $15 no matter how many excerpts you see. It is a super deal! Plan to come Friday to support Darren and the cast and crew of MCP's show. Come a little early and see Beechmont's Over the Tavern. Stay after and see Fairfield Footlighters' Savannah Sipping Society and see Darren perform in Out of Sterno for Mariemont Players.

If you are free Thursday evening, there are three great excerpts that evening and seven great excerpts on Saturday. Come Saturday morning. Come Saturday afternoon. See both sessions!

The ACT Banquet is Saturday evening. There will be other MCP members there. Just want to let you know that you should indicate when registering all of the groups that you have worked with over the season. Whichever group you list first is the group whose table(s) you will be assigned to for dinner seating. You CAN decide to skip dinner and come to the Award portion of the evening, but you will not be allowed to join your group at the table. They will have seating around the outside of the ballroom for those who are not dining.

Here is the link that will get you the information you need if you are interested and will allow you to register either online or by mail:

http://www.actcincinnati.org/convention.html

Early Bird registration ends June 9th. After that date prices increase.

If you wish to attend the dinner, you will need to register by June 17th. You can still register for excerpts and awards up to the day of attendance.

Come join the fun! You will be glad that you did. MCP had 5 shows adjudicated during last season that would be eligible for Orchid Awards ... Red, White & Tuna, Man of La Mancha, The Foreigner, Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO, and The Visit. Come cheer everybody on!