Regional theater festival set March 29-30

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMarch 29, 2013 

The American Association of Community Theatre will hold its regional festival March 29-30 in the Tri-Cities.

The event is sponsored by The Richland Players.

Five community theaters from across the state will perform the plays that earned them a win at the state competition held earlier this year in Bremerton. The Players also competed in that festival but did not place high enough to advance to the regional competition.

"We expect more than 75 people from Oregon, Washington and Idaho to be here for the festival this weekend," said Ted Miller, festival chairman. "The Region IX Festival is part of the national cycle of theater plays festivals, which is held every two years."

Alaska is also part of the Northwest region but didn't have an entry into this year's competition, Miller added.

Here's the schedule for the plays being performed at The Players Theatre, 610 The Parkway in Richland:

March 29

6 p.m.: The Miracle Worker, performed by Beaverton Civic Theatre. A historical play.

8 p.m.: K2, performed by Lake City Playhouse from Coeur d'Alene. An exploration of life and death from the top of the second tallest mountain in the world.

March 30

12:30 p.m.: The Turn of the Screw, performed by Spokane Civic Theatre group. A ghost story.

2:30 p.m.: The Legend of Jimmy Blue Eyes, performed by the Lumiere Players of Tualatin. An old radio show brought to life.

4 p.m.: The Thread Men, performed by Bremerton Community Theatre. A psychological thriller that takes place entirely in an elevator.

"These are the best community theater productions from the region," Miller said. "I am always amazed at the variety of shows and the level of talent these companies bring to the festivals."

Tickets to the festival are $10 for both March 29 productions, $15 for the three March 30 productions or $20 for a weekend pass. The Players plan to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Art Fuller Scholarship fund. Tickets are available at the Players box office or at www.richlandplayers.org.

In addition to the competing plays, the festival also features a performance by the Academy of Children's Theatre Troupe. They will perform Face Forward, which is about three young people growing up in Nazi Germany, who struggle with their identities and transition into adulthood. Curtain time is 11 a.m. March 30 in the ACT studio, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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