The Richland Players walked away from this year's Kaleidoscope Festival with three awards.
They earned the top honor for outstanding direction, sound design and lighting design for their one-act play Wildwood Park.
The festival, held at the Spokane Civic Theatre recently, is organized every two years with the overall winning theater group competing in the American Association of Community Theatre's national competition, which will be in Rochester, N.Y., in June.
The Players were the only Tri-City-based theater group to compete at the regional contest.
The group also was selected as the alternate for the national competition. That means if the Spokane Civic Theatre group, the first-place winners, were to drop out, the Players would take their place, said Mari Page, publicity representative for the Richland Players.
"It is very strange that we would receive three awards and yet not get first place," she said.
Wildwood Park producer Ted Miller wonders the same thing. "I guess it's like the film Cabaret, which won eight Oscars in 1972 but didn't win best picture," he quipped.
Regardless, the Richland Players are thrilled with the honors they did win.
The winning team members are director Joyce Bean, sounds designer Jan Goolsby and lighting designer Bret Parker.
"I couldn't be prouder of this team," Miller said. "Sam Shick and Christy Batayola are two fine actors who absolutely nailed the subtext in their complex characters for this one act thriller.
Wildwood Park is a two-person play performed on a bare stage without set or props.
"One of our adjudicators said the sound and lighting were integral to the show and truly part of the ensemble," Miller added. "Our designers truly deserved that recognition."
Other members of the production team included Nathan Dirkmaat as assistant director and sound operator, along with Betsy Vance as assistant producer.