Theatre Tuscaloosa competing in national festival next week

Theatre Tuscaloosa Launch Day
Ebony Wesley (left) and Amaria Jackson in Theatre Tuscaloosa's world premiere production of "Launch Day" by Michael Higgins. Photo by Porfirio Solorzano

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Winter Steele

TUSCALOOSA – Theatre Tuscaloosa is heading to to Louisville, Kentucky, next week, where the group will represent Alabama in the national American Association of Community Theatre Festival. It’s the first time Theatre Tuscaloosa will be featured at the in-person event.

Theatre Tuscaloosa earned its spot representing Alabama after the Southeastern Theatre Conference with its all-volunteer cast winning the Alabama Community Theatre Festival in November.

The success at Alabama Community Theatre was followed by Theatre Tuscaloosa being named Best Production in the American Association of Community Theatre Region IV Festival.

Along with Alabama, Region IV includes Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Georgia.

“I think it’s a big deal for Tuscaloosa and the state, and it’s just amazing to see students learn how to do a premiere and do it well,” said Theatre Tuscaloosa Executive Director Tina Turley. “This is the best of the community theatre experience and I’m excited. We’re glad to have competed in a year where we have the opportunity to go to nationals.”

In addition to being named Best Production at regionals, Theatre Tuscaloosa received awards for scenic design, makeup/hair design, outstanding costumes and sound.

The competition and convention is happening June 12 through June 17.

Theatre Tuscaloosa will be presenting its production of “Launch Day (Love Stories from the year 2108)” by Michael Higgins. Community theater groups from around the country will also be competing.

Interested in “Launch Day”? You can learn more right here.

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