Wisconsin AACTFest 2019

Verona Area Community Theater (VACT) is pleased to announce:

Wisconsin AACTFest 2019
January 18-20, 2019
Verona Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., Verona, WI 53593

Community theaters from around the state will attend and perform a one hour show or cutting of a show for the opportunity of advancing to a regional round of competition to be held in April in Kokomo, Indiana. The winners at regionals will advance to the National Competition this June in Gettysburg, PA.

Keep reading for ways you can participate in this year’s festival!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the American Association of Community Theatre.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre.

CLICK HERE to view the program for the AACTFest 2019 Wisconsin Festival.

Wisconsin AACTFest 2019 Awards 

Redbud Players – One Day

Advancing to the Regional Festival

Excellence in Acting – Megan Scullin as Mary

Excellence in Supporting Acting  - James McMillan as Doug

Excellence in Supporting Acting – Cynthia Klawitter – as Laura

Excellence in Playwriting – Ricardo Ramirez


Verona Area Community Theater – The Giver

Advancing to the Regional Festival

Excellence in Acting – Donavon Armbruster as The Giver

Excellence in Acting – Owen Sehgal as Jonas

Excellence in Directing – Allen Ebert & Karen Ebert

Excellence in Technical Design – Costumes, Lights, Set, Props

Excellent in Ensemble Acting

Sun Prairie Civic Theatre – Bad Seed

Excellence in Costume Design – Debi Boles

Excellence in Set Design – Brian Goff and Jim Wolfe

Excellence in Editing a Script Cutting – Livvia Goff

The Village Playhouse – The House of Bernarda Alba

Excellence in Script Translation – Erico Ortiz

The Adjudicators

Sarah Whelan Blake has been actively working in theatre for over 70 years both acting and directing.  She has performed in many US states, and a number of European venues on stage, films, commercials, and radio programs.   She has performed with most of the theatre groups in Madison and helped to create some of them.  She helped to create the Bartell Theatre, which serves as a home for six Madison theatre groups.  She served as National President of Phi Beta from 1990-1995.

Michael Bruno is a Madison native and has been involved with numerous theater companies for over 50 years, starting as a teenager with The Stagecoach Players and currently owns his own production company, J. Michael Bruno Productions.  For the past 7 years he's been the host of the WISC-TV Channel 3 weekly entertainment segments "Bruno's Best Bets" and "Backstage With Bruno" every Friday on LIVE AT FOUR with Mark Koehn and Susan Siman.  He was the Artistic Director of WhoopDeDoo Productions from 2003 to 2013 and served as president of the board of directors of STAGEQ.  He also served on the Dane County Cultural Arts Commission and has produced and directed over 100 shows in the Madison area.  Michael is currently directing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for The Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells opening March 29th.

 James L. Crow is a retired theatre educator, teacher, and professor from Rockford Illinois.  He just recently retired after a 52-year career teaching theatre at all educational levels.  During his career he help launch the careers of Joe Mantello director of Broadway's Wicked, Bob Greenblatt former NBC executive responsible for bringing musicals back to NBC, Jodi Benson Disney's original Mermaid, Frank Wright the longest running cast member of Disney' The Lion King.  He was the founding theatre teacher for the Creative and Performing Arts High School of District 205 Rockford, Ill, and selected as a Teacher of Distinction by The Golden Apple Academy. Since retiring he has become actively involved in the Community Theatre Movement of Illinois.  He is on the Executive Board of the Illinois Theatre Association and is sought after director for community theatres in Rockford.  He has staged area premiers of The Addams Family, Time after Time, Steel Magnolias, A Few Good Men, The Vagina Monologues, Next To Normal and The Laramie Project.  He is looking forward to staging Mama Mia for Pecatonica Playhouse Pecatonica Ill, and is at present working on a production of Guys and Dolls for Main Street Players Belvidere Illinois. He graduated magna cum laude from Roosevelt Conservatory in Chicago with an emphasis on Professional Directing.  He is a certified Adjudicator for ACCT and the Educational Theatre Association also judging speech and theatre contests for the Illinois High School Association and International Toastmasters.