2019 Michigan AACTFEST

2019 Michigan AACTFEST

What is AACTFEST?

AACTFEST is a competition held every 2 years across the United States.  Community Theatres have 10 minutes to setup their show/set from a 10′ by 10′ box, then have an hour to perform their show, and finally another 10 minutes to break down their set back into the 10′ by 10′ box.  There are 3 levels of competition: State, Regionals and Nationals, which includes additional workshops.  The top 2 shows from each level advance onto the next stage (and there is an alternate selected in case logistics prohibit one of the top two from attending).  

Where is Michigan’s 2019 AACTFEST being held?

The Owosso Community Players are hosting the Michigan AACT Fest at the Lebowsky Center this year from March 15 – 17, 2019.  The top 2 shows will advance to Region III, held in Kokomo, IN from April 11 – 14, 2019 and Nationals will be held in Gettysburg, PA from June 16 – 22, 2019.

Take a look at their great theatre below!

How many groups can compete?  And how much does it cost?

We can have 8 groups compete but your group must be a current member of CTAM.  We will also have a waitlist in case any of the first 8 groups are unable to attend.  Registration (for both groups and individuals) will open on Monday, October 15th, the deadline to register December 15, 2018.  Registration fee is $100 and will cover 8 members in your group.  Additional members/participants will have to pay an individual registration fee of $65 (this covers attendance to all 8 shows, the Friday evening gathering, the Saturday networking event and the Awards Brunch for the competing theatres), but this fee will go up to $75 beginning February 1, 2019 so register early!  

Even if your group is unable to compete this is a great opportunity to network and learn from other shows and organizations.  Each show gets an abridged version of their adjudication in front of anyone, which provides you great insight into ways you can improve your productions.  Not to mention the fact that you are exposed to a number of new shows you might not know or see.  Plus there is usually at least one or two great original works that your group may want to consider.  Lastly, it’s a great way to connect with other theatres from all over the state and learn their tips and tricks and share knowledge with them as well.

GROUP REGISTRATION FORM
(for competing theatres)
This form fee is $100 and covers up to 8 participants in your group.

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION FORM
If your competing group has more than 8 participants, the additional participants will have to pay an additional $65 fee per individual.  You can also use this form if you are from a non-competing group and would like to attend all shows and networking events.

General Attendance Tickets
Tickets to individual sessions (2 shows each) will be made available for $15 once the schedule is posted.  It should be posted by January 1, 2019 and tickets will go on sale at that time.

 

Where can we stay?

Have no fear, our friends at Owosso Community Players have gotten great discounts at the following locations so book your rooms now before they fill up!

Contact either of the following two hotels and let them know the reservations are being held under The Owosso Community Players to get the best rates!

The Comstock Inn and Conference Center
www.thecomstockinn.com
300 E. Main Street, Owosso, 48867
989.725.0999

The Pines Country Inn
www.thepinescountryinn.com
1730 E. Main Street, Owosso, 48867
989.723.9000
email:  mackenzie.thepines@gmail.com

Can individuals buy tickets?

You don’t need to be part of a competing organization to attend.  There will be 4 blocks of 2 shows each, so if you can’t make all the shows you can sign up for any of the 4 time slots.  Each slot costs $15 to see shows.  These tickets will be made available once the schedule is released, which should be around January 1, 2019.

Are you a competing theatre organization?

For more information about how AACT Fest works please refer to the handbook on the AACTFEST site, found at this page.  Registered groups must complete all paperwork here in order to compete.  Don’t worry, if you have questions about the paperwork we have plenty of people to help you with your concerns!  Just email us here!

AACTFest Competitor Information and Forms:

GROUP REGISTRATION FORM
(for competing theatres)
This form fee is $100 and covers up to 8 participants in your group.

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION FORM
If your competing group has more than 8 participants, the additional participants will have to pay an additional $65 fee per individual.  You can also use this form if you are from a non-competing group and would like to attend all shows and networking events.

General Attendance Tickets
Tickets to individual sessions (2 shows each) will be made available for $15 once the schedule is posted.  It should be posted by January 1, 2019 and tickets will go on sale at that time.