The 2012-13 season of the Star Players of Upper Sandusky has kicked off with a successful production of the musical “Titanic,” but one show from the previous season is enjoying a second life.
This past March, the Star Players presented “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart. An excerpt from this production was performed at the Central Region Ohio Community Theatre Association festival July 14 at Kenyon College in Gambier and was one of only two excerpts from the regional festival that were invited to perform at the State OCTA Festival during Labor Day weekend.
The Ohio Community Theatre Association is a collection of community theaters throughout Ohio. The purpose of this statewide service organization is to promote excellence and creativity in live theatre by providing its members educational opportunities for growth in artistic and technical aspects of theatre, and to promote community awareness and understanding of, and access to, live theater alone or in conjunction with other arts organizations, educational institutions and other theater organizations. There are 111 total member theaters in the organization spread across five regions.
As part of membership, each theater is allowed to send an excerpt from one show performed from its previous season. Any section of the show may be excerpted; however, the material must be continuous in the script and cannot exceed 45 minutes, including the time to set up and tear down the set. Each excerpt then is discussed by three separate responders, who give feedback on the performance. Following the conclusion of the final excerpt, the three responders confer and decide any awards to be presented in addition to deciding which excerpts will be invited to perform at the state conference.
At the conclusion of the festival, the Star Players excerpt received multiple awards. These awards include merit in costuming, cast; merit in choreography, Amanda Sterling and Charles Groth; merit in musical performance, Sterling, Mandy Bour, Eric Hertenstein, Nathan Haubert and Groth; excellence in ensemble, cast; and excellence in directing, Groth.
The OCTA State Conference will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The event will include top excerpts from shows from throughout the state, workshops and other theater activities.
The excerpt of “Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)” will be performed Saturday afternoon. The event takes place at the Doubletree Hotel at 175 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus.
More information can be found at www.ohiocommunitytheatre.org.