At a recent competition of community theater organizations from across the Southeast, 15 actors and cast members representing the Wetumpka Depot Players won and also got their tickets punched to go to the American Association of Community Theaters’ AACTFest19 to compete against others from around the country.
The Wetumpka Depot Players took top honors at the Southeastern Theater Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, with their production of Jim Leonard’s play “The Diviners,” Kristy Meanor with the Wetumpka Depot Players said in an email. The prestigious national festival features 12 companies from across the U.S. and will be hosted by the American Association of Community Theaters in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in June, Meador said.
The Southeastern Theater Conference brings representatives from youth, university, professional and community theater together in one place, according to Meanor. To get to the regional competition, Meanor said the group had to come out a winner at the state community theater competition, which the Wetumpka Depot Players tries to attend on an annual basis.
Since beginning to compete against other community theater groups across the state and region, the Wetumpka Depot Players have won the state competition seven times and the regional competition three times along with a handful of awards for directing and sets, among others.
The national competition is held every other year, so it’s just the second time the Wetumpka Depot Players have been invited to AACTFest19.
“It’s really special for us to be going,” Meanor said. “It puts Alabama in the national spotlight. It lets people know good things are happening in community theater in Alabama.”
With the national competition looming, Meanor said the participants are apprehensive and excited.
“We want to do our best work and keep refining our product,” Meanor said. “We do feel we have the ability to win.”