Theatre Albany is big winner at at the 66th Southeastern Theatre Conference event

Mar 10, 2015

By Terry Lewis, Albany Herald

ALBANY — Representatives of Theatre Albany took home five awards this past weekend at the 66th Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Awards Ceremony held at the Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

#The Theatre’s production of “The Lady of Larkspur Lotion” by Tennessee Williams received a Best Production Award in the Community Theatre Festival. Also garnering awards were Eddie McCarty for Best Actor, Jennifer Kirk Bowers for Best Actress, Mark Costello for Best Director and Steve Felmet was honored for Outstanding Scenic Design. The production also featured Joy Johnson. Thirteen productions from nine southeastern states competed in the annual festival held at the Chattanooga Theatre Center.

#The production will now go on to compete nationally in the American Association of Community Theatre’s AACT/Fest in Grand Rapids, Mich., in June.

#“We are truly bowled over by the number of accolades that the production received,” said Mark Costello, Theatre Albany’s artistic director, “We could hardly have expected it considering the number of companies participating. But we are truly honored and blessed.”

#The SETC Annual Convention is a gathering of more than 4,000 actors, professional company representatives, design and technical professionals, theatre educators, students from universities and high schools, commercial exhibitors, university representatives, community theatre producers and participants coming together to celebrate and learn more about theatre.

#“It was a very nice weekend for us, my feet still aren’t on the ground,” McCarty said. “This is a pretty prestigious award and it’s still kind of overwhelming to me. I am full of gratitude and honored by the award and that Theatre Albany was recognized at the southeastern level.

#I was stunned by winning best actor, I was really just enjoying the dinner. There were 13 plays from nine different states and we were going up against some pretty competent actors.”

#“The Lady of Larkspur Lotion,” set in New Orleans of the 1930s, is a powerful sketch about a fading beauty and down-on-his-luck writer who create fantasies to cope with their dismal circumstances. They are hounded by their landlady who demands payment of overdue rent.

#“The board is absolutely ecstatic about all the awards the cast and crew won at SETC and that they will be moving on to the national competition in June. We are so proud of them and for the opportunity for Theatre Albany to showcase their talents and receive awards from across the region,” said Board President Lauren Mock.

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