AACTFest 2019

Save the date for an exhilarating weekend of theatre! The Owosso Community Players is hosting AACTfest 2019, March 15-17, 2019 at the Lebowsky Center. The festival includes three days of competitive drama productions from local community theatre companies.


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).


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.  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.