March 2015
Spring is Coming! (Really)
We're in the home stretch of the 2014-1015 season!  In this newsletter, there is a reminder about the Board outreach program, a workshop announcement, an update on the New England Regional Festival (NERF), and a reminder about AACTFest in June. 
Board News: Invite the Board to Visit!

The Board of Directors would like to visit with your Board of Directors to ask you what services you would like to see EMACT offer and get feedback on current services like DASH and the Festival.  If you would like to have one of the Board members visit your group, please email the President, Jean McFarland, to let her know. Specify at least two upcoming dates and we'll get someone to visit!  


Education News
Theater Photography Workshops by Jon Sachs
Sponsored by Quannapowitt Players

Workshop 1
March 15 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm 
You will attend the dress rehearsal for Of Mice and Men at Quannapowitt Players on March 15 but also attend a special session the same night and watch Jon handle all of the post production, from picking the best shots, to adjusting color, exposure, and cropping, to printing them out. In addition, we will create custom QP branded headshots for all the actors.
(While this is not intended to be a workshop on learning about how RAW image workflow with Lightroom works, if you are curious about that, this might be worth attending just for an overview of RAW and Lightroom.)
Workshop 1 will accept 25 students. This two-night workshop is $20. You can pay at the door.
Workshop 2
March 17-18 7 pm to pm
On Tuesday night, up to 6 workshop registrants will take turns photographing another rehearsal of
Of Mice and Men. Then on Wednesday night, each participant will do their own post-processing in Lightroom, under my tutelage. You will need Lightroom, which you can download for free from Adobe for 30 days. If you have not used it, it would be best to download ahead of time, and maybe watch the training videos as well, for $25.
An interchangeable-lens DSLR camera is best for this sort of work, followed by a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, followed by high-end point and shoot with zoom. But the ability to shoot in RAW format is critical. The workshop will leverage the advantages of RAW, as well as the issues.
Workshop 2 will accept just 6 students. This hands-on two-night workshop is $95. You can pay at the door.

Please go to 5 to reserve your slot for either or both of the theater photography workshops. Both workshops will be held at Quannapowitt Players, 55 Hopkins St., Reading, MA 01867. 
If your group is running a workshop or other educational activity, we'd love to hear about it and help you publicize it! Please send your workshop news to Marianne Phinney, the Director of Education, at .

Let us Help Fill your Workshops!
If your group is running a workshop or other educational activity, we'd love to hear about it and help you publicize it! Please send your workshop news to Marianne Phinney, the Director of Education, at .

New England Regional Festival
Congratulations to all the participating companies at the New England Regional Festival (NERF), held the last February 28 - March 1 in Torrington, CT. The two entries from EMACT, "Spring Awakening" by the Lexington Players and "Rabbit Hole" by Hovey Players won several awards.  "Spring Awakening" was named the alternate for Outstanding Production.

Here are the final results:

BEST ACTOR  Dan Merriman, "Dolls and Guys", Actorsingers (NH)

Craig Howard,  "Spring Awakening", Lexington Players (MA)


Lea Dmytryck, Jane Coughlin, "Winter Flowers," Warner Stage Company (CT) 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS  Brooke Casanova, "Rabbit Hole," Hovey Players (MA) 
BEST ENSEMBLE   "Spring Awakening," Lexington Players (MA) 
BEST DIRECTOR  Sharon Wilcox, "Winter Flowers," Warner Stage Company (CT) 
ROAD RUNNER AWARD (Quickest set up & breakdown) "The Boxer and Mary," Community Players of Concord (NH) 
THE 10X10 AWARD (Best use of Offstage Space)  "Rabbit Hole," Hovey Players (MA) 
ARABESQUE COSTUME AWARD  "The Boxer and Mary," Community Players of Concord (NH)  
GOBO AWARD (Excellence in Lighting Design)   "Dolls and Guys", Actorsingers (NH) 
LISTEN UP AWARD (Excellence in Sound Design)  "Rabbit Hole", Hovey Players (MA) 
RAISE THE ROOF (Excellence in Scenic Design)   "Laundry and Bourbon", Backyard Theatre Ensemble (CT)
PROPS FOR PROPS (Excellence in Prop Design/Usage)  "Am I Blue", Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theatre (ME) 
PLACES PLEASE (Excellence in Stage Management)   Becca Flint, "Spring Awakening", Lexington Players (MA) 
ADJUDICATOR' SPECIAL AWARD - "Rising Stars Award"  "World's Afire",  Showcase Performance, Oakhill High School (ME) 
ADJUDICATOR' SPECIAL AWARD for Dialect  "The Boxer and Mary", Community Players of Concord (NH) 
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION ALTERNATE  "Spring Awakening", Lexington Players, (MA) 
OVERALL OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION  "Winter Flowers", Warner Stage Company, (CT) 


"Winter Flowers" will be invited to attend the National Festival, which opens on June 23, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

AACTFest 2015

AACTFest 2015 is a national theatre event, where community theatre participants from across the United States and the U.S. Armed Services abroad will gather in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a week that celebrates theatre. More than 600 people are expected to attend this event, which will feature 12 of the strongest community theatre productions from state and regional festivals. The week will also include workshops, ample opportunities to network, and theatre vendor exhibits. Performances and exhibits are open to the public.


The performances will take place in the beautifully restored Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Performances will be in two-show sessions, beginning Wednesday afternoon, June 24 and ending Saturday afternoon, June 27. With workshops in the mornings, shows in the afternoons and evenings, and socializing/networking events after the sun goes down, AACTFest 2015 has anything every community theatre devotee desires. For more detailed information visit the AACT website.  


The official hotel for AACTFest 2015 is the luxurious Amway Grand Plaza located in downtown Grand Rapids a short walk from the Theatre. Enjoy our special AACTFest rate of $129 for 1-4 in a room. Reserve online at or call (800) 253-3590 to reserve at the AACTFest rate.


If you have never experienced a festival at the National level, EMACT encourages you to attend to cheer on the Region I entry, Winter Flowers.