Casts, crews and supporters from seven different community theaters across Oklahoma will converge on Shawnee July 20 and 21 as Shawnee Little Theatre hosts the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association (OCTA) biennial play festival.

Casts, crews and supporters from seven different community theaters across Oklahoma will converge on Shawnee July 20 and 21 as Shawnee Little Theatre hosts the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association (OCTA) biennial play festival.

Performances from the seven theaters will be staged at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts Center (PAAC) Friday evening and all-day Saturday, 1001 N. Kennedy Ave.

The Oklahoma Community Theatre Association Festival (OCTAfest) is the organization’s signature event. In accordance with OCTA’s mission to encourage excellence in theater arts, the festival provides an opportunity for the theaters to present their best artistic productions to the state, be adjudicated by nationally known theater experts, and for audiences to see the best of community theater performances.

OCTAfest is the first step in the national American Association of Community Theatre’s festival. Two advancing plays are chosen during OCTAfest to advance to a regional festival, where one of those will be chosen to advance to the national festival. Oklahoma leads the nation with the most first and second place awards at regional and national festivals.

With very strict rules of performance, participating theaters will be required to store their set in a 10’x10’ area before performing. Theaters are allowed 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to strike their set. Performances must be no longer than one hour. Many entries are one act plays or shortened versions of full plays. Following each performance, the three judges will briefly offer their critiques and suggestions to the company.

Shawnee Little Theatre will host the final day’s after theater party and awards ceremony at the SLT facility, 1829 Airport Rd. Local sponsors for OCTAfest are Visit Shawnee, Inc. and Jones Theatres, Inc. Shawnee Little Theatre volunteers will be assisting behind the scenes with arrangements at the performances as well as hospitality events after the shows. Shawnee high and middle school students will be assisting as well.

Full registration for the festival includes admission to all seven plays, OCTA membership, entrance to three theater workshops presented in the mornings of July 20 and 21 at the PAAC, and invitations to after theater gatherings each day. Online registrations can be made at www.oktheatre.org/events/octafest. Registrations can also be made in person July 20 at the PAAC before the plays. Single tickets for each block will also be available for each afternoon/evening group of plays at the door to all theatregoers. The box office opens 30 minutes before showtime. A block of two shows is $10 per person.

Festival rules state that latecomers will not be admitted into the theater once the performances have begun.

The schedule of plays is as follows:

Friday, July 20, 2018

Performance Block I at 1:00pm

• “Shades of Autumn” presented by Lincoln County On-Stage, Chandler, OK. 

Performance Block II at 7:00pm

• “Always a Bridesmaid”, presented by Jewel Box Theatre, Oklahoma City

• “Scissortail”, presented by OnStage Woodward, Woodward, OK.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Performance Block III at 1:00pm

• “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes”, presented by Sands Springs Community Theatre, Sands Springs, OK.

• “Marvin’s Room”, presented by Southwest Playhouse, Clinton, OK.

Performance Block IV at 7:00pm

• “Annapurna” presented by Shawnee Little Theatre, Inc., Shawnee, OK.

• “Crimes of the Heart”, presented by Duncan Little Theatre, Duncan, OK.

A complete events schedule is available on the OCTA website, oktheatre.org. Follow Shawnee Little Theatre on Facebook or Instagram for updates on festival information.