8 OCTA Awards, State Invite for 'Wendy Darling'

Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2018, 8:31am

Curtain Players and its excerpt of Wendy Darling flew away with eight awards Saturday June 2 at the Ohio Community Theatre Association Central Regional Festival.

The presentation also won an invitation to stage the excerpt at OCTA’s state conference in Worthington during Labor Day weekend.

Curtain Players was among seven OCTA Central Region member theatres at the daylong event at Kenyon College’s The Hill Theatre in Gambier.

Heather Schultz received an Outstanding in Direction Award.

Two members of the Wendy Darling creative team – Neil Aring and Tasha Neneth – received Excellence in Set Design and Costuming awards, respectively.

The Wendy Darling actors – Randy Benge, Elizabeth Harelik, Brian N. Henry, Mackenzie Joseph, Jeff Kemeter, Megan Lear, and Cody Schmid – received an Outstanding Ensemble Performance Award.

Four actors were recognized for individual performance: Outstanding in Acting to Cody Schimd (as Peter Pan); Excellence in Acting to Elizabeth Harelik (Wendy Darling) and to Randy Benge (Captain Hook); and Merit in Acting to Jeff Kemeter (Smee).

The Wendy Darling team for the OCTA festival included Wendy Brinker (stage manager), Cory Baker and John Maassel (lights and sound, with Baker handling the Tinkerbell effect), and Mary Benge (props). Sarah Joseph, Jeanine Joseph, Booth Muller, and Carrie McCain were on the set construction and painting crew.

At OCTA’s regional festivals, member theatres stage scenes from plays presented during their recent seasons. A panel of responders evaluates the presentations, offering constructive criticism and recognizing achievements in acting, direction, and stagecraft. At least one theatre company at each regional event receives an invitation to take the excerpt to OCTA’s state conference Labor Day weekend.

Wendy Darling is a new script by New York playwright Ira Hauptman. Curtain Players presented the first-ever fully staged production of Wendy Darling in September 2017. In this darkly comic version of the Peter Pan story, Wendy's mother sets in motion a journey that threatens to change her family forever.