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Elkhart Civic Theatre wins honors at Indiana Community Theatre Association festival

The event is often called 'The Olympics of Theatre.'

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

KOKOMO — The Elkhart Civic Theatre’s production of ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ won six awards, including Outstanding Production, at the Indiana Community Theatre Association annual festival Sunday, March 24, in Kokomo.

ECT tied with Kokomo Civic Theatre for the Outstanding Production award, qualifying ECT to participate in the American Association of Community Theatre’s Regional Festival on April 20, in Hartford, Wis.

The theatre also won awards for:

Ÿ Best Director, Dave Dufour

Ÿ Best Supporting Performance, Kaitrin Higbee as Elizabeth

Ÿ Outstanding Lighting Design, Randy Zonker

Ÿ Outstanding Sound Design, Dave Dufour and Garry Cobbum

Ÿ Jack Peek Memorial Backstage Techie Award

The cast for ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ included Brent Graber, Tony Venable, Kaitrin Higbee, Carl Wiesinger, Missey Domiano, Colin Rusel and Angie Berkshire. Dave Dufour directed the performance with assistance from Randy Zonker. Sandy MacGowan was stage manager and the crew included Brian MacGowan, Pati Banik, Linda Wiesinger, Mark Swendsen, Randy Zonker and Garry Cobbum.

Dufour said the competition presents some restrictions that can be challenging, but the crew adapted well. For example, the crew is only allowed to play an excerpt of the show, so they had to cut the show for it to be only an hour long. In the competition, the crew must take only 10 minutes to have the set up and ready, and then another 10 minutes to take the set down.

“Elkhart Civic has had good quality shows for quite a long time, and we’ve had full-time staff that helps a lot,” Defour said. “And we have a really good cast.”

John Shoup, artistic director for the show, said though the crew and cast felt confident about their show, they sat nervously awaiting the results after seeing their strong competitors.

“It’s very exciting for us, and it’s exciting to represent such a strong theatre community in northern Indiana,” he said.

Now that the team is preparing for its regional competition, it is hoping the community will help with covering costs for the trip. Shoup said the theatre is trying to raise $2,500, which would cover entry fees as well as transportation and hotel expenses.

“We hope that the cast can focus on their performances and representing the theatre and not have to worry about doing fundraising, or where the money will be coming from for them to get to Wisconsin.”

The cast is in rehearsal now in preparation of the festival. The theatre will have a show of its excerpt on April 15 that will be open to the community. The show will be at the Sierra Interiors Plant, 19224 C.R. 8, Bristol. The show will be at 7 p.m.

A website has been created for anyone interested in making a donation to the theatre. Those interested in donating can go to http://www.elkhartcivictheatre.org/jhd.

More information, including future performances and ticketing details, is available at the Elkhart Civic Theatre’s website.

Sharon Hernandez contributed to this article.

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