Sunday, July 29, 2007


In Our Own Backyard

"I am so proud of Workshop Players Theatre"! That's what Theater Manager, Dave Cotton said on July 7, 2007 after Workshop Players distinguished itself at the 2007 Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) Northeast Regional Festival in Canton. The Workshop Players Theatre was named “Theatre of the Year” in the Northeast Region by the OCTA.

Cotton said, "Our actors and technicians 'Did us proud!' at the Northeast regional festival July 7th at The Canton Players Guild. “From my position as festival stage manager in the stage left wing I couldn't get the full perspective, but I did know that our cast and crew were nailing their performance."

Here is a list of the awards they received:
EXCELLENCE in production elements
OUTSTANDING in Ensemble performance
Dave MacKeigan OUTSTANDING in Directing
John Franks EXCELLENCE in Musical Directing & Accompaniment
Jerry Macek EXCELLENCE in Choreography
Jayne Bartish-Kacik EXCELLENCE in Acting
Tom Castro EXCELLENCE in Acting
Judy MacKeigan EXCELLENCE in Acting
Dennis Runkle EXCELLENCE in Acting

Cotton said that the Workshop Players have had two solid successes this summer. “We have just closed an extremely popular production of "Over the Tavern" by Tom Dudzick and directed by Don Wozniak of Lorain. Eight of their ten performances of that show were completely sold out and the other two were nearly sold out. We have also just received a number of awards at the regional festival with their production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts and directed by Dave MacKeigan of Avon. The ensemble from that show has just been invited to perform at the 2007 State OCTA Festival in Beachwood over Labor Day Weekend.”

Cotton said, “This is ongoing proof that Amherst Township's Workshop Players Theater is one of the area's best kept secrets.”

Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" will be kicking off their 60th anniversary season on September 13, 2007.

To learn more about the Workshop Players, visit their website


Anonymous jason said...

As a former performer at the workshop players "cotton patch gospel" and an avid supporter and lover of the arts; I can truly say that this theater is one of the most unique experiences anywhere. It is a great cozy & intimate setting and the artist performing give great performances every show. It really is a great secret, but I would suggest it to everyone who enjoys being entertained and supports local talents and efforts. Perfect for people who don't want to be downtown cleveland, but are hungry to do something fun & different without paying out the nose.

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