The production of Tennessee Williams’ one-act drama garners six awards…….This past weekend, eight representative from Venice Theatre attended the Florida Theatre Conference’s Community Theatre Festival in Winter Haven, FL.
They presented Tennessee Williams’ one-act drama 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. Actors Murray Chase, Kristofer Geddie and Morgan Graves were accompanied by Director Ric Goodwin, Stage Manager Jennifer Kaiser, Costume Designer Jonathan Hall, Scenic and Lighting Designer John Andzulis and John Wyczlinksi, who served as set crew.
After competing against productions of Quilt from New Tampa Players and War Letters from Firehouse Community Theatre, Venice Theatre’s team won six awards: Best Actor (Murray Chase), Best Actress (Morgan Graves), Best Supporting Actor (Kristofer Geddie), Best Scenic Design (John Andzulis), Outstanding Play, and the “Spirit of Road” award.
Winning the Best Play award at the state festival qualifies Venice Theatre to advance to the next level. In March 2018, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton will travel to Mobile, AL to compete at the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
About Venice Theatre
Venice Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The secondlargest of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events. Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations,” Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre offers a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.
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