EMACT Festival 2012

Please join us for the

 58th Annual EMACT Drama Festival
June 28 – 30, 2012
At the Performing Arts Center  / Chelmsford High School / Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the door


Enjoy 11 productions over three days and see the diverse work of almost a dozen of our member groups.  Listen in on the public adjudications and reap the benefits of our learned panel.

Festival Participants

Please arrive in time to see the whole session.  Per AACT standards, the house is sealed when each show begins and no late-comers can be admitted.   Once we begin a show we operate on a rolling schedule, which means that as soon is the next show is ready, we go on.  Since this is a regional cycle, two Outstanding Productions will move on the Regional Festival in April of 2013.  

Thursday 28 June 2012 – 7:00 PM, evening session – 3 shows – $25 in advance or at the door
Acme Theater – Escanaba in Da Moonlight
Arlekin Players – The Guest
Walpole Footlighters – Thanksgiving
Adjudications for three shows, no ticket required
Friday 29 June 2012 – 7:00 PM evening session – 3 shows – $25 in advance or at the door
Theatre Company of Saugus – The Proposal
Theatre To Go – The Women of Lockerbie
Harvard Community Theater – Crossing Brooklyn
Adjudications for three shows, no ticket required
Saturday 30 June 2012 – 10:00 AM, morning session – 3 shows – $25 in advance or at the door
Theatre with a Twist – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Hovey Players – Closer
Winthrop Playmakers – The Laramie Project
Adjudications for three shows, no ticket required
Saturday 30 June 2012 – 5:30 PM, evening session – 2 shows – $25 in advance or at the door
Burlington Players – Radium Girls
Nashoba Players – The Dark of the Flame
Adjudications for two shows, no ticket required
Saturday 30 June 2012 – 10:00 PM – Gala Awards Ceremony
No ticket required

In addition to The Proposal, you will also see TCS members in the presentations of other groups.  In the same session as The Proposal, you will see Rosemary DeGregorio in Women of Lockerbie, followed by William Fafard in Crossing Brooklyn.  On Saturday morning, you will see Laramie Project, featuring Brian Dion, Lauren Amaru, Grace Meidanis, etc.

 Festival Adjudicators

 Annette Procunier: A 2008 EMACT Festival adjudicator, Annette is the author of the book, Do You See What I See? : How to Adjudicate Theatre Festivals. Annette has been active in theatre for 40 years starting, as so many do, with her high school play. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto. An acclaimed director, and in great demand as a teacher of adjudication and directing, Annette has adjudicated more than 100 festivals in North America, Europe and Asia during the past 26 years.

Benny Sato Ambush: As a distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence at Emerson Stage, the producing/presenting arm of the Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College, Boston, we are happy to have Benny return as an adjudicator for another EMACT Festival. He is a professional stage director, producer, Artistic Director, educator, consultant and published commentator with national and international experience.
His resume includes: Producing Director – Oakland (CA) Ensemble Theatre, Associate Artistic Director – San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, Acting Artistic Director – Providence, RI’s Rites and Reason Theatre Company, and Producing Artistic Director – Richmond, VA‘s Theatre Virginia.   His directorial highlights include: the Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Portland, Arizona Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Old Globe Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre and Geva Theatre. He toured the former Soviet Union and Kenya via the United States Information Agency and adjudicated theater productions on U.S. Army, Air Force and NATO military bases in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Turkey.

Spencer Watson: A returning veteran of EMACT Festival, Spencer has been involved in scholastic, collegiate and community theatres since early high school days in Port Jefferson, NY in the late 1950’s. He minored in theatre at Allegheny College and has acted in over 75 non-professional productions. He has directed over 50 productions and has lent his technical expertise to lighting, set and sound design for numerous others. His productions have won awards in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Spencer has been involved in community theatre in New York, Connecticut, Texas, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. He represents Maryland in the Board of the Eastern States Theatre Association. He recently authored an article on adjudication.

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