The New England Regional Festival (NERF), hosted by Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT), with the support of New England Theatre Conference (NETC) was held on Saturday 23 February 2013. Because of an impending snowstorm, the schedule was compressed and advanced.
TCS member William Fafard Jr. was featured in the Harvard Community Theatre presentation of Crossing Brooklyn, an original musical drama. This show won the Best Ensemble award.
The Best Show award went to Radium Girls, presented by the Burlington Players. This drama will go to the AACT Fest 2013 national festival competition, scheduled for June 2013 in Carmel, Indiana. Congratulations to all winners and participants:
- Harvard Community Theater (Mass.) – Crossing Brooklyn
- Milford Area Players (N.H.) – Cabin 12
- Nashua Theatre Guild (N.H.) – City of Bones
- Burlington Players (Mass.) – Radium Girls
The Burlington Players could use some help bringing their production of Radium Girls to the national festival. Their total budget to get the cast, crew and set out to Carmel, Indiana, and put everyone up while there, is $32,000. While this may seem an unbelievable number, their team is 27 strong. Getting them and the set half-way across the country, and then paying for room accommodations, food, and festival passes, is being done as economically as possible – but the numbers are a little staggering. Multiple fundraising events are planned and each of them is reaching out to family and friends. The response thus far has been humbling as people are generously donating what they can as individuals. They are reaching out to you, the members and leaders of the community theater companies of Eastern Massachusetts, and hoping that you might also be able to support their journey. They realize that times are difficult for our companies, and appreciate any amount you are able to give. You will receive a tax deductible letter to use for your 2013 taxes as they are a 501c3 non-profit organization. Every bit helps! They are so grateful for any support you can give us! You can follow this link and donate via PayPal at this link. Or, you may mail a check to: The Burlington Players / PO Box 1617 / Concord, NH 03302.