Occurs on Saturday March 9 2019

All Day Event


Nancy Marine Studio Theatre
84 Main Street
Torrington CT 06790

Performance Notes



The Connecticut Community Theatre Association will present the 2019 New England Regional Theatre Festival - hosted by the Warner Theatre in the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre on Saturday, March 9, 2019 beginning at 1:00pm.  Four community theater organizations from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will compete to for the chance to represent all of New England in the American Association of Community Theater’s AACTFest 2019 in Gettysburg, PA this June! 

AACTFest--the festival process that culminates in a national theatre festival--is sponsored by AACT and is held in odd-numbered years. AACTFest presents a forum for community theatres from AACT's 10 regions to enter productions for adjudication and advancement from the state level to the regional level and finally, to the national level.  The goals of AACTFest are to stimulate and inspire community theatre companies to strive for the best work possible and to recognize them for their achievement through an appropriate adjudication process; to provide a learning experience in artistic, technical, and management areas for people in attendance through performances, adjudication, and workshops; and to develop enlightened and discerning audiences for community theatre.

  • All of the participating companies must meet the same eligibility standards and requirements:

  • maximum time limits for productions are 60 minutes performance time;
  • 10 minutes set-up time and 10 minutes strike;
  • all set & prop materials must fit within a 10’x 10’ offstage storage area before and after performance.

Per AACT standards, the theater is sealed at the start of each performance.  While an audience member may be permitted to exit during a performance, they will not be  allowed to re-enter during a performance.  There will be a short break between each performance and adjudication.

This year’s participating theaters include Phoenix Stage Company from Connecticut, Lexington Players from Massachusetts, and Windham Actors Guild and ActorSingers from New Hampshire.

The schedule of performances and awards is as follows:

Festival Schedule
Time Event
12:00PM Lobby Opens for Patrons
12:30PM House Opens
1:00PM Opening Remarks / Introductions
2:40PM Adjudication
4:20PM Adjudication
7:30PM Adjudication
9:10PM Adjudication
9:30PM Deliberation & Awards
* Once theatre doors are closed, no entry will be allowed.

Tickets for the 2019 New England Regional Theatre Festival are $15 for the entire day and can be purchased through the Warner Theatre Box Office or online at www.warnertheatre.org. The 2019 NERF is supported by the New England Theatre Conference and DNR Productions of Watertown.

About The Participants

ACTORSINGERS (New Hampshire)

ActorSingers was founded in 1955 as an outgrowth of the choir at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, NH. What started as productions of Gilbert and Sullivan and other public domain material - mounted on the stage in the church community hall - quickly grew beyond the choir and even the church. Within less than 10 years, Actorsingers was a separate non-sectarian organization performing Broadway musicals on stages in Nashua schools. At present, they produce two adult and a teen Broadway musical,  as well as a musical production for children during the year. In addition to AACT and NH Community Theatre Associations, Actorsingers is a proud participant in the NH Theater Awards program, and has received state-wide recognition as Best Community Theater Musical for several of their productions.

LEXINGTON PLAYERS (Massachussetts)

The Lexington Players, of Lexington MA, was founded in 1995 and continues to be the town’s only full time community theater group. Over the years, they have expanded the number of productions from two to six, including their YouthStage Summer Theater Program for children ages eight to 16. The Lexington Players has also expanded their outreach by creating The Women’s Dance Ensemble. The Dance Ensemble, which is currently on hiatus, was created for women in the community who wanted to return to performance dance. We also provide periodic workshops including several for New Directors. After a three month workshop, new directors plan, audition, cast, and direct one act plays for our season.  After performing for over 15 years at the Hancock Church in Lexington, The Lexington Players has moved its performances to The Cotting School’s 200-seat theater.


Phoenix Stage Company opened on August 26, 2010 with our inaugural production of BLEACHER BUMS. We recently relocated from a 70 seat retail space to a 175 seat theater, where we celebrated our 400th performance. PSC produces a wide range of genres and our New Works Project has seen four new plays published after work-shopping with our company. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing quality theater experiences to residents of the Naugatuck Valley and surrounding areas of the state and to provide training and education for actors, directors and others involved in theater production and by providing an opportunity to demonstrate and improve their skills by participating in theatrical productions.


Windham Actors Guild, located in Southern New Hampshire, has been producing theater since 2010. The organization strives to make quality theater accessible to both actors and audiences alike. Each season includes a large main stage musical, a more intimate straight show, and a musical youth production. WAG values a process that fosters personal and organizational growth in the theatrical arts, while executing an end product of which all those involved can be proud.

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