ESTAFest 2017 Awards

Over the weekend of 7-9 April 2017, the Eastern States Theater Association held its regional One Act Festival in Wilmington Delaware at the Wilmington Drama League theater. The participants and their plays were:

  1. Wilmington Drama League (DE) – Post-its byPaul Dooley & Winnie Holzman
  2. Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre (PA) – Angels in America by only Kushner
  3. The Montgomery Playhouse (MD) – Virtual Reality by Alan Arkin
  4. The Auburn Players (NY) – Almost, Maine by John Cariani
  5. The Erie Playhouse (PA) – The Glorious Ones -book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; music by Stephen Flaherty
  6. The Moorestown Theater Company (NJ) – Hairspray Jr (A Showcase Production)
  7. The Wilmington Drama League (DE) – The Yellow Umbrella byDaniel O’Mara (A Showcase Production)
  8. Black Sheep Theatre (NY) – Friends of the Deceased by Jane Shepard
  9. Silver Spring Stage (MD) – The Pirate and the Caterpillar by Jacy D’Aiutolo
  10. Mark Twain’s Traveling Theatre (NJ) – Twain Twenty-Twenty (A Showcase Production)

Stage Manager’s Award – Erie Playhouse

V.P. of Festival Award – Wilmington Drama League

Discretionary Awards (given by the adjudicators where warranted)

  1. Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Kaitlin Tumulty – Hairspray, Jr.(Morristown Theater Company
  2. Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design – Bruce Hirsch – Virtual Reality (The Montgomery Playhouse)
  3. Outstanding Achievement in Costuming – Crystal Corritore – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Playhouse)
  4. Outstanding Achievement in Set Design – Christine Daugherty – The Glorious Ones(The Erie Playhouse)
  5. Outstanding Achievement in Direction – Almitra Clerkin – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Theater Company)

Acting Awards

  1. Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Playhouse)
  2. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Chris Yeckel – Almost, Maine (The Auburn Players)
  3. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Michael Antico – Almost, Maine (The Auburn Players)
  4. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Stephanie D. Pounds – Virtual Reality (The Montgomery Playhouse)
  5. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Diane Mashia – Friends of the Deceased (Black Sheep Theatre)
  6. Outstanding Achievement in Acting – Margaret Mayer – Friends of the Deceased (Black Sheep Theatre)

New Awards

  1. The Spencer Watson Award for Technical Excellence – Almost, Maine (The Auburn Players)
  2. Outstanding Showcase Production – Hairspray, Jr. – (Morristown Theater Company)

2nd Runner Up Production – Almost Maine (The Auburn Players)

1st Runner Up Production – Friends of the Deceased (Black Sheep Theatre)

Best Production – The Glorious Ones (The Erie Playhouse)

Our congratulations to all the award recipients but especially to our own Stephanie and Bruce for their well-deserved awards.

Boston Blackie Auditions

Do you love being on stage but don’t always have the time to be part of a long run? Have you got an assortment of voices waiting to fit just the right character?

You are invited to audition for the Montgomery Playhouse production of 2 radio plays from the Boston Blackie series of the 1940s.

Auditions are April 10 at 7:30 pm in the Carriage House, which is right next door to the Arts Barn, the production venue. Auditions will be readings from the scripts.

Performance date is Thursday, April 27 with two shows at 1 pm and 8 pm. Rehearsals are in the evening on Fri April 21st and Mon April 24th.

Indulge yourself. Take a day off from your ordinary schedule and join us for a terrific day of interaction with the audience, stress-free performing, and maybe just a chance to be a little silly. You don’t have to look like the character, just sound like him/her.

We have opportunities for actors of all ages and types. Boston Blackie is presented as a live radio production with scripts in hand.

Contact Loretto McNally at with any questions.

Call for Plays and Directors

Call for Original One Act Plays

The Montgomery Playhouse is accepting submissions of original works for its 16th Annual One Act Festival. The plays should be no more than 60 minutes in length and the staging requirements should be minimal. There is no minimum length. Please send an electronic copy of the script to David Jones via email at for consideration. In the event a play is not selected for this festival it will be added to our library of original for consideration in future festivals with the author’s permission. We will be receiving submissions through the month of April.

Call for Directors

The Montgomery Playhouse’s 16th Annual One Act Festival is planned for late July – early August 2017. Anyone interested in directing a one act should contact David Jones via email at The focus this year will be on original works. An original work is defined as an unpublished play. The executive producer is receiving submissions and also has a large library of original works from which a play may be selected.

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