BTG and AACTFest’21: We’re participating!
BTG has submitted a filmed 30-minute excerpt of “The Harry & Sam Dialogues” by Karen Ellison for the AACTFest National One-Act Theater Festival ’21. We are one of 38 community theaters across the nation competing for 11 slots for what has been historically a live festival and this year will be a virtual one. The process of putting together this entry has taken months, and the effort of many dedicated volunteers. There’s the original committee of Dee Dee O’Connor, Jo Kaas, Christy Ham and Sean Walbeck sussing out the feasibility; the BTG Board approving the project; Les Campbell, agreeing to direct (and design) under restrictive COVID-19 restrictions, with Christy Ham (again) as SM; Dramatists Play Service with reduced royalty and flexible video conditions; Jon Purdie (Mt. Baker Theater), Margaret Bikman & Mayor Seth Fleetwood for the letters of recommendation; Stan & Pete in the shop squeezing out a set; Jeff Braswell & Kevin Six as actors; Keefe Healy and Bellingham High School making their theater available for filming; Russ Nelson volunteering to film and prepare the final submission video; and Robert Muzzy for taking photographs to record our shooting day.
So thanks, all you folks above, for daring to work on theater without the glorious pay-off of sharing with an audience, so the Bellingham Theatre Guild can point to something we did during this lockdown.
Adjudicators will choose the shows for AACTFest’21, and Les, Christy and the boys will keep rehearsing in case we’re one of them and a film crew comes to record our show for Nationals. And if “The Harry & Sam Dialogues” is somehow not chosen, Les, Christy & the boys will rehearse the show until they can show it to you guys.
Our intended audience all along.
Keep safe, keep well, keep on keeping on.