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NCT advances to regional competition with ‘Godspell’

The Newton Community Theatre hosted the Iowa Association of Community Theatre Festival on April 1-3 and NCT’s production of “Godspell” was selected to represent Iowa in the regional competition.

Participating theatres included: Webster City Community Theatre with “Leaving Iowa”; Iowa River Players with “Glacier Bay”; Newton Community Theatre with “Godspell”; Union Street Players with a showcase of “Vintage Hitchock — Sabotage”; Theatre Cedar Rapids with “Horatio’s Purgatory”; Lakes Community Theatre with “A Blooming of Ivy”; and Iowa River Players with a showcase piece of “After the Ball.”

Excellence in Acting was given to Dale Arends from Webster City, Paul Bamford from Belmond, and Matthew James from Cedar Rapids. Excellence in Character Acting was given to Jonathon Gregg and Mark Moreland from Pella. Excellence in Ensemble was given to “Godspell” from Newton Community Theatre. Excellence in Costume Design was given to Sue Beukema and Mel Wilson from Newton. Excellence in Directing was given to Angie Toomsen from Cedar Rapids. Excellence in Lighting was given to “Horatio’s Purgatory” from Theatre Cedar Rapids.

The I-ACT Festival runner-up was Iowa River Players with “Glacier Bay” and the Iowa representatives will be Newton Community Theatre with “Godspell” and Theatre Cedar Rapids with “Horatio’s Purgatory” at the regional competition.

The regional AACT Festival will be in Salina, Kan., on April 28 to 30.

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