Community Theatre receives awards at regional contest

The cast of Sand Springs Community Theatre’s production of “Tomato Plant Girl” recently took their show to Louisiana for the American Association of Community Theatre’s Regional contest.

Patty Dixon of Sand Springs Community Theatre said “Tomato Plant Girl” won the distinction of second alternate to nationals, first place for lighting and Jami Shine won best actress for her role as the Tomato Plant Girl.

“We didn’t win the top award, but we won the most awards—three!” Dixon said in an email.

At the first round OCTAfest competition in June of 2016, Jen Burke won Best Actress as Bossy Best Friend.

“Tomato Plant Girl” is a children’s play that tells the story of Little Girl, who’s new in town and makes friends with Bossy Best Friend. They share a garden, but Bossy Best Friend mistreats Little Girl. At one point while Little Girl is tending to a plant, Tomato Plant Girl springs up, the two become friends and Tomato Plant Girl teaches her the true meaning of friendship.

Clyde Boyd Middle School drama teacher Jen Burke played Bossy Best Friend, Brittany Scott played Little Girl and Jami Shine played Tomato Plant Girl. Sidney Hunt served as technical director.

The festival also provided workshops for attendees about quick creation, budgeting and speed networking.

Those who want to help Sand Springs Community Theatre as it enters it’s 11th year can contact pageplayers@yahoo.com.