BY SANDY STAGGS
The Mill Town Players in Pelzer and Greenville’s Guerrilla Shakespeare Company faced some stiff competition this weekend at the 2019 Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Community Theatre Festival in Knoxville, and are coming home tomorrow morning with a slew of trophies for our state including BEST PRODUCTION for the Mill Town Players. YAHOO!!
Directed by the award-winning Christopher Rose, the Mill Town Players’ Appalachian Hatfields vs. McCoys adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” garnered the top prize at SETC and will advance to the America Association of Community Theatres’ Festival in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in June.
“Romeo and Juliet” also won Best Acting honors for two of this writer’s favorite people in the world – Cindy Mixon (the Nurse) and Anne Robards (Lady Capulet) – and Ken Thomason as Capulet, as well as Best Ensemble or the entire troupe.
The Guerrilla Shakespeare Company also won Best Choreography for their production of “Never Swim Alone,” directed by last year’s SETC Best Director Robert Fuson for “I Am My Own Wife” with the Proud Mary Theatre Company.
Before the regional SETC Festival of 10 states, both theatres won Best Production honors in November at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s Community Theatre Festival in Anderson. The Festival was held at Electric City Playhouse, where Fuson also won Best Actor along with his co-star Paige Vasel, and for Sound Design.
At SCTA, MTP’s Rose won Best Director, and “Romeo and Juliet” also won Ensemble, Costumes (Beth King, Will Ragland and Sissy Beck), Supporting Actor (Kelly Crittendon for her gender-bent role of Mercutio), and Supporting Actress accolades for Mixon.
The Mill Town Player have competed at SETC with their productions of “Of Mice and Men” and “Dark of the Moon,” but this is the first time, MTP has won and advanced to the national level.
Carolina Curtain Call is sooooooooooo proud of our Hillbilly Shakespeare show! Bring on the banjos ’cause Ragland and his troupe are heading to Gettysburg!
A previous version of this story only included the preliminary awards given before the official SETC Awards Gala.