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Shawnee Little Theatre Play Chosen For National Play Festival


April 22, 2021

Jill Fry, Scott Bartley, Karla Kelly and Nicki Sherman perform in Shawnee Little Theatre's "A Doll's House, Part 2" advancing to national competition in the American Association of Community Theatre's play festival, June 14-20.

Shawnee Little Theatre Inc. is one of 12 community theatres across the United States chosen to present its production of "A Doll's House, Part 2" by Lucas Hnath at Virtual AACTFest 2021, the National Community Theatre Festival, June 14-20, - SLT is the only Oklahoma community theatre production chosen to advance to national competition.

Virtual AACTFest 2021 will present the finalist community theatre productions which will be streamed during the week of the festival. "A Doll's House, Part 2" is scheduled to be broadcast Friday, June 18, at 9:30 pm, Eastern Time.

Also at the national festival, Shawnee Little Theatre will be honored with the Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award by the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT). The AACT Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award recognizes AACT member theatres for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their communities, or moving to the next level of organizational development.

A live dress rehearsal encore performance of "A Doll's House, Part 2" will be presented April 23 at 7:30 pm at SLT, 1829 Airport Rd. Doors will open at 7 pm for general seating with social distancing. Masks are required. There is no admission, but donations are accepted. According to contest rules, the play has been shortened to a one-hour version.

In the final scene of Henrik Ibsen's, "A Doll's House," Norma Helmer decides to leave her husband and children and begin a new life. In "A Doll's House, Part 2," many years have passed and now there's a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. Why? What will it mean for those she left behind? 

The Shawnee Little Theatre production includes Karla Kelly, Nicki Sherman, Scott Bartley, and Jill Fry. The artistic production crew includes director Rebecca Fry, stage manager Lynn Goodson, with scenic design by Matt Hopkins, lighting design by Preston Fry and Ronny Jones, costume design by Tami Lawson and Rebecca Fry, wig design by Jennifer Teel, makeup by Jill Fry, sound by Michael Schwab, and set construction by Preston Fry, Tom Dicken, and Kate Blain.

Rebecca Fry, who directed Shawnee Little Theatre's production of "A Doll's House, Part 2," said, "We are honored to be a part of the Virtual AACTFest 2021. This cast and crew have worked very hard to bring this wonderful script to the stage. This past year has been difficult for a lot of community theatres. It is exciting for all of us to return to the stage after 2020's Long Intermission!" Shawnee Little Theatre's last appearance at the national competition was in 1979.

For the past year, community theatres around the country have had to make difficult decisions due to the pressures and restrictions imposed by the global pandemic, functioning in survival mode.  But theatre is resilient, and companies around the country are pivoting, redefining, and reimagining who they are, and how they will continue to serve their communities now and into a post-pandemic future.

Virtual AACTFest 2021 will celebrate those stories of resiliency, representing the best of community theatre in America. In addition to the 12 productions, keynotes, workshops, educational programming, vendor exhibits, a design competition, and special events will focus on supporting theatres through this evolutionary journey.

A professional video production company, Colvin Theatrical, will shoot each show on four professional Blackmagic cinema cameras, with a mixture of close-ups, wide angles and moving shots. Using live-editing and broadcasting technology, each performance video will emulate the theatrical experience each finalist would have at an in-person AACTFest, while maintaining professional, high-quality cinematic standards. National sponsor Broadway on Demand will stream the performances during festival week.

AACTFest is a celebration of theatre and a learning experience for those who take part. Each National Company production will receive an online adjudication from experienced and nationally known adjudicators. Their comments on productions will be a learning experience for all participating company members and audience members.

Registration and performance tickets are available to all. More information is available at


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