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The 46th Annual Conference of the
Tennessee Theatre Association


WHEN: October 24 - 27, 2013

WHERE: Clayton Center for the Arts
              Maryville, TN
   Clayton Center for the Arts

Featuring:
Tennessee Community Theatre
Festival Winners

Outstanding Production:
Freud's Last Session, Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Best Director:
Matthew Wilson, Freud's Last Session, Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Best Actor:
Evan Cole, Freud's Last Session, Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Best Actress:
Nicci Williamson, The Proposal, Foothills Community Players

Excellence in Technical Theatre Award:
Freud's Last Session, Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Mass Congeniality Award:
Maryville Youth Theatre


Secondary School Festival Winners

Festival Winner:
The Exonerated, Cordova High School

Festival Runner-up:
American Tall Tales, LaVergne High School

Festival Second Runner-up:
Brother Wolf, Cookeville High School

Best Actor:
Nautica Beauregard, Cordova High School

Best Actress:
Emily Helton, Cookeville High School

Technical Excellence Award:
Crow and Weasel, White Station High School

All-Star Cast:
Kyle Quinones, LaVergne High School
Miranda Dyer, Cordova High School
Gavin Meyer, LaVergne High School
Coby Webster, Cocke County High School
Ty Hoskins, Cordova High School
Corey Miranne, Donaldson Christian Academy
Phillip Bond, Cordova High School
Craig Collins, Cookeville High School
Chase Stanford, South Gibson High School
Antonee Uy, LaVergne High School
Hank Clement, Madison Academic High School
Ashley Allen, White Station High School
Coleman Sorenson, Montgomery Bell Academy

Freud's Last Session. The Exonerated and American Tall Tales have received invitations to represent the state of Tennessee and compete in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) competition in March, 2014 in Mobile, AL.


TTA Scholarship Winners:

TTA annually sponsors a scholarship in acting or design, for a high school student who will attend a Tennessee college or university and major in theatre.

Acting Scholarship Winner:
Sean Sterling, Signal Mountain High School
Acting Scholarship Runner-up:
Randy Haney, Signal Mountain High School
Tech Scholarship Winner:
Scarlett Smith, Maryville High School


  • 2013 Tennessee Community Theatre Festival
  • Tennessee Secondary School One-Act Play Festival
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference State Screening Auditions
  • 24 Hour/Ten-Minute Play Festival

  • TTA Scholarship/College & University Auditions
  • Workshops
  • Roundtables and Discussions
  • Networking Events


This year's special guest:

Park Overall

Park Overall
Park Overall
Originally from Greeneville, Tennessee, Park Overall toured East Tennessee with a children's theatre group before heading to New York and a career on the professional stage. Overall made her Broadway debut as Rowena in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues and reprised the role in the motion picture. Other credits include the Oscar-winning film Mississippi Burning and the Emmy-wining TV series Empty Nest. She will be attending the Friday all-conference luncheon followed by a plenary question/answer session.


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The 2013 TTA Conference is made possible, in part, by grants from The Tennessee Arts Commission.

Tennessee Arts Commission



SPECIAL THANKS:

  • Mainstage Theatrical Supply, Sponsor of Awards for Technical Excellence in the Secondary School and Community Theatre Festivals; Sponsor of the All Conference Mixers;

  • The Tennessee Arts Commission, Substantial support of the current and past Conferences;

  • Our Conference Host: THE CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS


PRESIDENT'S WELCOME

  Chris Luter
Chris Luter
TTA President
It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the 46th annual Tennessee Theatre Association Conference. We are thrilled to once again be at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the campus of Maryville College. This magnificent facility will be filled with theatre this weekend - please take advantage of it. Take in one of the many festival productions, attend a workshop or two, mingle with old colleagues, and make some new friends.

On behalf of TTA much appreciation goes to the Tennessee Arts Commission. This Conference would not be possible without their kind support.

Many thanks go to the Clayton Center’s General Manager Blake Smith, Director of Marketing and Sponsorships Cheri Compton, Event Manager Beth White, Director of Corporate Sales and Events Belinda Kenny, Technical Director of Lighting Wes Smith, and Technical Director of Sound David Rasnake. Much thanks also goes to Maryville College Theatre professor Dr. Heather McMahon and her student volunteers for all of their assistance.

I wish to express my appreciation to Darren Michael, TTA president-elect and conference programmer, and to Anna Filippo, TTA executive director, for their many hours of work planning this event. They are the ones who have done the heavy lifting.

Finally I would like to thank each and every one of you for attending the conference and for doing what you do – creating theatre in the state of Tennessee.

Chris Luter, President
Tennessee Theatre Association
Chair, Fine Arts Department
Cordova High School


TTA CONFERENCE 2013 SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Times listed are Eastern Time

7:00pmTTA Board Meeting - The Fulmer Family Special Events Room
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Times listed are Eastern Time

9:00am Theatre for Youth Festival: Little Women: The Musical - Maryville Youth Theatre
3:00pm - 6:00pmConference Registration - William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer
8:00pm24 Hour Play Kickoff - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
 
Friday, October 25, 2013
8:00am - 4:00pmConference Registration - William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer
8:00am - 12:30pmSecondary School One-Act Play Festival - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre (click here for detailed schedule)
10:30am - 11:45amTechnical Theatre Workshop - “Stage Manage Like a Pro” – Noel Rennerfeldt, Austin Peay State University
10:30am - 11:45am Performance Workshop - "BARK LIKE A DOG: Finding the Theatrical in Your Monologue" - Herb Parker, East Tennessee State University - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
12:00pm - 12:45pmCollege and University Division Meeting - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
1:00pm - 2:15 pmALL CONFERENCE LUNCHEON/KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Stage and Screen Actress Park Overall
All invited to attend - The Fulmer Family Special Events Room
2:30pm - 3:30pmGUEST ARTIST - Q & A w/film and TV actress Park Overall - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre
3:30pm - 6:00pmSecondary School One-Act Play Festival - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre (click here for detailed schedule)
3:45pm - 5:00pmTTA Scholarship / College and University Auditions - Choral Rehearsal Room
3:45pm - 5:00pmSETC WORKSHOP: "Getting Involved with SETC" - H. Duke Guthrie, Treasurer, SETC - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
3:45pm - 5:00pmPROFESSIONAL THEATRE WORKSHOP: “Play Local – How to Cultivate and Grow New Audiences with New Plays and New Media” - Chris Bosen and Nate Eppler, Playhouse Nashville - Choral Rehearsal Room
5:00pm - 7:00pmScholarship Callbacks
5:00pm - 8:00pmALL CONFERENCE MIXER - William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer
8:00pm - 8:30pmSecondary School One-Act Play Festival Awards - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre
8:00pm24 Hour Play Festival Performance - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
 
Saturday, October 26, 2013
8:00am - noonConference Registration - William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer
8:00am - 6:00pmSoutheastern Theatre Conference Professional Screening Auditions - Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall (click here for detailed schedule)
8:30am - 9:40pmTennessee Community Theatre Festival - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre (specific performances TBA) (click here for detailed schedule)
10:45am - 12:00pmPERFORMANCE/DANCE WORKSHOP: “Dance for Musical Theatre” - Margaret Rennerfeldt, Austin Peay State University - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
10:45am - 12:00pmSETC WORKSHOP: "Getting Involved with SETC" - H. Duke Guthrie, Treasurer, SETC - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
1:00pm - 2:15pmPERFORMANCE WORKSHOP: "Musical Theatre Belting and Mix with Somatic Voicework™, the LoVetri Method" - Deanna Surber, Certified Vocal & Drama Coach, Maryville, TN - Choral Rehearsal Hall
1:30pm - 2:00pmCommunity Theatre Division Meeting - The Fulmer Family Special Events Room
2:30pm - 3:45pmPERFORMANCE/DANCE WORKSHOP: “Dance for Musical Theatre” - Margaret Rennerfeldt, Austin Peay State University - Haslam Family Flexible Theatre
2:30pm - 3:45pmWORKSHOP: "Affordable Video and Sound Cuing with Qlab 3" - Jennifer Luck, Maryville College - Choral Rehearsal Hall
4:40pm-9:40pmCommunity Theatre Festival Performances (click here for detailed schedule)
 
Sunday, October 27, 2013
8:00am - 12:00pmSoutheastern Theatre Conference Professional Screening Auditions - Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall (click here for detailed schedule)
10:00amAll Conference Brunch - William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer
10:30amAll Member Annual Business Meeting - William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer
11:00amConference Awards Ceremony - William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer
11:30amTTA Board Meeting - The Fulmer Family Special Events Room


FESTIVAL SCHEDULES

Theatre for Youth Festival - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre

Thursday, October 24
Little Women: The Musical (Maryville Youth Theatre)
9:00 am

Secondary School One-Act Play Festival - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre

Friday, October 25
6:00am-6:45amLoad-In Shows 1-5
6:45am-8:00amTech-In Shows 1-5
8:00amWelcome
8:05am-8:50amPerformance #1: "Brother Wolf" – Cookeville High School
8:55am-9:40amPerformance #2: "Fighting Demons" – Cooke County High School
9:45am-10:30amPerformance #3: "The Mockingbird Sings" – South Gibson High School
10:35am-11:20am Performance #4: "The Lower Depths" – Donelson Christian Academy
11:25am-12:10pmPerformance #5: "The Exonerated" – Cordova High School
12:10pm-12:45pmLoad-Out Shows 1-5/Load-In Shows 6-9
12:10pm-1:30pmLunch
1:15pm-1:45pmSecondary School Division Meeting with Directors
1:30pm-2:30pmTech-In Shows 6-9
2:30pm-3:30pm**All Conference Break for Q&A with Special Guest Park Overall**
3:40pm-TBATTA and College/University Scholarship Auditions
3:40pm-4:25pmPerformance #6: "Il Fornicazione" – Madison Academic Magnet High School
4:30pm-5:15pmPerformance #7: "A Tuna Christmas" – Montgomery Bell Academy
5:20pm-6:05pmPerformance #8: "American Tall Tales" – La Vergne High School
6:10pm-6:55pmPerformance #9: "Crow and Weasel" – White Station High School
7:00pm-7:30pmLoad-Out Shows 6-9
8:00pm-8:30pmAwards Ceremony

Tennessee Community Theatre Festival - Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre

Saturday, October 26
8:30amLoad-in (All Companies)
9:00amTech Meeting (All Companies)
9:20am-10:40amRehearsal, Foothills Community Players
10:40am-12:00pmRehearsal, Cookeville Performing Arts Center
12:00pm-1:20pmRehearsal, Maryville Youth Theatre
1:30pm-2:00pmCommunity Theatre Division Meeting
4:15pmAdjudicator Orientation
4:40pm-6:00pmPerformance: "Little Women: The Musical", Maryville Youth Theatre
6:00pm-6:20pmAdjudication, Maryville Youth Theatre
6:20pm-7:40pmPerformance: "The Proposal", Foothills Community Players
7:40pm-8:00pmAdjudication, Foothills Community Players
8:00pm-9:20pmPerformance: "Freud’s Last Session", Cookeville Performing Arts Center
9:20pm-9:40pmAdjudication, Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Southeastern Theatre Conference Professional Screening Auditions - Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall

Saturday, October 26
8:00am-8:30amCheck-in at Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall
8:30am-8:45amMANDATORY Auditionees' Meeting
8:45amAdjudicator Meeting (does not involve auditionees)
Audition time slots below are approximate. Please be prepared for your audition several minutes before the estimated time in the event that the auditions are running faster.
9:00am-9:50amGroup #1 (Auditionees #1-25)
9:55am-10:50amGroup #2 (Auditionees #25-50)
10:55am-11:50amGroup #3 (Auditionees #51-75)
12:00pm-1:00pmLunch Break
1:00pm-1:55pmGroup #4 (Auditionees #76-100)
2:00pm-2:55pmGroup #5 (Auditionees # 101-125)
3:00pm-3:55pmGroup #6 (Audionees # 126-150)
4:00pm-4:45pmAdjudicator Talk-back Session - Adjudicators will be introduced and provide basic observations of the day’s auditions.

Sunday, October 27
8:00am-8:30amMANDATORY Auditionees' Meeting
Audition time slots below are approximate. Please be prepared for your audition several minutes before the estimated time in the event that the auditions are running faster.
9:00am–9:55amGroup #7 (Auditionees #151-175)
10:00am-10:55amGroup #8 (Auditionees #175 -200)
10:55am- ?Group #9 (Auditionees # 201 -end)
10 minutes
after last group
(for 30 minutes)
Adjudicator Talk-back Session - Adjudicators will be introduced and provide basic observations of the day’s auditions.
Begins after
Talk-back session
Adjudicator Deliberation
  


QUICK INFORMATION

Registration William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, Clayton Center for the Arts
Commercial and C/U Display Area William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, Clayton Center for the Arts
Hospitality Suite Hampton Inn Hospitality Suite
Tennessee Community Theatre Festival Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts
Secondary School Festival Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts
State Screening Auditions Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts
Workshops Clayton Center for the Arts
All Conference Lunch The Fulmer Family Special Events Room, Clayton Center for the Arts
Awards Banquet William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, Clayton Center for the Arts


HOTEL INFORMATION

TTA will be utilizing the Hilton Knoxville Airport as the official Conference Hotel. A block of rooms will be held for a special TTA rate of $80 per room. Located about 7 miles from the Clayton Center, the Hilton includes a complimentary "grab-n-go" breakfast and free wifi throughout the hotel. There are several restaurants located within a short driving distance from the hotel, in addition to the Hilton's own restaurant. To take advantage of the conference rate of $80, call the Hilton Knoxville Airport at 1-865-970-4300.

Deadline for hotel reservations at this special rate is October 9th, 2013.

Directions to hotel:
Connected to Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport by a covered walkway, The Hilton Knoxville Airport is just 12 miles from downtown Knoxville. From 40 West or 75 South, take exit 386 B (Airport, Alcoa Hwy/129) and the Hotel will be about 12 miles on the right. From 40 East or 75 North, take exit 376 B (Interstate I-140), to exit 11 A (Alcoa Highway/129).Continue on Alcoa Hwy/129 for 2 miles. Hotel will be on the right, just past the airport.

Hampton Inn Alcoa
Hilton Knoxville Airport
2001 Alcoa Highway
Alcoa, Tennessee, 37701
TEL: 1-865-970-4300


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CONFERENCE DIRECTIONS

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Clayton Center for the Arts
502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804-5907

From Lamar Alexander Parkway, turn into Maryville College. The Clayton Center main parking lot is immediately on your right. If the lot is full, you will be directed to lots on the Maryville College Campus.

For driving directions, see the Google Map to the right.






Conference Refund Policy:
  • Festival Participants: TTA will refund 100% of festival participation fee and other festival fees if organization requests a refund prior to two weeks before start of the Annual Conference. If requested from two weeks before Annual Conference to one day before Annual Conference begins, TTA will refund 50% of festival participation fee and other festival fees. If requested after Annual Conference begins, no refund will be allowed. TTA will not refund any membership fees.

  • Non-Festival Participants: TTA will refund 100% of conference attendance fees if the organization or individual requests a refund prior to two weeks before start of the Annual Conference. If requested from two weeks before Annual Conference to one day before Annual Conference begins, TTA will refund 50% of conference attendance fees. If requested after Conference begins, no refund will be allowed. TTA will not refund any fees paid toward membership.


Insufficient Funds Policy: All monies from an organization or individual that are provided as payment to TTA and cannot be deposited, cashed or collected due to insufficient funds in the payee’s account, TTA will charge a $40 NSF fee to be paid by the organization or individual in addition to the amount of the original transaction.

 
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