South City Theatre (SCT), Pelham will be taking its production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable to the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Alabama, to compete in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Community Theatre Festival March 7-10, 2018.


SCT’s production was named “Best of Show” at the Alabama Conference of Theatre’s annual Community Theatre Festival (ACTFest), which was held November 11 at the Bean-Brown Theatre on Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus.  South City shared the “Best of Show” award with Theatre Tuscaloosa, which presented The End of a Line.


Both productions qualified to represent Alabama at SETC, where community theatres from 10 states will compete for the title of Best Production.  SETC includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


“We are thrilled to bring home our fifth state community theatre festival win in the past seven years!” says SCT’s Artistic Director and Doubt cast member, Sue Ellen Gerrells. “We have learned so much about our craft by participating in these festivals, and the networking opportunities have helped us grow as a company. We are particularly grateful to our supporters, in particular the Pelham City Council for their generous grant for this project.”


A total of four community theatres competed at ACTFest, including The Actor’s Charitable Theatre from Tuscaloosa and Auburn Area Community Theatre.  The Actor’s Charitable Theatre presented Disaster!, and Auburn Area Community Theatre presented Motherhood Out Loud.  All four productions were honored during ACTFest.


The complete list of ACTFest Awards includes:


• The Actor's Charitable Theatre (Tuscaloosa) - Disaster!

◦ Steve Burdette: Best Music Director

◦ Autumn Fuller: Outstanding Acting Achievement

◦ David Jones, Richard Livingston: Outstanding Sound Design

◦ Joey Lay: Outstanding Acting Achievement

◦ Joey Lay: Outstanding Costume Design

◦ Peter VanderWal: Outstanding Acting Achievement

• Auburn Area Community Theatre - Motherhood Out Loud

◦ Andrea Holliday: Outstanding Acting Achievement

• South City Theatre (Pelham) - Doubt, A Parable

◦ Best of Show (shared with Theatre Tuscaloosa)

◦ Spirit of the Road Award

◦ Sue Ellen Gerrells: Outstanding Acting Achievement

◦ Stephen Mangina: Best Actor

◦ Tonya Marshall: Outstanding Acting Achievement

• Theatre Tuscaloosa - The End of a Line

◦ Best of Show (shared with South City Theatre)

◦ Drew Baker: Best Actress

◦ Adam Miller: Outstanding Acting Achievement

◦ Tina Turley, Charles Prosser: Best Directors

◦ Kathy Wilson: Outstanding Acting Achievement