The Iowa Community Theatre Association (ICTA) held their annual festival in Newton this past weekend. Union Street Players (USP) has been a long time member and supporter of ICTA, though it has been a long time since USP has actively engaged in the annual ICTA festival and competition.
This year, ICTA was looking for a member theatre to perform at the festival, and so a group of cast from USP’s recent production “Vintage Hitchcock” chose to perform one of the three Hitchcock radio plays at the festival. While most of the festival productions were part of a national competition (winner moves on to regionals with the chance of moving on to the national event), USP chose to be a “showcase” production at the festival and not engage in the competition.
Nevertheless, Jonathon Gregg and Mark Moreland, two of the ensemble troup who performed “Vintage Hitchcock” were awarded for “Excellence in Character Acting” by the festival judges at a ceremony on Sunday morning.
On Saturday night, ICTA awarded USP’s Jana DeZwarte their annual “Award of Excellence” for an Actress in a Featured Role. Jana won the award for her portrayal of Miss Hannigan in last December’s production of Annie.
USP is proud of our productions and the incredible group of actors who grace our stage. Congratulations to Jana, Jonathon and Mark!