TCT wins big in state competition

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com Todd Barnett won Best Actor for his role in Tupelo Community Theatre’s “The SantaLand Diaries,” which also took Best Production and Best Set awards at the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival in Vicksburg.

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Todd Barnett won Best Actor for his role in Tupelo Community Theatre’s “The SantaLand Diaries,” which also took Best Production and Best Set awards at the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival in Vicksburg.

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo Community Theatre will advance to the next level of competition after winning big at the Mississippi Theatre Association Festival this weekend.

TCT’s production of David Sedaris’ “The SantaLand Diaries” won Best Production and Best Set, and actor Todd Barnett took home the Best Actor award.

“We had a great weekend, and we’re excited to represent Mississippi at the next competition,” said Tom Booth, TCT executive director and “Diaries” director.

Other Tupelo winners included Suzanne Oakley, who won first place in solo acting and solo musical; Erin Beall and Stephanie Roland, first place for duo acting; and Clark Richey, third in playwriting.

The festival took place in Vicksburg over the weekend.

TCT will take the production to the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, Ala., in March, and one other Mississippi theater company from Gulfport will compete there, too.

“The SantaLand Diaries” tells the story of Sedaris’ time working in Macy’s SantaLand as an elf.

The one-man play is the first production of TCT’s new offshoot, TCT Off Broadway.

“We’re thrilled about that,” Booth said. “We hope to (produce) it one more time in Tupelo before we go to SETC.”

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com