TCT wins national award

lifestyle_entertainmentBy Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – At just a year old, Tupelo Community Theatre’s Off Broadway already has earned a national award.

Off Broadway took home the Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award from the American Association of Community Theatre at the AACT International Theatre Festival in June.

The organizational achievement award recognizes theaters for “successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their community or moving to the next level of organizational development.”

TCT opened its new location, Off Broadway, in late 2013. The alternative venue hosts smaller, often more adult-themed shows that don’t fit in with TCT’s regular five-show season.

It’s production of the David Sedaris Christmas show “The SantaLand Diaries” won several awards at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March.

TCT Off Broadway “is something we’re doing that’s different,” said Tupelo Community Theatre’s executive director, Tom Booth. “It’s exceeded our expectations of what we thought we’d do.”

Besides hosting other productions, the space also is used for auditions, workshops and rehearsals.

The next show at TCT Off Broadway is “A Southern Belle Primer,” set for Aug. 21-23.

Season tickets are on sale now for TCT’s regular season, and it includes “The Spitfire Grill,” “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Father of the Bride,” “The Trip to Bountiful” and “Les Miserables.”

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com