2 area productions headed to national competition

“Launch Day,” left, and “A Storm Came Up” are both competing nationally next week.

Theatre Tuscaloosa and Wetumpka Depot Players are both headed to a national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, next week, and you have a chance to see their competition productions before they go.

Both theaters will be competing at AACTFest 2023, presented by the American Association of Community Theatre, after competing at ACTfest 2022 and SETC 2023 and advancing to compete in Louisville.

Theatre Tuscaloosa will compete with “Launch Day (Love Stories from the Year 2108),” while the Wetumpka Depot Players will compete with “A Storm Came Up.”

“A Storm Came Up” is written by Kristy Meanor and Doug Segrest, based on Segrest’s book of the same name, set in 1963, racially torn Alabama. “Launch Day” is a sci-fi comedy, written by Michael Higgins.

You can catch performances of both of these plays before the Louisville competition, which is June 12-17.

“A Storm Came Up” will be presented at the Wetumpka Depot in Wetumpka on June 11 at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. “Launch Day” will have a performance June 12 at. 7:30 p.m. at the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa, and tickets are $25.

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