Denton Community Theatre is back in the contest game, competing this weekend in the state level of the American Association of Community Theatre Fest 2013.
The company has mounted a one-act cutting of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a musical from last season, in the fifth block of state competition in Lewisville. The company will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.
Lady Day is based on an illegal performance by Billie Holiday at a Philadelphia tavern in 1959, four months before Holiday’s death. Director Bradley Speck revives the production with the company’s original cast — with Sherna Armstrong as Holiday and Don Roberson as her ingratiating accompanist.
Denton Community Theatre is competing for a slot at the national contest with the following companies:
• Circle Arts Theatre of New Braunfels, Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel
• Children and Adults Theatrical Studio of Lubbock, These Spinning Lives by Melanie Marnich
• Hill Country Arts Foundation/Point Theatre of Ingram, Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron
• Outlook Performing Arts Center of Grapevine, Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater
• Act 1 Scene 1 Theatre Company of Port Arthur, The Diaries of Adam and Eve based on the work by Mark Twain, adapted by David Birney
• Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center, Approaching Lavendar by Julie Beckett Crutcher
• Bay Area Harbour Playhouse of Dickinson, Dashing Through the Snow by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
• Baytown Little Theatre, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
• STAGE Inc. of Bulverde, Five Nickels by Jack Neary
— Lucinda Breeding