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Singer Sherna Armstrong reprises her role as Billie Holiday in the intimate musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for the American Association of Community Theatre Fest 2013. Denton Community Theatre competes in the state contest of the festival on Saturday.

Community theater revives ‘Lady Day’ for state contest

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


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