The Duncan Banner

July 31, 2013

DLT honored during OCTA conference

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Duncan Little Theatre’s acting chops are award-winning.

It’s not every community theater group is named Oklahoma Theatre of the Year. DLT received the award Saturday in Tulsa at the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association (OCTA) conference. The award is given every two years at the July conference.

“Duncan Little Theatre is thrilled to be honored with this award,” DLT President Gina Flesher said. “We work hard to bring live theater to the stage every season. As you can see, there is so much more than just putting on a show that goes into our work.”

The theater group received the award the same day its teenage cast was performing the Teen Theatre production of “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which officially kicked off the 2013-14 season.

The award honors theater groups for their contributions and successes during the 2012-13 season. Flesher said DLT received a plaque that will be put in the Main Street location and a traveling trophy.

Aside from Saturday’s victory, this has been a successful year for DLT. For instance, the theater group took its production of “The Dixie Swim Club” to the state level in July 2012, and won. From there, the group advanced to the regional festival in April in Lafayette, La.

Flesher said there’s more to Duncan Little Theatre than performing plays for the Duncan community. For example, Duncan Little Theatre participated in Main Street Duncan’s Boo Review in October.

“We love to give back to this community as they are so supportive of us. We are hopeful that this season will be a ‘must see’ year for more and more folks in our community.”

Although the first production of the 2013-14 season is done, there are four other productions scheduled.

The next will be a two weekend performance of the state award-winning production “The Dixie Swim Club,” for which Tana Ashford received acting achievement awards at the state and regional competitions. This performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21, and Sept. 27 and 28.

Others include “Anything to Declare” on Nov. 8,9, 15 and 16; “Fiddler on the Roof on Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22; and Gossamer from June 13 through 15. Much of the funding for DLT productions comes from a grant through the Oklahoma Arts Council.