Decatur Community Players win at Junior Theater Festival

Posted by Dena Mellick January 20, 2016
The Decatur Community Players. Photo provided to Decaturish

The Decatur Community Players. Photo provided to Decaturish

The Decatur Community Players, a children’s musical theater group, attended the Junior Theater Festival and came home with a few awards.

Shell Ramirez, the director of the Decatur Community Players, said in an email, “Every year iTheatrics, Playbill, and Musical Theater International host a Festival celebrating Musical Theater programs for children. Broadway professionals adjudicate the children and give a few awards of Acknowledgment. Fifty-five hundred kids attended from America, South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia.”

Ramirez said the Players, which rehearse and perform at the Avondale Towne Cinema, did great over the weekend, winning the following:

  • Madeline Smith and Ben Schaeffer won All Stars
  • Laurel Kostka won an Audition for the Choreography DVD
  • Dante Ramirez won Best Actor in his portrayal of Ursula (in “The Little Mermaid”)
  • The whole cast won for Excellence in Ensemble work

Ramirez added, “Auditions for our next production “Alice in Wonderland” begin January 26, 2015. To sign up go to our website. We also offer classes for Beginners on Tuesdays (beginning February 2) at 5-6 and a production of Jungle Book for kids new to Musical Theater Thursday (Beginning February 4) 5-6.”

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