DCTA 2023 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Community Productions

These community productions made an indelible impression on our writers this year. Did we overlook a favorite of yours? Let us know in a comment!

As 2023 drew to a close, we asked DCTA writers to think back on the shows that left an indelible impression on them. Here are the shows that stuck in our writer’s minds as outstanding overall productions.

2023 DC Theater Arts Staff Favorites for Outstanding Community Production

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Prince William Little Theatre
As You Dig It, Lumina Studio Theatre
Avenue Q, Reston Community Players

Ashley Williams as Gary Coleman and Bennett Atwater as Princeton in ‘Avenue Q.’ Photo by Heather Regan Photography.

Beauty and the Beast, Hope Theater
Big Fish, City of Fairfax Theatre Company
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Rooftop Productions
Cabaret, Reston Community Players

Charlie Ross Comedy and Magic, at Capital Fringe Festival
Cinderella, Upper Room Theatre Ministry
Dead Man’s Cell Phone, NOVA Nightsky Theatre
Don’t Dress for Dinner, Providence Players of Fairfax
Head Over Heels, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

Scene from ‘Head Over Heels.’ Photo by Alison Harbaugh, Sugar Farm Productions.

He Creeps, 3rd Eye Productions
John Proctor Is the Villain, presented by Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society at Georgetown University
Larry, the Big Time Broadway Producer, Triune Entertainment
Making the Go-Go Band: a new musical, presented by Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts Theater and Performance Studies Program in partnership with Black Theatre Ensemble

Eric Kumho Chun, Lucia McLaughlin, Ian Timoteo Franza, Noah Vinogrado, Kyando Baylor, and Cameren Evans in ‘Making the Go-Go Band.’ Photo by Shannon Finney.

Oliver, Prince William Little Theatre and Manassas Symphony Orchestra
Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem, Kentlands Community Players
Shut Up, Martha!, at Capital Fringe Festival
Silent Sky, Providence Players of Fairfax
Sister Act, Little Theatre of Alexandria

Deloris and her backup dancers audition. Tina (Jenni Philp), Deloris (Ashley Williams, and Michelle (Odette Guiterrez del Arroyo) in ‘Sister Act.’ Photo by Matthew Randall.

Something Rotten!, 2nd Star Productions
Something Rotten!, Montgomery County Summer Dinner Theatre
Stick Fly, Rockville Little Theatre
The Book of Will, Colonia Players of Annapolis
The Nacirema Society, Little Theatre of Alexandria
Titanic, Good Shepherd Productions
Young Frankenstein, Little Theatre of Alexandria


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