Rockville Little Theatre wins big at Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association

'Funeral for the Cat,' by local playwright B.G. Craig, wins multiple awards including Outstanding Production.

Rockville Little Theatre (RLT) is proud to announce that their production of Funeral for the Cat, an original one-act play by local playwright B.G. Craig (Germantown, MD), was selected Outstanding Production at the 2024 Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association (MCTFA) Festival held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD, January 13-14, 2024. Participating Maryland theater companies included Rockville Little Theatre, Silver Spring Stage, Ebong Theatrix, and Opening Night Productions.

MCTFA Festival chair David Gross and ‘Funeral for the Cat’ playwright B.G. Craig.

Funeral for the Cat also received several other accolades at the MCTFA Festival, including Outstanding Emerging Playwright (B.G. Craig), the Sandra K. Doherty Stage Manager’s Award, the Cliff Smith Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing (Vanessa Markowitz), the Ed-Ro-Char Award for Technical Excellence, two Outstanding Performance Awards (Charlotte Richesson as Madison and Emily Ray as Elizabeth), and Outstanding Props (Nancy Carlin).

Cast and crew of Rockville Little Theatre’s ‘Funeral for the Cat,’ clockwise from left: Aaron Skolnik (Tech Director/Stage Manager), Emily Ray, Cecily Norman, Vanessa Markowitz (Director), Charlotte Richesson, and Marla Harper. Photo by Aaron Skolnik.

More information on MCTFA and the festival can be found here:

The Maryland State win allows RLT to move forward to ESTA (Eastern States Theatre
Association) to compete. ESTA is sponsored, in part, by the American Association of
Community Theatres (AACT). RLT is a proud member of the American Association of Community Theatres. Founded in 1986, AACT is a nonprofit corporation that serves both individuals and organizations by providing expertise, assistance and support so that community theaters can provide the best possible theatrical experience for participants and audience alike.

Currently celebrating its 76th anniversary season, Rockville Little Theater (RLT) was founded in 1948 and is the oldest continuously operating live 501(c)3 nonprofit theater in the Rockville area. RLT provides high-quality performances at reasonable prices. RLT strives to entertain, enlighten, and educate all who attend its theatrical events. RLT offers an opportunity for community members to step out of their everyday lives and to assume new roles as playwrights, actors, directors, costume designers, set designers, and audiences.


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