Brittany Starr (left) and Shonnette Jones strike a quizzical pose during the Vicenza Soldiers' Theatre presentation of "Controlling Interest," one of seven one-act pieces that ran in October.

The Soldiers' Theatre production of "Controlling Interest" was selected Jan. 20 as the winner of the Best Show award at the IMCOM-Europe One Act Festival Competition held in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The cast, consisting of JonLuca DeCaro, Luke Johnson, Shonnette Jones, John Seward, Brittany Starr and Danny Woodruff, also took first place as Best Ensemble.

They will represent the Army and Region X in the American Association of Community Theatre Nationals Competition in Carmel, Ind., in June, where they will compete against 11 other plays from across the United States.

The play selected Best Show of the national competition will take its production to the international theater competition next year to compete worldwide. In addition to finishing first in the Best Show category, the Vicenza thespians brought other awards home from Kaiserslautern.
Soldiers' Theatre director Jerry Brees was awarded first place as Best Director, Danny Woodruff took second place as Best Supporting Actor and Pat Wilson was awarded third place as Best Stage Manager.

The adjudicators were extremely complimentary of the professionalism of the entire production.
The American Association of Community Theatre represents more than 500 community theaters nationwide, which compete within their regions for a shot at the national competition.

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