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OCTA Southwest Regional Excerpt Information

ACT/OCTAFest is moving in 2024!

ACT Cincinnati, you spoke, and we listened! We have super exciting news to share with you about the 2024 ACT/OCTAFest Regional Convention that we know you’re going to absolutely love.


For ACT’s 69th anniversary, we are proud to announce that we have two brand-new venues, both within the I-275 loop and both right next door to one another. 


We will be using Princeton High School’s gorgeous, state-of-the-art, and recently renovated Matthews Auditorium for the 2024 excerpts. Our Saturday night banquet, awards ceremony, and party will be right across the street adjacent to the parking lot at the Delta Hotels by Marriott—an easy 10-minute walk from Princeton High. 


The Marriott’s banquet room has significantly more room than the Embassy Suites and will allow those who are only attending the awards and party to sit at a table versus having to sit along the side of the room. The hotel room rates remain low at $119 a night, and we’ll be having a buffet-style dinner instead of a sit-down dinner to allow people to pick and choose their meal for one low price.


We are giddy about this year’s regional convention, and we owe it all to our masterful and tenacious negotiator, 1st VP Amanda Emmons Shumate. She took your feedback to heart and made all these wonderful changes happen! 


Mark your calendars now for June 13 – 15, 2024, and start preparing for an amazing regional convention! 






































Raise your hands up~ the 2023 Southwest Regional OCTAFest Convention was a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who attended an amazing weekend of theater, storytelling, comradery, and friendships! Congratulations to Cincinnati Music Theatre (Kinky Boots), Footlighters, Inc (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), Tri-County Players (A View From the Bridge), and alternate Mariemont Players (Ken Ludwig's The Gods of Comedy) who were chosen to represent the Southwest Region at OCTAFest in September.







Technical details of the playing space at Miami University Hamilton's Parrish Auditorium: 


  • The playing area is six (6) zones. Each zone is individually controllable with its own fader.

  • Zone 1= DSR, Zone 2=DSC, Zone 3= DSL, Zone 4= USR, Zone 5= USC, and Zone 6= USL

  • A seventh "all zones" fader will be available.

  • There will also be a full stage blue wash fader available for scene change lighting. 

  • Lights in downstage zones will be focused with enough overshoot to ensure that a six foot(ish) tall person standing anywhere in a zone will be lit. Upstage zones will allow for a six foot tall person on a three foot platform.


  • The Parrish Auditorium sound system will be running with three PCC160 boundary mics in front of the DSR, DSC, and DSL Zones.

  • For music and sound effects, there will be: 

    • A CD player in the booth.​

    • A 3.5mm cable in the booth for laptops, iPads, etc...

    • A 20 foot XLR cable coiled at the stage right proscenium arch for groups that bring their own sound equipment.

More information about OCTA and other regions in the state can be found at

The 2022 Southwest Regional OCTAFest Excerpts are officially in the books!



















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