Mount Vernon News
Mount Vernon News
October 5, 2012 11:02 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Over this past Labor Day weekend the Ohio Community Theater Association held its annual state festival in Columbus. Fifteen leading community theater groups and production companies from across Ohio were invited to present excerpts from one of their theatrical productions that took place during the 2011-12 season. Representing the Central Ohio OCTA Region, Bruce Jacklin & Company was invited to present critical scenes from their October 2011 Alcove Dinner Theater production of “The Bad Seed” and they came away from the competition with six top awards.

Leading the honors, the entire cast of “The Bad Seed” was recognized with the highly coveted award for Dramatic Ensemble, recognizing the seamless and collaborative performances of each of the actors throughout the play. The following members of the troupe won a top award in their category for individual performances: Acting Awards went to Karly Jacklin as Rhoda, Cate Blair-Wilhelm as Mrs. Daigle and Ian Fraser Ernsberger as Leroy; Costuming Award went to Chris Aust; and the Directing Award went to Bruce Jacklin. Other members of the cast of “The Bad Seed” sharing the Ensemble Award include Leah Andrews, Mary Rugola-Dye, Richard McKinley and Joe Bell.

The stage management and technical production crew included Bonnie Pickett, Kate Redfield, Scott Swingle, Matt Starr, Jackie Hatch-Miller, Steve Hebst, Carrie Swingle, Ruth Frady and Maureen Browning.

Bruce Jacklin & Company is the resident theater group of MTVarts and was formed in 2004 with a group of actors and volunteers wanting to put together quality entertainment for the community of Mount Vernon. Since then, Bruce Jacklin & Company has produced dozens of quality productions including the critically acclaimed MTVarts summer musicals at the Knox County Memorial Theatre. Most of the other productions have been performed at The Alcove Dinner Theater in downtown Mount Vernon, which begins its new season on Oct. 19, with “Dearly Departed.”

Tickets are on sale now by calling The Alcove Restaurant for menu, prices and reservations at (740) 392-3076. For more information visit our websites at, or

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