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County Seat Theater wins festival

The County Seat Theater Company’s production of “Sweet” won “Best of Festival” at the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres Festival in Austin last weekend.

The cast will move on to compete at the American Association of Community Theatres Region 5 competition in Aberdeen, S.D., on April 25-28.

“It was a surreal experience,” director Joel Soukkala said. “You never really know what the adjudicators are looking for, so you just go in and do your best performance and the cast did not disappoint.”

Sweet is centered around three generations of the Carter family, headed by former boxing champ “Sweet” Clemmet Carter portrayed by Michael Rosen. When an enthusiastic sports writer (Greg Anderson) enters their life asking to write a book about Clemmet’s boxing days, he discovers that some family secrets are better left buried.

In addition to “Best of Festival,” the production also won “Outstanding Achievement in Acting Ensemble.” Soukkala was recognized for “Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Scenic Design and Sound Design.” Actors Jennifer Soukkala and Greg Anderson also won for “Outstanding Achievement in Acting.”

This is the third time County Seat has advanced to the Region 5 American Association of Community Theatres Festival.

County Seat will present an encore performance of “Sweet” at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet March 28-30 at 7 p.m. and March 31 at 2 pm. Proceeds from this show will be used for travel expenses to the regional festival.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 and at countyseattheater.com.