Black Swamp Players get OCTA regional honors for ‘On Golden Pond’

Ethel (Fran Martone) greets Bill (Tom Edge), as Chelsea (Stephanie Truman) lookson.


Several members of the Black Swamp Players were recognized on Sunday at the Northwest Regional Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) Festival.

Those who participated in the competition performed an excerpt from the organization’s spring production of Ernest Thompson’s 1979 play “On Golden Pond.”

Actors Stephanie Truman and Gavin Miller received Merit in Acting awards, while Bob Welly, Fran Martone, and Tom Edge received Excellence in Acting awards. The cast as a whole was honored with a Merit in Ensemble award and Director Wayne G. Weber received a merit award for directing.

The 2018 OCTA Regional Festival was held on June 9-10 at the Owens Community College Performing Arts Center. Black Swamp Players was one of over twenty area community theatre groups that participated.

Founded in 1953, The Ohio Community Theatre Association has, for over 60 years, provided support to community theatres through workshops, the annual regional OCTAFests showcasing community theatre productions, and its three-day annual conference each Labor Day Weekend.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to