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The Tournament of Plays (TOPPERs)

4    For over 60 years, US Army Europe Entertainment has produced a Edit First Draft Logo for web a_Page_1_Image_0004.pngTournament of Plays for US Army and Air Force Theater programs across Europe. It is now known as the US Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Europe Tournament of Plays or simply the TOPPERs.

      The TOPPERs Awards Show and Ceremony is considered one of the premiere Army Family, Morale and Welfare region events of the year. 

     The mission of the TOPPERs Awards is to enhance resiliency and readiness of US Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians by:

  • Recognizing outstanding achievement in Army Entertainment field programs;
  • Providing educational and theater training to staff and volunteer participants;
  • Thanking thousands of Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members who provide hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours putting on live theater events in their overseas military communities.

     Over a six to eight week period, professional theater adjudicators attend live performances at US Army, Air Force & Navy theater programs in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

     Following each performance, the adjudicators meet with the casts and crews to offer their objective comments on production successes as well as suggestions for improvements in future endeavors. In support of the TOPPERs educational goal, the adjudicators also offer free theater workshops in each community.  

      At the end of the adjudication period, the judges nominate individuals and shows for over 50 “Outstanding” TOPPERs Awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievements in acting, singing, musicianship, directing, youth performance, Soldier performance, production and many others. 


      The nominations are announced and awards presented at the gala TOPPERS Awards Show and Ceremony held every April at a US Army Garrison in Germany.

      This formal, glittering, musical variety awards show is Army Entertainment's version of the "Tony" Awards. It is attend by over 600 Army Entertainment volunteers and staff; US Forces European Command Staffs; and region VIPs and celebrities.

      The awards are announced and presented by Army Leaders and VIPs as well as by celebrity video announcements from stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Nina Arianda, Ben Stiller, Harvey Fierstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Pine, Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Daniel Radcliffe and others.

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      This annual Army Europe Entertainment event has an important and lasting impact on US Servicemen & civilians, their families and local national citizens. The thousands of Entertainment volunteers' time and talents are honored and recognized publicly in an exciting venue.  

      The TOPPERs Award Show is a memorable event that enhances lives and the quality of life in the US Army overseas community.

      Follow the links below for results, photos and other information on past TOPPERs. 

 For more information, contact:
Dane Winters, IMCOM Europe Entertainment Program Manager
Sembach Kaserne. Bldg 151. Room 113.
Military DSN Tel: (314) 544-9656
Civilian Tel: +49 (0) 611-143-544-9656


Announcing the 2024 TOPPERs

27 April 2024, Wiesbaden, Germany

      The 2024 TOPPERs Awards Show will be recorded and released on the Army Entertainment YouTube channel at IMCOM Europe Live - YouTube. More details to follow.



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    We regret to announce, the 61st annual 2021 TOPPERS has been cancelled due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions in Europe. The 2022 TOPPERs will begin in February, 2022 with awards presented in April, 2022. 
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The One Act/One Page Play and Youth Festivals
     The US Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment One Act/One Page Play Festivals and YouthFESTs are held annually on Columbus Day (Indigenous Peoples' Day) Weekend since 1995!

    The mission of the One Act/One Page Play Festival is to encourage individual and group excellence and participation throughout the Army and US Forces Europe community theatre programs.

    The mission of YouthFEST is to celebrate the talents of young performers with shows selected, produced, directed and performed by youth from across the region.
    Importantly, the festivals and the Entertainment program enhance Soldiers' and their Family Members' resiliency and readiness by:
  • providing educational opportunities to enhance life skills;
  • offering positive and supportive recreational activities and events;
  • and offering them a "home away from home" and a sense of family.
   The festival weekend includes shows and showcase presentations featuring the best from each community; free theater skills workshops presented by professional theater artists; a monologue competition; an improvisation evening; and guest shows from international theaters.      
    On even numbered years, the IMCOM Festival is an American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) One Act Play Festival and YouthFEST. The One Act Play and the YouthFEST selected as "Best" shows represent the US Army and Army Entertainment at the AACT National Theatre Festival held in the US the following summer. 
    On odd numbered years, the IMCOM Festival is a One Page Play Festival and the YouthFEST Talent Showcase.
    The festivals are open to all US military personnel, family members, DoD Civilians, and bona fide guests, stationed overseas. All events and performances are free to the general public.


For More Information contact:
Dane Winters
IMCOM Europe Entertainment Program Manager
Bldg 151. Room 113. Sembach Kaserne
Kaiserslautern, Germany
DSN: (314) 44-9656
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Past One Act/One Page Play Festivals
American Association of Community Theater Region X (US Army Theaters)
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    Membership in AACT provides Army Entertainment professional-level accreditation; a voice in the national theatre community; theatrical resources; and educational and learning opportunities for both staff and volunteers. AACT provides free membership to Active Duty Military members.
     Army Entertainment productions have competed in the AACT National Theatre Festival since 1999 and have received many awards and honors.


11 Oct 2022: Two Shows were selected at the 2022 Army Europe Entertainment One Act Play Festival and YouthFEST '22 on Oct. 9 These two shows are our nominations to represent Army Europe Entertainment and the US Army at the AACTFest '23 in June, 2023.
                Congratulations to... 
    Death Takes the Train (YouthFEST '22)
The Ansbach Terrace Playhouse Youth Troupe
                Medea (One Act)
The Amelia Earhart Playhouse, Wiesbaden





The latest AACT Spotlight Magazine is available HERE.
    Features all the 2021 National AACTFest "Outstanding" Awards.
2021 AACTFest "Outstanding Achievement"  Awards:
    The USAG Benelux SHAPE Performing Arts Center's production of "Holy Days" represented the US Army and Army Entertainment at the 2021 AACTFest virtual national festival, held 13-20 June, 2021. The production received two "Outstanding Achievement Awards" - for Set Design and Original Music. Congratulations to the cast and crew of SHAPE's "Holy Days."
2021 AACT National Recognition Awards:    
     Congratulations to Dan LaMorte, Entertainment Director of the USAG Benelux SHAPE Players Performing Arts Center on his 2021 AACT Spotlight Award. The award is presented for his remarkable impact on the US Army Europe Entertainment program and American Community Theatre.
     Dan is retiring in April, 2021 after a 16 year career with Army Entertainment. His contribution, talent and leadership will be greatly missed in US Army Europe Entertainment. We wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavors.
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2020 AACT National Recognition Awards
      The 2020 AACT National Awards were just announced and US Army Europe Entertainment (AACT Region X) received four honors.
      Congratulations to Alphonso Ortiz and SGT Martin Sinlao of Vicenza's Soldiers' Theater for receiving 2020 AACT Spotlight Awards for superior participation.
      Congratulations to Richard Roberts, Stuttgart Theatre Center Artistic Director, and Dane Winters, IMCOM E Entertainment Program Manager, for receiving 2020 AACT Special Recognition Awards.
     Two US Army Entertainment Shows aactfest2019-landing600_0.jpgparticipated in the 2019 AACTFest National Festival held June 18-22, 2019 in Gettysburg, PA's Majestic Theater.
     The shows garnered 11 Awards, received a great deal of national attention, and represented the US Army and Army Entertainment in a superior manner.
     The shows were The Stuttgart Theatre Center's Kaleidoscope and the Ansbach Youth Theater's This Side of Heaven and received the following recognition:
2019 AACTFest National Community Theater Awards:
“Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Performance” - Kaleidoscope, Stuttgart Theatre Center
“Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design” - Cindy Krewson, Kaleidoscope, Stuttgart Theatre Center
“Backstage Award” recognizing outstanding achievement in production - Stuttgart Theatre Center
2019 National Awards of Excellence (Special Judges’ Choice Awards):
“Outstanding Sound Design” - Alan Buxkemper, Kaleidoscope, Stuttgart Theatre Center
“Outstanding Theatrical Moment” - Meteor Impact, Kaleidoscope, Stuttgart Theatre Center
2019 National YouthFest Awards:
“Outstanding Achievement in Acting” - Dean Bruce, This Side of Heaven, Ansbach Terrace Playhouse Youth Theatre
“Outstanding Achievement in Acting” - Libby Wellman, This Side of Heaven, Ansbach Terrace Playhouse Youth Theatre
“Outstanding Achievement in Direction” - Katherine McGrail, This Side of Heaven, Ansbach Terrace Playhouse Youth Theatre
2019 AACTFest Monologue Competition:
“Best Adult Monologue” - LTC Brandy Thomas, Stuttgart.
2019 People's Choice Awards:
“Favorite Youth Show” - This Side of Heaven, Ansbach Terrace Playhouse Youth Theatre
“Favorite Youth Show Moment” - The Wheelchair Dance in This Side of Heaven, Ansbach Terrace Playhouse Youth Theatre
Special congratulations to Katherine McGrail, AACT "Outstanding Achievement in Directing" Award winner, on her article in Spotlight about the AACT Youth Arts Leadership Conference.

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Previous US Army Region X AACT Fest National Festival Nominations

2017 - Counting the Ways. The SHAPE Performing Arts Center, Belgium.

2015 - Detachments. The SHAPE Performing Arts Center, Belgium.

2013 - Controlling Interest. The Soldiers' Theatre, Vicenza, Italy

2011 - Hauptmann. The SHAPE Performing Arts Center, Belgium

·  Nominated for Best Scenic Design & Best Light Design

2009 - Hold Me. The SHAPE Performing Arts Center, Belgium

2007 - Wings. The SHAPE Performing Arts Center, Belgium

2005 - Suburb, the Musical. The Roadside Theater, Heidelberg, Germany

·  Awarded Third Place "Best Overall Production"

·  Awarded "Excellence in Acting Award" - Jeanne Ragonese

·  Awarded "Excellence in Musical Production" - Deb Bauer

2003 - Wanda's Visit. The Ansbach Terrace Playhouse, Ansbach, Germany

2001 - W;t. The Roadside Theater, Heidelberg, Germany

·  Awarded "Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award" - Victoria Lutz

1999 - Do Not Go Gentle. The Soldiers' Theatre, Vicenza, Italy

THEATRIX - Army Entertainment's Costume Support Facility

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      THEATRIX is an IMCOM Europe Garrison Support Element located on Frankenkaserne near Ansbach, Germany. Operated for IMCOM E with USAG Ansbach, it provides costume and technical support to Army Entertainment programs and other units across Europe.
      This historic theater support facility contains over 500,000 costume pieces and is valued at over $1.5 million.
      The collection includes a large selection of set pieces and props required for producing hundreds of shows.
      Theatrix makes quality costumes and production materials available to US Army Europe Entertainment programs not available anywhere else and at affordable prices.
      THEATRIX also supports Air Force theater groups, US Military units and organizations, Department of Defense Schools, International Schools and private organizations. Rentals to individuals is also possible.
NEW: THEATRIX is also supporting the Ansbach Garrison and the Europe Region during the current COVID 19 Crisis with "Desse" the Covide Fairy. Read about this wise and health-minded Fairy on the Ansbach Community Facebook Page.
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unique, historic and valuable 65-year-old collection.
For More Information contact:
Kimberly Stockton, Costume Mistress:




Kimberly D. Stockton - Acting Manager and Costume Mistress.
     Kimberly has over 25 years of professional costume experience from all walks of theatrical life. 
Stockton Montage 2.jpg     Kimberly has served as the Historic Costumer at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN.  She also designed costumes for The Barter Theater, Mountain Playhouse, Weathervane Playhouse, Pirates Playhouse, and was a costumer, seamstress, and wardrobe mistress for The Nashville Repertory, Stages St. Louis, and other local theater groups.  Kimberly also has had years of travel experience doing wardrobe for Ringling Brothers "Kalidoscape", "Disney on Ice", and various cruise ships.
    Other experience includes serving as a Crew Trainer and Spacesuit designer for Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.  During her time there she built a NASA Robonaut costume for the movie “Space Warriors” which was filmed at the camp, created interactive characters and mascots for special events, and even became a “JEDI Master”.
   Kimberly is also a performer. She appeared as “Queen Elizabeth I” in the movie “Bill and Ted: Face the Music”.  For over 18 years she has been a professional performer at the Tennessee and Louisiana Renaissance Festival as Queen Elizabeth I, and the Santa Fe Renaissance Festival as various Queens.  She also designed and built all the costumes and accessories for the queen’s wardrobe.           Most recently, she made her Army Entertainment debut as 'Desse, the Covid Fairy', spreading the word on staying safe during the Covid days and distributing masks throughout the USAG Ansbach community.
"It's No Joke! Act Against Bullying"

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"It’s No Joke! Act Against Bullying" is an original and unique Interactive Performance Theater Workshop developed by IMCOM Europe Entertainment and the Menagerie Theater Company, Cambridge England, with assistance from IMCOM Europe Child, Youth & School Age Services (CYSS.)

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“It’s NO Joke! Act Against Bullying” was developed to empower an audience of young people to explore sensitive and difficult issues within a safe, supported framework.

The interactive workshop experience raises an audience’s awareness of bullying. It is designed to make them ask “What is bullying?” “What does it feel like to be bullied?” and “What does it feel like to be a bully?” It leads them to be more aware of how others make them feel and their own responsibility and power in affecting another person.

The workshop also helps young people explore and learn about strategies for dealing with intimidating behavior, what to do if they witness bullying and also how changes in friendship groups can be dealt with to reduce emotional stress.

“It’s No Joke!” is a detailed program of theater games, scripted material, interaction, improvisation and group discussion and problem solving.

At the workshop, young audience members are first engaged through a series of interactive theater games. They then watch a performance with a script written specifically for Army Entertainment. The play is performed by volunteer performKMC Onstage Cropped.jpgers from garrison theater programs.

Following the performance, in a lively discussion, the youth have the opportunity ask the characters in the play questions. The play is performed again, and the youth have the chance to redirect the action or even jump on the stage and become part of the play.

This gives the youth an opportunity to consider how their actions affect others and hopefully learn to take responsibility for their actions.

This workshop is available for presentation at all US Army Garrisons and communities in Germany and Italy. 

For more information contact:
Dane Winters
IMCOM Europe Entertainment Program Manager
DSN: 314-544-9656 or CIV: +49 (0) 611-143-544-9656
Army Entertainment Theatres & Programs in Europe

Army Entertainment Theaters in Germany

The Amelia Earhart Playhouse
Wiesbaden, Germany
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USAG Wiesbaden
39 Konrad Adenauer Ring
Nate Records - Entertainment Director 
DSN 548-9812 or 0611-143-548-9812
The Terrace Playhouse
Ansbach, Germany
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USAG Ansbach
Bldg. 5091, Bleidorn Housing
DSN 468-7636 or 0981-1837636 
Victoria Hanrahan – Entertainment Director
Robert Chung - Theatre Specialist
The Graf Performing Arts Center
Grafenwoehr, Germany
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USAG Bavaria/Grafenwoehr
Rachael Harper - Entertainment Specialist
Office: Building 539, Room 122
Theatre: Building 124
DSN: (314) 526-9068 or Civ: 09641-70-5269068
KMC Onstage, Germany
Kaiserslautern, Germany

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USAG Rheinland Pfalz/Kaiserslautern
Bldg. 3232, Kleber Kaserne
DSN 483-6626 or 0631-411-6626 
Amy Smolinski - Entertainment Director
Naythen Rinehart – Education Director
The Stuttgart Theatre Center
Stuttgart, Germany
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USAG Stuttgart
Bldg. 3320, Kelley Barracks
DSN 421-4704 or 0711-729-4704
Alan Buxkemper – Entertainment Director

Army Entertainment Theaters in Belgium

The SHAPE Players Performing Arts Centre
Mons, Belgium
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Rue de Potomac, SHAPE, Belgium
DSN 423-3312 or +32-6544-3312
Brett Harwood - Entertainment Director
Olivier Galloo – Theatre Specialist

Army Entertainment Theaters in Italy

The Soldiers' Theatre
Vicenza, Italy
USAG Italy/Vicenza
Bldg. 11, Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy
Jerry Brees - Entertainment Director
DSN 314-646-4781 or +39-044-471-4781
US Air Force, Navy & NATO Theatre Groups
The Alliance Players
Brunssum, Netherlands
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USAG Schinnen/Brunssum, Netherlands
Bldg. 8218, Avenue D
Lisa Smale - Board President
Aviano Community & Schools Theater
Aviano Air Base, Aviano, Italy
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Rob James - President

The Sigonella Players
Sigonella, Italy
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Community Recreation Office
NAS 1 Midtown Building 157
Kelsey Groner - Sigonella MWR
DSN 314-624-4263 or Civilian +390 955 4263
Jeanne Ragonese - Sigonella Players Director
The Razz Ma Tazz Family Theater 
Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Ramstein Community Center
Jefferson Ave Building 412
66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
Mandie La Bell, Theatre Director
DSN 480-6600/7187 or CIV 06371-47-6600/7187
Cynthia Krewson - Volunteer Producer
Find them on Facebook - "Ramstein Community Theater"