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ACT Spotlight

Spring 2019

April 5 - 14

Rated PG

April 25 - 28
Rated PG-13

ACT’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’: It’s Wunderbar!

Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a musical version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” The story transports you between 1940s Baltimore and a Renaissance Italian town, combining the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. A revival of “Kiss Me, Kate” just opened on Broadway, but our version is way more affordable, and just as fun! Don’t miss the romance, comedy, classic songs and spectacular dance numbers!

Drama ‘Proof’ rounds out Studio Series

Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions, the arrival of her estranged sister, and the attentions of a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. A burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit? Only four performances - get your tickets before they’re gone!


Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, May 19
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ever thought you’d like to join the fun of a show at Ankeny Community Theatre but you’re not ready to perform? Volunteering at ACT allows many opportunities to be a part of the fun without having to be in front of the curtain! Volunteer Orientation will be held May 19 from 1-3 at the theater. Current volunteers are also encouraged to attend for a refresher, updates, and new opportunities.

RSVP to if you’d like to JOIN the FUN!.

A case for sharing a bit of your tax refund

You’ve heard that ticket sales don’t cover the cost to run our theater? Far from it. Did you know:
  • Like many of you who have a monthly mortgage to pay, ACT has a monthly rent payment of nearly $2,000.
  • We want you to be as comfortable sitting in one of our theater seats as you are at home. We paid over $500 in utilities last month to keep you warm when the cold front settled in.  And that doesn’t include the $300 we paid for two unexpected service calls on our HVAC unit.
  • The safety of every patron and volunteer is important to us, and with that comes the responsibility of being properly insured. This season, ACT’s insurance premium was $4,000.
We doubt you think about expenses like these when you visit ACT to enjoy a show. We are fortunate to have tremendous financial support from our membership, but we always think about how ACT can improve with increased funding. Come grow with us!


Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Join us for a summer of exciting drama adventures! Educational opportunities for youth in grades Kindergarten through 12 are available. In addition to our popular production camps that culminate in performances, youth can explore creative drama camps that focus on improving acting skills and increasing knowledge of the theater and the world around them. Half-day and full-day camps are available. Sessions run June 17-21, June 24-28, and July 8-12. Camps will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny and at Ankeny Community Theatre.
Camps are filling fast, so don’t delay registering your child. If You Give a Kid a Stage and My Weird School are full. Youth interested in those camps may be put on a waiting list. For camp information or to register online, click here.

For more information, please email Lynn Arterburn, camp director, at

Spring Drama Workshops Available

Several drama workshops have been scheduled at Kirkendall Public Library for youth age 4 through grade 12. Participants must register at the Kids Desk by either stopping by while at the library or calling 515-965-6460 (option 4). For workshop descriptions, please visit our website at





Ages 4-6

Pete the Cat

April 8


Gr. 1-2

Folktale Fun

April 11


Gr. 3-5

Take the Stage

April 15


Gr. 6-12

Teen Eat and Act

April 26


Gr. 1-2

The Very Cranky Bear

May 6


Ages 4-6

It’s Snowtime!

May 8


Gr. 3-5

Fractured Fairy Tales

May 9


Upcoming Auditions


Auditions for ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m.

Includes roles for older teens as well as adults. Click here for details about the show and characters.

Auditions for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Sunday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendar! Details about characters will be posted on the
show’s page soon. 


Auditions at ACT are fun and easy! Click here to read more about how our auditions work.

Dinner, Drinks, and Murder

ACT teamed up with The Cellar at White Oak winery for an evening of mystery and laughs on Feb. 2. The sold-out audience enjoyed wine from The Cellar, dinner, and a performance of “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine” by Ankeny Community Theatre actors. Murder was never so amusing! ACT’s proceeds are supporting our core mission of providing live local theater and participation opportunities for all. Thank you to everyone who attended!

In case you missed it: Get excited for our next season!

Click here to see the shows that will take our stage in 2019-2020.
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