We’re announcing our 2019-2020 season soon! Here’s how you can be the first to know:
Become a member by donating. Members will get an exclusive email announcement on Feb. 15.
Come to the Sunday, Feb. 17 performance of “Happily Ever After.” We’ll announce the new season after the show. Get tickets here.
If you prefer waiting with anticipation, watch our Facebook page starting Feb. 18 - we’ll announce one show each day. We’re excited to share the news with you!
We’re throwing a dinner party!
This event is already sold out, but we wanted to mention that ACT is partnering with The Cellar at White Oak winery for a special dinner-theater experience. On February 2, murder will be on the menu as ACT actors immerse the audience in their dysfunctional family dinner! All the seats are full, but you can still learn more about the show by clicking here.
For better or for worse: Get tickets for ‘Happily Ever After’
It's moments before her wedding, and Francie has barricaded herself inside the church nursery, convinced that she's destined for a fairy-tale ending with another man...if he ever wakes up from his coma. Her mother’s determined to make loyal fiancé Kyle her son-in-law by any means necessary, but a dog funeral is scheduled for 4:30, the caterer is making eyes at the minister, and the whole town's in a frenzy over a presidential visit – and that’s before Francie’s “sleeping beauty” makes a miraculous recovery. This farce has a Texas twang and plot twists aplenty - come join the fun! Presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
Come learn at ACT: Upcoming workshops for adults & teens
Shakespeare for Actors March 13, 6-9 p.m. OR March 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (choose one)
Cost: $15 for ACT members, $20 for non-members
Performing Shakespeare is very different from reading it as literature in a high school English class. Have fun bringing Shakespeare to life in this acting workshop.
Registration deadline: March 10. Learn more / Register
Intimacy for the Stage 101 Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $20 for ACT members, $25 for non-members
*Ages 21 and up
Intimacy direction is the practice of choreographing moments of staged intimacy (from romance to aggression) in order to create safe, repeatable, and effective storytelling. Audra Yokley, an intimacy choreographer and professional actor, will provide a basic introduction for actors, directors, stage managers, and choreographers to the concept of safely and effectively preparing for staging theatrical intimacy. Learn more / Register
Camp registration now open
Help get your family through this harsh winter by making plans for the summer! Registration for youth summer drama camps is now open. Camps are available in June and July for youth going into grades K-12. New this year, we’re offering a Broadway Bound camp for grades 6-12. Click here to learn more about all the camps and to register.
‘The Elevator Family’ lifts spirits of sold-out crowds
Despite snow and frigid temperatures, ‘The Elevator Family’ took to the stage January 19-21. The cast, composed of 15 youth, performed for four sold-out audiences. The show was directed by Scott Nielsen, with Lynn Arterburn as assistant director.
After a large number of talented youth auditioned for the show, Scott decided to cast youth in all the roles, including the adult characters. “I never thought I would ever direct a show with every cast member being under the age of 18. However, after seeing how many young people auditioned for this show and how much talent they had, Lynn and I knew we needed to cast as many of them as possible,” Scott said. “It may sound cliché, but clichés are cliché for a reason: the children are the future, both for our community and for our community theater.”
“The kids were the perfect fit to tell the story of the Wilson family,” Lynn said. “They were fantastic to work with and they really bonded as a group. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that many of these youth were appearing for the very first time on stage and that when it was over, they commented that they had a great time and couldn’t wait to be in a show again.”
Cast members, all ages 10-15, were Adeline Brooks, Colton Buell, Jake Buell,Carson Doss, Ava Gifford, Delaney Halverson, Hollin Hansen, Aubrey Hanson, Hanna Hardy, Will Harms, Cheyenne Lewis, August Nau, Marvin Nunez, Grace Smithey, and Hailey Wordeman.
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to ACT for our #GivingTuesday fundraiser! The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is an internationally recognized annual day of giving, and ACT fans stepped up. We raised $1,589 to go toward planned facility improvements.
Thank you, Bravo
Bravo Greater Des Moines awarded ACT a $10,000 grant for 2019, an increase that reflects ACT’s recent growth. Bravo Cultural Enrichment Grants support general operating expenses for arts, culture and heritage organizations. Funds come from 17 local government partners, including the city of Ankeny, that each contribute a portion of hotel/motel tax revenue. These grants are crucial support for ACT’s mission. THANK YOU to Bravo and the local government partners!