The God Committee

ACT is proud to partner with the Iowa Donor Network to raise awareness about organ donation with this production. Visit to learn more and register to be an organ donor.

As part of a strategy to attract a wider range of audiences, Ankeny Community Theatre is pleased to present The God Committee, written by Mark St. Germain, as the debut offering in its new Studio Series. The God Committee is a fictional portrayal of a group of individuals tasked with prioritizing the needs of patients waiting for donor organs.  

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Leading the Way

The ACT Board of Directors is a dedicated group of individuals leading the way for ACT to be a successful performing arts organization. Each edition of The Spotlight features comments from a current board member. This newsletter introduces you to Whitney Welp.
I am proud and delighted to say hello and welcome to the ACT 2017-2018 season.  It is truly an honor to be part of the Ankeny Community Theatre board and, in turn, part of the Ankeny Committee Theatre family!

I have always enjoyed the spotlight, so the stage has always been a fun place for me! When I was younger, I was on the stage many times at a different community theatre. However, I have never seen a theatre quite like Ankeny Community Theatre. I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, people who I now consider to be my friends.

I am a new actress at ACT. I auditioned for A Delightful Quarantine on a very cold evening this past January. As luck would have it, I got cast as Paula later that week. I so enjoyed acting and being in that spotlight again. Once this theatre gets you, it doesn’t let go. Since then, I have attended adult education classes, was part of the play selection committee, and when offered the role of Volunteer chair on the ACT board, I jumped at the opportunity. 

Volunteers are what make ACT great, well actually volunteers are what makes ACT. It is an honor to do my part to assist ACT by organizing and recruiting volunteers. Just one shameless plug, we still need volunteers for The God Committee. : ) But on a serious note, I am truly humbled to be working with such amazing actors and actresses and so I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of ACT.

GIVING Reminders for 2017

Complete your gifts by December 31 to enjoy tax savings for 2017. Keep all receipts for tax purposes. ACT is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Make your gift today! 
Don’t forget “matching gifts” from your employer. Some companies will match your charitable contributions which doubles your impact! Other companies will donate funds based on employee volunteer hours with an organization. Check with your HR office!
If you are 70 ½ and older, charitable gifts from your IRA may be advisable and can count towards your minimum required distribution.
Gifts through wills, trusts, insurance policies, retirement plans, and other long-range financial plans can always be a way to support ACT and your charitable interests. 

Chaos Coming to ACT

With the holiday season comes the hustle and bustle of trying to accomplish so much in so little time. ACT would like you to add a little more chaos to your holiday activities and join us for A Christmas Chaos beginning December 8. The Royal Shakespeare Company hasn't arrived as promised to perform their stirring rendition of A Christmas Carol. An intrepid band of hapless actors and technicians put together their own production in only six hours! The play is a hilarious backstage comedy that pokes fun at the classic novel and everything that can go wrong with a theatrical production.

Cast members selected to perform in this madcap production are Alison Buechler, Garren Bugh, Susan Casber, Melody Derogatis, Monte Engh, Randal Foster, Will Harms, Doug Moon, Becky Plager, Al Price, Debbie Rasko, Grace Smithey, Nicole Titus, Matt Tuttle, Rebekah Tuttle, and Barb Wagner. Scott Nielsen is the director and Lynn Arterburn is the assistant director.

Rated G, this show is perfect for the entire family. Purchase tickets online at or call Midwestix at 515-244-2771 Monday-Friday from 9:00 am -5:00 pm. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students, $12 for seniors, and $15 for adults. If you have special seating needs, please call Midwestix to make your reservations.
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ACT at HuHot Mongolian Grill November 13

We hope to see you at HuHot Mongolian Grill in Ankeny on Monday, November 13th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Theater volunteers will assist HuHot's dining room staff by cleaning and busing tables. HuHot will donate 10% of the evening sales plus 100% of tips left for the grillers. Bring the whole family and enjoy a night out supporting ACT! Funds raised will be used to purchase upgraded sound and light equipment. The restaurant is located at 2310 SE Delaware Ave. Suite A.

And the Winners Are…

The results are in for the 2016-17 Favorite Actors and Actresses as well as the Darel Hildreth Outstanding Volunteer Award. Recipients were announced on September 18 at the annual Membership Meeting. 

Favorite Lead Actress: Ali Kirwen (Officer Billie Dwyer in Unnecessary Farce)
Favorite Lead Actor: Doug Moon (Kilby in The Middle of Yesterday)
Favorite Supporting Actress: Susan Casber (Mavis Jemco in A Delightful Quarantine)
Favorite Supporting Actor: Ryan Ingram (Todd in Unnecessary Farce)
Darel Hlidreth Award: John Claes

ACT would like to thank all of the volunteers, actresses, and actors for their countless hours of support during the past season. Without their help, ACT would not have been able to continue to provide quality live entertainment to the community this past season. You are all winners with us!

Children’s Classic Headed to the ACT Stage

An adaptation of Margery Williams' classic, The Velveteen Rabbit, will come to life on the ACT stage January 13, 14, and 15. The children's story shows how the power of love brings about a remarkable transformation for an ordinary toy bunny. 

Auditions for the show will be held Saturday, November 18 from 9:30 – 11:00 am. The cast calls for males and females ages 15 and above. Those auditioning will need to be available for daytime shows on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). For more information about the characters, please visit our website.

The Velveteen Rabbit is a part of our new Studio Series. Show times are Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm and Monday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. All tickets are $5. Tickets will be available soon.

Almost, Maine Auditions Set

Auditions for Almost, Maine will be held Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 pm. and Monday, December 11 at 6:30 pm at the theater. ​The show is written for two men and two women to play all of the roles. However, since the script allows for flexible casting. Barb Wagner, the director, would like to cast ten men and nine women, ages 21+.  She is also interested in casting real-life couples, so encourage your spouse or significant other to come along and audition with you! 
Almost, Maine is broken down into nine vignettes. Barb would like to use different actors/actresses for each one. Thus, there will be fewer rehearsals for everyone to have to attend – especially in the winter. For more information regarding auditions, please visit our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Wagner (director) at

Youth Drama Library Workshops Scheduled

Back by demand! We are offering our popular youth workshops at Kirkendall Library. We currently have six workshops scheduled for youth ages 4 - Grade 5. Class size is limited. Registration is required. To register, contact the children’s desk by calling 965-6460, option 4. 
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving / Ages 4-6 / November 9 from 3:30 - 4:30 
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving / Grades 1-2 / November 6 from 3:30 - 5:00
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / Grades 3-5 / November 8 from 3:30 - 5:00
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas / Ages 4-6 / December 11 from 3:30 - 4:30
Bob, The Goofy Reindeer / Grades 1-2 / December 13 from 3:30 - 5:00
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas / Grades 3-5 / December 14 from 3:30 - 5:00
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