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9 to 5 The Musical

Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick; Directed by Jerry Crouch

February 9-March 4, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances at 7:30 pm

Working 9 to 5, three female employees team up to dream up ways they could rid themselves of their horrible chauvinistic boss. These ladies live out their wildest fantasy to give him the boot and, while he is out of commission, take control of the company. There’s nothing these ladies can’t do!

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A Dickens Tale

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

December 9, 2017

Saturday at 10:00 am

Join Old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, and all the delightful ghostly visitors in this heartwarming tale of friendship and generosity. An unsuspecting student even has the opportunity to join our actors on stage in the role of Tiny Tim!

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A Turnpike Sunset

Written and produced by Tom Godleski

January 11-21, 2018

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

A group of 19th century drovers traveling the Buncombe Turnpike have gathered around a campfire to tell stories, play instruments, sing and, of course, drink moonshine. A Turnpike Sunset is historical fiction, with stories from the era of the Turnpike, as well as stories from Tom’s family. This show is filled with funny anecdotes, history, and live music performed by members of the Asheville bluegrass group Buncombe Turnpike. Authentically Appalachian!

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Aesop’s Fables

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

April 14, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

A new, rhymed version with original music by Cathy Riley and large table top puppets. These timeless stories address topics such as bullying, selfishness, competition, ingenuity, and the affirmation that little beings can achieve great things.

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Aesop’s Fables

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

January 20, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

These 2,600 year old gems have never been this entertaining! Join our hilarious actors as they stumble across the assembled crowd and decide to put on a showcase of Aesop’s greatest hits. The result is a fast-paced, high-energy production that has literally left audiences shouting for more. For “The Fox and the Grapes” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “The Lion and the Mouse,” these animal-filled adventures focus on honesty, compassion, hard work and kindness.

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Barnyard Bully

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

February 24, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

Everything has been so wonderful down on Friendly Acres Farm: that is until a bullying turkey starts picking on the other farm animals and making life harder for everyone. Farmer Jim and his faithful dog must stop this bullying bird to save Friendly Acres.

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Bloomsday

By Steven Dietz; Produced and directed by Jason Williams

August 3-19, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Robert and Cait reunite thirty-five years after a walking tour of Dublin brought them briefly together. As the older couple rediscover each other, their younger selves, Robbie and Caithleen, retrace the events of their short-lived love-affair. However Time may have a plan this time around. This Irish time-travel love story blends wit, humor, and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past.

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Broadway Bootcamp Fall Showcase

October 27-28, 2017

Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 2:30 pm

Broadway Bootcamp Showcase stars our talented class of 12-17 year olds in a cabaret style performance featuring solos, duets, trios and company numbers from the musical theatre songbook!

Directed by Mark Jones with musical direction by Sarah Fowler and choreography by Jessica Garland.

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Brothers Like These

Produced by the creative writing program for Vietnam veterans at the Charles George VA Medical Center

October 7, 2017

Saturday at 7:00 pm

This past year marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. An estimated 250,000 veterans from that conflict still live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), many now attempting to finally reconcile with the wounds they still carry.  As a nation, we have a moral obligation to the recovery and healing of these men, as we do all who serve.

The issues that defined the war, the nation during that time, and most importantly the soldiers who fought it, will be freshly spotlighted by The Vietnam War, a documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, which will premiere, on PBS, beginning September 17th.

Asheville Community Theatre is pleased to present a reprise of Brothers Like These, a staged reading of prose and poetry produced by the creative writing program for Vietnam veterans at the Charles George VA Medical Center. These stories of selfless service and unimaginable courage unite us in our shared humanity.

The performance is free. However, reservations are required. A reception will follow.

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Carry On

Written and Performed by Murphy Funkhouser Capps; Directed by Jamieson Ridenhour

September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm

Ticket proceeds will benefit ACT’s Tanglewood Youth Theatre program.

In 2007, Murphy Funkhouser Capps quit her job and hit the road with 500 pounds of baggage hooked to her Subaru to take Crazy Bag, her auto-biographical one woman show about her journey from minister’s daughter to rebellion to redemption across the country.

In its premiere at the Colorado Theatre Festival, Crazy Bag won Best Set, Best Director, and All State Actress. The show played to acclaim in Breckenridge, Aspen, Denver, Albuquerque and Oklahoma City and was accepted into the 2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Reviewed as “hilarious, heart breaking and heart warming,” Crazy Bag was nominated for Best Solo Performance of 2008 by the Denver Post.

The tour brought Murphy to back Asheville, where her journey had begun two decades before, to perform at both the NC Stage Company and ACT. In Asheville, Murphy met her “matching luggage” and started a family in Black Mountain, NC. In her second year of marriage, she learned that her husband had an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer.

Murphy wrote a second play, Carry On, which provides insights into what to do when life falls apart and you must put it back together … piece by piece … again.

Carry On‘s first act will re-tell the story of Crazy Bag, for those who missed the first show.

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Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

September 30, 2017

Saturday at 10:00 am

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Watch as Chicken Little, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey search for clues to decide whether the sky is really falling or if it is just a trick. This twist on the classic fable of Chicken Little encourages students to think critically about the information they see.

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Hansel and Gretel

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

March 3, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

Hansel and Gretel get lost in the forbidden forest while looking for food and give in to the temptation of an enchanted candy house. Trapped by an evil witch, they must use their wits to escape her supernatural powers and reunite with their family. Brought to life with traditional marionettes and classical music.

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High School Musical Jr. – CATS group

Directed by Candice Owen; Musical Direction by: Rob Blackwell

October 21-22, 2017

Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Performed by students in our Youth Theatre Production class.
Note: We have two separate casts for this production. If you are attending to support a specific cast member, please make certain you are buying a ticket for the right group.

Cast for High School Musical Jr – CATS group: Sage Bove, Reese Carlton, Briana Colman, Taylor Cook, Logan Davis, Montana Gura, Fairly Hilliard, Marietta Kickliter, Thomas Klepper, Maddie Matlick, Allison McKay, Aspen McKinney-Ring, Ava Menkes, Trevor Nail, Meadow Nameth, Merryn Owen, Bea Perez, Graham Podraza, Elisa Randazzo, Abbie McCollum, Sadie Martin, Catherine Roberts, Lexi Rogers, Sophia Smith

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High School Musical Jr. – WILD group

Directed by Lori Hilliard; Music Direction by Gary Mitchell

October 20-22, 2017

Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Performed by students in our Youth Theatre Production class.
Note: We have two separate casts for this production. If you are attending to support a specific cast member, please make certain you are buying a ticket for the right group.

Cast for High School Musical Jr – WILD group: Brooklyn Ball, Jayce Bergman, Molly Berlin, Harrison Best, Eleanor Conner, Will Cowan, Abby Dickinson, Lila Freeman, Toria Hicks, Karys Hoehne, Lilly Howell, Lydia Klepper, Meg Liner, Peyton Mayfield, Sarah McCrea, Sadie Medlock, Kyle Miller, Abby Mills, Ava Moore, Elanor Morris, Zion Mosley, Bella Murphy, Rayna Orland, Riley Oswald, Mikey Reese, Morgan Scarborough

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Listen To This

Hosted by Tom Chalmers

Usually the last Thursday of the month!

7:30 pm

Performed in 35below. There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life,” Listen to This is an evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme (past shows have featured stories about everything from gluttony to mistaken identity). Real people. Real stories. Real good times.

September 28, 2017: Been Caught Stealing  – an evening of revelry with tales of thievery. Featuring stories from Alison Fields, Tabatha Hall, and Todd Lester. Plus an interview with LaZoom’s Jim Lauzon and songs from Aaron Price.

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Little One Inch

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

January 13, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

Little One-Inch is the story of an old couple whose prayers are answered when they find a small baby by the side of the road. When he comes of age, tiny Little One-Inch sets off on the adventure of a lifetime where he meets a princess, defends her against a dumbstruck ogre and, for his bravery, grows when the princess uses the ogre’s magical hammer on him.

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Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs before Dark KIDS

Directed by: Jeff Catanese; Musical Direction by: Lynda Shuler

November 3-5, 2017

Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm

Siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house full of books while exploring one afternoon. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly, the wind begins to blow and the tree house starts to spin wildly. When it finally stops, Jack and Annie open their eyes to find they have been transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. Jack and Annie have a harrowing adventure, befriending some dinosaurs along the way as they try to make their way back home. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs before Dark KIDS is an adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series.

Performed by students (ages 7-13) in our Youth Production Class.

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Mass Appeal

By Bill C. Davis; Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company

April 6-22, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Mark Dolson is ready to become a priest and shake the masses out of their complacency. Father Tim Farley likes the boy’s spark, but has a calmer, more popular message to deliver. Will the student become the teacher? Or will Father Farley make his apprentice see that it’s better to smile and enjoy some Communion wine? Find out in this Tony-winning play!

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Putting it Together

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Stephen Sondheim and Julia McKenzie; Produced by Mark Jones

March 2-18, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

A compilation of songs by Stephen Sondheim from hits such as Follies, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and others. An evening of drinks, laughs and love.

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Raffle: Trip to London

A create-your-own theatre package for two to London, England!

Congratulations to Diana Bilbrey, winner of our 2017 London Raffle! Thank you to everyone who participated – and keep your eyes peeled for the next one!

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Red

By John Logan; Produced by Mockingbird Theatre Productions; Directed by Chanda Calentine

November 3-19, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, Red is an electrifying struggle between the artist Mark Rothko, his search for artistic integrity, and the young man hired as his assistant. An exploration of art, humanity and personal expression. Starring John Hall as Rothko and Alex Daly as his assistant, Ken.

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RTS: Broken Glass

By Arthur Miller; Directed by Anita Chapman

April 27-29, 2018

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

In this challenging drama set in 1938, a Jewish woman in Brooklyn mysteriously loses the power of her legs. Her paralysis provokes an identity crisis in her husband and becomes a metaphor not only for the brokenness of her marriage, but also for the indifference of the people around her to reports of atrocities taking place in Germany. Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: God’s Favorite

By Neil Simon; Directed by Jim Reid

August 31- September 2, 2018

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

The Book of Job as a comedy? Joe Benjamin is a God-fearing tycoon with a Long Island mansion and a prodigal son and two kooky twins among other family members. After Joe is visited by Sidney Lipton – God’s messenger (and Joe’s tempter) – his life is never the same. Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: Living Together

By Alan Ayckbourn; Directed by Pat Hart

September 29-October 1, 2017

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Members of an extended family – each leading a life of quiet desperation – reluctantly come together at their family home. When brother-in-law Norman goes out of his way to make each one happier, the results are hilarious and unpredictable. Presented as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: Pack of Lies

By Hugh Whitemore; Directed by RoseLynn Katz

October 27-29, 2017

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Two married couples form a warm, close friendship with each other, but when one of the couples is suspected of spying for the Russians their friendship is turned upside down. Although set in 1961, this play takes on fresh relevance in our world today. Presented as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: The Dresser

By Ronald Harwood; Directed by Marianne Lyon

March 30-April 1, 2018

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Backstage at a theatre, Sir is unsure of his lines or even who or where he is supposed to be. Yet, despite Sir’s persistence that this show will be his last, Sir’s dresser Norman is determined to get him onstage. Presented as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: The Perfect Murder

By Peter James; Written for the stage by Shaun McKenna; Directed by Walter Goodrich

June 1-3, 2018

Friday and Saturday at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

Wanting nothing more than to settle down with his mistress, a husband plans to kill his wife. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that he’s not the only one with murder on his mind! A dark and sometimes bloody comedy! Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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Skylight

By David Hare; Produced by Andrew Gall, Trinity Smith-Keel, Scott Keel

February 2-18, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

When a former lover’s son shows up on her doorstep, Kyra is surprised that he hopes she will reconcile with Tom, his now widowed father. Is the gap between them unbridgeable, or can they resurrect their relationship?

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St. Nicholas

By Conor McPherson; Produced by Waylon Wood; Directed by Betsy Puckett

October 6-October 22, 2017

Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Just in time for Halloween. A jaded theatre critic spins a tale beginning with obsession and ending with a descent into a macabre world of vampires. Is he lying or telling a higher version of the truth? Waylon Wood sinks his teeth into this hauntingly funny one man play.

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Suggestion Box

Presented by the Asheville School of Improv

Usually the last Friday of the month!

Fridays at 8:00 pm

Performed in 35below. Suggestion Box is an evening of crowd-sourced improvised comedy featuring members of The Deep End, Blacklist, and Reasonably Priced Babies.

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The ACT Lobby Gallery

The ACT Lobby Gallery showcases an array of works by local artists and is curated by Sara LeDonne.

Tuesday – Friday from 10-4 and before curtain on show days.


Current Exhibit


Photography by Eric Perkins

“The key to my work is that I stopped, physically, to observe something. I raised my camera and recorded my observations.” – Julius Shulman

Eric Perkins is a man of many values and continued determination. Devoted to photography and the arts from an early age, Eric attended NYU as a film major and continued his education at UNC-Greensboro, and The New School in New York City.

Moving to New York City in the early 70’s Mr. Perkins worked for 23 years as business manager to the preeminent fashion photographer, Francesco Scavullo. This collaboration resulted in his authorship of seven published books, mostly focusing on fashion modeling and health & fitness. Other management positions followed, culminating in his move to Asheville, NC in 2016 to further pursue his photography and other business ventures.

Instagram: @ericperkinsphoto
website: ericperkins.smugmug.com

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson; Directed by Elliot Weiner

December 1-17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Saturday evening performance 12/16 at 7:30 pm

Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday.

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The Diary of Anne Frank

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman; Directed by Adam Cohen

April 13-29, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

In this transcendentally powerful play, a young Jewish girl named Anne captures in her the diary the claustrophobic realities of her life and the lives of seven others, all of whom are hiding in an attic during the reign of Hitler. Their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief are shared, showing the astonishing resilience of the human spirit.

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The Full Monty

Book by Terence McNally; Score by David Yazbek; Directed by Jerry Crouch

June 1-24, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances at 7:30 pm

When a group of unemployed Buffalo steelworkers come up with a way to make some quick cash, everyone wonders if they will really pull it off! Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show.

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The Groundling

By Marc Palmieri; Directed by Betsy Puckett

August 17-September 2, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

NC Premiere! After stumbling upon an outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, Long Island landscaper Bob Malone returns home inspired to write a play about his troubled marriage. He hires two reluctant New York theatre professionals to spend a week at his home and stage the play in his garage, with a cast of colorful locals. A modern romantic comedy with a moving and unexpected ending.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Groundling a movie rating of PG-13. Some material may not be appropriate for pre-teens and younger children.

Adult Language

Cursing is heard throughout the play, including a word that some may consider blasphemous.

Drugs & Alcohol

References to pot; one character drinks a beer

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

October 14, 2017

Saturday at 10:00 am

Bumbling schoolmaster Ichabod Crane is in love with Katrina Van Tassel, who is in love with the town prankster, Brom Bones. Crane refuses to give up, but his pursuit of Katrina finds him face to face with the legendary headless horseman—or is this just another prank by Brom Bones?

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The Mercy Seat

By Neil LaBute; Produced by Ellipsis Theater Company

May 4-20, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

Set on September 12, 2001. A man who was expected to be at the World Trade Center the day is now missing and presumed dead by his wife. However, he’s holed up in a condo with his mistress considering his unexpected freedom to start a new life.

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The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris; Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello; Directed by Josh Batenhorst

December 13-17, 2017

Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm Additional late night performances Friday & Saturday at 9:30 pm

When an out of work slacker takes a job as an elf in Macy’s Santaland, his hilarious observations of the shoppers and employees are much more naughty than nice. This one-man-act can only be described one way: crazy funny. It’s the 16th year in a row for this show at ACT – and Tom Chalmers is shimmying into the candy cane tights again!

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