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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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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives 9 to 5 The Musical a rating of PG-13. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13 or pre-teenagers. Parents are urged to be cautious.

Adult Language

Intermittent swearing

Violence

One character fantasizes that she shoots and kills another; another character fantasizes that she poisons and kills another character; a gun is fired

Drugs & Alcohol

Several characters smoke pot; one character has a flask and is tipsy at work

Sexual References

Where to begin? The boss makes plenty of inappropriate remarks to and about his female employees; one character fantasizes about a physical relationship with another

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!

Update: Due to the snow, A Dickens Tale has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay safe and warm!

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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 Showcase

Directed by Mark Jones; Music Direction by Sarah Fowler; Choreography by Jessica Garland

March 9-10, 2018

Friday at 7:30 pm and 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!

 

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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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Costume Sale

May 26, 2018

One day only! Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm

We’ve raided ACT’s giant closets to bring out an eclectic selection of clothing you won’t find anywhere else! There’s no telling what treasures you’ll find: past sales have included vintage band uniforms, hats just begging to be made into Easter bonnets, funky sequined formal wear, and so much more!

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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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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.

March 29, 2018: Lucky Charms
April 26, 2018: “You Don’t Have to Stay Here, but You Can’t Go Home” – Running Away Stories
May 31, 2018: Secrets
June 28, 2018: Student Showcase
July 26, 2018: Best Of “Listen to This”

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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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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 Hawaii

Win a fabulous trip for two to Hawaii!

The raffle has ended! Congratulations to winner Sharon Fahrer!

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Raffle tickets are $50 each – only 500 tickets will be sold!

Prize includes:

  • Flights: 2 round trip Business Class tickets from Charlotte* to Hawaii (arrive Honolulu, depart Maui); 2 “island hopper” tickets from Honolulu to Maui
  • Flowered lei greeting
  • Transfers to and from the airport to your hotel
  • Accommodations for 3 nights at the Sheraton Waikiki Beach Resort + 3 nights at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
  • Tour of Pearl Harbor
  • Tour of Honolulu
  • Massages at Maui resort
  • Old Lahaina Luau – dinner and show for 2
  • All breakfasts included
  • $1,000 gift card to purchase surfing lessons, dine, tour, or shop

Estimated Value: $9,300

* A different departing airport may be exchanged for Charlotte airport; winner will pay any difference in ticket price.

The drawing will take place the week of March 5, 2018 or whenever all tickets are sold. UPDATE: The drawing will take place on Monday, April 16, 2018. Ticket sales end Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Travel must be concluded by December 31, 2018.

This is a fundraising project for Asheville Community Theatre, a 501 (c)(3) organization, and all Board Members, staff and other affiliated people of ACT are eligible to purchase tickets. An independent legal or accounting firm will supervise the drawing. You need not be present to win.

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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

March 30, 2018

Friday at 8:00 pm

Presented by the Asheville School of Improv. Featuring members of The Deep End, Reasonably Priced Babies and students from the Asheville School of Improv. Tickets: $7.00 Students: $5.00

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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 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.

Run time: 2 hours, plus a 15 minute intermission

Additional Information:
Opening Night – Friday, April 13 – Pre-show champagne
Sweet Saturday – Saturday, April 14 – Pre-show chocolates
Q&A Matinee – Sunday, April 15 – Post-show talk-back

ASL Interpreted Performance – Sunday, April 15 – Please contact Box Office Manager Joshua Runkles at joshua@ashevilletheatre.org for seating with optimal interpreter sight lines. Please contact anytime before 4/13 at 5:00 pm.

Descriptive Audio for the Sight Impaired (DASI) Performances – April 20-22

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Diary of Anne Frank a movie rating of PG-13. Parental Guidance is suggested and some material may not be appropriate for children under 13.

Adult Language

A few curse words are used including one that some may consider blasphemous.

Sexual References

Anne reads a passage from her diary that mentions the changes in her body due to puberty and her awareness of and interest in those changes.

Other

While violence is never seen on stage, the horror of the Holocaust surrounds this show. We do find out the fate of each character at the end of the play and this information is difficult to hear.

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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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Full Monty a movie rating of R. The Full Monty contains adult material. Parents are urged to leave young children at home.

Adult Language

Swearing is used throughout.

Sexual References

References to sex and body parts are made throughout.

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 Music Man JR.

Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson; Book by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey; Directed by Marci Bernstein

May 4-6, 2018

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

Performed by students (ages 11-17) in our Youth Production Class. Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. Director: Marci Bernstein; Musical Director: Lynda Shuler.

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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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The Wind in the Willows

Adapted by T. James Belich; Directed by Bradshaw Call

March 16-18, 2018

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

Performed by students (ages 7-12) in our Youth Production Class. What begins as a peaceful summer on the River is soon disrupted by Toad and his obsession with motorcars. After crashing several cars, he then steals one and lands himself in jail. His friends Mole, Badger, and Water Rat make every effort to protect Toad’s residence, Toad Hall, but are instead ousted by the Ferrets and Weasels of the Wild Wood. Will Toad escape from jail and regain Toad Hall? Will he learn a lesson about his boastful and impetuous ways? A spirited adaptation of a timeless classic!

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