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A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale; Music by Robert Reale; Based on the books by Arnold Lobel; Directed by Mark Jones

March 15-17, 2019

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

This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

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Adventures in Folklore

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

October 13, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

Enjoy multicultural tales hosted by Rowby, a friendly green alien who loves sharing stories he collects from Planet Earth. Each show includes four stories: Jack and the Beanstalk: a Celtic rendition, with music and narration by world-renowned harpist Robin Williamson; Dogs and Masters: a romp through the parks of Paris with animated cut-outs and music; Kamala’s Drum: a Himalayan folk tale about the spirit of generosity; and The Three Little Pigs, a fast-paced, rap version of the popular tale. Best for all ages. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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Aesop’s Fables

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

March 9, 2019

Saturday at 10:00 am

Perfect for younger audiences, these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong. Share stories like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” “The Tortoise and The Hare,” and “The Lion and The Mouse.” Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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African Folktales

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

January 12, 2019

Saturday at 10:00 am

Join a variety of characters in stories from the folktale traditions from across Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these energetic stories. Our stories include Anansi, porquoi tales and trickster tales. Best for Grades Pre-K - 5th. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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Alice in Wonderland

Adapted for the stage by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus; Directed by Candice Burchill

April 5-21, 2019

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

A journey into a world of complete illusion! All the familiar characters from Lewis Carroll’s famed Victorian fairy tale are here: Alice, The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The Red Queen, The Cheshire Cat … and many more! Produced and reviewed on Broadway, this is considered the most successful dramatic version of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Alice in Wonderland a movie rating of G – for General Audiences.

This is a production intended for everyone to enjoy and has a cast consisting of both youth and adults.

An Iliad

By Lisa Peterson and David O’Hare * Produced by Rarely Theatre * Directed by Trinity Smith Keel

April 5-21, 2019

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

Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller – possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps – fated to tell this story throughout history.  Starring Scott Keel with live underscoring by Franklin Keel.

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Avenue Q

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez; Book by Jeff Whitty; Directed by Jeff Catanese; Music Direction by Rob Blackwell

October 5-28, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 10/18 and 10/25 at 7:30 pm

This puppet-filled witty and raunchy musical comedy follows a group of twenty-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life. Recent college grad Princeton moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q – a street where puppets and humans alike live together. Princeton and his new-found friends struggle with issues of love, sex and sexuality, unemployment, and identity. Winner of the 2003 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

Leave the kids and the easily offended at home for this one!

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Avenue Q a movie rating of R for content that includes graphic language, sexual situations, and adult themes. We do not recommend this show to anyone under the age of 17, and advise parents to carefully consider and/or research independently before bringing children under 17.

Adult Language

Adult Language

Drugs & Alcohol

Drugs/Alcohol

Sexual References

Sexual References

Other

If you are on the fence about this show, we recommend a Google search of the song list. Perhaps listen to a number or two from the soundtrack?

Broadway Bootcamp – Spring Showcase

March 22-23, 2019

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

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Brothers Like These

Sponsored by the North Carolina Veterans Writing Alliance; Hosted by Joseph Bathanti

September 14, 2019

Saturday at 7:00 pm

Four years into their healing journey from scars carried over half a century, Vietnam veterans from the Charles George VAMC Creative Writing Program, return for their third staged reading at Asheville Community Theatre, where Brothers Like These was originally unveiled August 31, 2016. Their astonishing and deeply moving prose and poetry will inspire you, as it has dozens of audiences, in a variety of venues across North Carolina. It will also leave you with a keener appreciation of what it means, then and now, to be a combat veteran of the Vietnam War.

Please join us in affirming and celebrating the courage, selflessness, and reclaimed humanity of these veterans, as we at long last welcome them home. The evening is sponsored by the newly formed North Carolina Veterans Writing Alliance and hosted by former North Carolina Poet Laureate and Appalachian State University professor, Joseph Bathanti.

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Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

By Alan Ball * Produced by: UNC Asheville’s Alpha Psi Omega (APO) Drama Honors Society * Directed by Missy Sullivan

September 7-23, 2018

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

While attending a wedding in Knoxville, Tennessee, five identically clad bridesmaids gather in an upstairs bedroom, each with their own reason to avoid the reception below. As the afternoon progresses, these five unique women uncover their common bond in this funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

UNC Asheville students should call the Box Office at 828-254-1320 to reserve complimentary tickets.

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Footloose

Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Direction by Lynda Shuler

February 8-March 3, 2019

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 2/21 and 2/28 at 7:30 pm

When teenager Ren McCormack moves from Chicago to a small town, he isn’t prepared for the stifling local laws, including a ban on dancing and rock music instituted by the local preacher. As he struggles to fit in, he encourages his classmates to defy the local pastor and call for a rock’n’roll prom. With an energetic Top 40 score amplified with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of opening minds and listening to the voices of young people. A musical version of the 1984 film.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Footloose a rating of PG: Parents urged to give “parental guidance.” May contain some material parents might not like for their young children

Adult Language

Mild swearing peppered throughout.

Violence

One character gives his girlfriend a black eye. This happens offstage, but is discussed onstage.

Drugs & Alcohol

A few characters talk about drinking beer.

Sexual References

Mild flirting and sexual innuendo.

FrankenSTEM

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

November 10, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

Dr. Frank N. Stein is one of the world’s most famous scientists, but he needs YOUR help to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to make his masterpiece come to life! See why audiences around the world made this Bright Star’s most popular STEM show last year. Best for for Kindergarten – 5th Grade. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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Guys and Dolls JR.

Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling; Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Directed by Marci Bernstein

May 3-5, 2019

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

Performed by students in our Tanglewood Youth Theatre class. Set in Damon Runyon’s New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.

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Hands on a Hardbody

Book by Doug Wright; Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; Lyrics by Amanda Green; Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Director: Lynda Shuler

June 7-30, 2019

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 6/20 and 6/27 at 7:30 pm

For 10 determined Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand new “hardbody” Nissan truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. Based on a true story.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Hands on a Hardbody a rating of PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned – some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Adult Language

Swearing peppered throughout, including a few usages of a word some may consider blasphemous.

Holidays Around the World

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

December 8, 2018

Saturday at 2:00 pm

When the tour guides for Worldwide Tours get separated at holiday time, a worldwide adventure awaits. Celebrate holidays from all over the globe – the Lohri Festival, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and more!

 

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Jack’s Adventures In Space

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

July 13, 2019

Saturday at 10:00 am

Jack, a young student, puts his imagination to work to take him on an out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system! Learn about all the planets that circle the sun. Best for Grades Pre-K – 6th. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor

By Neil Simon; Directed by Brenda Lilly

August 14-30, 2020

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

Playwright Neil Simon got his first big break in the early 50s as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, and this comedy takes a fictionalized look into writer’s room antics. The play focuses on Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and his staff, including Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wackiness that takes place in the writers’ room.

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Left Behind – Reflection

Written and directed by Monica McDaniel

November 30-December 8, 2018

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm

As Logan is trying to get her life back from her long battle with drugs, she realizes that the very thing that she has been running from has been right in front of her the whole time. Join us for a night of reflection, singing, praising and discovery.

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Legally Blonde

The Musical * Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Direction by Sarah Fowler; Choreography by Jacob Walas

June 5-28, 2020

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 6/18 and 6/25 at 7:30 pm

Elle Woods appears to have it all. But her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle surprises everyone (except herself) when she applies to and is admitted into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

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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.

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Little One-Inch

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

February 9, 2019

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. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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Little Women

Adapted from Louisa May Alcott's classic book by Scott Davidson; Directed by Julie Wharton

April 3-19, 2020

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

Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up.

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Lobby Hero

By Kenneth Lonergan; Produced by Ellipsis Theater Company * Directed by Devyn Ray Villarreal

March 8-24, 2019

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

When a murder investigation brings together a pair of security guards, a cop, and his rookie to the lobby of a Manhattan apartment complex, loyalties and convictions will be pushed to the limit. Sometimes between truth, justice, and doing the right thing, you can only pick two.

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Audience Guidelines

The producers of Lobby Hero have given the show a rating of PG-13 based on the inclusion of adult language, violence, drugs/alcohol and sexual references. Note: adult language is used consistently throughout the entire script.

Love, Linda (The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter)

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman * Produced and directed by Misty Theisen

August 9-25, 2019

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

Love, Linda is a one-woman musical about Linda Lee Thomas, the glamorous spouse and driving force behind renowned American songwriter Cole Porter. The story of their unconventional 35-year marriage interweaves with innovative arrangements of Porter’s timeless music and clever lyrics to create the compelling narrative of Love, Linda. Starring Karen Covington-Yow.

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Miracle on 34th Street

Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies; Based on the 20th Century Fox motion picture; Directed by Candice Burchill

December 5-20, 2019

Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional evening performances Thursday Dec. 5, Wednesday, Dec. 18, & Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 pm

Kris Kringle, an old man living in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s where he surprises employees and customers by claiming to be the real Santa Claus. Seen as deluded by Macy’s vocational counselor, he’s thrown into a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. The whole family will enjoy this funny, poignant and faithful adaptation of the classic 1947 film.

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Nunsense A-Men

By Dan Goggin * Directed by Sarah Fowler

January 11-27, 2019 * EXTENDED! Performances added Feb 1-2, 2019

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

When the Little Sisters of Hoboken – comprised of a former circus performer, a wannabe ballerina, a streetwise nun, a sister that’s lost her mind, and an overly ambitious second in command – discover that their cook, Sister Julia Child of God has poisoned 52 of their sisters, they must raise money to bury their dead. Think Mrs. Doubtfire goes to the convent for this delightfully funny and heartfelt show.

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Rabbit Hole

By David Lindsay-Abaire; Directed by Stephanie Hickling Beckman

August 9-25, 2019

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

“A drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation” – Variety

A journey from grief to grace. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until the accidental death of their son turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. As they navigate through the unimaginable, they find themselves and each other. In the end, there is always hope. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Rabbit Hole a movie rating of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned – Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Adult Language

Mild to strong cursing is used semi-regularly, including words and phrases that some may consider blasphemous. In addition, derogatory references to God and Religion occur.

Violence

Two instances of physical fighting (punching, smacking) are mentioned; they occur offstage and happen between strangers who are annoyed with each other.

Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol: Light social drinking, mentions of being drunk or general references to alcohol; Drugs: Heroin is mentioned once in the context of death, Ambien and cigarette smoke are mentioned. No drug use occurs onstage.

Sexual References

Premarital sex and pregnancy are referred to numerous times; one character is pregnant and is not married or in a partnership.

Other

Suicide is mentioned; Weight, gaining weight, and being fat are mentioned 3 times; Talk of and mention of death and people who have died (not just Danny) occur frequently.

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Tickets on sale through August 25, 2019

Someone’s going to win $10,000! Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! All raffle proceeds support operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre.

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

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RTS: An Inspector Calls

By J. B. Priestley; Directed by Margaret Crowell

May 22, 23, and 24

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

A celebratory dinner is interrupted when an Inspector comes to call at the  house of the upper middle class Birling family. His persistent questioning regarding the death of a young working class factory worker unleashes a torrent of unexpected revelations. The disparity between the haves and the have nots is as relevant today as it was in 1912 when this socially conscious mystery, complete with a surprise ending, was set.

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RTS: Arms and The Man

by George Bernard Shaw – directed by Jim Reid

August 30,31, September 1, 2019

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

Often viewed as Shaw’s wittiest play, this is a borderline farce that will stimulate serious thinking about the nature of both romance and war. What is Raina to do when she finds that an enemy soldier has taken refuge in her room? What will her fiancee say? The plot, of course, thickens! Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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RTS: Chagall and Mrs. Belmont

By C. Robert Jones; Directed by Deborah Austin

December 6, 8 and 15, 2019

Friday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 pm in 35below; Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus; Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center

September 1964, New York City: Former actress and now very wealthy Mrs. Belmont hopes to persuade Marc Chagall to paint the murals for the new Metropolitan Opera House. During their conversation, Chagall reveals the struggles of having been a Jew in Russia, France and the United States during two world wars, and beyond. This beautiful play explores a love of theater and music,and what an artist feels about his or her own work.

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RTS: Einstein and The Polar Bear

By Tom Griffin; Directed by Ellen Pappas

September 27, 28, and 29

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

A renowned writer has it all, fortune, fame, women and adoration, when one excruciating miscalculation causes him to lose everything. As penance he hides away in a small New England town where he runs a bookstore in a shambling farmhouse. Then comes a knock on his door. Can the lost be found? Can the sinner gain redemption?

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RTS: Harvey

By Mary Chase; Directed by Marianne Lyon

March 27, 28, and 29

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

Genial, mild mannered Elwood P. Dowd has a special friend in Harvey, a large and gentle rabbit whom only he can see and hear.  Utterly mortified, his social climbing sister tries to have him committed to a mental institution, but her plans go hilariously awry in this beloved American classic.

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RTS: The Chalk Garden

By Enid Bagnold; Directed by Anita Chapman

April 24, 25, and 26

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

In this gentle thriller set in a faded English manor house, barren soil becomes a metaphor for lack of love.  When a mysterious governess enters a dysfunctional upper middle class family, her wit and compassion and knowledge of gardening transform a hollow and meaningless world of social pretense into earth which is rich with the promise of life.

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RTS: The Last Night of Ballyhoo

By Alfred Uhry; Directed by Wendy Strauss

November 22, 23, and 24

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

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play by the author of Driving Miss Daisy. Nazis have just started rounding up Jews in Europe, while the elitist German Jews in 1939 Atlanta are busily focused on the social event of the season, affording marriageable daughters a golden opportunity to find proper husbands for themselves. When a decent young man of Eastern European background enters the picture, romantic plans get humorously tangled up, and personal beliefs are put to the test.

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RTS: The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare; Directed by Jim Reid

August 28, 29, and 30

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

Antonio, an antisemitic merchant, takes a loan from the Jew Shylock to help his friend to court Portia. Antonio can’t repay the loan, and without mercy, Shylock demands a pound of his flesh. This sets in motion a thrilling and clandestine journey, where love, money, and religion take center stage, spinning a timeless classic as relevant today as it was in 1599.

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Saturdays at ACT: The Wizard of Oz

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

June 8, 2019

Saturday at 10:00 am

Follow comic duo Lenny and Mabel down the yellow brick road to the land of Oz and meet all of your favorite characters along the way – all performed by only 2 actors! Gain courage with the Cowardly Lion, take heart with the Tin Man, and find your wits with the Scarecrow in this fun interactive retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic. Best for Grades Pre-K – 6th. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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Snowbound

By Tom Godleski; Directed by Lori Hilliard

November 30-December 16, 2018

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

BONUS: Added performance on Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 pm!

A revival of 2016’s premiere of this holiday family crowd-pleaser! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. Written by local storyteller and musician Tom Godleski and performed with original music and traditional songs by local bluegrass musicians.

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Speech and Debate

By Stephen Karam * Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company * Directed by Marci Bernstein

May 10-26, 2019

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

Three misfit teenagers come together to start a Speech & Debate team at school, protest the school’s production of Once Upon a Mattress, and take down a possibly predatory teacher. Loyalties shift and secrets are revealed in this dark comedy by Tony-winner Stephen Karam.

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Suggestion Box

Sunday, June 23

7:00 pm

Presented by the Asheville School of Improv. Tickets: $7.00 Students: $5.00

Performance Schedule:

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm: “The Harold”

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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 Chicken and the Egg

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

April 13, 2019

Saturday at 10:00 am

Many a human has lain awake in bed
Wondering which came first, the chicken or the egg?
The mystery forms an endless loop,
Played out each day in the chicken coop.
The Chicken and the Egg is a lively shadow puppet play supporting classroom learning pertaining to life cycles and animal groups. The story features representative reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish and birds as they grow and reproduce. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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The Fantasticks

Music by Harvey Schmidt; Lyrics by Tom Jones; Directed by Mark Jones; Music Direction by Rob Blackwell; Choreography by Jessica Garland

February 7 – March 1, 2020

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 2/20 and 2/27 at 7:30 pm

The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: it’s a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time and is punctuated by a series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. “Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world!

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The Man in the Bright Nightgown

By Tom Huey * Produced by Occasional Theatre * Directed by Brenda Lilly

November 2-18, 2018

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

On a hot August night, an inebriated Jimmy Wharton stumbles into his backyard to converse one last time with the larger-than-life father he laid to rest earlier that day. As he works his way through their often fraught relationship, Jimmy ends up face-to-face with his own shortcomings in this colorful, comedic and poignant play written by award winning NC playwright Tom Huey. Starring Michael Lilly.

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The Pirate of Bully Bay

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

September 8, 2018

Saturday at 10:00 am

Ahoy Maties! This seafaring adventure teaches young buccaneers how to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of friendship by learning how to recognize, report and stand up to bullying. Best for Pre-K – 5th Grade. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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The Santaland Diaries

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

December 12-16, 2018

Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm; Additional late night performances Friday and Saturday nights 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. Starring Tom Chalmers.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Santaland Diaries a rating of R. The show is not intended for or geared towards children.

Adult Language

Plenty of swears throughout. Also includes a derogatory usage of the word "retarded." We are contractually obligated to perform the script as written.

Drugs & Alcohol

Includes references to drinking, being drunk, and smoking pot

The Wizard of Oz

RSC Version; Music & Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Directed by Jerry Crouch; Music Direction by Sarah Fowler; Choreography by Alexa Edelman

October 4-27, 2019

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Thursday performances 10/17 and 10/24 at 7:30 pm

This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. All the songs we’ve loved for years are here including “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “The Merry Old Land of Oz” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.” This production also commemorates the 60th anniversary of Tanglewood Youth Theatre, which began in the fall of 1959.

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Truth Be Told

Written and directed by Monica McDaniel; Produced by WinniesChild Productions; An Artistic Horizons selection

September 6-21, 2019

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm

These two one act plays, twinned in theme, display the struggles of sexual abuse, and the aftermath; which is healing. The stories of two different persons are speaking the truth – or a truth – their truths – about going through this harsh and mind blowing journey. This powerful show has a bold message with a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Truth Be Told will open the 2019-20 35below season and is also the inaugural play in Asheville Community Theatre’s Artistic Horizons program, a program that gives local artists the opportunity to pursue new creative paths in the theatre. In the 2019-20 season, Artistic Horizons will feature four productions created by new, emerging, or established writers who are expanding their craft to include playwriting, or are helmed by first time directors who want to workshop a piece before committing to a full performance run.

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Velveteen Rabbit

Presented by the Bright Star Touring Theatre

May 11, 2019

Saturday at 10:00 am

A heartwarming tale of childhood and imagination. Based on the classic tale by Margery Williams Bianco, this show examines what it means to love and what it means to be real. Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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