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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

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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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 strongly advise parents to carefully consider bringing children under 17.

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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Costume Drama: A Fashion Show 2018

July 6, 2018

Friday at 7:30 pm

This eclectic evening of inventive fashion has quickly become one of the highlights of the Asheville event calendar and sells out every year! Local designers compete for cash prizes in this Project Runway-esque show, and proceeds from tickets benefit the theatre. This year, 20 designers will compete in 4 categories: Hardware, Light, Paper, and Revisionist History.

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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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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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Funny “R” Us Presents: Henry Welch

Presented by Funny "R" Us

July 27, 2018

Doors open at 8:00 / Show starts at 9:00 pm

Henry Welch, the host of Mike Epps Comedy Tour, is headlining the FUNNY “R” US Comedy Show on Friday, July 27th! Featuring Hollywood and hosted by Terrell Marrow, with DJ IPOD Shorty and local Asheville comedians opening the show.

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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 6/28 at 7:30 pm

For 10 hard-luck 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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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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Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas

December 29, 2018

Saturday at 8:00 pm

Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas captures the beauty and atmosphere of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Iceland during the holidays. An entertaining and thought-provoking family holiday experience, the show weaves a tapestry of music, dance, poetry, and stories that hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

Headlining the show is internationally-acclaimed violinist and storyteller Jamie Laval. Laval has performed for Her Majesty The Queen, appeared on the NBC Today show, and presented a TEDx Talk. His recent album Murmurs and Drones was voted “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards. Joining Laval is a cast of young, critically-prasied performers of Celtic harp, woodwinds, guitar, Irish step dancing, and extraordinary vocals.

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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.

May 31, 2018: “Call Backwarding” – Featuring stories by Sharon Feingold, Alison Fields, Waylon Wood, and maybe Sarah Spooner (she’s on call). Plus comedy from Cary Goff and a captured moment from Joe Shelton. And songs by Gracie Calais.

June 28, 2018: Student Showcase
July 26, 2018: Best Of “Listen to This”

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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

Becca and Howard Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

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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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Raffle: Trip to London

Win a fabulous trip for two to London!

Raffle tickets are $50 each-only 500 tickets will be sold

Prize includes:

  • 2 round trip Business Class tickets to London on American Airlines
  • Transfers to and from the airport to your hotel
  • Accommodations for 6 nights at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel
  • Day 1-Guided tour of London
  • 3 day-tours: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge/City of Bath and Kensington Palace
  • 2 pre-purchased tickets to the theatre (you pick from an exclusive list)
  • 2 passes to ride the London Eye
  • $1,000 gift card to purchase theatre tickets, dine, tour and shop

Value: $10,000

Travel must be concluded by June 30, 2019.

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. The drawing will take place the week of September 2, 2018 or whenever all tickets are sold. An independent legal or accounting firm will supervise the drawing. You need not be present to win.

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RTS: Ancestral Voices

by A R Gurney - directed by RoseLynn Katz

June 7-9, 2019

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

Breaking the rules of her upper crust social world and shocking her family, an older woman in the years before World War II divorces her husband and marries another man. Told lovingly by her grandson as a child, and later, after he becomes a mature adult, this tale, written expressly to be read aloud, nostalgically shows how an entire way of life has been erased by the passing of time. Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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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: Awake and Sing

By Clifford Odets; Directed by Arnold Sgan

March 29-31, 2019

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

A Jewish family of three generations lives crammed together in a Bronx apartment during the Great Depression. In language both street-tough and poetic, the characters widely disagree about whether to hold onto their ideals or act in their own best interests as each one struggles to survive. Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series.

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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: Love, Loss and What I Wore

by Nora and Delia Ephron - directed by Martin May

October 26-28, 2018

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

Composed of a unique medley of stories, some bittersweet, others poignant and laugh out loud funny, this play presents a psychological look at women – their often fraught relationships with their mothers, the men who did them wrong and the clothes that mattered to them in key moments of their lives.Performed 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 Constant Wife

by Somerset Maugham - directed by Anita Chapman

April 26-28, 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 sophisticated Comedy of Manners about marital maneuvers in 1920’s London, when an independent-minded woman discovers her husband is having an affair, instead of playing the cliched role of the wronged wife, she lays bare the hypocrisy of the double standard, presents an unsentimental analysis of marriage, and offers a sensible solution. Performed 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 4:00 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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RTS: The Wisdom of Eve

by Mary Orr - directed by Wendy Strauss

September 28-30, 2018

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

 Based on a story and 1940’s radio play that inspired the film All About Eve and the musical Applause, this intriguing tale focuses on a stage actress at the height of her fame and prowess who hires a seemingly mild-mannered and helpful young woman to be her secretary. The results turn into a power struggle and a figurative fight to the death. Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase 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

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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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 Big Dipper

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

February 9, 2019

Saturday at 10:00 am

This spectacular production uses cultural legend and scientific fact to enhance appreciation of The Big Dipper. Audiences learn how the Big Dipper can be used as a calendar, a compass, and a clock through stories from four cultures: the Chinese legend of K’uei, the Underground Railroad, the Greek legend of Callisto, and the Micmac Indian legend of the Sky Bear.  This curriculum based performance includes over two dozen beautifully crafted marionettes and twice as many shadow images. Part of our Saturdays at ACT series!

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The Chicken and the Egg

Presented by 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 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 Terrence 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

The women go to see a male stripper during a "Girls Night Out;" we see this routine.

The main characters form an all-male striptease group called Hot Metal and rehearse and perform a striptease routine. We see the rehearsals and the final performance.

References to sex and body parts, especially the size of genitals, 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 NeverEnding Story

Adapted by David S. Craig; Directed by Jeff Catanese

July 21, 2018

Saturday at 1:00 pm

Presented by students 12-17 in our Tanglewood Advanced Summer Camp.

Bastian Bux is grieving. He just lost his mother, his father works all the time, and he is being bullied. Bastian, on the run from bullies, sneaks into an antique bookshop where he finds a book called “The Neverending Story.” Intrigued by the book, Bastian begins to read and embarks on a journey to Fantasia, a mythical land inside the book. As Bastian’s journey progresses, he must fight to save Fantasia and learn how to cope with his own life. The Neverending Story is a timeless tale that explores issues of bullying, depression, family, and hope.

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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 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! 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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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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