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ACT: Currently Closed Due to COVID-19

Asheville Community Theatre will be closed for the foreseeable future. We are unable to know when we will be able to reopen. It is our intention to reschedule any upcoming event; we also understand that this may not be possible.

Here’s what we do know:

  • All performances, rehearsals, classes, auditions, volunteer trainings, and any other activity scheduled to take place in the ACT building from now until May 1, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • We will reassess as time moves forward and we have more knowledge about when it will be safe to be in large or small groups together
  • We already cannot wait until that next jubilant gathering!

During this time, our staff will be working remotely. You can reach any of us through email – so don’t be a stranger!

We are also working on ways to bring you interesting, fun, and creative content. Because when life gives us lemons, you know we’re going to turn those into Lemons! The Musical!

With love,
The Staff of ACT

We will communicate any changes to you via e-mail as well as through updates to our website and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).

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Costume Drama: A Fashion Show 2020

To Be Announced

Costume Drama: A Fashion Show is an eclectic evening of inventive fashion that has quickly become one of the highlights of the Asheville event calendar. Local designers compete for cash prizes in this Project Runway-esque show, with proceeds from ticket sales to benefit the theatre.

This year’s Costume Drama will be filmed and released as a pay-per-view event. Tickets and more information will be available soon!

Because of the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves this year, designers will each create a garment from the unconventional materials to which they have access. Instead of winning a material category this year, all designs will be eligible to win a design category:

  • Best Concept or Story (the inspiration behind the piece and how the piece conveys that story)
  • Best Unexpected Material
  • Best Creativity
  • Best Composition (garment, accessories, styling)

The Best in Show winner will be chosen from these 4 designs. As in years past, Best in Show will receive a $500 prize, and the other 3 winners will each receive a $250 prize.

Cover photo by Max Ganly; Designer: Ray Fawley; Model: Lauren Rivas

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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

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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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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

Note: All ticket sales for upcoming events are currently suspended due to COVID-19 until we have more knowledge about when it will be safe to be in large or small groups together.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2020

7:30 pm

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.

Thursday, June 25 2020 – Performed via Zoom Video Conferencing – Telling Tales Out of School: Stories by Students from the Flatiron Writers Room with stories from Shari Azar, Carmela Caruso, Tessa Fontaine, Stephen Goldman, Elizabeth Huddleston, and Larry Roberts plus songs by Angie Heimann. Hosted by Tom Chalmers.

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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

Update: Due to COVID-19, Asheville Community Theatre will be closed for the foreseeable future. It is our intention to reschedule this event; we also understand that this may not be possible.

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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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Little Women a rating of G.

Mainstage Season Gift Certificate

Purchase a Gift Certificate for a friend, a family member, or yourself! Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any ACT Mainstage Season show! We’re especially excited for our 75th Season which begins in October and will feature Annie, Elf the Musical, Bright Star, The Giver, Mamma Mia!, and Lend Me a Tenor.

Please ignore the date shown below next to “Buy Tickets Now” – these Gift Certificates can be used both prior to and after that date!

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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

The whole family will enjoythis funny, poignant and faithful adaptation of the classic 1947 film. When Kris Kringle gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s, he surprises employees and customers by claiming to be the real Santa Claus. But can he convince the skeptical Susan and her mother?

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives Miracle on 34th Street a movie rating of G.

Drugs & Alcohol

As in the movie, the man originally hired to play Santa in the Macy's parade is fired because he's intoxicated.

Raffle: Trip to London

Win a fabulous trip for two to London - or choose to take the cash value of the trip instead!

Tickets on sale through Sunday, June 28, 2020!

Congratulations to …

Vicente Hill! Out of the 462 tickets sold, he had the winning number – lucky #000508921! He’s deciding which prize he’ll choose: the trip for two to London or the cash value of the trip! We can’t wait to hear which he chooses!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket for the London Raffle 2020! We are so grateful for your support!

 

 

Prize includes:

• 2 round trip Business Class tickets to London from Charlotte
• Transfers to and from the airport to hotel
• Accommodations for 6 nights in 4-star or higher hotel in central London
• 2 pre-purchased tickets to the theatre (you pick from an exclusive list of West End shows)
• 2 passes to ride the London Eye
• Up to $500 to spend on guided tours or additional theatre tickets
• Personal consultation with travel agent to customize your trip

Travel must be completed by December 31, 2021

Or, choose to take the cash value of the trip ($10,000)!

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.

Amended rules – 03/23/2020 Due to COVID-19

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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, 2019

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, 2020

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

Update: Due to COVID-19, Asheville Community Theatre will be closed through May 1, 2020. 

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 Last Night of Ballyhoo

By Alfred Uhry; Directed by Wendy Strauss

November 22, 23, and 24, 2019

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

It is 1939, and in Europe, the Nazis have begun rounding up Jews. In Atlanta, the posh German-Jewish community — including the Freitag family with two daughters — is preparing for Ballyhoo, the annual ball where young people can meet suitable future spouses. When Uncle Adolph brings home his new employee, a Brooklyn bachelor with an Eastern European background, a series of unexpected events transpires. This Tony Award winning play is comedic, romantic and deeply touching, as characters confront their prejudices, beliefs and identities.

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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 Fantasticks

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

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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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Fantasticks a rating of PG.

Adult Language

One man calls another "an ass" several times.

Violence

A pretend abduction is staged; the audience knows that it is not a real abduction but the two lovers do not know. It may be a stretch to define this as violence.

Other

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" is referenced. This is a reference to an incident in Roman mythology and may be worth a read on Wikipedia or elsewhere as to the origins of that word as a description of that incident. The usage of the word "rape" in this regard is meant as "abduction" or "kidnapping" rather than as a sexual assault.

The Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum; Music & Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Background music by Herbert Stothart; Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard; Orchestration by Larry Wilcox; Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.; 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.

The Wizard of Oz is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark.

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Audience Guidelines

Asheville Community Theatre gives The Wizard of Oz a movie rating of G. The musical follows the classic 1939 MGM movie very closely.

Note to parents: Please think carefully before attending with very young children. This is a 2.5 hour show (including intermission), and your child would need to be able to sit quietly through the entire show. Some young children may find the Witch (or other characters) very scary – and may be more scared at being in close proximity to her/them rather than seeing the movie on TV/a screen. The Winkies (Witch’s guards) do march through the aisles of the audience. Again, this may be scary for some children while others would think it was thrilling.

Adult Language

Uncle Henry uses a word that some may consider blasphemous when the tornado is approaching.

Transition

Written and directed by Maria C. Young; An Artistic Horizons selection

November 21, 2020

Saturday at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Note: All ticket sales for upcoming events are currently suspended due to COVID-19 until we have more knowledge about when it will be safe to be in large or small groups together.

The tumultuous world of college athletics can strip one of all normalcy and self identity. Mali, a collegiate basketball star, is trying to navigate her sudden want to withdraw from the limelight and walk into the light of who she truly is; the problem is, she doesn’t know who that is. This premiere tells the story of her life, her acceptance, her trials, and most importantly, her triumphs. Will the journey break her, or will she emerge stronger than ever, ready to conquer life and all it brings?

Transition is presented as part of 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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Urinetown

Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann; Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis; Directed by Marci Bernstein; Music Direction by Rob Blackwell; Choreography by Alexa Edelman

May 8-10, 2020

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

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In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! A sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Performed by students ages 13-17 in our Teen Production Class.

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