Plus, a night of stories and songs, a psychological thriller, and kids take over the Mainstage!

In This Newsletter:

"A must-see show"

Through April 29, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm * Sundays at 2:30 pm
Presented on the Mainstage

We have had seven performances - plus two student matinee performances - of The Diary of Anne Frank, and audiences have been spellbound. At the end of each performance, there's a moment where everyone catches their breath and then erupts into applause. We've had a standing ovation at each performance. There are only three performances left - and we want you to experience the power, the joy (yes, the joy!) and the sorrow of this show. 

Here's what people have shared after seeing the show:

"The Diary of Anne Frank [is] a must-see show" - T. Kiss, Mountain Xpress

"Theatre’s obligation is to touch you, inform you, enlighten you, engage you. This production does all that and quite literally begets the “fourth act” where the audience takes the play home and continues the journey ... I cannot remember the last time a production left the audience silent and breathless when the final curtain came down. The Diary of Anne Frank at ACT is fierce, beautiful and terrifying all at once. You could not ask more of theatre. A MUST SEE!" - E. Pappas

"It is a must see to remind ourselves to be grateful for every moment of freedom we have and how important it to remember the Holocaust. The cast and director and everyone in the crew does an amazing job bringing this true story to life on stage." - M. Roche
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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Tomorrow Night: Listen to This Benefits Our VOICE

Thursday, April 26 * 7:30 pm
Performed in 35below

This show is part of the Our VOICE Embrace Your Voice 2018 April Event Calendar and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Our VOICE.

Listen to This returns with its April installment, "You Don't Have To Stay Here, But You Can't Go Home" - tales of running away. Many of us in our restless younger days threatened to "run away and join the circus." But how many of us actually left, actually packed up our hobo stick and hit the open road? Turns out the world and the circus for that matter can be a scary place, but maybe not as scary as the situation being left behind. How far do you have to go, how long do you have to be gone for it to be more than an idle threat? Or maybe you didn't physically leave but you ran away emotionally, made the mighty leap in your mind.

Featuring stories by Maryedith Burrell, Stephen Goldman, Lindsay Lee, and Bill Wilson plus songs by Rebecca O'Quinn. Hosted by Tom Chalmers. 
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A Psychological Thriller!

April 27-29, 2018 * All performances at 2:30 pm

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. By Arthur Miller; directed by Anita Chapman. Performed as Readers Theatre as a part of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series. 

Friday and Saturday performances in 35below; Sunday performance at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus
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The Mercy Seat Opens Next in 35below

May 4-20, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm
Performed in 35below

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. Jeff Messer directs this provocative drama produced by Ellipsis Theater Company (Oleanna, The Realistic Joneses)
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Kids On Stage: The Music Man Jr.

May 4-6, 2018
Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm
Performed on the Mainstage

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. 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, the town librarian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. 
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NEW! Adult Improv AND Acting Classes

Classes begin May 7, 2018!

Monday Nights
Improv I: Incorporating aspects of the top improv programs in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, this course covers the fundamentals of improvisational acting. Students will gain experience in unscripted comedic performance through improvised stories, scenes, games and group structures. The final class will be open to friends and family so that students can perform for a live audience.

Tuesday Nights
Improv II:
Improv II reinforces all of the skills learned in Improv I by applying those skills to advanced scene work, original character development structures, and intentionally conflict-filled scenarios. The final class will be open to friends and family to attend to give the students a chance to feel the lift of performing for a live audience.

Saturday Afternoons
The Essentials of Acting:
Learn how people see you and what you convey when you are on stage. Armed with that awareness, learn how to best choose and deliver the monologue to land you the parts that are perfect for you. If given material to audition with, learn how to break down the sides, how to discover the beats of the scene, and how to offer varied options. And when you land the part, learn how to attack the script, build the arc of your character, and establish the thoughts behind the lines.
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Upcoming Auditions

May 15, 2018 * 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Director Walter Goodrich seeks a cast of 5 for this dark comedy. In The Perfect Murder, Joan and Victor Smiley have been married nearly two decades. During those years, they have grown distant and live together uncomfortably. Victor dreams of ridding himself of his wife and setting up home in a different place with a different woman. But Victor is not the only one with murder on his mind! The twists in the plot and the sudden surprises are often hilarious in this dark comedy.

The Perfect Murder will be performed as Readers Theatre. No previous experience necessary to audition! Roles are open to all in the community!
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Tanglewood Summer Camp!

Extremely limited spots remain! We have a handful of spots in our half day camp for 5-7 year olds and a few spots for Session 1 for folks 13 and up!
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Generous support for ACT's renovation and expansion was provided by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) from the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF)
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