Staying connected and in community during this unprecedented time - 
We're prepping for a world premiere from local author Maria Young, we're all ears for the newest Listen to This, and we're hoping you'll drop off a gift for a toy drive!

We continue to follow all state and local guidelines and recommendations for social distancing, mask-wearing, and attendance capacities.

In This Newsletter:

Transition Premieres Dec. 19

Saturday, December 19 * 7:30 pm
Online Streaming Event

Good news! You didn't miss the premiere of Transition! Due to an unfortunate computer crash, we rescheduled the premiere for Saturday, December 19!  

Local author and community leader Maria C. Young premieres Transition, her first play, as a staged reading on the Mainstage. It is an uplifting, powerful play based on her memoir, Lost in a Game, which focuses on her time in college shifting from a star athlete to a scholar.

The story: 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 has been filmed and will be released for a streamed viewing on Saturday, December 19. Transition is written and directed by Maria C. Young and stars Cortina Jenelle, Elizabeth Garland, Kasia Maatafale, and Tyron Young. 
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The Thought that Counts

Thursday, December 17 * 7:30 pm
Live event streamed through ZOOM Video Conferencing

Is it better to give or to receive? Well, that depends on the present. Some you'd rather not get. Some you wish you never gave. The best thing is to sit back and listen to what happened.

On Thursday, December 17, join us for the next Listen to This: “It’s the Thought That Counts But the Gift That Gets You.” True tales of pernicious presents. Featuring stories from Lauren Fortuna, Anna Kate Hall, Jason Phillips, Jon Rich, and more - plus holiday songs from Eleanor Underhill! Hosted by Tom Chalmers.

For these shows, you can hear and see the storytellers and musicians, but they can't hear OR see you (you don't even have the option to turn on your camera!) So crunch on a big bowl of popcorn in your messy living room - no one but you will know!
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Spread Some Cheer!

Looking for a way to give this holiday season?

The City of Asheville is collecting new, unwrapped toys this Saturday, December 12 from 9-12 at Carrier Park in West Asheville. These toys will be distributed to children in our community next week! Thank you to Ria Young for coordinating this!

January Youth Classes

Classes begin Monday, January 11, 2021
4:00-4:45 pm * Ages 8-11
5:00-5:45 pm * Ages 12-15

Come join the amazing Chris Martin on a fun filled improv journey through all of our favorite improv games and some new surprises.

Classes begin Wednesday, January 13, 2021
4:00-5:00 pm * Ages 8-12

Join us for 7 weeks on Zoom for a fun and interactive dance class covering the fundamentals of dance for the theater!
Register or get more info!

Coming Soon!

  • Want to go back in time? We're uploading past productions of Snowbound from 2016 and 2018 for you to watch at home! Both productions will be available for free, and they'll be available December 15-31, 2020. Watch our Facebook page or our website for more information!

In Case You Missed It

  • "Don't allow fear to deter you from doing the thing that you're passionate about." Maria Young talks about turning her memoir, Lost in a Game, into the script for Transition 

    (Note: at the time of this interview, we thought COVID would be all wrapped up and we'd be able to present Transition in 35below during the summer.)

Thank You!

If a highlight of your week has ever been attending an ACT show, taking part in an ACT class, or volunteering at the theatre, please consider helping us now. If you are able to make a donation, no matter the amount, you will be helping ACT keep our programs going strong for the children, teens, and adults who need them more than ever. Thank you, and keep being creative together, however you can.

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