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The mission of Arlington Children's Theatre is to embrace, enrich, educate and entertain children and their families, within the Boston area, through its commitment to a unique, quality, theatre program.

Established in 1991, Arlington Children's Theatre of Arlington, Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating positive theatrical experiences for children aged 7 through 18. ACT is an all-volunteer organization, made up of families who wish to have fun and work hard to bring theater to life. We hire theater professionals to teach our workshops and direct our shows. Each show relies on the participation of adult volunteers involved in every aspect of the production: lighting, costumes, make-up, set construction, set crew, etc.

Participation in an ACT production is open to any child, from any town, who is willing to work with the directors and fellow actors. No prior theatrical experience is required.

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“Near the end, you don't know
what's going to happen, ...
It's the thrill that gets you.”


"ACT is a great theatre company and everyone is so nice here... [It's] a great community of kids and parent volunteers ..."

Arlington Children's Theatre

Listed in 12 Great Children's Theaters Across the US by Backstage Magazine.
ACT's 2018–2019 Season
Dates Show Ages Registration Venue
Nov 14–18 Danny, Champion of the World 7–12 Aug 6–Sep 3 Masonic
Dec 14–16 A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen 13–18 Sep 10–24 ACT
Jan 11–12 Xanadu, Jr 19 and Up TBD TBD
Spring Harriet the Spy 7–12 TBD TBD
Spring King Lear 13–18 TBD TBD
ACT's 2018 Vacation Day Programs
Dates Program Ages Venue
Jul 2–Aug 24 Summer Day Program 6–12 ACT, 115 Mass Ave

Stephanie Martin Scholarship

Seniors! Apply for the Stephanie Martin Scholarship

Named in honor of late board member Stephanie Martin, Arlington Children's Theatre will give up to three scholarships of $500 to the graduating seniors who best embody the spirit of ACT. Applications are due Tuesday, July 31st at 11:59 PM. We will announce the awardees at the conclusion of the final performance of "Chicago" on Sunday, August 5th. Send your completed application to Mari Watson.

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Stephanie Martin Scholarship Winners: Samantha Donahue, Kate Medwar-Vanderlinden and Georgia Beckmann.


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Offstage Opportunities

ACT offers many opportunities for kids of all ages to participate in the creation of each show in addition to or in place of acting. It takes all kinds of talents to bring a successful production to the stage. Opportunities include run crew, backstage assistance with mics and sound, day program counselors, and set painting and construction. Most jobs are for kids age 13-18. Contact us at: info@act.arlington.ma.us to learn more.

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Last updated: Mon Jul 30 2018 21:25 EDT