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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 Fall 2017 Shows
Dates Show Ages Registration Venue
Nov 17–19 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 7–12 Aug 15–29 TBD
Dec 15–17 Edward Albee One Acts 13–18 Aug 15–Sep 18 TBD
ACT's Fall 2017 Workshops
Dates Workshop Ages Venue
Oct 16–Dec 4 Broadway Dance Mon 2–3 7–12 ACT/Trinity
Oct 16–Dec 4 Broadway Dance Mon 3:30–4:30 7–12 ACT/Trinity
Oct 18–Dec 6 Broadway Dance Wed 3:30–4:30 13–18 ACT/Trinity
Oct 17–Dec 5 Beginning Acting 7–12 ACT/Trinity
Oct 19–Dec 7 Directing 13–18 ACT/Trinity

Student Directors

Are you interested in directing, assistant directing or stage managing for a vacation camp production? Applications [doc] [pdf] are now being accepted for February and April and are due January 23rd.

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 Sunday, July 31st at 11:59 PM. We will announce the awardees at the conclusion of the final performance of "Anything Goes" on Sunday, August 7th. Send your completed application to Josh Bell.

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. Contact us at: info@act.arlington.ma.us to learn more about being a part of creating costumes, sets, props, run crew or ushering.

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