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ACT's Fall Season 2017

ACT's Fall Season 2017
Dates Show Ages Registration Venue
Nov 17–19 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 7–12 Aug 15–29 Masonic
Dec 14–17 Edward Albee One Acts 13–18 Aug 15–Sep 18 Masonic

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A Children's Play
By RICHARD R. GEORGE
Adapted from the fantasy by
ROALD DAHL
Directed by Matt Lundeen
Red Cast 7 PM Friday, Nov 17
Red Cast 2 PM Saturday, Nov 18
Blue Cast 7 PM Saturday, Nov 18
Blue Cast 3 PM Sunday, Nov 19
Arlington Masonic Temple
19 Academy Street
Arlington, MA

Tickets: $10
Available online and at the door
All performances are SOLD OUT
Who wouldn't want to join Charlie Bucket in his adventurous tour of Willy Wonka's world-famous Chocolate Factory? Now is your chance! Audiences will see Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Willy Wonka and Charlie himself come to life, and all involved will discover the true meaning of teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Three One-Act Plays
by Edward Albee
Finding the Sun
The American Dream
The Sandbox
Directed by Michael McCormack
2 PM Saturday, Dec 16
7 PM Saturday, Dec 16
3 PM Sunday, Dec 17
Arlington Masonic Temple
19 Academy Street
Arlington, MA

Tickets: $10
Available online and at the door
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Finding the Sun:

Running into each other at the beach, Cordelia and Abigail do all they can to hide their dislike for one another, probably because their husbands, Daniel and Benjamin, aren't doing so well at hiding the fact that they themselves were once in love before ever deciding to marry Cordelia and Abigail instead. Gertrude and Henden (Daniel and Cordelia's parents by previous marriages) play witness to their step-childrens' passions which inevitably excite their own, despite their age. Gertrude acts upon her curiosity by investigating what she imagines to be a relationship between Edmee and Fergus, a mother and son whom she meets at the beach that day. Henden, in his own time, approaches the sixteen-year-old Fergus and finds himself answering the boy's discomforting questions about the nature of Daniel and Benjamin's past relationship. All together, these chance meetings and forays into frankness offer a kaleidoscopic view of passion which spans all the ages of man and woman and all the varieties of love we know.

The American Dream:

Mommy and Daddy sit in a barren living room making small talk. Mommy, the domineering wife, is grappling with the thought of putting Grandma in a nursing home. Daddy, the long-suffering husband, could not care less. Grandma appears, lugging boxes of belongings, which she stacks by the door. Mommy and Daddy can't imagine what's in those boxes, but Grandma is well aware of Mommy's possible intentions. Mrs. Barker, the chairman of the women's club, arrives, not knowing why she is there. Is she there to take Grandma away? Apparently not. It all becomes evident when Grandma reveals to Mrs. Barker the story of the botched adoption of a "bumble of joy" twenty years ago by Mommy and Daddy. Mrs. Barker appears to have figured it out when Young Man enters. He's muscular, well-spoken, the answer to Mommy and Daddy's prayers: The American Dream. Grandma convinces him to assist in her master plan. She puts one over on everybody and escapes the absurdly realistic world which she finds so predictable.

The Sandbox

Beginning with brightest day, the Young Man is performing calisthenics (which he continues to do until the very end of the play) near a sandbox at the beach. Mommy and Daddy have brought Grandma all the way out from the city and place her in the sandbox. As Mommy and Daddy wait nearby in some chairs, the Musician plays off and on, according to what the other characters instruct him to do.

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