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The mission of Arlington Children's Theatre is to embrace, enrich, educate, entertain, and encourage 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.

For announcements of shows, auditions, workshops and other activities of the ACT, please sign up for our e-mail mailing list.

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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.
Summer Season 2019
Dates Show Ages Registration Venue
Jul 25–27 Once on This Island Jr 7–12 Mar 25 LCA
Jul 25–27 Addams Family 13–18 Mar 25 LCA
Dates Spring Workshops Ages Venue
May 4 Acting Through Song 12–18 ACT
May 25 Fundamentals of Storytelling 12–18 ACT
June 1 Introduction to Acting 6–11 ACT
June 22 Creative Movement 8–18 ACT
Dates Summer Day Programs Entering
July 1–12 Summer I: Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress 1–8 ACT
July 15–26 Summer II: Getting to Know…Once Upon a Mattress 1–8 ACT
July 29–Aug 9 Summer III: The Little Mermaid Jr 1–8 ACT
Aug 12–23 Summer IV: The Little Mermaid Jr 1–8 ACT

Student Directors

Are you interested in being a director, assistant director, stage manager, or counselor for a vacation camp production? Applications [pdf] are now being accepted for February and April and are due November 30th.


Applications are now being accepted for apprenticeships during our Summer Day Program. Applications are due April 15, 2019.

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 2018 Stephanie Martin Scholarship Winners: Isabelle Kilbride, Lily Winston Grob, and Laura Kirchner.

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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: to learn more.

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Last updated: Tue Jun 11 2019 20:30 EDT