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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
Jan 5, 6 9th Annual Alumni Show:
A Night at the Tonys
'18 and up Nov 15–30 ACT, 115 Mass Ave
Mar 14–17 Sister Act 7–18 Nov 15–Dec 4 LCA
May 11–12 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 13–18 Feb 15–Mar 5 Trinity Baptist
May 3–6 Gulliver's Travels 7–12 Closed Masonic
ACT Summer Season 2018
Aug 2–5 Singin' In the Rain, Jr 7–13 May 1–15 Regent
Aug 2–5 Chicago 13–18 May 1–15 Regent

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A Children's Play
Adapted from the fantasy by
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
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
[Production Page]

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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[Production Page]
9th Annual
ACT Alumni Show
7 PM Friday, January 5th
7 PM Saturday, January 6th
Arlington Children's Theatre
115 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA
Minimum Suggested Donation: $8
Start off the New Year with old friends! ACT is so proud of the hard work our children put into every performance. It is especially gratifying to see how they mature into amazing young adults. Our annual alumni performance is a chance to catch up with friends, and be entertained by ACT's talented cast of former ACTors. This amazing performance will feature both alumni and graduating seniors! Join us for a night of entertainment and fond memories as the alumni take you back through past shows.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Stephanie Martin Scholarship Fund.
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Sister Act
is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre Internation (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
[Production Page]
Sister Act
Music by
Lyrics by
Book by
Additional Book Material
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard
Music Director
ACT has two casts (RED and BLUE) performing Sister Act, so please make sure you purchase tickets for the right show if you wish to see a specific ACTor perform.
Blue Cast7 PM Wednesday, March 14th
Red Cast7 PM Thursday, March 15th
Blue Cast7 PM Friday, March 16th
Red Cast10 AM Saturday, March 17th
Blue Cast2 PM Saturday, March 17th
Red Cast7 PM Saturday, March 17th
LCA Theatre
48 Bartlett Avenue
Lexington, MA

Tickets: $20

Synopsis: Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

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"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"
is presented by special arrangement
[Production Page]
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Michael McCormack
7 PM Friday, May 11
2 PM Saturday, May 12
7 PM Saturday, May 12
Trinity Baptist Church
115 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA

Tickets: $10
Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.
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Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
[Production Page]
Gulliver's Travels
Adapted by Lowell Swortzell
Based on Jonathan Swift's classic novel
Directed by Matt Lundeen
Red Cast 7 PM Thursday, May 17
Blue Cast 7 PM Friday, May 18
Red Cast 10 AM Saturday, May 19
Blue Cast 2 PM Saturday, May 19
Red Cast 7 PM Saturday, May 19
Blue Cast 3 PM Sunday, May 20
Arlington Masonic Temple
19 Academy Street
Arlington, MA

Tickets: $10
The play takes audiences on all four famous voyages, from Lilliput to Brobdingnag to outer space and to the land of the noble Houyhnhnms and the comic Yahoos. Gulliver's Travels is a joy for actors and audiences everywhere.
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