Asheville Community Theatre 2016-17 Season

ACTlogoMainstage, 35Below, Readers Theatre Showcase, Youth and Student Matinees, “Olde Virden’s Super Happy Trivia Challenge,” “Listen to This – Stories in Performance” and more.

For more than seven decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been delighting audiences with high quality performances, making us the oldest continuously operating theatre in Asheville and one of the oldest community theatres in the nation.

35below
is ACT’S intimate black box space.  Behind the mainstage, the entrance to the lobby is located at the back of the theatre building.  Across the shared parking lot of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Visitor Center.  Will call tickets can be picked up in the lobby of 35below.   Concessions are sold and can be taken into the theatre.

Asheville Community Theatre
Susan Harper, Executive Director
35 East Walnut St.
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-1320 Box Office
http://www.ashevilletheatre.org


Mainstage Season

crimes of the heartCrimes of the Heart
By Beth Henley

Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, this play examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters who have reunited to await news of their dying grandfather. Each sister, different in her own right, struggles with the unfamiliarity of being back together again. The play is the story of how these young characters escape the past to seize the future – with a telling that is true, touching, and consistently hilarious. Directed by Eric Mills.

August 12 – August 28, 2016
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.


Sweeney Todd

October 7-30, 2016
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Directed by Jerry Crouch
Billed as a musical thriller, Sweeney Todd is an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife and daughter. The twisted road to revenge leads Todd to the hilarious Mrs. Lovett, a proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a popular new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for revenge inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!


Snowbound

December 2-18, 2016
By Tom Godleski
Directed by Mark Jones
A mountain play with mountain music! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. A World Premiere play with original bluegrass music played live onstage by members of Buncombe Turnpike and Sons of Ralph.


Peter and the Starcatcher

March 30 – April 15, 2017
* A co-production with the UNCA Drama Dept
A Play by Rick Elice; Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Directed by Chanda Calentine
Performed at the Carol Belk Theatre on the UNCA campus
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable young orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). Peter and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes that a mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, contains starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.


The Producers

August 18 – September 10, 2017
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Based on the 1968 Film
Directed by Jerry Crouch
The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.


READERS THEATRE by Autumn Players

2016-17 Season TBA

The Circle2015-16 Season
The Circle

By Somerset Maugham
This witty drama from 1921 brings both period charm as well as ageless questions about the human condition that never leave us. Is it better to remain in a dull but decent marriage or to leave it behind, causing pain to those rejected, for the sake of a passionate love affair? We see this situation acted out as Lord Cheney, on a visit to his son and daughter-in-law, meets up unexpectedly with his ex-wife, the flighty Lady Kitty and her lover with whom she ran off many years ago. To further complicate the matter is the fact that the daughter-in-law plans to desert her stuffy husband for a lover of her own. Thus, life comes full circle in what is considered Maugham’s finest work for the stage. Directed by Elliot Weiner.

Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, 2016 in 35below
Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus

All shows at 2:30 pm Tickets are $6 and are on sale in advance through Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance.


Listen to This – Stories in Performance at Asheville Community Theatre

Hosted by Tom Chalmers
There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life,” Listen to This is an evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. Each installment features a central theme (past shows have featured stories about everything from gluttony to mistaken identity). Real people. Real stories. Real good times.

Asheville Community Theatre’s 35 Below, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville. Tickets are $15. Visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

35below is ACT’S intimate black box space.  Behind the mainstage, the entrance to the lobby is located at the back of the theatre building.  Across the shared parking lot of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Visitor Center.  Will call tickets can be picked up in the lobby of 35below.   Concessions are sold and can be taken into the theatre.


Olde Virden’s Super Happy Trivia Challenge

olde virdensHosted by Adam Arthur and Troy Burnette
Following in the tradition of such shows as Wait, Wait…. Don’t Tell Me and the BBC’s Would I lie to You?, comes Olde Virdin’s Super Happy Trivia Challenge, a live, unscripted panel show featuring local actors and personalities putting their wits (and their patience) to the test as they try and answer esoteric questions about random topics that interest your host, Adam Arthur. Each month the ‘cage-free’ panelists (with help from a few ‘volunteers’ from the audience) will vie for the right to proclaim themselves the Cliff Clavins of the greater Asheville area. With no script, and little authoritative oversight, anything could happen as the pressure builds to not lose the day.

Asheville Community Theatre’s 35 Below, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville. Tickets are $15. Visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

35below is ACT’S intimate black box space.  Behind the mainstage, the entrance to the lobby is located at the back of the theatre building.  Across the shared parking lot of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Visitor Center.  Will call tickets can be picked up in the lobby of 35below.   Concessions are sold and can be taken into the theatre.


SATURDAYS AT ACT

ACT is proud to partner with Bright Star Touring Theatre, Attic Salt Theatre Company, Red Herring Puppets and Tim Arem to provide the highest quality theatre education for families and children.

Families can attend for rock bottom ticket prices –
bring the whole neighborhood!

All tickets are $5.

2016-17 SCHEDULE TBA


Student Matinees 2016-17 Season

The Velveteen Rabbit
(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

This literary classic is routinely named one of the top books for children! This heartwarming story tells of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. The story celebrates unconditional love and real beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Join our professional actors as they bring to life this engaging and sweet story with imaginative costumes and captivating skill.

Student matinee performance:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 9:30am


The Story of Anne Frank
(Best for Grades 4-adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

We traveled all the way to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for research on this remarkable story. Join us in honoring the end of WW II with this production that celebrates the courage of young Anne Frank and her family. This production is designed to offer an engaging and accessible approach to this time in history. The Story of Anne Frank seeks to honor the strength of the human spirit even in the most challenging of times.

Student matinee performance:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 11:30am


 Adventures in Folklore
(Best for Grades K–5)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

Enjoy multi-cultural tales hosted by Rowby, a friendly green alien who loves sharing stories he collects from Planet Earth. Each show includes four stories: “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a Celtic rendition, with music and narration by world-renowned harpist Robin Williamson; “Dogs and Masters,” a romp through the parks of Paris with animated cut-outs and music; “Kamala’s Drum,” a Himalayan folk tale about the spirit of generosity; “The Three Little Pigs,” a fast-pased, rap version of the popular tale.

Student matinee performance:
Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 10:00am


Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit
(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit It’s a bird, it’s a plane, and it’s Captain Friendship! Our super hero-themed show offers young audiences the opportunity to stand up to a bullying bandit and empower themselves. This show helps hold young people accountable so they will stop bullying when they see it. Captain Friendship also encourages them to ensure respect and peace among their classmates. The most exciting part of the show occurs when Captain Friendship bestows his Superhero powers unto the young audience members. By helping to stop the bully bandit, they realize that they were the true superheroes all along.

Student matinee performance:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 9:30am


Alice in Wonderland
(Best for Grades PreK–5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45- minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical character who take your audience on an imaginative ride. Since 1865 this literary classic has been a favorite among young readers and we can’t wait to bring it to life. Join the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and Alice on this adventure in Wonderland.

Student Matinee performance:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 11:30am


The Pirate of Bully Bay
(Best for Grades PreK–5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Bright Star’s most successful show of 2015 is back! Prepare ye mateys for our most fun anti-bullying, swashbuckling adventure ever! Join Captain Catherine, the kindest pirate of the high seas, as she meets the bully Black Stache and must overcome his mean ways. This interactive adventure teaches our young crew the tools they need to stop a bully through clever rhymes and memorable characters.

Student Matinee performance:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 9:30am


USA to Z
(Best for Grades 3-8)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Just in time for election season…join Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam as they take your audience on a journey through America. Your students will learn how the political process works, the differences between the judicial, legislative and executive branches and what it means to vote. At various points during the show, your audience will take part in a live-action game show component featuring patriotic prizes while our hosts entertain them with their hilarious antics. From the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence to the swing vote, this show will leave no political stone unturned. This special tour is running through Election Day and is designed to encourage good citizens by teaching audiences how they can contribute to their own communities.

Student Matinee performance:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 11:30am


Electricity
(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

Audiences learn how the discovery of Earth’s invisible magnetic force and static electricity led to a useful understanding of electromagnetic energy. Puppets portray historical figures and famous scientists who employ the process of careful observation and build on each other’s knowledge, to make related discoveries in various parts of the world resulting in the invention of the compass, the lightning rod, the battery, the motor, and the electric light bulb. Performed with large Bunraku style table-top puppets. Featuring the rhyming duo of FLOW and FLOW.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 10:00am


Snowbound
(Best for Grades K-8)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre

A mountain play with mountain music! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. A World Premiere play written by local playwright/musician Tom Godleski with original bluegrass music played live onstage by members of Buncombe Turnpike and Sons of Ralph.

This production will feature local children in the cast and includes local geographical and historical references.

Student Matinee performances:
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 10:00am
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 10:00am


Winter Fables 
(Best for Grades Pre K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Winter Fables is a cozy little show where Aesop’s famous fables are brought to life with some amazing winter-inspired tales. Our spirited performers take your young audience on a hilarious and highly entertaining journey. They cover valuable lessons from “The Ant and the Grasshopper” to “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.” Your young audience is guaranteed to walk away with strong character-education influence and a boat-load of uproarious laughter! They’ll learn about responsibility, honesty and appreciating what they already have just in time to get into the spirit of the season.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 9:30am


Holidays Around the World
(Best for Grades PreK-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Join Nick and Joy in their quest to make it home for the holidays. Their journey brings much more than they ever imagined! The traditions and holidays which abound throughout winter are celebrated in this show. From Kwanzaa to Christmas to the Festival of Life, this unique production offers young people a look into the celebrations that occur around the globe during this special time of year. Audience volunteers help to bring in the Chinese New Year with a colorful dragon, while the Lohri festival brings to the stage colorful costumes and stories from India.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 11:30am

Tickets and Information

Please download and read our Student Matinee information packet before you reserve!

Teacher guides with class activities will be available to all classes in attendance.

Student matinee tickets are $7. Reservations are first come, first serve, and seating is limited. A reservation form is enclosed. Reservations can be made by mail or phone. One free chaperone ticket is given per 25 paid tickets.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions. See you at the theatre!

Chanda Calentine, Education Director
Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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