Athens Creative Theatre Circa 2002-2006

 

For a number of years this was the official website for the Athens Creative Theatre.

Formed in 1966, ACT continues to provide outstanding community theater. In addition to theatrical performances ACT offers a range of theater classes for youth and adults.
Content is from the site's 2002-2006 archived pages providing just a glimpse of what this site offered its visitors..

The current website for the Athens Creative Theatre is found at: www.athensclarkecounty.com/642/Athens-Creative-Theatre

 

The Last Five Years
The Last Five Years

Auditions are set for January 10th and 11th.
Call (706) 613-3628 beginning January 3rd to make your audition appointment.


Book, Music and Lyrics by: Jason Robert Brown

 

A contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up... or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. Written by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Songs For A New World), The Last Five Years is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view.
The show is presented in "forward time" as we follow the story of their relationship from Jamie's perspective, starting with their first meeting and following through with their wedding and ultimate breakup. At the same time, Cathy relates the story in "reverse" - starting with their breakup and moving backwards in time until their first meeting at the end of the show. Made up mostly of solo turns, with beautiful music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, it is only in the middle of the show that Jamie and Cathy come together as Jamie proposes and the two are wed.
Musicals about relationships are nothing new, but The Last Five Years manages to reinvent the familiar formula and offers up one of the brightest, freshest scores of the new century.
"Brimming with persistent melodies, throughout lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story"-Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
"Unpredictably heartfelt insights, energized by a seductive, rhythmic drive"-Linda Winer, Newsday

 

For reservations please call the Athens Creative Theatre: (706) 613-3628
Box Office opens one week prior to opening night
Box Office Hours: 2pm to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday
Box Office opens one hour before each performance
$15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizens (55+), $10 Children & Students (Dinner - $21.95)

 

 

 



 

Athens Creative Theatre strives to provide a fun all inclusive theater experience for everyone no matter how much previous performance experience participants have. ACT encourages all performers ages eight and up to come enjoy the magic of theatrical performance. Auditioning for ACT is fun and easy, simply call and schedule an audition time for the production of your choice. Visit our "Shows" page for a complete listing of upcoming audition and performance times and dates

Audition Information

Auditions for the Athens Creative Theatre production of:
The Last Five Years
Auditions are January 10th and 11th.
Call 706-613-3628 beginning January 3rd to make your audition appointment.
Pre-Reading: Thursday, February 28, 6:45-9:45 PM Quinn Hall (Memorial Park). This will allow those who may not be familiar with the show to read through the script, listen to the songs, and ask questions about the production.
Performances: April 27-May 10 (Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays) at Quinn Hall at Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens, GA 30606

Auditions for the Athens Creative Theatre production of:
“Rockin’ 50’s,” “Broadway Showstoppers,” “Dance! Dance! Dance!” “Solos from the Silver Screen” and more…. to be presented at the Athens Arts Festival will Auditions are January 10 & 11, 2006, by appointment only.
Call 706-613-3628 for an audition appointment.
Athens Creative Theatre is participating in the Athens Arts Festival in April and we need at least a dozen good soloists/performing groups/singing groups and dancers between the ages of 16 and 96. We will rehearse only one or two times per week to get ready for this massive festival in the spring. You can perform with your own friends, or become part of an ACT group. We need you even if you only want to perform one song or if you want to be in several. Each show will last only 20-25 minutes, so rehearsals should be a BREEZE! You will rehearse by appointment only, so it should be easy to work around your own schedule. Different themes will include: “Rockin’ 50’s,” “Broadway Showstoppers,” “Dance! Dance! Dance!” “Solos from the Silver Screen” and more…. This should be a wonderful opportunity and a LOT of fun!!


Auditions for the Athens Creative Theatre production of:
Bless Me Father… Penance With a Punch-Line
will be held May 9 & 10, 2006, by appointment only.
Call 706-613-3628 for an audition appointment.
Pre-Reading: Tuesday, April 25, 6:45-9:45 PM Quinn Hall (Memorial Park). This will allow those who may not be familiar with the show to read through the script, listen to the songs, and ask questions about the production.
Performances: June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 (Saturday Night - Dinner Theatre!) at Quinn Hall at Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens, GA 30606


Auditions for the Athens Creative Theatre production of:
I Do, I Don't (Original Dinner Theatre Version)
will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2006, by appointment only.
Call 706-613-3628 for an audition appointment.
Pre-Reading: Tuesday, June 20, 6:45-9:45 PM Quinn Hall (Memorial Park). This will allow those who may not be familiar with the show to read through the script, listen to the songs, and ask questions about the production.
Performances: July 28-29, August 4-5 (Dinner Theatre!) at Quinn Hall at Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens, GA 30606

 

2006

Athens Creative Theatre
School Tour

Captain Character and His Clever Clowns
Story One: Responsibility - A Children's School Tour
November 28 - December 23

Book by: Jane Quinn and Rae Henderson

Let our three talented director/actors bring you our "character curriculum" in this "live-it-to-learn-it" premiere production. We will use twenty of your confident top-reading students (carefully selected by you) in a 45 minute preparation workshop to ready them to join our actors onstage. Once in costume, they will read, sing and tell the story of Captain Character and Rachel Responsibility for the rest of your students. Our set of lesson plans, including a reader's theatre script, will be given to each school to reproduce for their students who attend this production.

Appropriate age: K-5
Show length: 50 minutes
Cost per student: $2 (minimum 150 students) - at your school
Cost per student: $3 (no minimum amount) - at Quinn Hall in Memorial Park
To book a show call: (706) 613-3628

 

 

Athens Creative Theatre
School Tour

Children’s School Tour - Celebrate Georgia!
Who Wants to be the Most Important Georgian?
February 14- March 3

Book by Carmel Hearn. What a better way to celebrate our state’s birthday (February 12) than with a visit from Georgia’s founding father, General James Oglethorpe? Students will participate as historical characters and contestants in a fun-filled (and educational) interactive quiz show, “Who Wants to be the Most Important Georgian?” Whether on stage on in the audience, students will be 100% involved, educated and entertained! Parents, don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Appropriate age: K-5
Show length: 50 minutes
Cost per student: $2 (minimum 150 students) – at your school
Cost per student: $3 (no minimum amount) – at Quinn Hall in Memorial Park
To book a show call: (706) 613-3628


Call (706) 613-3628 for more information and to book a performance

 



2004-2005
Mainstage Season
&
Audition Information


   


One of the most successful Off-Broadway stage shows, it played to packed houses for almost three years and won every award for its score and enchanting performance. It was billed as “a musical about an old operetta” – a musical spoof of old-time favorites like “Rose Marie” and “Naughty Marietta” – but gently kidded and made delightful in its own right.
With its deliberately corny songs and naïve situations, it pokes fun at all the clichés of the innocent musicals our grandparents enjoyed, but it is done freshly and with flair; it quickly wins audiences with its brilliant fooling. There are twenty four songs in all, including thundering choruses, schmaltzy waltzes, and lilting duets – all kidding and all in fun.
The plot is a little bit of everything: Colorado Rangers, a stalwart Captain, a lovely Mary, a chorus of simpering schoolgirls and a villainous Indian. As a loving lampoon it has become something of an American institution as well as an international favorite.

Little Mary Sunshine



Performances: July 16, 17, 23, 24 & 25, 2004
At The Morton Theatre

For reservations please call the Morton Theatre: (706) 613-3771
Box Office opens one week prior to opening night
Box Office Hours: 10am -1pm and 3pm - 6pm Monday - Friday
Box Office opens one hour before each performance


Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee 3:00pm
$15 Adults, $13 Senior Citizens (55+), $10 Children & Students
Sunday Matinee and groups of 12 or more - $2 off each ticket


   


America's Original Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theater comes to Athens thanks to its author, Lee H. Adams. Whether you're planning a first date, a night out with friends, company party or corporate event, ACT will make it an evening to remember. The play takes place through out the entire room where you are seated for dinner, the actors and actress double as your wait staff always in character! With the bribe money and clue packages we provide its up to you to solve the mystery and win a fabulous prize! The biggest, most exclusive dinner party of the year! Only the richest, most beautiful people in the world get an invitation. YOU are on the guest list. You have submitted your $100,000 cash for the privilege of attending. This year's host is Lily Laplighter - veteran of "The Society", who's husbands keep mysteriously dying. As is the custom with "The Society", each year's host is charged to come up with a game to compete for all the entry fees. Lily has chosen a format resembling "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Things are going fine until the purse ends up missing and the contestants start turning up dead. It will be up to YOU to solve this case, with the help of Chase Taylor - the hard-nosed, hard drinking private detective and a cast of hilarious contestants.

"Who Wants To Kill A Millionaire?" - Dinner Theatre
Auditions: August 2 & 3 at 7:00 at ACT
Performances: August 27th thru October 9
At The Memorial Park Theatre
Hours: 7:00 Shows on Friday & Saturday
Rates: $37.50 per person

Call 613-3628 for an audition appointment - after July 25


   


In 1978 a seventy-year-old black farm worker in rural Glascock County, Georgia, received a call from God. Though he could neither read nor write, J. B. Murray, under what he believed to be the inspiration of Holy Spirit, began to draw and paint flowing yet erratic abstractions. Over the next ten years, Murray created paintings of ghostly figures and elongated shapes which represented "the people what is living like God don't exist." By the time of his death in 1988, Murray's art had been shown in art galleries all over the world. This musical tells of how an illiterate farmer in rural Georgia rose to become an artist of international acclaim, analyzes his art and spiritual message, and unfolds how this fascinating folk artist offered a redemptive metaphor for spiritual healing, regeneration, and ultimate salvation.


“In the Hand of the Holy Spirit: The Life of J. B. Murray”
Auditions: September 6 & 7 at 7:00 at ACT
Performances: October 14-23
At The Lyndon House Arts Center

Call 613-3628 for an audition appointment - after August 26th


 

 

 

One of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory, this deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the '50s. We will have our official public dedication of the new theatre space in conjunction with the opening of "Forever Plaid."

"Forever Plaid"

Auditions: October 31 and November 1 @ 7:00
Performances: January 21 thru 30
At The Memorial Park Theatre

Call 613-3628 for an audition appointment - after October 24


 

 
 

 

 

In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler On The Roof” has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. It's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. The show features a celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, with songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. “Fiddler On The Roof” is simply Broadway at its very best.

"Fiddler on the Roof"
Auditions: December 12 & 13 at 7:00 PM
at Quinn Hall at Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen Drive, Athens, GA
Roles are available for adults, teens, and childre
Call 613-3628 for an audition appointment


Performances: February 11 thru 19
At The Morton Theatre


For reservations please call the Morton Theatre: (706) 613-3771
Box Office opens one week prior to opening night
Box Office Hours: 10am -1pm and 3pm - 6pm Monday - Friday
Box Office opens one hour before each performance


Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee 3:00pm
$15 Adults, $13 Senior Citizens (55+), $10 Children & Students
Sunday Matinee and groups of 12 or more - $2 off each ticket


 

 

"Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale's musical A Year With Frog And Toad. Conceived by Mr. Lobel's daughter, Adrianne Lobel, A Year With Frog And Toad remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.
A score that bubbles with melody and wit, it's jazzy upbeat sound is a perfect match for the hopping, crawling and flying denizens that inhabit Frog and Toad's world. Featuring a small cast that doubles in several roles and simple, suggestive costumes and staging, A Year With Frog And Toad is a perfect show for an ensemble group of actors. It's clever book and lyrics and snazzy music can serve as a great introduction to theatre for youngsters, while keeping adults entertained as well.
A new show, destined to become a classic, A Year With Frog And Toad is inventive, exuberant and totally enchanting. "

"A Year With Frog and Toad"
Auditions: January 9 from 3-6 PM
Performances: April 8 thru 16, 2005
At The Memorial Park Theatre

Call 613-3628 for an audition appointment - after Jan. 1st


 

 

This concert staging of this classic musical gives you the irresistible draw of Broadway! Sets? Simple! Costumes? Simple! Staging? Creative and imaginative! Broadway in Concert: elegant, exciting, and most of all - unforgettable! One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful “A Little Night Music” deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, middle-aged Fredrik Egerman brings his 18-year-old bride Anne to a play starring his former mistress, Desirée Armfeldt. Soon, Fredrik and Desirée resume their romance, incurring the wrath of her current lover, a pompous Count. The situation culminates in a weekend at a country estate, with Fredrik, Anne, Desirée and the Count in attendance, as well as Fredrik’s son (who is hopelessly in love with Anne), Desirée’s illegitimate daughter, the Count’s manic-depressive wife and the Egerman’s lusty maid. And there, under the summer night, things are set to right. Sophisticated, literate and stylish, “A Little Night Music" contains Sondheim’s most popular song to date, the haunting “Send in the Clowns.”

"Broadway In Concert: A Little Night Music"
Auditions: April 24 & 25 at 7:00 at ACT
Performances: June 3-12
At The Memorial Park Theatre

Call 613-3628 for an audition appointment - after April 15


 

 

 

The exciting, interactive show concept gives audiences a chance to attend an actual wedding in which there is a ceremony, reception, guests and lots of improvisation. The theatrical performance satires an Italian-American wedding, and the audience participates in all aspects of the fictitious event. The most imaginative aspect of the show is its unpredictability. Because the actors are indistinguishable from guests, no one is quite sure of the outcome. This creates a certain spontaneity unparalleled by other shows. Since its opening more than 15 years ago, the show has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, which called the show "audaciously imaginative," and Glamour Magazine called "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" "Off-Broadway's most innovative play." Audiences begin the evening with a wedding ceremony, which is followed by a reception hosted by Vinnie Black. The dinner includes hors d'ouevres, a champagne toast and a full Italian buffet. From there, a rousing reception takes place with the Nunzio and Vitale families, which includes a pasta dinner, champagne toasts, wedding cake and dancing to a five piece band.

Tony n' Tina's Wedding - Dinner Theatre!
Auditions: June 5 & 6 at 7:00 at ACT
Performances: July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
At The Memorial Park Theatre

Call 613-3628 for an audition appointment - after June 1


ACT Summer Camp - 2005!

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Camp Dates: Mondays through Fridays - June 27th thru July 21st (no meeting July 4th) - 1:00 – 5:30 PM at the Morton Theatre

17 fun packed rehearsals and classes ending in a complete presentation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice classic! Bring a snack for breaktime.

Only $50.00 per week! ($200.00 total) and limited to 60 participants.


First Meeting: June 27th


Performances: - Friday July 22, 7:30, Saturday July 23, 7:30, and Sunday July 24, 3:00 PM
At The Morton Theatre.

 



 

Athens Creative Theatre is pleased to announce it's
2002-03 Educational Performance Season!

The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Morton Theatre Performance Dates: September 20, 2002
Grades 6th - 12th

Canterbury Tales
Touring Dates: February 3 - 14
Morton Theatre Performance Date: February 14, 2003
Grades k - 5th

Share the dynamic of Live Theatre with your students. For many children this is their only opportunity to experience the performing arts. We will send you an educational packet of information and activities for use before the production that you can incorporate into your daily lesson plans. The "Marigolds" performances are $3 per student. The "Canterbury" Tour is $2 per student with a minimum of 150 students (maximum of 300 students recommended per performance).
Morton performances for "Canterbury" are $3 per student (no group is too large or too small).
Call (706) 613-3628 to book a performance.




The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
   

This moving and powerful drama, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 971, holds a vital message for young people of all eras, including today's. Written by Paul Zindel, a man who has dedicated his like to the education and elevation of children, this play strives to give hope to the hopeless. This performance/workshop is sponsored by Athens Creative Theatre and presented by High Drama Productions, a professional touring group from New York. Conversations/Workshop seccions can be arranged with your group in tandem witha confirmed performance date.


 


Canterbury Tales

 

   

In this audience participation play adapted from Chaucer children will step across the threshold of the Tabard Inn and enter 14th Century England, not as a passive spectators, but as active participants. Three of Chaucer's most popular tales allow the audience to bargain with the Pardoner or contribute an element to the Alchemist's spectacular demonstration of gold-making. This show is a skillful blend of improvisation , pantomime and straight Chaucer- fun for youngersters who want action, conflict, and the thrill of participation.

 

To Become a "Friend" of Athens Creative Theatre

 

What is a "Friend" of Athens Creative Theatre?

A Friend of Athens Creative Theatre is an individual supporter or financial broker whose generous contributions allow ACT to continue to produce quality theatrical productions, as well as to provide Education and Outreach Programs to Athens and its communities.

Gifts from our "Friends" provide ACT with the funding that enables us to produce the MAINSTAGE and SUMMER MUSICAL SERIES seasons each year that speak to our diverse Athens community. Our "Friends" help support ACT's YOUNG AUDIENCES touring productions for Athens area youth. An average of 10,000 students attend YOUNG AUDIENCES productions annually.

Support from our "Friends" allows ACT to broaden the scope of our Education and Community Outreach Programs enabling us to provide theatre experiences for young people that will "educate the youth of today as we inspire the leaders of tomorrow!"

Our "Friends" help us supplement the portion of our budget that is not covered by ticket sales and enables Athens Creative Theatre to continue to bring exceptional theatre to the Athens area community!

 



 

Friends of Athens Creative Theatre Benefits

 


Your gift to our F.A.C.T. giving campaign qualifies you for the following benefits:
(NOTE: BENEFITS LISTED IN BOLD TYPE ARE EXCLUSIVE TO THAT LEVEL)

* PRODUCER
($1000 and up)
Eight complimentary season subscriptions
One year complimentary subscription to Playbill magazine, plus


* DIRECTOR
($850 to $999.99)
Six complimentary season subscriptions
20% discount on individual tickets, plus


* PLAYWRIGHT
($700 to $849.99)
Four complimentary season subscriptions
Autographed cast poster of each show, plus


* DESIGNER
($500 to $699.99)
Two complimentary season subscriptions
Membership in the ACT Production Team Club
10% discount on individual tickets, plus


PERFORMER
($300 to $499.99)
Voucher for 6 complimentary tickets to any performance
Priority notice of all performances, ticket sales, and special events, plus


STAGE MANAGER
($150 to $299.99)
Voucher for 4 complimentary tickets to any performance
Athens Creative Theatre tee-shirt, plus


PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
($50 to $149.99)
Voucher for 2 complimentary tickets to any performance
10% discount on ACT youth classes, plus


PARTNER
($15 to $49.99)
Listing in all season playbills

 

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