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5220 Village Creek Dr, Plano, Texas 75093 ~ 214-810-3228      
Jamey Jamison, Executive Director       A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

About Our Productions

ACT performs shows appropriate for all ages as well as those oriented toward more mature audiences. If you have any questions about the content of one of our productions please contact us.

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available. Be advised that in some of our shows strobe lighting, fog machines, and similar special effects may be used.

Our shows are original productions by ACT staff and students unless otherwise noted.

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online or at the ACT box office. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. ACT reserves the right to cancel a performance if there are less than 25 tickets sold. Member discounts are valid only for online purchases and not at the door.

Armed Forces, PISD, City of Plano, and Hotel Discount Tickets at the Door:
Patrons and the employees of the fabulous Plano hotels and motels are entitled to a 10% discount off any tickets purchased at the door; show a receipt or current pay stub. (Receipts must be dated within 15 days of the show date.)

PISD Teachers, Plano Fire-fighters and Law-enforcement officers, City Of Plano employees, and members of the armed forces receive a 10% discount at the door with proper ID.

Online Ticketing

Through our online ticketing system you can reserve your seats, print your tickets and pay with a credit card. Tickets are not available online one hour before the performance.

Our community theatre relies on our cast members to spread the word and sell tickets to their shows - contact your favorite cast member before purchase as there may be a discount available, and also be sure to specify their name when you purchase the ticket.

Even if you leave your tickets at home, your name will be on the door list. We will be waiting for you!

Should you encounter difficulty completing your purchase online please send an e-mail to boxoffice@artcentretheatre.com. Be sure to include your name and phone number as well as the performance in which you're interested. You will be contacted via phone for your credit card information to complete the purchase. Do not include your credit card information in the e-mail.

Common Issues:

Discount code not accepted - shows are occasionally offered with a special cast discount code. If you have been provided a discount code you must purchase the tickets one week before the show opens (an incentive to purchase your tickets early!).

Could not print receipt - Check the e-mail that you used when registering with the ticketing system - a copy of the tickets are sent to that address. You can log back into the ticketing system and reprint your receipt and tickets. We will have your reservation at the door, so you can just bring ID and you will be good to go.

The system keeps erroring off - common errors are from the credit card expiration date format - it should be entered 'mmyy'. Some cards are now giving an exact day, please use only the month and year.

Current and Upcoming Shows on the ACT Main Stage

NOTE: Buying in advance through our online system is recommended; shows tend to sell out, so you are encouraged to buy early! ACT Members who buy online may also take advantage of automatic discounts; click the "Members/Sponsors" link above for more information on our membership program.

     Advance Purchase Online: $15 per seat. ACT Member discounts apply unless otherwise noted.
     Door Purchase: $15 per seat unless otherwise noted.

Interested in performing in an ACT production? Experienced or not, young or old, you may be just who we're looking for! CLICK HERE to go to our Auditions page and find out more!

Presented by special arrangement with
Tams-Witmark Music
560 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Apr 29-May 8:      Anything Goes

Some of the most memorable music in theatre history comes to the ACT stage in "Anything Goes," by the famous Cole Porter. Craziness aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London, where stowaway Bill Crocker falls in love with heiress Hope Harcourt--who is already engaged, of course, to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. With help from nightclub singer Reno Sweeny and Public Enemy #13, "Moonface" Martin, Billy just might have chance! Debuting in 1934, this beloved musical brought us such songs as "Anything Goes", "You're the Top", and "I Get a Kick Out of You."

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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May 6, 9:30:      Ginger Rockafella Revue - The Film Strip

Celebrate "sin-ema" and great movies! A tantalizing twist on a night at the movies awaits when you join a bevy of burlesque beauties with acts inspired by great movies. No matter your taste in film, there is something for you! Classic! Horror! Romantic Comedy! Sci-fi! Musicals! And more!

Hosted by Maria Von Shutyotrapp, and starring:

Pashionata Faire  Ginger Rockafella Lemme Addams
Janie Rose Walker Bettie Bailey  Benjamin Dover
Chordella Smash Janie Slash Jessica Dahl
  Velvet Mystique  
Adults only, please. IDs will be checked at the door. BYOB. Special front row seating at $25, normal seating at $20.

ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Presented by special arrangement with
SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Adapted from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
May 13-29:      The Wiz

This fantastic musical comedy won 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz with all your favorite characters is set to a fabulous mixture of soul, gospel, and rock music. A family-friendly, fun, and energetic show for all ages! Mixed age casts.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Based on the best-selling book by
Delia Ephron
Presented by special arrangement with
SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Jun 3-12:      How to Eat Like a Child

"When you're a child, having fun is what you do for a living." Delia Ephron's delightful book returns to the stage in this adaptation, with a wonderful series of comedy skits exploring the secret world of of children. An irreverant, but warm-hearted look at the dilemmas faced by kids throughout time, and a funny look at time-tested strategies like "How to stay home from school," "How to undertand parents, what to do when you're sent to your room," and the all-important "How to Refuse to go to sleep." A beloved look at kids and their journey through life. Youth cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

An ACT Original Adapation.
Jun 17-26:      Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Dubbed "the funniest comedy in the history of history," the adventure begins in the small town of San Dimas, California. Teenagers Bill and Ted dream of starting their own rock band, the "Wyld Stallyns," while busy failing their high school history course. If they can't pass the upcoming major report, Ted will be off to military school. What they don't know is how important they are to the course of human history. Rufus comes from the future to ensure they stay together by helping them pass their report, and they use his time travel machine (which looks suspiciously like a phone booth) to travel through time to gather up historical figures needed for their report. What they learn along the way is a life lesson for everyone: Be excellent to each other! Separate youth and adult/teen casts.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Adapted for the stage by Paul Fried
Inspired by the classic horror story
of W. W. Jacobs
Jun 17-26:      The Monkey's Paw

A happy family is suddenly "gifted" with an opportunity to have any three wishes granted. The old saying "be careful what you wish for" comes into play, as nothing comes without a price--in this case, an enormous one. The supernatural horror story by W. W. Jacobs deals with some dark and mature themes and is suggested for for tweens and older only.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper
Book, Music and Lyrics
by JANET YATES VOGT and MARK FRIEDMAN
Presented by special arrangement with
Vogt Friedman Music LLC
2521 Ritchie Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
Jul 1-10:      Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper

The beloved, timeless story is brought to the stage in this fresh, musically powerful version by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. Constantly mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is cheated out of a chance to go the the Royal Ball. But, with a little help from her impetuous and funny Fairy Godmother, and her friend, the kind rat Putterman, her dreams will come true! Youth and adult casts.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Book by JOHN AUGUST
Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture
Presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758 www.theatricalrights.com.
Jul 15-24:      BIG FISH

Based on the blockbuster novel by Daniel Wallace and made into the brilliant film directed by Tim Burton, "BIG FISH" went to Broadway with music and lyrics by Andrew Lipps, the Tony nominee of "The Addams Family" fame. Critically acclaimed, this powerful musical tells the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom, who knows nothing of a life that isn't lived to its fullest. His eye-popping tales thrill everyone around him, but his son Will, soon to be a father himself, makes it his mission to find the truth behind his father's bigger than life stories. Filled with humor, heart and a passion for life, "BIG FISH" will remind us all why theatre--especially musicals--is something we all love! Youth and adult casts.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An ACT Original Adaptation
Jul 29-Aug 7:      The Days of Disco

"Say, brother, slip me some skin! Are you hip to the jive? Can you feel what I'm layin' down?" You just made a deal with the devil! It's that wonderful decade of the '70s--flared trousers, platform shoes, open neck shirts, and GLITTER! In "The Days of Disco" we journey with Peter Faust as he moves from lowly busboy to rock god! How? PURE EVIL! It's an explosion of songs, split your pants dance routines, and lots and lots and lots of GLITTER! Youth and adult casts.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
by W. R. Maxwell
An ACT Staged Reading
August 2, 7:00:      Special Staged Reading: "Shot in the Foot"

The ACT community is treated to a new play by Ft. Worth's W.R. Maxwell, with a staged reading of "Shot in the Foot." It's Texas in the 1880s, and the Pinkerton Detective agency is charged with protecting a large chunk of cash for cattle auctions. Rookie detective Percy Peterson is assigned with tracking down notorious bad guy, "Black" Bart Talbert. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad guys in the area with the name Bart, and the only distinguishing physical characteristic of Talbert is that he has six toes on his left foot. Percy assumes a disguise, and sets out after his prey, running into a wild group of characters. Join us for this first look at a unique Western farce!

Suggested donation $5 at the door to help support ACT's continuing efforts to spotlight new artists.
An ACT Original Adaptation
Aug 12-21:      St. Trinian's, the Musical

St Trinian's, the infamous school for 'young ladies', is in trouble. Despite being an old flame of its Headmistress, the new Education Minister is shaking things up and the school is facing financial ruin. But the students of St Trinian's aren't going to give up without a fight. After all, they excel at chaos and attitude not chemistry and algebra...and that's exactly what it's going to take to beat the authorities before they close down their beloved school for good. Mixed age cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangment with
Pioneer Drama Service
9707 E Easter Ln #A
Centennial, CO 80112
Aug 12-21:      Beauty and the Beast

ACT is delighted to once again bring the "tale as old as time" to our stage. A selfish prince runs afoul of a powerful witch, who punishes him by making him a true "beast" - a spell which can be broken only if someone can be shown to love him for himself. A widow happens upon his castle, innocently taking a rose from the garden. The Beast sentences her to death, but her daughter, Beauty, intervenes, and agrees to stay in the castle with the Beast if he will spare her mother's life. An enchanted mirror, a fight with the furniture, and the dawning of a love that sees past the surface, all lead to some of the most memorable moments (with a classic happy ending!) in theatre. Youth and adult casts.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangement with
Tams-Witmark Music
560 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Aug 26-Sep 4:      A Chorus Line

The musical of musicals returns to the ACT stage in this ever-popular Broadway hit! It's New York, and Zach the director along with his assistant, Larry, watch the hopefuls in their auditions. Zach's temperament shows soon enough, and we learn about the dancers through interviews interspersed with powerful musical vocals and incredibly visual dance numbers. The finalists are selected, and perform in the unforgettable finale. Join us for a bit of "Showbiz Heaven" - you'll leave wanting more! Adult cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangement with
R&H Theatricals
229 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001
Sep 9-18:      In the Heights

Where's home? What is Family? Where do you belong? In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythms of 3 generations of music. A community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which you leave behind. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, Score, Choreography, and Orchestration, a show that must not be missed. Mixed aged cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangement with
Paul Boyd Music
Original book, music, and lyrics by Paul Boyd
Sep 23-Oct 2:      HUNCHBACK THE MUSICAL

The sensational Paul Boyd ("RED: THE RED RIDING HOOD MUSICAL" and "ALICE THE MUSICAL") brings a new musical at the ACT stage, with the Southwest premier of this gripping rendition of the classic story inspired by the Victor Hugo novel. Opening in the UK in 2013 to rave reviews, this unique adaptation of the story brings stellar music and surprising humor to the story of the Archdeacon of Norte Dame Cathedral and his love affair with the gypsy girl Esmerelda - only to find that the object of his affections is in love with the fickle Captain Phoebus. But there's so much more ... this is not your typical telling of the well-known story! Adult cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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An Original ACT Adaptation
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Sep 23-Oct 2:      The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The sensational youth of ACT bring the classic Victor Hugo story to life. This unique adaptation of the story brings to life in an enthusiastic--and funny!-- way the story of the Archdeacon of Norte Dame Cathedral and his for the gypsy girl Esmerelda, but the Archdeacon has to contend with Captain Phoebus, who has his eye on the pretty gypsy. A wonderful telling of this great story! Youth cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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Presented by special arrangement with
Theatrical Rights Worldwide
1180 Avenue Of The Americas, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036
www.theatricalrights.com
Oct 7-16:      Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Based on the hit 1994 film, jukebox musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert features disco standards like "I Will Survive," performed as production numbers by a traveling group of misfits (drag queens, troublemakers, and former stage icons) as they take their bus (named Priscilla) on a road trip through the Australian Outback. Hilarious encounters with the locals, explorations of friendship, and unforgettable music make this a fabulous musical story! Adult cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangement with
SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Richard O'Brien's
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
Oct 21-Nov 5:      The Rocky Horror Show

ACT's annual offering of the cult classic! It's a dark and stormy night, and innocents Brad and Janet find themselves at a strange castle wherein they find the transvestite Dr. Frank N Furter, his "perfect" creation Rocky, and an assortment of other characters that are minimally described as ... CRAZY! Mature content.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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An ACT Original Adaptation
Oct 21-Nov 6:      The Nightmare Before Christmas

Halloween just isn't the same anymore, and Jack is thoroughly bored. Why can't he be the one to spread the joy of Christmas instead? Surely Santa needs a break from the "same-old, same-old," just like Jack himself! Despite the best of intentions, his plans end up putting Santa in jeopardy, and good little boys and girls find themselves in something of a ... nightmare! Youth and adult casts.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presentedy by special arrangement with
R&H Theatricals
229 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
Nov 11-27:      Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The unforgettable lyrics of Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber bring this ancient story recorded in the "Book of Genesis" to life. Jacob's clearly favorite son Joseph is the cause of much jealousy with his 11 other sons, so much so they conspire to sell him into slavery, convincing their father he has been killed. Joseph, now a slave in Egypt but gifted with God's power to interpret dreams works his way into the trust of the wealthy Potiphar, but is imprisoned after he turns down the proposition of Potiphar's wife. Through a series of miraculous events, Joseph's gifts lead him to power under the Pharaoh, and a confrontation with his treacherous brothers. A timeless story with brilliant music leave few who see this show unchanged! Mixed age cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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An ACT Original Adaptation
Based on the movie by Frank Capra
Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatic Publishing
311 Washington St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
Dec 2-23:      It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play

Travel through time back to 1948, in Bedford Falls. 1948. We find ourselves in a radio studio where Frank Capra's classic story of one man, and his impact on the world around him, is poignantly reminded of ATC transforms into a 1940’s radio studio to tell Capra’s classic story of one man’s affect on his community. A truly unique adaptation faithful to the original that has pleased audiences across the country.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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An ACT Original Adaptation
based on the works of
Charles M. Schulz.
Dec 2-18:      A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

Join the sensitive and insecure Charlie Brown, brash and bold Lucy, thoughtful and well-spoken Linus, Snoopy and his feathered friends, along with the rest of the "Peanuts" gang on the ACT stage and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas in this heartwarming adaptation of the beloved works of Charles M. Schulz. Mixed age cast.

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
      COMING IN 2017:       COMING IN 2017:
by Daniel Turner
Feb 17-26:      Trust Fund Baby

ACT is delighted to bring to the public for the first time this new musical by Daniel Turner. Richard Morgan is living the good life as a spoiled trust fund baby with his trophy wife and house of servants. After being mistreated and under-payed for years, Morgan's accountant and the accountant's right-hand man plot to steal his fortune for themselves. After losing his money, possessions, and even his wife, Morgan is left with nothing. He is down, but most certainly not out, as his house staff decide they will help him acclimate to the real world. Then, they hatch a plan to get back the money that was taken. But do they go too far in their quest for vengeance and justice?

Tropes! Wildebeests! Murder most foul?!?

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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An ACT Original Adaptation
Mar 3-12:      The Birdcage

Armand and Albert have a wonderful life together. Armand owns the flamboyant drag nightclub in Miami where Albert is the headliner, Starina. Armand's son from a previous marriage, Val, becomes engaged to the daughter of a US Senator (who happens to be a co-founder of the Committee for Moral Order), and deception begins as they try to convince his future in-laws that they are as "normal" as they are. Comic chaos is the order of the day!

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangement with
Tams-Whitmark Music
560 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Mar 3-12:      Victor Victoria

It's 1934 in Paris, where British soprano Victoria Grant struggles to make ends meet while trying to make her mark as a singer. Cabaret singer "Toddy" Todd may find himself in similar trouble as he's just been fired from his club gig, but becomes inspired with a scheme to become Victoria's manager, and have her pretend to be a man singing as a female impersonator. Can they pull it off? Toddy is convinced they can become a Paris hit (and get very rich in the process!), but there are, of course, complications ...

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.

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