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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!

An ACT Original Adaptation
Jul 29-31:      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! The ACT youth bring back the glory days!

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

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 Production
Aug 6, 7:30pm:      Murder Mystery Dinner: Edna Bites It

The Class of '76 is back in action at their '70s-themed 40th high school reunion, and the only living faculty member, Edna Von Schlickendicken, now a zillionairess from her face cream and cosmetics empire (no wonder she looks so well-preserved!) joins the class to commemorate the evening. A time capsule, buried 40 years prior on the school campus, is opened, and the game is afoot when Edna is suddenly murdered! Ace detective Sam Diamond is called in to solve the crime. Was it her business partner, Claven Cliff? Class President Charles Cheeslay, or his wife (the former Ms. Texas Leather), Trixie? Perhaps the odd and strangely accented foreign exchange student, Utta Schlonsonwiener, heir to the Norwegian throne, or her "husband," Sven? Many other characters are possible in a bizarre, but lovable, cast. Adult themes and language - consider this show rated "R".
  • Come in your '70s attire - door prize for the best outfit!!
  • Fabulous raffle prizes - tickets $5.00!
  • Three course Italian meal served by A Little Bit of Love Catering
$30 for table seating with dinner (every purchase of two or more dinner tickets gets a free bottle of wine). $20 show only.

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, mature themes.

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

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. ACT Youth bring this remarkable and beloved tale to life.

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

Music and Lyrics by QUEEN
Story and Script by BEN ELTON
Presented by special arrangment with
Theatrical Rights Worldwide
1180 Avenue Of The Americas, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036
www.theatricalrights.com
Aug 26-Sep 4:      WE WILL ROCK YOU (School Edition)

After a record-breaking, twelve year run in London, ACT is delighted to present the FIRST American showing of the British hit, featuring the music of the legendary Queen. With more than 20 hit Queen songs, WE WILL ROCK YOU School Edition tells the tale of two radicals in a post-apocaliptic world, dedicated to saving Rock. The planet once known as Earth is controlled by a mighty corporation who has banned all rock music and all musical instruments. Our heros set out to change that along with an unlikely group of rebels. The musical features the songs “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and many more. Join the lively and talented youth of ACT in this unforgetabble show!

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

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.

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.

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

A vibrant and contemporary retelling of the classic tale, set in the halls of Our Lady of Notre Dame Preparatory School. Follow Constance as she embarks on a new journey, meeting all manner of interesting characters that help her in the transition to a new life. Through song and dance, they learn to value each other's unique differences ... it takes all sorts of instruments to perform a beautiful symphony! Youth cast.

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

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.
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.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
By Michael Kelly
Kelz Productions
An ACT Premiere Presentation
Dec 2-4:      Love Me Through the Bad

Tim and Jackie have been happy together for going on seven months, when Jackie decides it would be nice for Tim to meet her family. Tim is not particularly keen on the idea, but Jackie insists and he agrees - and doesn't realize what he's walking into. Jackie's parents were brutally murdered in front of her brothers, and they have been living with her uncle ever since. It's not your typical "boy meets girl's parents" story; there's a strain on new love, what with all the baggage even a "normal" family can bring to a relationship. Mature themes.

$20.

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.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
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.

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.

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Written & Produced by
Molly Macabre
An ACT Special Presentation
Mar 17-25:      Daphne Garden

They were six strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime: a professional criminal; a young newcomer; a trigger-happy killer; a paranoid neurotic; and two run of the mill thieves. They were hired by a mob boss who wanted a job done by a total "broad squad." They thought there was no way their heist could have failed. But after a police ambush, those strangers came to learn more about each other than they bargained for. Mature themes.

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

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.

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