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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. Exchanges are allowed for a different performance of a production. Seats may not be exchanged from one production to another.. 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.

KERA Members

KERA members can receive a two-for-one discount at the door for non-special event shows! Look up the show date and time, note your desired seats from those available, and e-mail boxoffice@artcentretheatre.com with your request so we can hold your reservation; you may pay at the door when you show your KERA membership card.

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:

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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

Policies: 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.



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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?!? Mature content - not recommended for young chidren.

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

Based on the Comic Strip "PEANUTS"
by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Mar 3-12:      You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Charles Schulz's inspired view of the world as shown through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his well-known group of friends is shared through a series of vignettes showing an "average" day in the life. The gang is all here - Patty, Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, and Snoopy. It's a warm and funny look at relationships, imagination, unrequited love, and, finally, what constitutes happiness. Unforgettable songs and clever observations on the meaning of life combine to make this show loved for almost 50 years. Adult cast.



$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system.
TAG Team Productions
Mar 11, 8:30:     Ms. Mary & Friends: THROWBACK Comedy Review

Missing the "golden days?" Come out and enjoy the classic comedy stylings of days gone by, and get ready to laugh as we jog your memory (or show you "youngins" something you may have never seen before) with Ms. Mary and her troupe of hysterical friends. The comedians and classic comedy "of old" - the likes of Lucille Ball, Red Foxx, Hee Haw, Dick Van Dyke, Carroll Burnett, Diff'rent Strokes, Laugh-in - will come to the stage in this fabulous, high-energy review! Featuring:

Liberty Brock Michael Christian Sherry White Antonette Hunt
Jon Oafy Arthur Lee Green Jr Susan O’Brian Javier Alonzo
Da Comedian Newbuck Paul Fried Michael Kelly Nicole Hanson
David Alexander Brown Marco Garza Dennis Ryazanov And more!
$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system. $20 at the door.

Written & Produced by
Molly Macabre
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.

Inspired by the hit television series
Written by Bo Show
Mar 17-26:      Welcome Back, Kotter

Who says you can't go home again? Travel with us back to those glorious '70s where Gabe Kotter, a wisecracking (but also wise) teacher, returns to Buchanan High (his old school) in Brooklyn, to take on the daunting task of teaching a remedial class to an ethnically and culturally diverse group of misfits known as the Sweathogs. Little do the Sweathogs know that Kotter was a founding member! Kotter sees their potential, but can they they be taught? And what might Kotter himself learn? Welcome back to the the love and laughter in room 11, where school can be made cool again.

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

An ACT Original Adaptation
Mar 31-Apr 9:      The Breakfast Club

To the outside world they were simply a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, a Princess, and a Criminal - five students with nothing in common except being doomed to spending an entire Saturday in detention together. By the end of the day, they had bared their souls to each other and found that common ground that defies outer appearances. Strangers in the morning, forever bonded as true friends in The Breakfast Club by the end of the day.

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

Adult Cast:


Youth Cast:
Book by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney
Music by Dan Studney
Lyrics by Kevin Murphy
Originally directed by ANDY FICKMAN and produced by STEPHANIE STEELE for DEAD OLD MAN PRODUCTIONS
Presented through special arrangement with
R&H Theatricals
229 W 28th St, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
www.rnh.com
Apr 14-30:      Reefer Madness

In 1936, an anti-drug propaganda film called Reefer Madness was released, portraying the disasters that ensue when some teenagers decide to try "marihuana" -- otherwise known as the devil's drug. In the 1970s, the film was rediscovered and became a cult classic due to its over-the-top portrayal of the alleged dangers of smoking weed, which include death, destruction, madness and ... [gasp!] jazz. Inspired by the original film, this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy takes the fun to a "higher" level, memorializing the melodrama in songs that range from Broadway-style show-stoppers to swing tunes. It would be a big mistake to (puff, puff) pass on this Art Centre Theatre production of Reefer Madness: The Musical.

Special performance at 7:30 on - you guessed it - Thursday, 4/20!

18 and older, please.

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

Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Based on a story by Larry L. King
Presented through special arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.
235 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003
Apr 14-30:      The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Nothing is sacred in this raucous send-up of small town vice, politics, and religion. Welcome to the best, ah, "pleasure palace" in the great state of Texas, the Chicken Ranch (in business since the mid-1800s!). This crazy look into the inner workings of Miss Mona's bordello and her panoply of patrons - mayors, senators, governors ... entire football teams, along with the machinations of the ever-watchful Watchdog, who doggedly uses his righteous television cameras to try and expose the institution, is a laugh a minute with some clever and catchy tunes. Dance a little sidestep to ACT!

Mature content. Obviously.

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

Books and Lyrics by Joe Dipietro
Music and Lyrics by David Bryan
Based on a concept by
George W. George
Presented by special arrangement with
Theatrical Rights Worldwide
1180 Avenue of the Americas, Ste 640
New York, NY 10036
May 5-21:      MEMPHIS

The Tony Award winning musical comes to the ACT stage, direct from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee. The seedy nightclubs, controversial radio stations, and the recording studios that were the Memphis music scene where rock-and-roll was born. Meet Huey Calhoun, a DJ with a passion for rhythm and blues, and Felicia Farrell, a black singer trying to make her mark. They meet on famous Beale street, fall in love, and run into a world that is unable to accept their love for each other. Some fabulous dancing, great music and a powerful emotional message, come together for a masterful show.

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

An Original ACT Adaptation
With Original Songs and Music
May 26-Jun 4:      Snow White the Musical

The timeless story of the beautiful Snow White, who takes refuge in the forest home of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen, jealous because she wants to be known as "the fairest in the land," knows that Snow White's beauty surpasses her own and would do away with her. The dwarfs grow to love their unexpected visitor, who cleans their house and cooks their meals, but the evil Queen arrives at the cottage disguised as an old peddler woman while they are away working in the diamond mine, and persuades Snow White to bite into a poisoned apple. The dwarfs were warned by the by the forest animals, but can't get home in time to dispatch the Queen, and believe Snow White is dead. They place her in a glass coffin in the woods and mourn their loss. The Prince, having fallen in love with Snow White and is searching for her, happens by and awakens her from the wicked Queen's deathlike spell with "love's first kiss." Youth and Adult casts.

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

Adult Cast:


Youth Cast:
by Michael Kelly
A Kelz Productions Presentation
Jun 9-11:      Who Has Your Attention?

Michael Kelly premiered his powerful drama "Love Me Through the Bad" last year at ACT, and is returning with his newest, thought-provoking show, "Who Has Your Attention?".

Chris and Destiny are living the dream! Young, newly engaged, Chris has just been drafted by the NFL, and Destiny finished her nursing degree and is looking forward to a challenging career. It looks ideal, but we all know appearances can be deceiving. Chris finds himself in a struggle with his Christian ideals, allowing influential people to have him act in ways he knows he shouldn't, and Destiny finds that reaching a balance in life is not as easy as she imagined. The stress on their engagement increases; with their attention torn in so many directions, could it be that it's already too late?

$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using our online system. $20 at the door.

An ACT Original Adaptation
Based on the Novel by E.B. White
Jun 16-25:      Charlotte's Web

C.S. Lewis once wrote, "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." The beloved 1952 tale penned by E.B. White is a case in point. The story of Wilbur the pig and his friendship with a spider named Charlotte is known to millions, and has been adapted into plays, animated movies, even video games. Wilbur finds himself in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, and Charlotte nobly attempts to persuade the farmer to let him live with clever messages written into her web. All the elements of a great tale for kids and adults alike come to the ACT stage in this adaptation performed by our remarkable youth.

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

By Award Winning Local Playwright
Everett Newton
Jun 16-25:      Hog Day Afternoon

You've seen Everett Newton's Taxidermia and I Know You Are But What Am I?, and his keen wit and humor return to the ACT stage with Hog Day Afternoon!

Jasper and Arvid Sneet are simple men. Brothers. Texans. Hog farmers. But are they killers? With a little help, perhaps they are. Help, in the form of E. Ray Mickelson. Insurance agent. Minister. Sociopath. E. Ray convinces Jasper and Arvid to insure the workers on their farm with multiple life insurance policies, naming themselves as beneficiaries, after which they plot to do them in. But can E. Ray, Arvid, and Jasper pull it off without being uncovered by Raelene Jeffers, the trombone-wielding underwriter at the Lifelong Assurance Insurance and Indemnity Company? Will Arvid ever defeat Jasper at "Rock, Paper, Scissors"? Will Raelene ever receive her trombone slide grease from Paraguay? The answers to these, and many other scintillating questions, await! Mature Content; 18 and over, please.

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

An ACT Original Adaptation
Jun 30-Jul 8:      To Be Announced

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An ACT Original Musical Adaptation
Jul 14-23:      The Wizard of Oz

ACT retells the classic Frank L. Baum tale with musical flair! When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. Dorothy simply wants to get back to Kansas, and they all seek the help of the great Wizard in Emerald City. He demands the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. Youth and Adult casts.

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

Adult Cast:


Youth Cast:
by John Cariani
Presented through special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
www.dramatists.com
Aug 18-27:      Almost, Maine

It's a town. But not quite. The residents can never seem to get things organized. And, it's love. But not quite. Welcome to a town that's so far north it's almost in Canada. Winters are long and cold, but hearts are always warm - in a confusing sort of way. Under the vista of the northern lights on a clear winter night, the residents of Almost find themselves falling into, and out of, love, in unconventional ways. Hearts are broken, love is lost and found, and for the people of Almost, things will never be the same.

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

An ACT Original Adaptation
Aug 18-27:      Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

In 2008, "Dr. Horrible's Sign-Along Blog" helped pave the way for Internet-based miniseries distribution. This campy, Emmy-winning show, co-created by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers), describe the crazy adventures of wanna-be arch-villain Dr. Horrible, as he seeks to join the prestigious Evil League of Evil but is constantly foiled by Captain Hammer, a super hero with an enormous ego. Things get even more interesting when Dr. Horrible falls for the beautiful Penny, the homeless rights advocate he meets at the laundromat. But Penny sets her sights on the conceited Captain Hammer after he apparently saves her life. Can Dr. Horrible overcome the hero and get the girl? Find out at ACT! Mature content.

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Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Book by Neil Simon
Presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Sep 1-17:       Sweet Charity

Nominated for 9 TONY awards, this fabulous musical (inspired by Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria") was first on Broadway in 1966 under the direction of the legendary Bob Fosse, and has stood the test of time.

Charity Hope Valentine, a young taxi dancer at the Fandango Ballroom in NYC, has a big heart for Charlie, whom she met in Central Park. Charlie's not so big hearted, but she tries to convince herself he's the one. By chance, she meets the film star Vittorio Vidal (who was publicly dumped by his beautiful mistress, Ursula), and the plot thickens. Memorable tunes ("Big Spender", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Sweet Charity") mark this as one of the great, lively musicals, leaving audiences living "hopefully ... ever after."

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

By Jo Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard
Presented through special arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.
235 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Sep 22-Oct 1:      Greater Tuna

It started out as a simple skit, inspired by a political cartoon. Joe Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard collaborated and delivered this critically-acclaimed show which has had audiences in hysterics for over 25 years. Greater Tuna has been parlayed into a franchise of shows, including A Tuna Christmas, Tuna Does Vegas, and Red, White and Tuna, but this is the show that began it all.

Texas' third-smallest down, Greater Tuna, is the setting, populated by a crazy group of citizens. Patsy Cline never dies, the Lions' Club is thought of as much too liberal, and this incredibly funny satire of small-town life in America delivers on all levels. Mature content; recommended for adults only.

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Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell
Presented by special arrangement with
R&H Theatricals
229 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
www.rnh.com
Sep 22-27:      [title of show]

Struggling writers Hunter and Jeff are trying to create a new musical for a new festival, but the deadline looms for them to have their submission considered. Trying to come up with a story, they realize that their conversation about what they should write about is what they should, well, write about! Helped by friends Larry, Susan, and Heidi, they make a pact to write up until the deadline.

[title of show] (from the space on the festival application form), follows the group through an amazing exercise in expression, learning important lessons about friendship, themselves, and art along the way. This Tony Award nominated musical is considered a tremendous homage to that unique American art form, musical theatre. Mature content; recommended for adults only.

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Inspired by the Reginald Rose Teleplay
An ACT Original Adaptation
Oct 6-15:      12 Angry Men

The 1954 teleplay by Reginald Rose became the famous 1957 film (directed by Sidney Lume and starring Henry Fonda) which has long been recognized as one of the most significant courtroom dramas of all time, selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry.

An examination of personalities in conflict while they attempt to build a consensus, 12 Angry Men tells the tale of a life-and-death decision in the case of an 18 year old boy from the slums on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death. After a quick preliminary vote, all the jurors except Juror 8 vote guilty. He doubts the veracity of the witness testimony and resists a conviction without due deliberation. From that point onward, this powerful story unfolds in unpredictable, emotionally explosive ways. Mature themes.

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

by Gloria Gonzalez
Oct 6-15:      Deliberation

Too much crime. The law subject to wildly different interpretations, the guilty unpunished, the innocent imprisoned or in the grave. Trust in the legal system at an all-time low; is Lady Justice blind, but not color blind? What if you witnessed the offense? What if you knew the people involved?

What if YOU had the power to make the choice?

Be a part of this original dramatic concept where you decide. What happened? Who is the true offender? What does it really mean when tension in an inner-city neighborhood has people taking matters into their own hands? Mature themes.

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

Presented through special arrangement with
Theatrical Rights Worldwide
1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640
New York, NY   10036
Oct 20-Nov 5:      The Addams Family

The wicked and witty Addams family comes to life in this highly acclaimed musical comedy. When the grown-up Wednesday Addams falls head over heels for a normal boy, she invites his parents to the family mansion for a gothic meet-and-greet. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. The award-winning team behind this fabulous, albeit macabre, show includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party).

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

Book, music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien
Presented through special arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.
235 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003
Oct 20-Nov 4:      The Rocky Horror Show

Antici-

The time warp returns to ACT for our annual excursion into Richard O'Brien's universe of B-movie madness! Join Brad and Janet as they pay a visit to the castle of Frank N. Furter, alien transvestite, and his castle full of bizarre characters. You know the drill ... or do you? Virgins are welcome! Prop bags will be available for sale at the door.

Mature content. Adults only, please.

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

by Robert Harling
Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
www.dramatists.com
Nov 10-19:      Steel Magnolias

Welcome to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Anyone who's "anyone" come to Truvy's for their hair. With the help of her enthusiastic (but somewhat confused about her marital status) assistant, Anelle, Truvy offers free advice along with the shampoos and cuts. Her clientele include Ouiser ("I've been in a bad mood for 40 years), social maven M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby, an slightly crazy millionaire Miss Clairee. Witty repartee and some rather bitter verbal sparring bring up the issues of life, love, mortality, and how friends can be friends through good times and bad.

Mature content.

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

by Paul Boyd
Presented by special arrangement with
Paul Boyd Music
pbmusicals.com
Nov 24-Dec 3:      RED: The Red Riding Hood Musical

Creator Paul Boyd's brilliant adaptation of the timeless story returns to ACT! The original score, which ranges from rock and Broadway-style ballads to gypsy rhythms soars with the story of a troupe of traveling gypsies gathered around a campfire in a dark forest. As they hear wolves howling in the woods, they begin to tell the tale of one of their ancestors, a mysterious girl in a crimson-colored cape. Considered one of Boyd's best early works (having premiered in Ireland in 2000), this favorite tale gets stellar treatment.

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Adapted by Joe Landry
Presented by special arrangement with
Playscripts Inc.
7 Penn Plaza, Ste 904
New York, NY 10001
playscripts.com
Dec 8-23:       It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families, and there's no better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio, where a cast of actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. The ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who has given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge on Christmas Eve, ready to end it all. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him all the lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it.

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