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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.

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:

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

NOTES: 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 Library, Inc.
580 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022
Jan 20-Feb 5:      DREAMGIRLS

The stunning show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music, creating a new American sound. In Act One we relive the fabulous sixties, when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new sound of groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles. DREAMGIRLS also explores the the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry--the business part of show business--that made possible this cultural phenomenon. Act Two brings us to the creation and the arrival of disco (though the term itself is never used). This show brilliantly examines a musical contribution to America of such importance that we are only now beginning to understand it.

SPECIAL PRE SHOW at 7:00pm before our Saturday performances, with entertainment and light snacks for $10 at the door. Join us for some extra fun and amazing talent before the performance!

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

By Eve Ensler
Produced by arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
Feb 3-11:      The Vagina Monologues

Based on interviews conducted with women from all over the world, Eve Ensler's award-winning play is a hilarious and deeply poignant collection of stories that gives voice to a chorus of common experiences and feelings once considered taboo. A thoughtful look at the female experience, with an unblinking look at topics such as sex, love, rape, birth, and the vagina as an expression of female individuality, the popular show manages to be entertaining without being trite, political without being offensive.

There will be special benefit performance on Thursday, February 9, at 7:30. All proceeds from this performance will go to My Friends House in Plano, a shelter for familes struggling with domestic issues.

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

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.

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:
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.

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:
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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 (and though-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 may be too late?

$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 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.

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

Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An ACT Original Adaptation
Jun 30-Jul 8:      To Be Announced

$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 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.

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

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.

$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 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.

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

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