Acting for Life!
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.

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, however, exchanges for another performance of the same show may be available if you contact the box office at least 48 hours prior to the originally purchased show. ACT reserves the right to cancel a performance if there are less than 25 tickets sold.

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.



Advanced purchase is strongly encouraged - our main stage productions tend to sell out!

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available. Be advised that in some of our shows strobe lighting may be used.

Current Offerings on the ACT Main Stage

Please note that dates and times are subject to change. Check back often!

Advance purchase prices are listed by the show descriptions below. Buying in advance is recommended; shows tend to sell out, so you are encouraged to buy early!

     Advance Purchase: $15 per seat, or $12 for members unless otherwise noted.

     Door Purchase: $15 per seat unless otherwise noted.

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An ACT Original Production based on the work of Charles Schulz.
December 5-21 - A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

Join the cast of characters from the wonderful imagination of Charles Schulz, loved the world over for over half-a-century, in this special Christmas musical celebration!

$15 ($12 for members).

On our Main Stage in 2015:

An Original Murder Mystery by
Folding Chairs
January 2 and 3, 7:30 - The Santa Claus Murder

Join us for this special dinner theatre murder mystery presentation! The Folding Chairs comedy troupe returns to the ACT stage, hosting fabulous fun with dinner and dessert served (dinner includes one beverage, additional soft drinks $2, donation beer and wine bar available).

Santa returns from his Christmas delivery in a foul mood - foul enough, evidently, to get himself killed! Was it one of the angry elves--perhaps Slitzy or Schwartzy? Perhaps it was Mrs. Claus, weary of Santa's weird travel schedule and giving him his insulin shots every night ... or, did the beloved Buddy the Elf finally snap and do him in? Detective Gus Kahn and Psychic Shawna Kirk are on the case in this clever and surprising show. Mature content.

$25.
Produced by arrangment with
TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.,
560 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10022
January 9-18 - Cabaret

Some of the most memorable music written for the stage accompanies the story of Sally Bowles, a British singer in a 1930s-era Berlin cabaret, who falls in love with Cliff Bradshaw, an American writer. Flamboyant Sally reflects the happy face on what turns out to be dark times as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Mature content.

$15 ($12 for members).

Special half-price at the door show on Thursday the 15th at 7:30.
Conceived by and with book and lyrics by Julia Jordan
Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash
Presented by special arrangement with
Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials supplied by MTI
421 W 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684, Fax: 212-397-4684
www.mtishows.com
January 23-February 1 - Murder Ballad

Enter uptown girl Sara, who by all appearances has everything. But appearances are, as always, deceiving, and her downtown past lurks in the background. "Murder Ballad" spins the tale of a love triangle gone seriously wrong. Sara's torn between her dark ex-boyfriend and Michael, her husband, with whom she has a daughter. Filled with powerful music, the show explores the complications that enter into our lives when we compromise. A story of love and betrayal, it's a fun but dark, edgy thriller. Mature content.

$15 ($12 for members).
An ACT Original Production
February 6-22 - Crimes of the Heart

This tragic comedy follows the three McGrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they're forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while trying to cope with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed.

$15 ($12 for members).
by Eve Ensler
February 13-22 - The Vagina Monologues

Observing the manner in which women spoke of their bodies, playwright Eve Ensler believed this was a reflection on how they actually felt about themselves and their gender. "The Vagina Monologues" was inspired from a series of essays she wrote about the female body and the language women used to express themselves, to write this series of monologues brought to the stage initially in her one-woman show, now performed by a number of women. 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. Mature themes.

$15 ($12 for members).
An ACT Original Production
March 13-22 - School of Rock

Start off the new year by rocking out right with the ACT youth cast performing this original work. Fired by his own band, a guitarist needs to raise money, and starts teaching in a private school. He encounters a class of talented students and they set their sights on winning a "Battle of the Bands" competition to make their mark in the world of rock-n-roll.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An ACT Original Production
March 27-April 5 - 16 Candles and Counting

Teen and adult casts.

Following up on the hit movie "16 Candles," this original musical production explores the songs of the 1980's under the backdrop of iconic teenage angst, depression and defining an identity, all the while trying to find a place in a world with unfair parents, oppressive authority figures and problems with your friends.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
By Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli
Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch
Conceived by PJ Paparelli
Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatic Publishing
311 Washington St
Woodstock, IL 60098
April 10-19 - Columbinus

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Columbine in 1999, this powerful drama looks at teens through archetypical characters. Set in a stereotypical suburban high school, we follow the lives of struggles of teenagers including a couple of outcasts who decide their best course of action is an insane and brtual crime spree. Survivors and the people of the town struggle to come to grips with this horrible event in this gripping story. Mature content.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
on behalf of
the University of South, Sewanee, Tennessee.
April 10-19 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams' masterful play comes to the ACT stage! The story of a Southern family that strikes on the timeless themes of culture, hidden motives, and the web of deceit woven when the Pollitt family patriarch, "Big Daddy" and the clan gather for an evening at the Mississippi family estate to celebrate his birthday. All but he and his wife know the truth that he's dying from terminal cancer. A fantastic story that Williams himself described as his favorite.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
by Rajiv Joseph
Original Broadway production produced by
Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller,
Sander Jacobs, Ruth Hendel/Burnt Umber,
Scott & Brian Zellinger,
Center Theatre Group, Stephen Kocis/Walt Grossman.
World Premiere produced by
Center Theater Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre
(Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director;
Charles Dillingham, Managing Director),
Los Angeles, CA.
Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
May 22-31 - Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Set during the initial days of the Iraq invastion, we follow two US Marines and their Iraqi translator whose lives are impacted by a clever tiger they meet on the streets of Baghdad. An extraordinary human drama of redemption and forgiveness in war-torn ruins is brought to the ACT stage by Eric Vale, veteran screenwriter, voice artist, and writer and producer of last year's feature film, "Chariot".

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An original ACT Production
May 29-June 7 - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The beloved and hysterical "Cliff Notes" version of the Bard's work returns to the ACT stage in this popular production. Want to see all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in less than 100 minutes? Done! Of course, "Titus Andronicus" may show up as a cooking show, "Othello" is set to rap, and "Hamlet" will take all of a minute or two ...

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Original book, music and lyrics by
Paul Boyd
From the books by Lewis Carroll
June 19-28 - Alice: The Musical

Youth and adult productions.

Paul Boyd's spectacular musical adaptation of the beloved tale arrives at ACT for its Texas Premiere! Join Alice on a golden afternoon as she follows the elusive White Rabbit into Wonderland, where she meets The Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and confronts the Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards. Memorable songs and hilarious scenes bring this beloved tale to life in this high-energy performance!

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An Original ACT Production
July 17-26 - Sweeney Todd

Teen and Adult productions.

Benjamin Barker, now Sweeney Todd, returns to London after years in exile for a crime he didn't commit. He finds his wife dead, and his daughter held captive by the evil Judge Turpin. A barbarious rampage ensues - aided by Mrs. Lovett, Todd opens a barber shop and exacts his revenge by charming his customers into the shop, and with a quick flash of a razor across their necks ends thier lives. Mature Content.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An original ACT production based on the ancient Hanukkah story.
July 17-26 - Hershell and the Hanukkah Goblins

Hanukkah-hating goblins roam the hills near the village, determined to ruin the festivities. The villagers find their menorah candles snuffed and dreidels destroyed, but the goblins weren't counting on the quick-witted Hershel, who shows up and outsmarts them in clever and creative ways, saving the holiday!

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An original ACT production based on the classic fairy tale.
July 31-August 9 - Cinderella

The traditional expression of the classic ashes-to-castle tale comes to the ACT stage. Cinderella's father has passed away, and she remains in the home as step-daughter of the cruel mistress of the house, tormented by her step-sisters. Along comes the handsome prince, her fairy godmother, the ball at the palace, a glass slipper ... and the rest of this timeless story.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An Original ACT Production
August 14-23 - Reefer Madness

The musical born from the cult classic B movie of the same name comes to the ACT stage in this original production! Community authorities are alarmed over rampant narcotic use - especially marijuana, which causes wild behavior and possible insanity! The high school principal fears for his students! The pushers hold clandestine marijuana parties trying to get kids hooked! Innocent teen sweethearts find themselves caught up in the lunacy! Mature content.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An Original ACT Production
August 28-September 6 - THE MEAN TEAM

Teen production.

It's true that in nature only the strong survive--especially for teen girls navigating the unwritten rules of society and fighting the brutal battles of psychological warfare found only in high-school. Difficult for anyone, unless, of course ... you're MEAN.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
SPAMALOT
The musical lovingly ripped off from the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Book and lyrics by Eric Idle - Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle
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
September 11-20 - SPAMALOT

Follow King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they seek the Holy Grail! Based on Monty Python's hysterical sketches and the movie "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail" you'll laugh and sing along with Finnish fish-slappers, The Lady of the Lake, Lancelot, the Brave Sir Robin, and the rest of the knights as they encounter the Knights of Ni, Tim the Enchanter, and other crazy characters.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An ACT Original Production
September 11-20 - Camelot

King Arthur has solidified the kingdom, and formed the Knights of the Round Table to serve the causes of justice and right. He's nervous, though, about his pending arranged marriage to Guenevere. She, in turn, does not like the idea of being Queen, and by virtue of falling in love the the Knight Lancelot, things being to fall apart in the outwardly idyllic kingdom. High drama with classic themes the world has loved to share for hundreds and hundreds of years.

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An ACT Original Production
September 25-October 4 - Calvin Berger

Teen and Adult casts.

17th century France comes to a present day high school in this lively recreation of the classic story about Cyrano de Bergerac. Calvin Berger, young and comically neurotic about the size of his nose and way too shy to ask out the girl of his dreams decides to communicate with her by way of the handsome new kid in school. This heartfelt musical will have audiences of all ages laughing -- and identifying.

$15 ($12 for members). 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
October 23-November 8 - 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 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An ACT Original Production
October 23-November 8 - Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog

Wannabe super villian and video blogger, Dr. Horrible, wants to join the prestigious Evil League of Evil, but his plans are spoiled by Captain Hammer, a super hero with an enormous ego. Things get even more interesting when Dr. Horrible falls for the beautiful Penny, an advocate for the homeless he meets at the laundromat. But Penny has her eye on the conceited Captain Hammer after he apparantely saves her life. Can Dr. Horrible overcome the hero and get the girl?

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
Presented by special arrangement with
SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey
Based on a story by John Dempsey and Hugh Murphy
October 23-November 8 - Zombie Prom

It's the 1950s and Enrico Fermi High schools' pretty Toffee has fallen in a big way for the local bad boy. Her family insists the relationship must end, and he rides off to the nearest nuclear waste dump, only to return with a certain new "glow" to win back the heart of the girl he loves. Fabulous original music in the style of the era and a lively set of characters make this Off-Broadway hit a must see!

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.
An ACT Original Production
November 13-22 - A Mixed Bag of Fruits and Nuts

Teen and Adult productions.

It's a dark Christmas Eve in Ohio, for a serial killer has the population on edge. A group of counselors have their hands full with the normal holiday nuts and problems of their own. With the staffers overly busy, they're unlikley to notice much even if someone drops dead ... which they do. It would take a Christmas miracle to solve their problems. Can this assorted group of nuts, along with a Christmas tree, a fruit cake, and a pistol, find some type of divine intervention on this Christmas Eve?

$15 ($12 for members). Tickets not yet available - check back for dates and times.


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