The ACT Season 19 (2017-18)
PRESENTING OUR 19TH SEASON!
Productions for 2017-2018
If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night?
Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic, and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again!
Music by Mary Rodgers. Lyrics by Marshall Barer. Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. Getting to Know...Once Upon a Mattress is presented through special arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. www.rnh.com
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, which then rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions! Along the way, James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements along the way.
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic!
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald. Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the book, James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
In 1625, young d'Artagnan, a poor nobleman, leaves his family in Gascony and heads to Paris to fulfull his dream of becoming a Musketeer. On the way he meets Milady, the alluring agent of Cardinal Richelieu (and enemy of the Musketeers), and confronts a mysterious swordsman known as the formidable Count de Rochefort. Once in Paris, d'Artagnan unwittingly challenges all three of the “Inseparables”—Athos, Porthos, Aramis—to a duel. But when the Cardinal's guards arrive, d'Artagnan joins with the Musketeers instead, turning the sword fight into a Musketeer victory.
When d'Artagnan is called to action again to rescue the intriguing Constance Bonacieux, the queen's seamstress, he learns of Cardinal Richelieu's plot to destroy the Queen. Embracing the chance to prove himself worthy of Constance and of the uniform of a Musketeer, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and d'Artagnan stand "all for one and one for all" and declare war on the Cardinal, bringing to the stage this world of romance, intrigue, and action as it was originally penned in 1844 by Alexander Dumas.
Play by Max Bush. Based on the book, The Three Musketeers, by Alexander Dumas. The Three Musketeers Young Performers Edition is presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
It's Christmas: the best time of year for toys and stories! But all over the world, the magic of Make-Believe is fading. Only the toys know the truth: the Queen and King of Mouses have stolen the Christmas Star and used its magic to turn the Prince of Make-Believe into a wooden Nutcracker! Can Clara and her brother Fritz bring the Nutcracker back to life, help him defeat the House of Mouse, and restore him to the throne? First, they must believe...
Throughout the world, the story of The Nutcracker is best known as the ballet written in 1892 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who adapted it from the 1816 novella by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann entitled The Nutcracker and the Mouse Kng. In this magical musical play, Hoffman’s tale is told yet again, with all the familiar characters brought to life in a new way that is accessible to all ages.
Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Perkins and Jenifer Toksvig. Based on the book, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A. Hoffman. The Nutcracker is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures through 1910 England in this enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, and breathtaking dance numbers.
Based on the series of eight books written by P.L. Travers and published between 1934-1988 and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances, receiving nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh. Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his loving parents, Mr. and Mrs. Little, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, Stuart is also a true lover of excitement and tries to live life to the fullest. This includes trying to negotiate life in the same household as Snowbell, who does not always have Stuart’s best interest at heart.
The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this story-theatre presentation. The acting ensemble plays many human and animal roles in a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of this mild-mannered, helpful, and industrious mouse. Based on E.B. White's classic 1945 novel, this play is sure to delight both audiences and young performers alike.
Play by Joseph Robinette. Based on the book, Stuart LIttle, by E.B. White. Stuart Little is presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
The classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Ugly Duckling, first published in Denmark in 1843, comes to life on stage in this story of personal transformation. Ugly, hatched from a curious-looking, large brown egg that is unlike the other four eggs in the nest, looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm, including his own father, Drake, are quick to notice and make fun of Ugly, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and ultimately finds out that being different is not a bad thing after all.
Book by Anthony Drewe. New Songs and Additional Music by George Stiles. Lyrics by Anthony Drewe. Based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. Honk Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
AGE POLICY: Adults may audition, but are not guaranteed a role. An adult participant is an actor who is age 19 or older, unless the actor is age 19 and is still enrolled in high school. If an actor turns 19 during a season and the actor is still enrolled in high school at the beginning of that season, the actor remains eligible to audition as a child participant until the end of that same season. Adults also pay the participation fee.