ACT announces 2017-18 season

ELKHORN CITY — Artists Collaborative Theatre (ACT), now proudly enjoying its 15th year serving Pike County and the surrounding region, is thrilled to announce the 2017-18 season.


With seven shows, including lighthearted comedies, intense dramas, whimsical storybook tales, and theatrical musicals, you can bet you’ll find something to enjoy for every age and interest level.


New to theatre? Come dip your toes in at Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City, where you’ll feel like family as soon as you walk through the door. A frequent patron? Welcome back for a new season! Interested in joining the ACT Company full of local talent? Mark your calendars today and plan to visit on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. for open call season auditions. No previous acting experience necessary, just enthusiasm and commitment.


The new production year will begin in September with Calendar Girls, a comedy based on the true story of a group of middle-aged-and-up ladies who are members of the local Women’s Institute chapter. Together, the women craft a creative plan to raise money for a memorial in honor of one of their member’s late husbands. Their idea? To pose nude for a “tastefully alternative” girlie calendar. The project, hugely successful, spreads like wildfire as hordes of press descend upon the small town. Now, with the money raised, group member friendships are put to the test under the strain of new-found fame. Calendar Girls will be on stage September 21-October 15.


Next up is Peter Pan Jr., the fall production from the ACT Kidz Company. A story beloved by all, follow Peter Pan’s familiar journey to never grow old. The three Darling siblings, Wendy, John, and Michael, adventure through enchanting Neverland, meeting Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, and many other interesting characters along the way including crocodiles and mermaids. Will the three children make it home by morning? Find out as local Pikeville, Pike County, and surrounding area school children brave the stage to tell the tale. Peter Pan Jr., will be on stage November 2-12.


Ring in the holiday season with A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration. It’s 1864, and Washington, D.C., is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving. On the banks of the Potomac, a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith’s mercy.


In the alleys downtown, an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom. This musical intertwines the lives of many, showing us that the gladness of one’s heart is the best gift of all and that we all have more in common with one another than we may think. A Civil War Christmas, full of amazing instrumentals and soaring vocals, will be on stage from November 23-December 17.


The season will begin with The Crucible, a dramatic literary story surrounding the infamous and historic Salem witch trials. In the Puritan community of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods, and immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated, and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself. The Crucible will be on stage from February 15-March 4 and March 15-18.


Something more lighthearted and whimsical follows with Winnie the Pooh Kids. The ACT Kidz Company are back again for their spring semester to bring us the loveable crew from Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey, his favorite sweet treat. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious, looming Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course, sharing snacks. Winnie the Pooh Kids will be on stage from March 29-April 8.


The sixth production of the season comes bouncing on stage with High School Musical. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. High School Musical will be on stage from May 3-27.


The final show of the season, Send Me No Flowers, follows George Kimball, a Westchester-to-New York City commuter whose favorite hobby is hypochondria. When he mistakenly overhears his doctor discussing another patient with heart trouble, he prepares to meet the end bravely, sure it is his time to go. Putting his affairs in order, he writes a heartbreaking letter to his wife to be read as his eulogy. He even arranges a good second husband for his soon-to-be widow, with a prematurely purchased cemetery plot for three: himself, his wife and the new future ‘Mister Kimball’. Antics aplenty, this story definitely represents the oft taken vow ‘for better or for worse. Send Me No Flowers will be on stage from June 21-July 15.


For more information about ACT’s upcoming season, call 606-754-4228.