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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A fast-paced musical comedy where six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation. This bee is one unforgettable experience.
Suitable for ages 6 and older.
Show Dates: September 15-17, 21-24, 28-30, October 1
A classical comedy of manners full of biting satire which reminds us that looks can be deceiving.
When the kind, yet dim, Orgon invites the religious zealot known as Tartuffe into his home, he has no idea that he has accepted a snake into his den. While Tartuffe acts like a kind minister, he is -- in fact -- a con man plotting to rob Orgon of everything he holds dear! While Orgon becomes hopelessly entranced by Tartuffe, his family rallies to expose Tartuffe for the rascal that he is. Will they be able to save the hapless Orgon from Tartuffe’s clutches? It may take an act of fake seduction-- and an obvious Deus ex Machina -- to help defeat this lascivious hypocrite. Suitable for teens and older.
Show Dates: October 27-29, November 2-5
A new Christmas comedy with music from the creator of Open All Night & Home
for the Holidays
Olivia Crawford, headmistress of Crawford Conservatory for Girls, has her hands full this Christmas. -- three of her students are unable to travel home for the holidays and they have their sights set on three boys from the academy down the street. Just when she thinks she’ll be able to control their capers, a long-lost love from her past shows up and rattles her to the core. Filled with music, comedy and colorful characters, Holiday Hoopla will definitely put you in the spirit for Christmas. Suitable for ages 6 and older.
Show Dates: November 30, December 1-3, 7-9
ACTC’s Christmas Cabaret
After you see the world premiere of Holiday Hoopla, come back to get a second dose of Christmas spirit with ACTC’s brand new variety style cabaret. It is sure to invite, delight, and excite. This song and dance show will highlight sacred and popular Christmas folk tunes with six of the most talented professionals in Orange County!
Show Dates: December 10, 13-7, 20-23
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
A high energy musical complete with heartfelt romance, show stopping dance numbers and unforgettable songs.
Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original MGM film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun and romance, that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. Set in Oregon in 1850, it tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness. Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. A truly rollicking adventure, which teaches that it takes a bride to turn seven unshaven, unkempt brothers into manly gentlemen... and to turn desire into romance. Suitable for ages 6 and older.
Show Dates: February 15-18, 22-25, March 1-4
Lord of the Flies
A powerful drama which glimpses the savagery that underlies even the most civilized human beings.
After a harrowing plane crash, a group of school boys finds itself marooned on a deserted island. Realizing the minimal chances of being rescued the boys band together out of fear and desperation. In an attempt to recreate the culture they left behind, they elect Ralph to lead, with the intellectual Piggy as counselor. But Jack wants to lead, too, and one-by-one, he lures the boys from civility and reason to the savage survivalism of primeval hunters. This powerful shift in conscience transforms ordinary kids into primal killers, setting off a devastating battle of good versus evil and presenting a haunting metaphor for the savage in us all. Suitable for teens and older.
Show Dates: April 13-15, 19-22
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