Four productions adapted from literary and film classics highlight Altoona Community Theatre’s 2017-2018 season on the Benzel Stage of The Historic Mishler Theatre. Subscriptions for the entire season offer a $26 discount off the cost of purchasing tickets individually.
In September, ACT will present the rollicking musical BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, based on Mark Twain’s story about a rambunctious young boy in the 1880s and the friendship he develops with a runaway slave. Featuring a lively score by Roger Miller combining country, bluegrass, gospel and honkeytonk, BIG RIVER is being directed by Tara E. Enedy, who previously directed A CHRISTMAS STORY and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for ACT.
In November, ACT will stage an adaptation of the popular holiday film IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, which follows a disillusioned “everyman” from a small town in 1945, who gets a new chance on life when his soul is saved by a guardian angel named Clarence. A newcomer to the area and to ACT, Woodrow Pyeatt, will direct.
In February, ACT will present William Shakespeare’s tragedy ROMEO AND JULIET. This tale of star-crossed lovers from feuding families will be directed by Stephen Guice, who studied Shakespeare while training at the Circle in the Square in New York City.
And in May, the season will close with Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, directed by ACT Operations Manager Steven C. Helsel. Like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which Helsel staged for ACT previously, THE LITTLE MERMAID will be a fun extravaganza for all ages with elaborate sets, costumes and special effects.
Subscriptions for ACT’s season are just $60 per person, meaning subscribers pay just $15 per show instead of $23 for musicals and $20 for non-musicals. Subscribers select the same seats for the entire year and receive their tickets in the mail at the start of the season, avoiding box office lines and fees or the possibility of sold-out performances. Subscribers benefit from exchange privileges should they not be able to attend a show on their prescribed day. They also receive a discount on any additional tickets purchased for any of the four productions.
For more information, call the ACT Administrative Office at (814) 943-4357.
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