Friday, December 11, 2015

Cast List: Seussical

Director Mark Jones and Musical Director Sarah Fowler are pleased to announce the cast for Seussical!

Cat in the Hat: Trissa King
JoJo: Ethan Suess
Horton: Colby Coren
Gertrude: Alexa Edelman
Mayzie: Candice Owen
Sour Kangaroo: Karen Covington-Yow
Young Kangaroo: Reese Carlton
Bird Girls: Annelise Henry, Lauren Hewer, Hannah Kepple
Wickershams: Charlie Burchill, Kristen Hipps, Carson Fox
Mrs. Mayor: Jessica Shepherd
Mr. Mayor: Frank Salvo
Yertle the Turtle: Greg Austin
Vlad Vladikoff/The Grinch: Jan Dixon
Marshall: Christine Johnson

Congratulations to all in the cast - and a huge thank you to everyone who auditioned! It is so thrilling to see the amazing talent that is in our community. If you're not on this cast list, please try again for the next one!  

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cast List: Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Wow! We had a HUGE number of people to audition for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Congratulations to everyone who came out - it is such an act of courage to show up and audition! - and we hope that if your name isn't on this list that it will be on the next one!

Beth Bradley ... Perry Berlin
Charlie Bradley ... Cass Cusic
Mother (Grace Bradley) ... Tara Theodossis
Father (Bob Bradley) ... William Ehrsam
Ralph Herdman ... Rohan Myers
Imogene Herdman ... Nora Flynn-McIver
Leroy Herdman ... Will Cowan
Claude Herdman ... Alex Gast
Ollie Herdman ... Sam Collett
Gladys Herdman ... Katie Purnell
Alice Windleken ... Elyse Bassett
Maxine ... Jennings Gibbs- Barger
Maryanne ... Mia Bradshaw
Beverly ... Victoria Weatheman
Shirley ... Ella Miles-Peart
Doris ... Lexi Charlson
Juanita ... Jessica Charlson
Elmer Hopkins ... Harrison Best
Hobie ... Reed Atherton
David ... Evan Oldenburg
Children’s Ensemble ... Joseph Miller-Baile, Reese Carlton, Yanna Ehrsam, Liam Ehrsam
Mrs. Armstrong ... Mary Ann Heinen
Mrs. Slocum ... Emily Cowan
Mrs. Clark ... Pat Barratt
Mrs. Clausing ... Cathe Bradshaw
Mrs, McCarthy ... Joyce Wood
Reverend Hopkins ... Phillip Miles
Firefighters ... Jason Perry, Ron Barratt

Director Lori Hilliard shared, "This is an incredible cast and I am so thrilled to be working with them. It is going to be a fabulous show!!"

Can't wait!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Silent Auction at Costume Drama

This year, Costume Drama: A Fashion Show has expanded to be both a creative event and a fundraiser for ACT. We've added a silent auction and a pre and post party to the evening ... with a jazz band, champagne, appetizers and desserts!

The silent auction items are incredible. With over $18,000 worth of amazing items to bid on - including many of the dresses you'll see in the show! - there are so many ways to support ACT while walking away with original artwork, adventure experiences, beer packages, wine tastings, jewelry and more!

Buy your tickets to Costume Drama: A Fashion Show online or call us at 828-254-1320.

Here's a list of the items at our silent auction:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Not Now, Darling: Cast List

We're thrilled to announce the cast for Not Now, Darling, our final show of the season! So exciting to see so many first time names on this list as well as familiar ones!

Gilbert Bodley ... Michael Keene
Maude Bodley ... Cary Nichols
Arnold Crouch ... Jerry Crouch
Miss Tipdale ... Kristen Livengood
Harry McMichael ... Steve Turner
Janie McMichael ... Heather Ingle
Mrs. Frencham ... Jorja Ursin
Mr. Frencham ... Bruce Gruber
Miss Whittington ... Emily Crock
Sue Lawson ... Rachel Adams
Mr. Lawson ... Christian Carmean

Not Now, Darling is a confection of a show that runs on the Mainstage August 14-30, 2015. We can't wait to see this retro farce!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Great American Trailer Park Musical: Cast List

Congratulations to the cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical! This is going to be fun, y'all!

Betty - Delina Hensley
Lin - Reeni Lindblom
Pickles - Kristen Hipps
Jeannie - Mandy Bean
Norbert - David Dowd
Pippi - Chelsey Lee Gaddy
Duke - Dylan Murray

We always love it when a cast includes new faces on the ACT Mainstage as well as familiar ones!

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for this show. There's so much amazing talent in Asheville - and it was very hard to make this decision. The next auditions at ACT are for Not Now, Darling - and we hope we see you all again!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

French Quarter at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Our friends and next-door neighbors at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel have come up with a great idea for dinner during the run of A Streetcar Named Desire. They've created a French Quarter inspired menu that will be available throughout the run of Streetcar. The prix fixe menu is a four course delight that begins with a gumbo and ends with beignets. And, if you make a reservation for dinner or lunch, parking at the Renaissance is free!

They're also donating $10 back from each dinner to us. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Friday, March 27, 2015

How We Did That: The "Streetcar" Publicity Photo

One of the issues with which we constantly struggle is timing of the publicity photo. In order to meet the deadlines of print media - and especially the monthly magazines - we need to have a photo ready sometimes only days after we have a cast. At that point, we haven't had time to build or pull costumes, the set is only a distant vision, and we're usually in production on another show at that time. So we have to do what we do best: get creative!

For A Streetcar Named Desire, we wanted to capture a bit of drama in the publicity photo. We also wanted to share a little about the relationship between Blanche and Stanley - without sharing too much. Plus, we wanted to get across that it was a period piece (Streetcar takes place in 1947) that mainly takes place inside Stella and Stanley's apartment in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Not easy without a set and costumes!

Fortunately, everyone on the creative team was game to try something new. Theatre is certainly a collaborative art - and we're grateful that the collaboration extends off the stage as well!

Here's what we did:

And here's what we ended up with!

Photo by Tommy Propest

What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen: Jerry Crouch, Stephen Veltman, Deborah Austin, Jill Summers, Jennifer Russ, Dan Clancy, Thomas Propest, Craig Burgwardt, and Tommy Propest.