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ACTS presents Hairspray at LaGrange High School

posted May 21, 2014, 2:22 PM by Kristina Webster   [ updated May 27, 2014, 6:52 AM ]

You can’t stop the beat! In a show all about overcoming adversity, our actors have gotten a first-hand taste.  With only 3 weeks until opening the opening of HAIRSPRAY, ACTS’ air conditioner decided it wanted to quit. So with box fans running, the cast rehearsed in the heat while the board scouted for a new location to host the musical. Thankfully for the show LaGrange High School was available to host in their theatre.

Principal players include Shauna Temple as Tracy Turnblad, John Paul Primeaux as Link Larkin, Casey Doucet as Edna Turnblad, Angela Thomas as Motormouth Maybelle, Corey Dotson as Seaweed J. Stubbs, and Kelly Rowland as Penny Lou Pingleton. Also featured are Paula McCain as Velma Von Tussle, Savannah Foreman as Amber Von Tussle, and Joseph Boyette as Corny Collins. The cast is diverse with teens and adults, from veteran performers to newcomers to the stage.

The story, based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, takes place in 1962 in Baltimore. The lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do! Fun fact - the part of Tracy’s mom, Edna, is always played by a man!

The curtain rises on HAIRSPRAY June 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on June 8 at 3 p.m.  All performances are at LaGrange High School Theatre.

Tickets may be purchased online at actstheatre.com, or by calling 433-ACTS.  Ticket outlets where vouchers for tickets may be purchased are Moss Bluff Flower and Gift, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy, and the Civic Center box office. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors over 65, and $15.00 for students with a valid ID.  For further information, contact ACTS at 433-2287.


ACTS TO PRESENT IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS

posted Nov 17, 2013, 8:46 PM by David Hamilton   [ updated Nov 17, 2013, 8:47 PM ]

ACTS TO PRESENT IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS

Lake Charles, Louisiana <November 10, 2013> -  Artists Civic Theatre and Studio will present Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as it’s holiday 2013 production.  Based on the Paramount Pictures classic film, the ACTS production is being directed by Walt Kiser and will feature a large cast of seasoned veteran performers as well as many newcomers to our stage.

Tickets will go on sale November 18, 2013. Reserved seating tickets are priced at $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $20 for seniors 65+ and may be purchased online at www.actstheatre.com or at our usual ticket outlets; The Lake Charles Civic Center Box Office, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy and Moss Bluff Flower and Gift. Whether you are looking for a special holiday gift or just some wonderful family entertainment, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is the perfect solution!

ACTS production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will open at ACTS ‘s 1 Reid Street Theatre  Friday December 6,  continuing with performances on December 7,13, and 14  with curtain rising at 7:30pm and matinees on December 8 and 15 at 3:00pm.  Please join us for this wonderful holiday classic presentation guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit!

 

ACTS ANNOUNCES 2013-14 SEASON OFFERINGS!

posted Aug 17, 2013, 4:25 PM by David Hamilton

posted August 17, 2013, 6:20 PM by David Hamilton


LAKE CHARLES LA <August 6, 2013> The Artists Civic Theatre and Studio is proud to announce their 48thseason line-up. This season ACTS will include the musicals “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and “Hairspray” as well as the period drama “The Secret Garden” and the rowdy British comedy “Noises Off”.

In October, “The Secret Garden” will take the stage at 1 Reid Street Theatre. The literary classic you’ve loved for years comes to life in this Edwardian era drama and the story is as familiar as you remember. Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of a new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. “The Secret Garden” is a wonderful story of transformation and a delightful adaptation of this classic story.

Next up for ACTS will be the holiday musical, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”. Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies”, “I Love a Piano”, “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas”. As the story goes, veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song and dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. White Christmas is a holiday favorite that will be a shining star in your holiday plans.

2014 will bring the British comedy “Noises Off”. This raucous play tells the story of a hapless acting troupe who are touring with a production of a farce called “Nothing On”. “Nothing On” must be about something but it’s hard to figure out what exactly. Lots of slamming doors, countless questions, complex confusions, and of course, plates of sardines. This irreverent comedy gives the audience a glimpse of backstage life with the troupe as the actors become road weary and tempers wear thin. Big laughs abound in this wild unpredictable comedy.

The 1950’s are over and change is in the air. It’s 1962 Baltimore and Tracy Turnblad has only one desire, to dance on the Corny Collins show! Hairspray is ACTS’ final show of the season, a family friendly musical and winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Tracy and her friends are on a mission to integrate a TV network and along the way she has to win the affection of heartthrob Link Larkin and dethrone the reigning teen queen and keep her all important hair-do intact! Hairspray is a toe-tapping musical filled with laughter and romance galore!

Tickets to individual events will be available during the season several weeks prior to opening night of each production. However, you won’t risk missing a single show by buying a season ticket which is now on sale atwww.actstheatre.com . 

ACTS Auditions for White Christmas

posted Aug 16, 2013, 8:36 AM by Kristina Webster   [ updated Aug 16, 2013, 8:39 AM ]

by: Anjo Elsbury

ACTS Theatre Lake Charles will hold auditions for the Irving Berlin musical WHITE CHRISTMAS on August 25 and 26. Needed are males and females of various ages and a young girl 9-12 years old. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a song of their choice and bring a karaoke CD of the song with them. Everyone will also read from the script.

The audition will take place at ACTS One Reid Street Theatre Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm and Monday, August 26 at 6:30 pm. Those auditioning should come 30 minutes prior to the start time to register.

WHITE CHRISTMAS will be directed by Walt Kiser with choreography by Cathy Kurth and music direction by Casey Doucet. The production will be onstage in December. For questions call 433-ACTS or visit actstheatre.com.


ACTS ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “THE SECRET GARDEN”

posted Jul 17, 2013, 9:01 PM by David Hamilton


Lake Charles, Louisiana <July 17, 2013> - Artists Civic Theatre and Studio, Lake Charles, announces a casting call for its 48th season opener, the play, The Secret Garden.

The production will be on stage October 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20 under the direction

of Kris Perez Webster.

     Auditions will be held at The ACTS Theatre located at 1 Reid St. in Lake Charles on July 28 at 3pm and July 29th at 6:30pm.  Both male and female adult actors, as well as, boys and girls able to play 9-11 years old with any level of experience are encouraged to attend.  Actors are asked to register starting at 2:30pm on Sunday and 6pm on Monday Actors auditioning will be asked to do a cold reading of lines taken from the script of the play.

     The Secret Garden, written by Sylvia Ashby, Frances Hodgson Burnett was adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel.  A non-musical production, the story, set in the early years of the 20th century, is as familiar as you remember. Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. The Secret Garden is wonderful story of transformation for all ages

ACTS in the American Press 5/9/13

posted May 10, 2013, 9:22 AM by Kristina Webster

ACTS goes whimsical with next production, 'Seussical'
by Cliff Seiber
Read the story here.

ACTS in the American Press 3/14/2013

posted Mar 26, 2013, 9:34 AM by Kristina Webster

Read the story here.

ACTS Theatre Lake Charles opens The Pajama Game, on Friday, March 15, 2013.

posted Feb 25, 2013, 1:21 PM by Kristina Webster

Featuring many veteran ACTS performers as well as those making their stage debuts, ACTS’ production of The Pajama Game opens Friday, March 15 at ACTS’ One Reid Street Theatre.

The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell. It features a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent.  The musical, including a live orchestra above the actors onstage, features such memorable tunes as “Hernando’s Hideaway”, “Steam Heat”, and “Hey There”.

Cast as Sid Sorokin is ACTS stage veteran Gabi Fontenot (Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me Kate), and as Babe, St. Louis Catholic High School senior, Emmie Lancon (Into the Woods).  Other cast members include Matt Tonkovich (South Pacific, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), playing Vernon Hines;  Paula McCain (A Christmas Story, Lilies of the Field), is Gladys; Kelly Rowland (Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest) plays Mabel; Matt Dye (A Christmas Story, Kiss Me Kate) is president of the union, Prez; Zac Hammons (South Pacific) plays the boss, Hasler; John Paul Primeaux makes his ACTS debut as Max; Teresa Labbit (Auntie Mame, Annie Warbucks) plays Mae; Anjo Elsbury (Auntie Mame, Dirty Work at the Crossroads) portrays Poopsie; Chanda Withers (Dirty Work at the Crossroads) plays Brenda; Anita Fields-Gold (Lilies of the Field, Oliver) plays Virginia; Casey Doucet makes his debut as Joe;  Roselie Kelly  makes her debut as Sandra; Jonathan Frantz makes his ACTS debut as Charlie; Bob Jines, set builder at ACTS, plays Pops; and ACTS Board president, Rebecca Pack (Lilies of the Field, Chicago), plays Carmen.                                                                                         

The Pajama Game is directed by Walt Kiser, produced by Betsy Doucet, stage managed by Diane Flatt and choreographed by Cathy Kurth, assisted by Kristen Harrell. Rehearsal pianist is Neil Quinn.

Dates and times of the performances are:  Friday, March 15 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM , Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 PM and  Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm.

All performances are at ACTS One Reid Street Theatre.  

Tickets for each performance are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for students with a valid ID.  Tickets may be purchased online at actstheatre.com or by calling 433-ACTS.  Vouchers for tickets may be purchased at the following locations:  Civic Center box office, Moss Bluff Flower and Gift, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy on Enterprise. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash, check, or Mastercard/Visa as they remain available.

Tickets on Sale for "The Pajama Game"

posted Feb 25, 2013, 1:18 PM by Kristina Webster

    ACTS One Reid Street Theatre, Lake Charles, announces that tickets are on sale for its musical production, The Pajama Game. The Pajama Game is a musical comedy based on the novel 7 ½ Cents by Richard Bissell. Directed by Walt Kiser, the ACTS production stars seasoned stage veterans as well as newcomers. A live orchestra will accompany the song and dance numbers.
    The Pajama Game opens Friday, March 15 at 7:30 PM.  Other performances and times are as follows: 
Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM,   Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm.  All performances are at ACTS Theatre. 
    Tickets may be purchased online at actstheatre.com, or by calling 433-ACTS.  Ticket outlets where vouchers for tickets may be purchased are Moss Bluff Flower and Gift, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy, and the Civic Center box office. Tickets are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for students with a valid ID.  For further information, contact ACTS at 433-2287. 

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