Alice in Wonderland – 2011, Photos by Southern Exposure
The Actors Conservatory Theatre, noted as an exemplary organization by the prestigious Meadows Foundation, is a volunteer driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit children’s theatre by children and for children, presenting family oriented musicals throughout the year since it was originally founded in 1999.
As stated in its mission statement, The ACT is dedicated to bringing classic literature to young minds through theatre. During the six or seven week rehearsal period for each musical production, children not only learn theatre arts but also learn about the book or story that the production is based upon and about the author, their works, and the time period and history surrounding it.
Children must be in kindergarten during the school year but children as young as three are eligible to participate in the “Annual Children’s Summer Musical” held during each summer vacation. There is no upper age limit as adults often audition and work alongside children. These actors and actresses who come from all over the metroplex, are mentors and examples to the youth.
No experience is necessary but each child must audition with a short 16 bar selection from a memorized song and a short one minute monologue. Younger children, however, often sing a song such as “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle Twinkle” and recite the Pledge of Allegiance or a Bible verse.
Auditions are frequently held in front of the other children and their families to familiarize the children with the on-stage experience. This is up to the director’s discretion. Many children get their start in theatre through The ACT and since the very first audition can be daunting, the director may take the youth and his or her parents “behind the curtain” for a private audition. Audition dates are announced throughout the year through the web-site, the school district and local papers.
Every child who auditions receives a role! The ACT has only one show it calls a “select” show which requires all those auditioning to have some stage experience. This is our Spring Target Tour show. All other shows cast each and everyone who auditions!
The ACT is the lowest priced theatre experience for children anywhere! The ACT routinely keeps their fees and costs low so that every child may participate. There is a registration fee of $50 per child for the total 8 or 9 week program and an optional $5 charge for the cast party and an optional $5 for cast and production photos (yes, ALL of them!). Each family is asked to contribute 20 hours of volunteer time during the pre-production period and is required to work at least 2 of the 4 shows each performance weekend. Each child is provided with all costuming with make-up done by a trained staff at the theatre.
Visit getintotheact.org for directions to the theatre, information about some of the other programs we offer such as:
Monday Nights Teen Improv – at 7PM – please see our calendar on line at our website for dates.
Actor Labs – scheduled throughout the school year.
ACE – The ACT’s own teen group for those 13 and up who are participating in the Annual TnT Conference.
– all lead by The ACT’s Youth Director Tyler Brodess
School of Dramatic Arts (SODA) with classes all year. Taught by trained professionals.
Summer Camp Show – usually held in August each year. Check out the website for audition dates and times.
Friday Night Mic Nights – Check our calendar on line for dates and times.
But whatever you do, Get Into The ACT!
UPCOMING SHOW INFO:
Visit getintotheact.org for more audition info:
The Christmas Doll – based on the book by Elvira Woodfruff. A Victorian tale of two orphan girls who endure much but find true happiness in the end. Opens December 12 – 14 for one weekend only!
Beauty and the Beast – based on the old French fairy tale and the Disney animated movie and Broadway spectacle. Auditions January 3. Times to be posted on our website at getintotheact.org and held by appointment for this show. Opens February 27- March 8th, 2015.
Captain Louie – based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats. Opens April 24-26, 2014 – In performance one weekend only! This show goes on the Spring Target Tour to 3 LISD Title One schools. This is The ACT’s unique “Select” show for kids who have had theatre experience due to the traveling that is included. Not all auditioners are cast but all are welcome to help crew the show. Those cast must obtain permission from their principals to be included on the tour.
THE 5th ANNUAL TOADY AWARDS – May 16, 2014 at 7 PM at the MCL Grand Theater. The ACT’s own “Red Carpet” extravaganza with everything an awards ceremony can offer! Come celebrate the year in review with all the Toady Nominees! This is the highlight of the year so don’t miss it!
(All regular shows at 7 Pm Fri. and Sat. and at 2 PM Sat. and Sun. All audition and production information is available online at getintotheact.org where you may purchase tickets and download a season calendar, a map and directions to The Crawford Center for the Arts, 1720 S. Edmonds Lane.)
Snow White and Dr. DoLittle Photos by Andie Smith Photography
Sleeping Beauty by Southern Exposure
Target has once again awarded The ACT a grant to tour three elementary schools this spring. Those schools are Polser, and Peter’s Colony. Captain Louie will tour those schools May 5, 6, and 7, 2015! The Director for this show will be Ms. Becky McCants, who also directed Narnia and teaches our SODA classes.
Next Annual Toady Awards show is coming up May 16, 2015 at the MCL Grand Theater. The ACT can hardly wait to see who will be honored by this special recognition night. There are no winners or losers in this fun show highlighting those special performances chosen by the actual casts of each show.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 GLAA ANGEL, Angela Senter
Our Past Angels –
2007 – Joe Ann Brooks
2008 – Christine Donaldson
2009 – Nancy Kimbrell
2010 – Frank and Phyllis Bender
2011 – Roxanna Krawczynski
2012 – Lesa Bledsoe and Pat Woodfin
2013 – Amy Coates