April 13, 2015

2017-2018 Season

If you are looking to purchase tickets click here

ACT’s 22nd Season (’17-’18)!

Here you will find a brief plot summary of the show as well as the dates and times. If you want more information on Tickets (click here). We hope to see you at the theatre! For more information on the 18-19 season just scroll down! Be sure to check back all this week for more titles!


Akeelah and the Bee

  • Info Meeting: December 6, 2017
  • Auditions: December 11 & 12, 2017
  • Performances: February 16,17,23 @ 7pm & Feb 18,24, 25 @ 3pm, 2018
  • Rehearsal’s Start: January 2018
  • Plot Summary Akeelah and the Bee: Akeelah has a crazy passion for words: the more abstruse and labyrinthine, the better. But this gift is almost overwhelmed by the challenge of her daily life in a tough, Chicago neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her a spot in the National Spelling Bee, which inspires the people in her neighborhood with her courage and tenacity.



Peter and the Starchatcher

  • Info Meeting: January 31, 2018
  • Auditions: Feb 5 &  6, 2018
  • Callbacks: Feb 7, 2018
  • Performances: April 13, 14 @ 7pm & April 14,15 @ 3pm, 2018
  • Rehearsal’s Start: February 2018
  • Plot Summary Peter and the Starcatcher: A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. This story serves as a prequel to Peter Pan!



Curious George and the Golden Meatball

  • Info Meeting: January 31, 2018
  • Auditions: Feb 5 &  6, 2018
  • Performances: May 4,5,11,12 @ 7pm & May 6,13 @ 3pm, 2018
  • Rehearsal’s Start: March 2018
  • Plot Summary Curious George and the Golden Meatball: All You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away… something pretty big. And that something was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs-o-Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome.

ACT’s 23rd Season (’18-’19)!


The Wizard of Oz

  • Info Meeting: May 17,2018 at 6pm
  • Auditions: May 21, 2018 & May 22, 2018
  • Performances: September 28,29, Oct 5,6 @ 7pm & Sept 30 & Oct 7 @ 3pm, 2018
  • Rehearsal’s Start: August 2018
  • Plot Summary The Wizard of Oz: This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Featuring all your favorite songs and characters from the timeless MGM film! Join us as we journey with Dorthy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and (of course!) Toto down the yellow brick road!



Elf Jr.

  • Info Meeting: Oct 2018
  • Auditions: Oct 2018
  • Performances: Dec 2018
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Oct 2018
  • Plot Summary Elf Jr.: Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.


The Neverending Story 

  • Info Meeting: Dec 2018
  • Auditions: Dec 2018
  • Performances: Feb 2019
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Jan 2019
  • Plot Summary The Neverending Story: Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name. In despair he faces his final test—the werewolf Gmork—and returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion.


Keeping Mr. Lincoln 

  • Info Meeting: Jan 2019
  • Auditions: Feb 2019
  • Performances: March/April 2019
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Feb 2019
  • Plot Summary Keeping Mr. Lincoln: The play celebrates Lincoln’s life through his own words and those of people who knew him. An ensemble of actors—regardless of their own age, gender or ethnicity—take turns playing Abraham Lincoln and important people in his Kentucky childhood, Indiana youth, and Illinois and D.C. adulthood. The play is the fascinating story of the son of poor, uneducated parents who transformed himself into an eloquent orator, a skillful leader, and, ultimately, president of the United States of America. What drove him? What inspired him? What fed and supported his remarkable journey? Though we can never fully know the answers to those questions, we “keep” Mr. Lincoln by continuing to explore them. This play is dedicated to doing just that.


Alice in Wonderland

  • Info Meeting: Jan 2019
  • Auditions: Feb 2019
  • Performances: May 2019
  • Rehearsal’s Start: March 2019
  • Plot Summary Alice in Wonderland: Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved characters, in her madcap adventures. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

38 thoughts on “2017-2018 Season

  • We moved here from Oregon last month. My daughter has done a couple theatre performances (a classic and a musical). Does the class for Charlie Brown’s Christmas consist of children being placed in roles and than learning the play and acting/performing it at the end? Where is it performed? Is it one time as a show for parents? Are all the classes learning a play, or practicing acting by using snippets of the theme (theme being Charlie Brown, or minions, ect. …)? Also, the performances that require auditions- are those professional plays done for the public, and where (I’ve driven by Wellsian Rd.- ACT, and also saw downtown Richland had a theatre that looked like the place public would pay to see shows). Is there any an 8 year old could audition for? (School House Rock maybe? Christmas Carol must not have many roles for children, or does it?). Does it cost to audition or act in a play? Please let me know, if we can fit it in schedule and finance it, I know my daughter would love acting out CB Christmas.

    • Hi Jill!

      Welcome to the Tri-Cities!! Here’s the answers to your questions:
      1) The Charlie Brown acting series does place kids into roles and they learn what it’s like to be in a play, we have a sharing day at the end of all of classes where we show off the things we learned. The Charlie Brown Series is designed to introduce kids to the skills they need to be in a play, but is also great for kids who need a chance to put their skills to good use. These classes are open to all students in 1st-3rd grade.
      2) All of our Sharing Days are performed in the students classroom here at our building, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland.
      3) Yes, these are one time sharing for friends and family. Sharing Days start during the final half an hour of the final day of class.
      4) We have a couple of different types of classes, our After School Programs are more about learning what it takes to be in a play, casting, line memorizing, blocking and such. Our Saturday classes are more skilled based, teaching things like character building, improv, objectives and more. Each of class styles use their theme to help teach the skills, either by focusing a script around it or using the characters, story or themes to use as a jumping off point.

      5) Our Main Stage performances (this seasons Disney’s Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty, A Christmas Carol, Holes, The Diary of Anne Frank, Schoolhouse Rock Live!) are open community auditions, where we cast kids and adults alike, our audition are open to anyone 4th grade and above. On rare occasions (about once a season) we will ask for students as young as second grade. Our auditions are all a little different, for musical we ask that they prep a 30-60 second song selection from a musical, for shows designed for our older kids (this season Holes and Anne Frank) we ask for a monologue to be memorized and other shows there is just a cold read (reading from the script).
      6) For this upcoming season it looks like the rest of the shows will be 4th grade and up, so your daughter is almost old enough, she’ll be there next season for sure. Classes are a great place to gain experience in prep for next season auditions. Things can change so be sure to check our website for audition announcements.
      7) Our auditions themselves do not have a cost to them, you do have to call and register for an appointment. Kids audition in groups of 12-15 in half an hour time slots. If cast in a show there is a $45 participation fee and $75 Ad Sale fee (where you can sell an ad for our program) but these are the only fees to being in a show.

      I think that should answer it all, if you have more questions please feel free to ask me at josh@actstaff.org


    • Hi Susan!

      Rehearsals for each show are from 6p-8p Mon-Thurs, A Christmas Carol will rehearse between Mid-Oct & Early-Dec and Schoolhouse Rock Live! will rehearse from Early-March to Early-May. If you have any further questions please let us know.


    • Hi Susan!

      Rehearsals for each show are from 6p-8p Mon-Thurs, A Christmas Carol will rehearse between Mid-Oct & Early-Dec and Schoolhouse Rock Live! will rehearse from Early-March to Early-May. If you have any further questions please let us know.


  • Hi,

    My daughter would like to tryout for the Christmas Carol. I see that we need to schedule an audition, how do we do that? Also, as far as the informational meeting goes, do we need to be present or can we get the information in an alternative way? I have a scheduling conflict on that day.

    Thank you!

    • Hi April!

      Our auditions are open to all community members, kids and adults alike, who are 4th grade above. To schedule an audition just give our office a call, during office hours, at 943-6027. Our info meetings are optional, they are full of helpful information about the audition as well as our process if you get cast. Most of the information is available at the auditions as well, the info meeting is just a less busy environment to get all your questions answered. If you have any further questions please let us know.


    • Hi Malia!

      For auditions for Schoolhouse Rock we will have all our auditionees prepare a 45-60 song from a musical, and then sing it at the auditions. There will also be small dance section. You would need to set up an audition appointment on either March 7 or 8 and we’ll have slot at 6p, 6:30p, & 7p. For more information you can give us a call 943-6027 OR attend our Schoolhouse Rock Info Meeting on March 2nd at 6pm.


        • They should bring an track to accompany them. It can either be on cd, iPod or a music player of some kind. As long as they can hear the music that’s important. No headphones but you can use speakers

  • Hi Josh, Not sure if you remember my daughter Tiffany from Little Mermaid a couple years back, she was one of the ‘gulls’. She is REALLY wanting to get back into ACT, now that you are back there 🙂 She is hoping to land a spot in the auditions of Junie B Jones. Is there anything I need to know ahead of time?

    Thanks Josh, Shelley

    • Hi Shelley!

      Of course I remember Tiffany! Glad that she is excited to come back! Junie B Jones will be a wonderful show. To audition she’ll need to have an audition time slot, which we will start taking around the first of May. She’ll need to prepare a song from a musical about 45-60 seconds in length.

      Let me know if you have any further questions you can always reach me at josh@actstaff.org


  • We are so excited about the 2016/2017 season! Nice picks! We’ve got the important dates on our calendar. We’ll see you soon!

    • Hi Nichole!

      We will audition in May but our rehearsals will start in August for our shows in October! Thanks!

  • My daughter would love to audition and be a part of a play at the Academy of Children’s Theater, however it looks like there are Sunday performances for every play. Is there a way for her to still be a part of the production? Possibly sharing a role with another actress? Or in another aspect?

    • Hi Eric,

      Auditions are next Monday and Tuesday (Oct 17,18). You’ll need to call for an audition spot, our office will be open again on Monday. Or you can stop by our meeting tonight at 6pm. For more information please email me directly at josh@actstaff.org.


  • Hello,

    Our grade level is interested in bringing our classes to watch your 101 Dalmations play in the spring. Are you planning any special performances during the school day for school groups?

    • Hi Jennifer!

      Thanks so much for reaching out to us! YES we are having schools for 101 Dalmatians and The Aristocats! They will be held on May 11th. For more information or sign up please contact julie@actstaff.org!


  • I’m interested in trying out for Peter and the Starcatchers. I’ve had plenty of experience in theatre arts (I’ve been in at least two plays, a musical, have been in choir for several years, and am in the chamber choir at my school, as well as Broadway choir, have had at least six solos altogether in all the years I’ve been singing, and I am currently playing Ichabod in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at my school), though I have not yet performed with ACT. I have been told that kids who have not performed with ACT before cannot try out for or will absolutely NOT get any lead roles. Is this true?

    -Your obedient servant, C. Cotton

    • Hi C. Cotton!

      Thanks for witting in. We encourage ANYONE to audition for our show, we are a community children’s theatre with parts, in most shows, for grades 4th and up. Sounds like you have a great resume! Please take a look at our audition page for more information on that or if you have specific question please email me at josh@actstaff.org. As for your question about about people not performing with us before getting parts. We look at each individual person who auditions and give the same opportunity to all. Our productions are always mixed with first timers and returning cast members (even our Beast & Gaston in our most recent production of Beauty and the Beast were first timers for us). We hope to see you at auditions!

    • I can speak for experience that this isn’t true… my son had ABSOLUTELY no experience with ACT or with theater at all, and tried out for Let’s Make an Opera and got a main part. Good luck!

  • I was just looking through what’s available in the Tri-Cities and one of the sites give the list of the cast for the upcoming show. I wonder if that wouldn’t be a good idea for ACT to do since it allows people who know actors to find out if they’re in the show. Just a thought

    • Hi Jane!

      Thanks for you idea! If you head to the blog section of our website (here’s the link http://www.academyofchildrenstheatre.org/blog/ ) you can find all of our previous cast lists. You can also filter it by clicking on the “productions” button under categories (on our blog page) and find them that way too! For the more recent ones you can scroll down our main page to the news and announcements sections, they are featured their too! We also feature all our cast members on our Facebook too! If you need any further help finding the lists please let us know!


  • My daughter is interested in trying out for either Peter and the star catcher or curious George. I see that the info mtg is on Jan 31, but could you please tell me what time and location?

    • Hi Audra,

      We will be excited to have you! Our informational meeting for those auditions is at 6pm at ACT, which is located at 213 Wellsian Way in Richland, WA


  • I can speak for experience that this isn’t true… my son had ABSOLUTELY no experience with ACT or with theater at all, and tried out for Let’s Make an Opera and got a main part. Good luck!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *