April 13, 2015

2020-2021 Season

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ACT’s 24th Season (’19-’20)

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 19-20 season just scroll down!

Please Note: All of our main stage auditions are for students 4th grade and through adult unless otherwise noted.

Wrinkle In Time Title Treatment

A Wrinkle In Time

  • Info Meeting: Jan 29th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th Grade through Adult
  • Auditions: Feb 3 & 4 please call (943-6027) to make an appointment
  • Audition Sign Up: Click Here to Sign Up to Audition for A Wrinkle in Time & The Jungle Book
  • Performances: March 27, April 3 @7pm & March 28,29,April 4,5 @3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Feb 10
  • Plot Summary A Wrinkle In Time: One of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back–braces, stubbornness and all. Once again, she’s joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil and 2. There IS such a thing as a tesseract.

Jungle Book Title Treatment

The Jungle Book

  • Info Meeting: Jan 29th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th Grade through Adult
  • Auditions: Feb 3 & 4 please call (943-6027) to make an appointment
  • Audition Sign Up: Click Here to Sign Up to Audition for A Wrinkle in Time & The Jungle Book
  • Performances: May 1, 8 @7pm & May 2,3,9,10 @3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: March 9
  • Plot Summary The Jungle Book: One of literature’s most enduring classics is brought vividly to the stage in this exciting adventure of Mowgli, the Indian boy, raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear, and threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger. Also present are an array of other jungle creatures who inhabit this action-filled play. Interspersed with the Mowgli tale is the equally intriguing story of a young Rudyard Kipling, who is sent from his home in Bombay to a British boarding school where he encounters his own “jungle,” including people—both good and otherwise—who parallel many of the animal characters he created. Filled with excitement and humor, the play highlights the struggle of good versus evil, the worth of friendship, and the importance of loyalty and other values required for surviving the “law of the jungle.” While the very young audiences will delight in the portrayal of the animals and the fast paced action, older children will be fascinated by the character relations and the story itself, as well as the unique introduction to the author.

ACT’s 25th Season (’20-’21)

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 19-20 season just scroll down!

Please Note: All of our main stage auditions are for students 4th grade and through adult unless otherwise noted.

SummerStage: Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR.

  • What is SummerStage? It’s time for SummerStage! ACT’s celebration of the end of summer. Come join us for the fast paced fun of creating a full musical in 2 weeks! This show is featured in our educational programming, you can sign up for this class starting today! As this is a class with ACT anyone who signs up gets a part! No need to audition!  The camp ends with 2 public performances August 14th and 15th. Please bring a sack lunch.
  • Age Requirement: 4th through 12th Grade
    Class Registration: Sign Up Now! Click Here!
  • Performances: Aug 14th & 15th @ 7pm
    Class Runs: Aug 3rd-13th from 10a-4p Mon-Fri
  • Plot Summary Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR: Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

The Lion King Jr.

  • Info Meeting: May 27th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th through 12th Grade
  • Auditions: June 1st & 2nd
  • Audition Sign Up: We will start taking auditions on April 27th. Check back here for a link or give our office a call at (509) 943-6027
  • Performances: Sept 25,26, Oct 2,3 @7pm & Sept 26,27, Oct 3,4 @3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Aug 17th (with our week long boot camp from 10a-4p), Regular evening rehearsals from 6p-8p to follow starting on Aug 24th
  • Plot Summary The Lion King Jr: Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, you have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical in your school. The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Marvel Showcase!: 

  • Info Meeting: Sept 9th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th through 12th Grade
  • Auditions: Sept 14th & 15th
  • Audition Sign Up: We will start taking auditions on Aug 10th. Check back here for a link or give our office a call at (509) 943-6027
  • Performances: Nov 6,13 @7pm & 7,8,14,15 @3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Sept 28th
  • Plot Summary Squirrel Girl Goes to College:  Doreen arrives at Empire State University to make new friends – and protect them from super villains – by keeping her super hero identity a secret. But when a beloved computer science professor suddenly disappears, can Doreen trust her friends with her inner squirrel so she can save the day?
  • Plot Summary The Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play: Kamala attempts to boost Ms. Marvel’s fledgling super hero profile by writing her own fan fiction. But when building a fandom becomes an obsession, Kamala’s schoolwork and relationships begin to suffer. To become the Jersey City hero of her dreams, Kamala must learn to accept herself just as she is – imperfections and all.
  • Plot Summary Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play Summary: As Thor struggles with the stress of final exams, his brother Loki finds himself under a different sort of pressure. Neither are beneath pranks in the endless competition for their parents’ favor. But underneath all the thunder and mischief, these two Princes of Asgard discover a bond that will last millennia.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical JV!: 

  • Info Meeting: Sept 9th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th through 12th Grade
  • Auditions: Sept 14th & 15th
  • Audition Sign Up: We will start taking auditions on Aug 10th. Check back here for a link or give our office a call at (509) 943-6027
  • Performances: Dec 4,11 @ 7pm & 5,6,12,13 @ 3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Oct 12th
  • Plot Summary The Best Christmas Pageant Ever JV!: The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic

Emma: A Pop Musical JV!

  • Info Meeting: Nov 24th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th through 12th Grade
  • Auditions: Dec 7 & 8 2020
  • Audition Sign Up: We will start taking auditions on Nov 9th. Check back here for a link or give our office a call at (509) 943-6027
  • Performances: Feb 19 & 26 @ 7pm & Feb 20,21,27,28 @ 3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Dec 14th (with our mandatory parent and student meeting); Evening Rehearsals will start on Jan  4th.
  • Plot Summary Emma: A Pop Musical JV!: Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!

Fahrenheit 451 

  • Info Meeting: Jan 27th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th through Adult
  • Auditions: Feb 1 & 2 2021
  • Audition Sign Up: We will start taking auditions on Jan 4th. Check back here for a link or give our office a call at (509) 943-6027
  • Performances: March 26 & April 2 @ 7pm & March 27,28 & April 3,4 @ 3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: Feb 8th
  • Plot Summary Fahrenheit 451: Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. With simple sets and uncomplicated staging, this powerful drama is about the inner struggle of Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag has worked as a civil servant for ten years burning books, but lately he has become increasingly unsure about what he is doing and about his vegetable-like existence. It is not until he meets 16-year-old Clarisse, who is filled with strange ideas, that he is led into a dangerous and highly combustible situation. Now he must choose between continuing his nonexistent existence and risking everything for the right to think.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: 

  • Info Meeting: Jan 27th at 6pm
  • Age Requirement: 4th through Adult
  • Auditions: Feb 1 & 2
  • Performances: May 7 & 14 @ 7pm & May 8,9,15,16 @3pm
  • Rehearsal’s Start: March 15th 
  • Plot Summary The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: This dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic work faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun.

38 thoughts on “2020-2021 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

      Thanks!
      Josh

    • 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.

      Josh

    • 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.

      Josh

  • 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.

      Josh

    • 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.

      Thanks!

        • 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

      Thanks!
      Josh

  • 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.

      Thanks!

  • 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!

      Thanks!

  • 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!
      Thanks
      Josh

    • 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 https://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!

      Thanks!

  • 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

      Thanks!
      Josh

  • 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!

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