The partnership between the Maryland Theatre and Authentic Community Theatre resulted in a realization of their common mission: to bring arts opportunities to community members in Washington County. Authentic Community Theatre seeks to utilize the arts as a catalyst for social change and enhanced community cohesion. They accomplish this mission by offering educational opportunities for students to explore the creative arts and processes, as well as providing professional opportunities for local artists.
Authentic Community Theatre presents RENT
Friday, March 22, 2019 • 7:30pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 7:30pm
An inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and – most of all – love.
Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
This show is recommended for mature audiences due to adult language and content.
Authentic Community Theatre presents Willy Wonka Jr.
Friday, May 31, 2019 ∙ 7 pm
Saturday, June 1, 2019 ∙ 7 pm
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.
For tickets visit: https://authenticcommunitytheatre.ticketleap.com/willy-wonka-jr/
Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) presented by Authentic Community Theatre
June 24-28, 2019
Showcase on Saturday, June 29, 2019 • 2:00pm
To register for SIFTA visit http://actforall.org/summer-programs-registration
The Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) is a truly unique experience for artistic exploration and expression. It began in 2005 as a partnership between Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. and the Washington County Board of Education. Each year, students bring a new and exciting theme to life on The Maryland Theatre stage. Students will explore many styles of dance, drama and music while celebrating the performing arts industry with pieces centered around this summer’s theme. Students will have fun preparing scenes, songs, and dances all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography under ACT’s talented instructors. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their talents and hard work to their family, friends, and community at the end of the week (at the fabulous Maryland Theatre) on Saturday.
This year, travel back in time with Authentic Community Theatre during our Summer Institute for the Arts summer camp! Students will enter in a time warp and take the audience on an adventure traveling all the way back to the era of the Dinosaur! Join us as we make our way back and "Walk Like an Egyptian", dance the "Charleston" and "Rock Around the Clock." Come find out how we make our way back to 2019! SIFTA will take place June 24th-28th and will conclude with our show on June 29th. For more information and to register please visit actforall.org.
Authentic Community Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast
Friday, November 1, 2019 ∙ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019 ∙ 7:30 pm
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.