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Authentic Community Theatre

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 Footloose

*The show will go on! Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, there is a possibility that the July performances of Footloose will be unable to take place. In that event, Authentic Community Theatre has chosen back-up performances dates of Friday, August 21 & Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 pm and Wednesday, September 16 & Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 pm. We will confirm the performance as soon as we are able. Don’t miss this rockin’ musical-tickets can be purchased online now!

Friday, July 17, 2020 • 7:30pm
Saturday, July 18, 2020 • 7:30pm


When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he's not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town's youth. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

Footloose first burst onto the silver screen in 1984 and proved to be one of the year's most successful motion pictures. The soundtrack recording reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and went on to sell over 17 million copies worldwide, generating such Top Forty hits as its title song and "Let's Hear It For The Boy" (both of which received Academy Award nominations), plus "Almost Paradise," "Holding Out For A Hero," and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)."

Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) presented by Authentic Community Theatre
I Love The 90s!

Showcase on Saturday, July 25, 2020 • 2:00pm

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.

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Authentic Community Theatre 2 Week Production Camp
Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Saturday, August 15, 2020 • 2:00pm

This year we will be adding a SECOND summer camp at the Maryland Theatre! Our 2 week Production Camp will start with a week at ACT (1000 Florida Ave) and end with a week at the Maryland Theatre with a full production at the end of the second week!

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Authentic Community Theatre presents
James and the Giant Peach Jr. in the Ballroom

Friday, September 11, 2020 • 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 12, 2020 • 7:00 pm

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Authentic Community Theatre presents Cinderella

Friday, October 23, 2020 • 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 24, 2020 • 3:00 pm

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, this romantic fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike.

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