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Authentic Community Theatre

ACT TheaterThe Maryland Theatre, in partnership with Authentic Community Theatre, Inc., is thrilled to announce the Performing Arts Academy, a week-long summer program for students entering grades K-12.

ACT TheaterThe partnership between the Maryland Theatre and Authentic Community Theatre resulted in a realization of their common mission:  to bring arts opportunities to students 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. 

In 2012, the Maryland Theatre launched its newest student-focused initiative, Inspired, which utilizes relationships with world-renowned artists and inspirational speakers, inviting them to visit Washington County students.  Their vision also includes investing in the students by hosting workshops, classes, and programs, where artists share their talents and skills through instruction. 

Authentic Community Theatre presents Hairspray

Friday, January 19, 2018 • 7:30pm



Saturday, January 20, 2018 • 7:30pm



You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. 

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!

Authentic Community Theatre presents Pippin

  
 
With an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin has been successfully produced on stages ranging from High School to Broadway. Sweeping the New York Awards circuit (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle) in 2013, Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world. 

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.



SAVE THE DATE!
Summer Institute for the Arts Performing Arts Academy 2018

Ages: Students entering grades 1-12
Dates: June 25 - June 30, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM) + June 30, 2018 (2 PM)
Performance: Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 2 PM
Location: The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown, MD