Authentic Community Theatre (ACT)
Authentic Community Theatre is Hagerstown’s professional theatre community ensemble and arts education organization. ACT’s programming on stage at The Maryland Theatre ranges from a performance of community theatre, musicals, junior productions, team productions, to youth theatre summer camp.
Authentic Community Theatre presents One Night of Rent
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Back by Popular Demand, Authentic Community Theatre presents: RENT ONE NIGHT ONLY! 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.
Authentic Community Theatre presents ELF THE MUSICAL
Saturday, December 4, 2021 • 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 5, 2021 • 3:00 pm Buy Tickets - Sat, Dec 4, 2021 • 7:00pm Buy Tickets - Sun, Dec 5, 2021 • 3:00pm
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 realities that his father is on the naughty list and 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.
This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
Authentic Community Theatre presents Matilda Jr.
Friday, January 7, 2022 • 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 8, 2022 • 7:00 pm Buy Tickets - Fri, Jan 7, 2022 • 7:00pm Buy Tickets - Sat, Jan 8, 2022 • 7:00pm
Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.
Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!
Authentic Community Theatre presents Cabaret.
Friday, January 21 & Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Tickets On-sale November 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.