Upcoming Shows (2020 and 2021 Shows):
The Merchant of Venice – Oct 2-10, 2020 – Fri/Sat only at 8 pm – Wills Park Lions Pavilion (Alpharetta Arts Center rain location) – FREE!
Antonio, an antisemitic merchant, takes a loan from the Jew Shylock to help his friend to court Portia. Antonio can’t repay the loan, and without mercy, Shylock demands a pound of his flesh. The heiress Portia, now the wife of Antonio’s friend, dresses as a lawyer and saves Antonio. Free theater in the park – bring your chairs and picnic baskets. For all ages.
It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play – Dec 4-20, 2020 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm – ACT1 Theater Mainstage
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. For all ages.
Gee’s Bend – Feb 19-27, 2021 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – in celebration of Black History Month with the City of Alpharetta – Alpharetta Arts Center black box theater
Gee’s Bend is the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife, and the Civil Rights movement. Throughout their lives, the women’s extraordinary quilts provide a respite from the turmoil around them. In the last act of the play, it is the year 2000; the quilts have been discovered as folk art and have become very valuable. Sadie is pleased with the recognition, but despite the lure of the big city, she returns to Gee’s Bend and continues to quilt. Wilder’s play explores the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art. For middle school and older. Show is not included in the 2021 ACT1 Theater Mainstage season.
Higher Place in Heaven – Mar 12-28, 2021 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – ACT1 Theater Mainstage
Set in the Summer of 1925, it is a gentle coming-of-age story as well as a serious contemplation on race relations told through complex family relationships. Blacks and Whites who grew up together for generations have fixed social “places” that no one seems to question — they appear to get along, and it is these assumptions that have kept Blacks back with little hope for advancement and allowed Whites to feel superior. For middle school and older.
Little Shop of Horrors – Jun 5-21, 2021 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – ACT1 Theater Mainstage
Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination. For high school and older.
White Christmas – Dec 3-19, 2021 – Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – ACT1 Theater Mainstage
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. For all ages.