The Arts Council Troupe for Youth or ACT! for Youth (AFY) is an entity of the Arts Council of Wilson whose purpose is to provide live theater opportunities for the youth of Wilson County and surrounding areas. Productions are open to children in kindergarten through high school age who live in Wilson County, or whose parent(s) live or work in Wilson County, or those who are contributors to the Arts Council. The performances are open to the public, and school day performances are also offered during the school year.
Tim and Scrooge
This is a staged reading community musical with adults and children.
This production will be performed one night only, Thursday, December 19, at the Boykin Center at 7:30. Tickets are only $6. A perfect Christmas outing for the whole family that will really get you into the right kind of Christmas spirit! Oh, and the author and lyricist, Nick Meglin, plans to be with us and take part in our production!
Excerpts from a NY Times review will give you a taste of what is to come! Readers of A Christmas Carol will remember that the purpose of the 'Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come' was to show Ebenezer Scrooge what would happen if he failed to mend his ways, not what would occur if he did. Now that future can be glimpsed in Tim and Scrooge, a lighthearted, often beguiling new musical that opened at the Queens Theater in the Park in New York in 2006. It is a dozen years after A Christmas Carol, the former Tiny Tim has become a stellar university student, and Scrooge has joined his old pal Jacob Marley. Scrooge sees that not all his earthly benevolence has turned out well. Tim is horrified to learn that "Uncle Eb" bequeathed him his business, which he is to take over now that he is an adult. Tim's only dream has been to marry his beloved, Allison, and to enter teaching, even then a low-status, low-paying profession. Tim, torn between his ideals and the security his father's wants for him, turns over the management of the business to a pair of schemers, while Scrooge battles frustration with the heavenly rules, which won't allow him to intervene.
All this is resolved around Christmas of course. But Neil Berg's score, sometimes reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan, is consistently engaging. And Nick Meglin, who wrote the book and lyrics, does have a fresh take on the Cratchit dilemma: lofty purposes and financial solvency don't have to be mutually exclusive.Arts Partner:
Cheaper by the Dozen
January 10 and 11, 2014
January 12, 2014
Our second ACT! for Youth Production of the 2013-14 season is ready to be cast! This comedy is based on the old classic by siblings Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Earnestine Gilbreth Carey. It is the story of a family with a dozen children, their delightful adventures and lessons learned in a loving household, but not necessarily a normal one! Both parents are industrial engineers who specialize in motion study, and especially Frank is obsessed with finding the most efficient way to complete tasks in life and uses his children as case studies. What follows is unusual and usually funny!
Auditions are for all ages and will be held at the Arts Council on November 11 and 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Performances will be Thursday, January 9 for schools; and January 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and 12 at 3 p.m. for the public.Arts Partner:
The Secret Garden
April 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2014
April 6 and 13, 2014
Auditions: January 27 and 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Come Fly With Us
Due to the enormous success of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last summer, The Arts Council of Wilson is happy to announce, Jeremy Tucker and Trish Bradshaw will reunite to bring Wilson the fourth annual Summer Community Musical! Auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Studio of the Arts Council! Get ready to be swept off your feet by this musical! Pending approval, we propose Peter Pan, the musical. If you have any questions about auditions or volunteers please contact Jeremy Tucker at email@example.com. Show dates are Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20, 2014.
For more information
Contact Martha Hale: 291-4329 x16,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Would your school group like to attend an ACT! for Youth performance? Our Thursday school matinees are available at discounted ticket prices on a first come/first serve basis. Teachers should contact Martha Hale, Performing Arts Director, at 291-4329 x16. All school groups will be mailed a confirming letter once reservations are made.