Auburn Area Community Theatre

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

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  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
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Auburn Area Community Theatre

The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) is home to the Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT). In partnership with the JDCAC, AACT is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for education and participation in the theatre community. AACT presents quality, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre experiences to our cultural community. In addition to theatrical performances, AACT provides a number of workshops and summer camps to area residents.

Make sure to visit their website at and check out their Facebook page at

Upcoming AACT Auditions and Productions

The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens

AACT presents “The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens!” This deliciously Southern-fried comedy, the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas are up against the clock as they frantically attempt to produce the ultimate high school reunion before the old building is demolished. Their scramble to prepare the perfect event, impress the governor, and keep their business afloat is interrupted by the exploits of their beloved Uncle Aubrey, who is in danger of getting throttled by the two octogenarian sisters he is simultaneously wooing, and by threats from their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle, who is determined to be crowned the final and forever Guacamole Queen. That’s before Peaches makes a date with a former classmate whose hand-puppet has a score to settle. If you remember AACT’s “Red Velvet Cake Wars,” you won’t want to miss this! This gut busting farce will make you laugh so hard, you might consider going to your own class reunion! $12/adults, $10/students and seniors. Tickets available at

Age(s)                  Day(s)              Date(s)              Time                 Location
All ages                                                                                           JDCAC
Performances:      F                      5/10, 5/17          7 p.m.
                             SA                    5/11, 5/18          7 p.m.
                             R                      5/16                   7 p.m.
                             SU                    5/12, 5/19          2 p.m.
Director: Terry Kelley • (334) 728-8659 •

Open Auditions for Summer Shorts!

Back by popular demand! Summer Shorts is a collection of short scenes and one-act plays selected to be performed together over one weekend in August. Scenes are handpicked by our directors and provide a great opportunity for character study and script analysis for adults interested in acting in a workshop environment. No previous experience necessary! The short scenes allow for flexible rehearsal schedules between 6/10 and 8/12. Actors may come on either or both audition days, and will read from the script provided. Anyone interested in directing a scene is encouraged to contact Andrea Holliday at before May 24th to be a part of the script selection process. Anyone interested in stage management, directing, event planning, production management, sets, costumes, or props are also welcome to come to auditions.

Age(s)                    Day(s)              Date(s)               Time                  Location
18+                                                                                                     JDCAC
Auditions                MT                    6/3 & 6/4            6 – 8 p.m.
Call Backs              R                      6/6                      6 – 9 p.m.
Rehearsals            MTR                  6/10 – 8/12         6 – 9 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal   TW                     8/13 & 8/14        6 – 9 p.m.
Production             RFSA                 8/15 – 8/17        7 p.m.
Matinee                 SU                      8/18                   2 p.m.
Contact: Andrea Holliday •


AACT invites all members of the community to join us for AACT OUT, our 2019 – 2020 season kick-off party! Come help us celebrate our 16th season. This FREE event will include refreshments, recognition of our sponsors and volunteers, information on how to get involved, live pre-views of our season titles, and the option to buy season tickets, or Flex Passes! Part AACT Reunion, part Appreciation Dinner, and part Welcome Wagon, AACT-OUT is a fun way to say get to know, get involved in, and get excited about AACT. Auburn Area Community Theatre is a non-profit organization that exists to serve the Auburn/Opelika Community. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for education and participation in the world of theatre, and to present a quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking theatre experience. AACT is actively seeking new members who have an interest in helping the growth of community theatre. AACT members, and the community-at-large are encouraged to participate. For more information, please visit FREE to the Public.

Age(s)                    Day(s)                 Date(s)                 Time                 Location
Performance:         R                         7/25                      6 p.m.              JDCAC
Director: Terry Kelley •

Summer Shorts Showcase!

Summer Shorts Showcase is an evening of scenes and one act plays selected by our cadre of directors to showcase local actors in a variety of genres from comedic, to dramatic, to the absurdist. Selections will include classics, as well as thought provoking contemporary works you may not be familiar with. The unconventional staging will make this a unique theatrical experience! One of these one-acts may be selected to represent AACT at the Alabama Conference of Theater play festival in November 2019. $10/Adults, $8/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket info. Line: (334) 246-1084.

Age(s)                     Day(s)                 Date(s)                  Time                Location
18+                                                                                                           JDCAC
Performances:        RFSA                   8/15 – 8/17            7 p.m.
Matinee:                  SU                       8/18                       2 p.m.
Director: Andrea Holliday •

Open Auditions for their Fall Jr. Performers Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.

Open auditions announced for AACT’s Fall Jr. Performers Musical, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr." Please come prepared with 30 seconds only of an acapella song. Be prepared to deliver short lines “sides” for one character. There will also be a short dance and movement portion of the audition. Starting July 15th you can sign up at for a time slot, access audition tips, and our rehearsal attendance policy and download the “sides”. The paper copy of the “sides” will be available at the front desk of the Arts Center on August 1. Please choose just one character!

Age(s)                     Day(s)                    Date(s)                 Time               Location
5 – 12                                                                                                        JDCAC
Auditions                 MT                          8/12 & 13             3 – 6 p.m.
Call Backs               R                            8/15                      3 – 7 p.m.
Rehearsals              MW                        8/19 – 9/25           4 – 6 p.m.
                                SA                          8/24 – 9/28           9 – 12 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal     W                           10/2                       3:30 – 7 p.m.
Contact: Melanie Brown • (334) 332-6834 •

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out of this world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the record breaking West-End production and the beloved film, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr." is one blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.” $10/Adults, $8/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket info. line: (334) 246-1084.

Age(s)                       Day(s)                    Date(s)                   Time              Location
All                                                                                                                 JDCAC
Performances:           R                           10/3, 10/10             6:30 p.m.
                                   F                           10/4, 10/11             6:30 p.m.
                                   SA                         10/5                        6:30 p.m.
                                   M                           10/7                        6:30 p.m.
Matinee:                     SA                         10/5, 10/12             4 p.m.
Director: Melanie Brown • (334) 332-6834 •