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Auburn Area Community Theatre

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

  1. Email: [email protected]
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
  2. Email: [email protected]

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 www.auburnact.org and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AuburnACT.

Upcoming AACT Auditions and Productions

AACT’s Holiday Walk in the Woods at the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center
A walking small-group tour through the piney winter woods, with lights, decorations and songs by local talent at stations along the trail. All performances will be family-friendly and highlight the diverse traditions and culture of our community. The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center will offer a trail stop with woodsy holiday art activities. Additionally, daytime walks will have special surprises and songs for the kids! Details about timed entries and tickets at auburnact.org starting December 1.
Age(s)                 Day(s)                   Date(s)                    Time                            Location
All ages              F                            12/18                      5 – 7:30 p.m.               Kreher Preserve
                            SA                          12/19                     10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
                            SA                          12/19                      5 – 7:30 p.m.
*Sunday, Dec. 20 will be a rain date.
Contact: Auburn Area Community Theatre • (334) 246-1084 • [email protected]

AACT Auditions for A Christmas Carol
Announcing open auditions for AACT’s Christmas production. No experience necessary! Actors of any race are invited to audition for “A Christmas Carol.” This play-within-a-play requires up to 6 men, 5 women (ages 16 and up) to portray the actors of a 1940’s radio station, who will bring to life all the characters in a live radio performance of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” This handful of radio actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. The holiday classic as a live 1940s radio broadcast, is complete with vintage commercials, sound effects, and musical underscoring. The live sound effects will be performed manually by Foley (sound effects artists) creating the bells, doors, ghostly chains, and thunder effects. Any production volunteers are welcome to come to auditions! Auburn ACT is committed to the safety of our AACT family, patrons, and community.
COVID – 19 Note: All recommended protocols will be followed at the time of auditions and performances. We are currently planning to have auditions in-person at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center where the room dimensions are more than adequate to maintain physical distancing. The staging of this radio drama also lends itself to safe distancing. Details can be found at AuburnACT.org. For Covid protocols, contact [email protected]
Age(s)                  Day(s)                  Date(s)                     Time                            Location
16+                                                                                                                           JDCAC
Auditions:            TR                        10/6 & 10/8           6 – 8 p.m.
Rehearsals:         TR                        10/13 – 11/24         6:30 – 9 p. m.
Tech Rehearsals: MT                      11/30 & 12/1           5 – 10 p.m.
Dress Rehearsals: W                      12/2                          5 – 10 p.m.
Director: Terry Kelley • (334) 521-8123 • [email protected]

Auburn Area Community Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials, sound effects, and musical underscoring. A handful of radio actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. The live sound effects will be performed on-stage by Foley (sound effects) artists creating the bells, footsteps, ghostly chains, and thunder effects. This unique experience of “A Christmas Carol” as a live radio drama is sure to delight.
*COVID – 19 Note: With only 4 performances and modified seating arrangements, we recommend that you order your tickets early! Auburn ACT is committed to the safety of our AACT family, patrons, and community. All recommended protocols will be followed at the time of auditions and performances. We have adjusted our seating arrangements, etc. to provide a safe, comfortable, entertaining experience. Details can be found at AuburnACT.org. $10/Adults, $8/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at auburnact.org starting November 1. Ticket info. line: (334) 246-1084.
Age(s)                    Day(s)                   Date(s)                       Time                           Location
16+                                                                                                                               JDCAC
Performances:      RFSA                    12/3, 12/4, 12/5        7 p.m.
Matinee:                 SU                         12/6                          2 p.m.
Director: Terry Kelley • (334) 521-8123 • [email protected]

AACT Young Performers: Open Auditions for Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone by Dean Carroll
Announcing open auditions for AACT’s Young Performers Production. Please prepare a one minute comedic monologue that shows off your ability to make big and bold choices! Auditions will be held virtually over Zoom. Beginning Monday, November 23rd, a SignupGenius link will be available at AuburnAct.org for you to reserve your time slot. Please be sure to list your email address correctly on SignupGenius as that is where the Zoom link for your audition will be sent. Callbacks are by invitation only. After Graduation from high school, actors are no longer eligible to perform in an AACT Young Performers Production.
COVID- 19 Note: Facial coverings and proper physical distancing will be required for all cast and crew. Some rehearsals may be done using Zoom or other online platforms.
Age(s)                        Day(s)                     Date(s)                       Time                            Location
13 – 18                                                                                                                                JDCAC
Auditions:                  MT                          12/7 & 12/8              4 – 7 p.m.
Callbacks:                 W                            12/9                           4 – 7 p.m.
“Rehearsal Attendance Policy: The first rehearsal, Saturdays, and all rehearsals after January 30th are full cast and mandatory. For already scheduled school obligations, you may be excused from ONE Saturday rehearsal. Any other circumstances need to be approved by the director.
Rehearsals:               MW                         12/14, 1/4 – 2/17       4 – 6 p. m.
                                    SA                            1/9 – 2/13                  9 – 12 p.m.
                                                                     2/20                            9 – 4 p.m.
Tech Rehearsals:      MT                           2/22, 2/23                  4 – 9 p.m.
Dress Rehearsals:     W                            2/24                             4 – 9 p.m.
*No rehearsals 1/16, 1/18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Director: Brantley Waller • (205) 266-1519 • [email protected]

AACT Young Performers Present Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone by Dean Carroll
When Sally falls asleep while reading books about a certain juvenile wizard, she dreams that she is a student at Frogbull Academy of Sorcery. But danger is lurking, and it is up to Sally and her new friends Dave and Harmonica to save the day. Will she become the hero like the one in her favorite series? And who is the mysterious Censor who keeps rewriting the story as it goes along? This parody of certain well-known and well-loved book series will keep you laughing the whole way through.
COVID – 19 Note: Patrons will need to follow all current CDC Guidelines in regards to facial coverings. Seating will be arranged to maximize space between chairs. If needed we will transition to an online platform for performances. Please go to auburnact.org for updates on performances $10/Adults, $8/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at auburnact.org. Ticket info. line: (334) 246-1084.
Age(s)                             Day(s)                     Date(s)                                 Time                         Location
All ages                                                                                                                                         JDCAC
Performances:               RFSAM                  2/25, 2/26, 2/27,                6:30 p.m.
                                                                        3/1, 3/4, 3/5 & 3/6             6:30 p.m.
Matinee:                          SA                          2/27 & 3/6                           2 p.m.
Director: Brantley Waller • (205) 266-1519 • [email protected]