DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO BE A PART OF ACT?
Nope, never, no way. Abilene Community Theatre prides itself on the fact that we educate those who are interested in the performing arts at no cost. In fact, even our children’s theatre program offers scholarships so that we never have to deny a child for non-payment.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE ABILENE COMMUNITY THEATRE COMPLEX?
Abilene Community Theatre (ACT) presented its first play in November 1954 in the Fair Park Municipal Auditorium. In 1968, ACT built a permanent home in its present location and was chartered by the State of Texas.During its first eleven years, ACT plays were directed by volunteers from the community. For the years 1965 to 2010, the theatre employed professional, artistic directors. Since late 2010, the theatre has again tapped volunteer guest directors from the community, with great success. ACT produces six major productions each season, two CTE performances, and one summer show. This non-profit, 501c(3) tax-exempt organization is governed by a board of directors and financed by the sale of season memberships, show sponsorships, and grants. ACT opened the Center for Theatre Education (CTE) in September 2015 in order to provide educational opportunities in theatre to students of all ages. Our CTE offers both children's theatre classes and an adult learning workshop series.
IS THE SPACE AVAILABLE TO RENT, AND WHAT DOES IT COST?
Yes, there are times when our stages are dark and we can meet the rental needs of our community members. The best way to check availability of the space is to contact the President, Mike Stephens, at ACT.email@example.com with all relevant information such as dates, times, reasons for usage, etc. He is the only person who can approve or deny a rental and check out keys. We try our best to keep our pricing affordable for everyone. Rental prices listed below are per day:
ACT Mainstage - $200/day
ACT II Black Box - $100/day
Full venue (ACT/ACT II) - $250/day
HOW CAN I SUPPORT ABILENE COMMUNITY THEATRE?
The easiest way to support us is by becoming a Patron member through our website. We offer the following different Patron Levels, each with their own set of perks:
Season Patron - $100
Supporting Patron - $500
Sustaining Patron - $1,000
Lifetime Patron - $10,000
HOW DO I DONATE GOODS TO ABILENE COMMUNITY THEATRE?
At this time, due to COVID-19, we are not accepting any donated clothing or props.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED?
Show up! We have auditions bi-monthly, and work calls every Saturday (10 AM - 3PM) during our season. No experience is necessary, and ACT never turns a person away on the basis of experience, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.
DO YOU OFFER COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS?
Yes, we do! People and organizations needing community service should reach out to schedule a time with our Facilities Chair, Aaron Schutter. He can be reached at (325) 320-8460.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS YOU ENGAGE THE ABILENE COMMUNITY?
ACT has been a proud member of the Abilene Community for over 65 years. Some of our most engaging activities have included: Goods drives for other Abilene non-profits (such as Taylor-Jones Humane Society, the Noah Project, etc.); free dinner and a show on Veteran’s Day to all area Veterans in honor of our production of A Piece of my Heart; frequent participation at the monthly ArtWalk events downtown; Actor and Playwright talk-backs at our receptions; our annual Student Matinee which provides free or reduced price theatre to high schoolers in the Big Country; and private productions planned for organizations (such as the Abilene Woman’s Club) who request it. We love to engage with our community! So if you are interested in pairing with us, please send an e-mail to our President, Mike Stephens, at ACT.firstname.lastname@example.org
IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES?
The City of Abilene approved the sale of alcohol at Abilene Community Theatre in 2019. Patrons may purchase beer or wine in our concession stands, and renters may bring their own alcohol when they are using the space. Unfortunately, ACT is not BYOB, so please leave your alcohol at home.
WHEN ARE THE NEXT AUDITIONS? HOW DO I PREPARE?
We look forward to meeting you! Click here
to be taken to our Calendar of Events. Every audition is different, but typically the director will ask you to do a cold (unprepared) reading from the script - sometime alone, sometimes with a group. Every director is different, and will ask for different things. However, it is good practice to have one memorized monologue that you are prepared to give, as many directors ask for that in their audition notices.
IS THERE A DISCOUNT IF I BRING A GROUP TO SEE A SHOW?
Absolutely! For groups of ten or more people booking together, our ticket prices decrease to just $10/each. Unfortunately this only applies to group reservations, so please let our Box Office know if you’re reserving for a group when you call in.
HOW MUCH DOES A THEATRE COST TO RUN?
You’d be surprised how often we get asked this question! Just to run the bare basics (electricity, insurance, and phone/internet) costs over $3,000 every month. Royalties for shows cost between $600-$5,000 a production. Once you add in the cost of set construction,
concessions, and things like gas and toilet paper... our monthly bills usually range between $5,000-$7,000 depending on the month. That’s without having any hired staff! Now is a good time to mention that every single penny raised helps ACT and 100% of what you donate is used by this organization to keep it’s doors open.