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See You on Fleet Street

by Julie Gindy It is stage/scenic design time again and this year our summer production is Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A bit of a change from last year’s  measuring of my cat and developing a to scale alley/playground for our feline friends in CATS! “Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London…
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Psychological Benefits of Theatre

Psychological Benefits of Theatre, By Kendra Souligne The Performer The psychological benefits for a performer vary from person to person. The natural human response to performing in front of an audience of strangers can be your biggest fear or second nature, but for the most part, the majority of performers experience very similar psychological responses.…
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Sweeney Todd

Sunday (7/24) Performance Cancelled Rain date performance Monday (7/25) at 8 PM. Our gates will open at 5:45, Fleet Street vendors will be there serving from 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM. (If you had early bird tickets/membership you may set up at 5:30) Bring your ticket stub from Sunday night. We will also have tickets for sale tonight…
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The Music and Story Await

by Ryan Schultz Taking a wintry Sunday afternoon to write about summer theater is mildly therapeutic.  It’s hard to imagine that in a few short months we will gather once again to begin the creative process.  Each summer we get to attempt to recreate, re-imagine, and have the opportunity to tell a new story, with…
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Sweeney’s Waiting!

I remember sitting in the nosebleed section of the then-called Shubert Theatre in Chicago at the tender age of 25 in 1982.  Onstage I watched Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury redefine my concept of what musical theatre was.  When the curtain fell, I and 2000 others leapt to our feet, applauding wildly. As I left…
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Feeling that gingerbread feeling….

By Sharon Richardson “Feeling that gingerbread feeling, precious moments, special people” – those song lyrics from “Somewhere in My Memory” from the movie Home Alone really adequately describes my feelings from Saturday night’s “Acting Out Christmas!” It was a fundraiser, but oh it was so much, much more. To recap for those that don’t know…
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A Story for Christmas

Stories are important. At Acting Out Theatre Company, storytelling is what we do. One of the reasons we do environmental theatre is because we believe the setting can enhance the story we tell. This year, Acting Out continues its tradition of compelling storytelling, in a perfect setting for the story of Christmas — Olivet’s Warming…
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A Love for Outdoor Theatre

I have many loves in my life and one of them revolves around the Arts…namely Summer Stock Theatre and more recently Acting Out Theatre Co. For longer than thirty five years my late husband and I would seek various locations producing outdoor theatre. There was always something magical about summer nights and the excitement of watching a play produced under the stars.…
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The phrase “community theater” can mean different things to different people. For some, the phrase immediately evokes emotions that surround memories from the involvement in some type of production. For others, the phrase reminds them of a really well-done (or perhaps poorly-done) show they experienced as an audience member. It is a phrase that can…
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