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Category: Tale as Old as Time

Be Our Guest at the Enchanted French Market

By Kirsten Bishir It’s July and final preparations are in full swing to create our magical escape to the French Countryside.  This year we are inviting you to Be Our Guest as we transform an area of Perry Farm into an enchanted French Market.  The scene is already idyllic with open grassy fields, and shaded…
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The Comfort & Freedom of Outdoors

By Helen Berdebes The theatre is a place where I have always found refuge. There is something incredible about showing up somewhere and being able to shed the day’s troubles, becoming a completely new person. I have been in many shows throughout high school and college, but this is my very first community theatre production.…
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An Audition Experience

By Lauren Rybolt For the past several years, I had the honor of playing my violin in the orchestra for Acting Out Theater Company. I planned on continuing to play for this year’s production, until it was announced that this year’s production would be Beauty and the Beast. My heart skipped a few beats, and…
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The Importance of Experiencing Stories

By: AE Sarver Last week, I took a trip to Ohio to visit my parents. It’s always nice to go home; a place of nostalgia, memories, and reminders of the stories I love. We got out the old home videos and took a trip back in time to when I was just a little girl.…
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Setting the Stage

By Julie Gindy Memorial day weekend…remembering our fallen soldiers, picnics, graduation parties and stage building! Each year for the last 7, Acting Out Theatre Co. sets up shop in a new location to create a space for our upcoming show on summer’s 1st official weekend. This year was no different as we set out to Perry Farm…
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Is Gaston the Good Guy?

By Tanner Hurt Gaston: a pompous and dim-witted “ladies man” Gaston is quite arguably one of the most iconic villains in disney history. His pompous demeanor and arrogant personality sets him apart as the guy everyone loves to hate. Like most disney musicals and movies, much of the audience knows the character’s ins and outs.…
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The Magic of Costumes

Jean Roth, Acting Out Board Member, financial manager and costumer extraordinaire shares some of her behind the scenes photos of the making of Belle’s ball gown. When asked where she finds inspiration for her creations Jean stated- “Initially, I derive inspiration for creating costumes from the raw materials. Textiles, colors, textures, ribbons, thread, and even zippers…
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Lessons Learned

By Lillian Guenseth Seven years ago, I was in my first theatre production: Guys & Dolls. It was my senior year of high school and after some coaxing from a couple choir friends, I auditioned. Low and behold, I got the fun role of Miss Adelaide *sneezes*.  Little did I know, this experience would impact…
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The Beauty and the Beast of Community Theatre

by Bob Guastalli My acting hobby started many years ago.  First passively, watching from the audience and then by active participation.  I found my self on stage for the first time quite by accident.  Several weeks before the opening curtain for a play that was being performed by the Drama Department of the college I attended,…
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MUSICALS!!

By Gwen Fox I absolutely love musicals and musical theatre!  I guess you could say that I was “hooked” from an early age.  When I was a little girl (and we won’t begin to say how many years ago that was!!) I was invited to go with my Grandma to the St. Louis Municipal Opera,…
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