As part of its benefit weekend, Act Out Theater Group will present the Agatha Christie classic, And Then There Were None on September 16 and 18. Other weekend activities include an online auction, a drag show for all ages, and a musical theater and drama class showcase.
“The last few weeks have been incredibly busy,” said Dan Pittman, owner and artistic director of the theater. “We have so many things planned for this weekend. And Then There Were None is such a fantastic piece, and the actors can’t wait to perform in front of an audience.
“Our annual online auction is also bigger than it has ever been.”
Although Act Out Theater is known for being primarily a workshop theater for children, it offers several adult plays a year, including And Then There Were None. The play takes place at 7:30 p.m. on September 16 and has two performances – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – on September 18.
On Saturdays, the theater offers two different offers. At 1 p.m. there will be a showcase featuring the theater’s acting and musical students, and at 7:30 p.m. there will be a drag show for all ages, featuring some of the best drag artists of the region and facilitated by Justice. The theater offers classes through its Arts and Education Center.
“Our Musical Theater and Drama students have done a great job over the past five weeks,” said class instructor Kalen Churcher. “For musical theatre, we worked with the students to overcome something they saw as a vocal weakness. On Saturday, they will perform a song that helped them overcome this weakness.
“The drama students worked on character development and emotion,” Churcher continued. “They will perform monologues as well as scenes.”
Additional information, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at www.actouttheatre.com.
For those who can’t make it to the theater, the Act Out Theater Group Booster Club is hosting an online auction for the benefit weekend. More than 60 items are available to individuals to bid online. The auction will take place on Friday and includes a variety of items, including a $150 Sheetz gift card, an overnight stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, a laptop computer, tickets to Reaper’s Revenge, tickets to the Sight & Sound show and signed sports photos. The online auction can be accessed from the Act Out website or Facebook pages. Auctions end Sunday evening.
“There are so many local businesses that have been so generous to us,” said Churcher, from Plymouth. “We are very fortunate to offer gift certificates and merchandise from many local restaurants and wineries. Additionally, we also have tickets to various activities and entertainment opportunities throughout the area.
“Our donors are all listed on our website. We just can’t say thank you enough.
Justin Topa is the theater recall club secretary. He and President Kate Weston helped the Booster Club achieve nonprofit status earlier this year. Proceeds from the auction and the benefit weekend as a whole are used to keep the overall cost of tickets and tuition as low as possible. Funds also go to scholarships.
“Act Out Theater Group is a second home to some of the area’s most creative and unique kids,” said Topa, who also stars in this weekend’s And Then There Were None production. “Regardless of ability or socio-economic status, everyone should be able to enjoy the performing arts.”
This summer, to celebrate Pittman’s fifth anniversary as owner of Act Out, the theater offered a free summer music workshop. It’s something Pittman hopes to continue every summer.
Act Out Theater Group is primarily a children’s workshop theater located in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. The theater also produces several adult productions each year and offers a variety of classes at its arts and education center. The theater is now registering for two summer camps and its free summer workshop. Details are available at www.actouttheatre.com.