2017-18 Season



Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Seating starts at 7 p.m. Matinees (M) start at 2 p.m.


Season tickets are no longer available for ACT’s 53rd season. If you are interested in purchasing show tickets, click on the ACT logo below to make online purchases, call 1-877-730-3144, or purchase your tickets at the box office.


By Neil Simon

Oct. 19, 20, 21, 22(M), 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2017 
Directed by Rory Mattson

The deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. A lawyer and his wife must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunication mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married
By Paul Olson and Phil Olson

Feb. 22, 23, 24, 25(M) & 28; March 1, 2 & 3, 2018
Directed by Sue Jorgensen

Part of the smash hit “Don’t Hug Me” musical comedy series, this show takes place in a small north woods bar in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Gunner and Clara Johnson are owners of the bar, they’ve been married “a long time,” the romance has left and Clara would like to get it back. When Gunner finds a pamphlet that Clara was hiding for Divorce Fantasy Camp, he realizes he needs to do something. Meanwhile, Bernice, the waitress, gets engaged to Aarvid, a karaoke salesman. Gunner’s twin sister, Trigger, comes to town and proposes to Kanute, the local business icon. It’s a double wedding. Will anyone get cold feet? What could possibly go wrong?

The Miracle Worker
By William Gibson

April 19, 20, 21, 22(M), 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2018
Directed by Glen Parsons

Immortalized on stage and screen, this classic drama tells the story of Anne Sullivan and her student, deaf and blind Helen Keller. The play dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Anne realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

Beauty and the Beast
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton

July 12, 13, 14, 15(M), 18, 19, 20, 21(M) & 21, 2018
Directed by Gordy Handeland
$20 Adults/$10 Students

“Be our guest” and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic. The story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costumes and is musical theatre at its best.

2017-18 ACT season ticket brochure


Marion Ross Performing Arts Center 
Stage Lighting Project

In the fall of 2017, a complete transformation of the stage lighting at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center was completed by ACT. Many new lighting instruments were purchased, replacing some lights that were 40 or 50 years old. Two large light bars above the audience were moved and rewired to provide much more improved lighting of the stage, which has grown significantly over the years. This investment will improve the audience experience at all ACT shows for many years to come, and was made possible thanks to grants provided by Mayo Clinic Health System, Farmers State Bank and the Carol E. Lundblad Foundation Fund of The Freeborn County Community Foundation.