About ACT

Albert Lea Community Theatre (ACT) got its start in 1965, when Dr. John and Nancy Campbell, along with a dozen or so other citizens interested in theater got together to discuss the possibility of organizing community theatre. Articles of incorporation were drawn and Albert Lea Community Theatre was formally organized as a non-profit corporation. The first play, “The Man Who Came for Dinner,” was done in the fall of 1965. The performance space at that time was the little theater in Southwest School, a part of local school district 241.

For the next 14 years, that space was used as the stage for the productions. Then, at the end of the 1970s, more and more events were scheduled for the school, so ACT went to the City of Albert Lea to try to locate an alternative space. After several locations were considered, the City decided that the Mason Building at 147 North Broadway offered the best possibility as theater space and an agreement was made with the Masons to retain a long-term lease on the upper floor Lodge and the rest of the building would be renovated for theater use. At that time, the City had Federal Revenue Sharing money which was sufficient to pay for the $680,000 needed for renovation. $50,000 of this was donated by Albert Lea Community Theatre, as well as the lighting system, the curtain and a few other smaller items. Fortunately, at the time, funds were available and the City Council had a keen appreciation for the arts. The entire space, except the third floor Mason’s Lodge, was gutted. Into this empty space a theatre was created. ACT has celebrated over 50 seasons as a community theatre in Albert Lea. We feel we have been blessed through the years with good audience support from the community, a good relationship with the City, who understands the importance of arts in the community, and a good talent pool to draw from. With this kind of support, ACT looks forward to many more years of offering quality theatre to the community.

 

Mission Statement

Albert Lea Community Theatre

Albert Lea Community Theatre was organized in 1965 for the purpose of bringing together members of our community to create quality theatre for our area. Our community theatre is a great common denominator which brings an understanding of the performing arts. Young and old, professional and blue collar all come together to produce a play. We welcome first time actors, singers and volunteers along with seasoned thespians that mentor the newcomers.

Albert Lea Community Theatre strives to add to the quality of life and making our community strong by supporting and promoting the arts.

 

Past Productions:

Southwest Little Theatre

1965-66
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
Harvey

1966-67
Annie Get Your Gun
See How They Run
Detective Story
The Gazebo

1967-68
Who Was the Lady I Saw You With?
The Haunting of Hill House
The Caine Mutiny Court Martial
South Pacific

1967-70
Carnival
Wait Until Dark
The Little Foxes
The Odd Couple

1970-71
My Fair Lady
Picnic
A Streetcar Named Desire
Barefoot in the Park

1971-72
Don’t Drink the Water
Blithe Spirit
The Firebugs
The Music Man
Come Blow Your Horn (Summer Theatre)

1972-73
Plaza Suite
J.B.
The Tender Trap
Hello, Dolly!
Any Wednesday (Summer Theatre)

1973-74
The Sound of Music
Death of a Salesman
The Mousetrap
Mr. Roberts
An Evening with Chekhov
He Done Her Wrong (Summer Theatre)

1974-75
Oliver!
Sleeping Beauty
I Never Sang for My Father
Ah, Wilderness!
Seven Year Itch
Rogues Revenge (Summer Theatre)

1975-76
Oklahoma!
Heartbreak House
Cactus Flower
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1976-77
Camelot
Arsenic and Old Lace
Scapino
A View From the Bridge

1977-78
Finian’s Rainbow
The Glass Menagerie
A Majority of One
You Can’t Take it With You

1978-79
Fiddler on the Roof
No Sex Please, We’re British
The Sunshine Boys
Bell, Book and Candle
I, Elizabeth Otis, Being of Sound Mind

1979-80
Gypsy
Lion in Winter
The Rainmaker
Charley’s Aunt

1980-81
Life with Father
Six Rms Riv Vu
Flea in Her Ear
Carousel

Civic Theatre/Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

1981-82
Kiss Me, Kate
Our Town
Dracula
Never Too Late

1982-83
On Golden Pond
Christmas Carol
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

1983-84
Pirates of Penzance
Christmas Show
Bus Stop
Deathtrap
The Importance of Being Earnest

1984-85
Three Penny Opera
I Ought to Be in Pictures
Physician in Spite of Himself
Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Harvey

1985-86
The Diary of Anne Frank
Christmas Show
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
I Do! I Do!
Once in a Lifetime

1986-87
Mass Appeal
Emperor’s Holiday Robes
Quilters
Crimes of the Heart
How the Other Half Loves

1987-88
Annie Get Your Gun
Peg o’ My Heart
Sleuth
Key For Two

1988-89
Anything Goes
The Foreigner
The Miracle Worker
The Odd Couple (female version)

1989-90
The Man Who Came to Dinner
The Nerd
Once Upon a Mattress
Charlotte’s Web
Steel Magnolias

1990-91
The King and I
Angel Street
Narnia
Nuts
Barefoot in the Park

1991-92
Something’s Afoot
Imaginary Invalid
Anne of Green Gables
Move Over Mrs. Markham
Merton of the Movies

1992-93
Other People’s Money
Heidi
Man of La Mancha
I Remember Mama
Agnes of God

1993-94
Lend Me A Tenor
Winnie the Pooh
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
A Man for All Seasons
The Cemetery Club

1994-95
The Pajama Game
Run for Your Wife
Inspecting Carol
Murder Room
Social Security

1995-96
See How They Run
Pippi Longstocking
Nunsense
‘Night, Mother
You Can’t Take It With You

1996-97
Nunsense II
Aesop’s Fables
Wally’s Cafe
An Inspector Calls
Two by Two

1997-98
Inspecting Carol
The Homecoming
Of Mice and Men
In One Bed and Out the Other
Into the Woods

1998-99
Sylvia
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Crucible
Moon Over Buffalo
Forever Plaid

1999-2000
The Rainmaker
It Runs in the Family
Little Women
Annie

2000-01
The Odd Couple
The Fantasticks
The Shadow Box
Miss Nelson is Missing

2001-02
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
To Kill a Mockingbird
Morning’s At Seven

2002-03
Don’t Dress For Dinner
Talley’s Folly
Death of a Salesman
Evita

2003-04
Blithe Spirit
Swing!
The Star-Spangled Girl
Oklahoma!

2004-05
Out of Order
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Proof
Cabaret

2005-06
Luv
Honk!
My Way
Our Town

2006-07
Honky Tonk Angels
Scotland Road
Over the River and Through the Woods
The Sound of Music

2007-08
Don’t Hug Me
Leading Ladies
She Loves Me
Father of the Bride

2008-09
Stand By Your Man
Uh-Oh Here Comes Christmas
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

2009-10
Breaking Legs
Ah, Wilderness!
The Taffetas
The Music Man

2010-11
Alone Together
Love Letters
Always, Patsy Cline
Gypsy

2011-12
Doubt: A Parable
The Dickens Christmas Carol Show
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
How to Talk Minnesotan
Oliver!

2012-13
The Dixie Swim Club
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
Church Basement Ladies
Happy Days

2013-14
The Fox on the Fairway
Guys on Ice
Lend Me a Tenor
Annie

2014-15
The Haunting of Hill House
A Dickens’ Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Foreigner
South Pacific

 2015-16
Calendar Girls
Don’t Hug Me, I’m Pregnant
The Kitchen Witches
The Wizard of Oz

2016-17
Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical
Twelve Angry Jurors
Nana’s Naughty Knickers
Mary Poppins