TThe Arts Council Troupe for Youth or ACT! for Youth (AFY) is a program of the Arts Council of Wilson whose purpose is to provide live theater opportunities for the youth of Wilson County and surrounding areas. Productions are open to children in kindergarten through high school age who live in Wilson County, or whose parent(s) live or work in Wilson County, or those who are contributors to the Arts Council of Wilson. The performances are open to the public, and school day performances are also offered during the school year.
Field Trip Opportunities for Local Students
We are excited to announce three opportunities for you to bring your students to see student-led performances during the day for the 2017-2018 school year! The ACT for Youth program, which is funded through the Arts Council of Wilson, includes elementary, middle and high school students and has a reputation for being a top- notch program among youth theater programs in our region!
All performances are at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center in historic downtown Wilson.
Tickets are $5 per seat. We request a 25% deposit to officially reserve seats since space is limited! (If you are unable to pay the deposit, you can have your school principal sign the booking confirmation and the full amount will be due on or before the day of the event.)
Interested or want more information?
Please contact Chandra Bolling at 252-291-4329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, download the reservation form. Take a look at the shows on the reverse side... there’s something that will appeal to all age groups!
We hope you will make plans to build one of these shows into your curriculum and join us!
Back to the 80's
October 20-21, 27-28 at 7:30 p.m.
October 22, 29 at 3 p.m.
$15 Adults / $10 Seniors & Students
From the era that brought the world the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the "totally awesome" musical Back to the 80's. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Karate Kid, this show is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.
Back to the 80's tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now thirty-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good looking – the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.
Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will not only delight and amuse audiences of any age, but will also inspire any young cast. Back to the 80's is a high-energy musical with contemporary flair that will certainly fill the seats.
Seussical the Musical
February 1-3, 9-10 at 7:30 p.m.
February 4, 11 at 3 p.m.
$15 Adults / $10 Seniors & Students
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables.
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
April 20-21 at 7:30 p.m.
April 22 at 3 p.m.
$12 Adults / $10 Seniors & Students
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.
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