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Celebrate our first season as First Act Theatre Arts! Our 2021-2022 season includes nine inspiring and well-loved stories appropriate for the entire family. Featuring the talents of children from ages 8-18, these are shows you won’t want to miss!

To learn about auditions, visit the Audition Information.

Ticket Policies

It is First Act’s policy to not cancel shows for any reason. If guests choose not to attend a show they have tickets for, no refunds or exchanges will be provided.

On the very rare occasion when First Act Theatre Arts must cancel a show due to inclement weather, guests may exchange their tickets at no charge for another performance of the same show or get credit towards another show within the same season. To exchange tickets for another performance of the same show, guests will need to present their canceled tickets at the theatre box office before their preferred performance. The request will be accommodated as long as there are tickets available. The theatre box office opens one hour prior to performance. If a guest chooses to get credit towards another show, they must call the First Act Theatre Arts Box Office within 30 days of the cancelled performance.

Ticket Prices

Advance Purchase – Adults: $15 | Senior, Student, & Groups of 10 or More: $13

At the Door – All Tickets: $18

First Act Thursdays (every Thursday evening performance) – All Tickets: $13

NOTE: All fall performances will have socially distant seating, and all audience members will be required to wear masks.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Goppert Theatre at Avila University

Dates:

“Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time!” One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. (Courtesy of Concord Theatricals)

Artistic Team: 

Director – Andrew Milbourn

Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Stephanie Smeltzer

Music Director – Hillary Talken

Choreographers – Nick Perry


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Elf

Bell Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dates:

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. (Courtesy of Music Theatre International)

Artistic Team: 

Director – Jana Latchaw Milbourn

Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Jordan Wegele

Music Director – Andrew Schmidt

Choreographer – Ramsey Self


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Clue (High School Edition)

First Act Studios (Limited Seating) & Streaming

Dates:

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT! (Courtesy of Broadway Licensing)

Artistic Team: 

Director – Kelly Edgar

Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Cynthia Liggett

 

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Descendants

Goppert Theatre at Avila University

Dates:

* School Day Performance – See Field Trips for more information

Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films!

It is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good? (Courtesy of Music Theatre International)

Artistic Team: 

Director – Michelle Evans

Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Tyler MacSweeney

Music Director – Lana Taylor

Choreographer – Carlye Stone

Oliver!

Bell Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dates:

* School Day Performance – See Field Trips for more information

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. (Courtesy of Music Theatre International)

*****Please be aware that Oliver! features some sensitive content, including depictions of child abandonment, violence against women, and mistreatment of children/the poor. These scenes will be handled by the directing staff with sensitivity and with full knowledge of our faith-based mission.

Artistic Team: 

Director – Patrick Graham

Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Meagan Prendergast

Music Director – Matt Edwards

Choreographer – Amy Carson

Seussical

Bell Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dates:

* School Day Performance – See Field Trips for more information

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. (Courtesy of Music Theatre International)

Artistic Team: 

Director – Allison Nissley

Assistant Director/Stage Manager – Molly Stasieluk

Music Director – Lindsay James

Choreographer – April Okken

The Wizard of Oz

Bell Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dates:

* School Day Performance – See Field Trips for more information

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide. (Courtesy of Concord Theatricals)

Artistic Team:

Coming Soon!

James and the Giant Peach

Goppert Theatre at Avila University

Dates:

* School Day Performance – See Field Trips for more information

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. (Courtesy of Music Theatre International)

Artistic Team

Coming Soon!

Les Misérables School Edition

Bell Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dates:

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. (Courtesy of Music Theatre International)

Artistic Team

Coming Soon!