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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Season Kickoff Starring … YOU!
In a typical September, we’d be wowing audiences with a big musical production at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Our cast and crew would have been in rehearsals since July and the membership would be abuzz with excitement for our 91st season. This year, we’re forced to do something a bit different. Our September kickoff will feature … YOU!
This true community performance comes as a “Perform-a-thon”. Participate in 3 easy steps:
- Record yourself performing a song to a track, a monologue, a dance or creative piece. Submissions can be solos, duets, small groups or households.
- Send your submission and a brief bio to email@example.com.
- Encourage friends and family to “vote” for you by sharing the A2CT Facebook Donation link.
Submissions must be received no later than 9:00pm Sunday, September 13.
We will feature one video each day with a Facebook Donation link. You share the link to your social media accounts and encourage friends and family to “vote”.
All submissions will be entered in a drawing for an A2CT prize pack including vouchers for future tickets, gift cards for local eateries, A2CT swag and more. The winner will receive an A2CT prize pack, one year membership and acknowledgement in A2CT publications and social media.
Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us … we can’t wait to see what this season opener looks like!
YOUR THEATRE YOUR TOWN
PLAY READING GROUP
Friends, families and supporters of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre: Do you miss performances as much as we do? We have been working hard behind the scenes to create innovative ways to fulfill our mission of encouraging community involvement in live theatre while being expressly unable to undertake active productions.
Enter our newest venture: the Your Theatre Your Town Play Reading Group. This new endeavor will operate much like a book group. We’ll kick things off on Friday, September 25 at 7pm, with 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2012 Tony Award winner Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Sallie Love, an A2CT director, Board member and dramaturg, will select excerpts from the play to read aloud and co-facilitate the discussion with fellow Board member and The Play’s The Thing producer Catherine Zudak.
Our facilitated discussion and scene reading will take place via Zoom on Friday, September 25 beginning at 7:00pm. Register here to participate and receive the Zoom link. If you are unable to join us this month, additional Play Reading Group plays and dates will be announced over the course of our 2020-2021 season.
We are excited to launch this new project with a play that has been called “Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart.” —NY Time and “A theatrical treasure…Indisputably, uproariously funny.” —Entertainment Weekly.
For October, we’re looking to read a new work. Are you a playwright? Do you know a playwright? Submit 10-minute plays to be considered for the October meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, September 11, 2020. Submissions with previous productions are welcome.
A2CT Facilities Committee Meeting
The A2CT Facilities Committee will be meeting virtually on September 1st from 4:30-6pm. Complete the form here to receive the meeting link.
The committee will We discuss the current prioritized projects lists (desired and dream) as well as the required steps to being Covid-compliant.
WHAT WE DID THIS SUMMER!
Things are different these days, no doubt, but we kept up with our summer camps by moving them online and having some socially-distanced outdoor fun.
Check out the link below to see what our Tech Campers did during their virtual camp!
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is proud to welcome six new members to its Board of Directors. The two Directors elected by the general membership at the Annual Meeting on June 24, 2020 are Ron Baumanis and Sallie Love. Baumanis is a long-time Ann Arbor Civic Theatre member who has just returned to the area from Florida, where he founded Horizon West Theatre Company, a thriving community theatre near Orlando. Sallie Love has worked with A2CT as a director and dramaturg, and is affiliated with the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses where she co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
In addition, the A2CT Board appointed four new Directors. Patty Mazzola, a dancer and choreographer with many years of A2CT membership was appointed to a 3-year term. Todd Maddock, a project manager who has worked with A2CT’s Junior Theatre as a performer and now a parent, was appointed to a 2-year term along with Meagan Murphy, an area actor and director with diverse experience in the local theatre community. Catherine Zudak, local writer and playwright and long-time A2CT member was appointed to a 1-year term.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre would like to thank departing board members Laurie Atwood and Jacqueline Courteau for their years of service on the Board.
GODSPELL CAST AND STAFF CABARET!
We couldn't let our audiences miss out on the incredible talent that made up our Godspell team. so we're bringing these voices right to you with a virtual cabaret, streaming August 13-16, 2020.
Tickets will go on sale soon (purchase of ticket gives you access to the stream), and we hope you'll join us!
The cabaret includes performances from:
- Maura Doyle
- Sarah Eskandari
- Anya Freedman-Doan
- Lily Gechter
- Aaron Gruenke
- Leah Olsen
- Olivia Post
- Kennedy Shuck