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Albert Lea Community Theatre announces playbill for 50th season

Published 9:00am Saturday, August 2, 2014

Albert Lea Community Theatre has announced its 50th season for 2014–2015. To commemorate ACT’s half-century anniversary, this will be a retrospective season filled with four shows that were originally performed by ACT over the last five decades.

ACT will open its 50th season with “The Haunting of Hill House,” written by F. Andrew Leslie and based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 18. Originally performed by ACT in the 1967–68 season, “The Haunting of Hill House” is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of psychically receptive people are brought together to Hill House, a mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” written by Clark Gesner and John Gordon, will run Feb. 12 through Feb. 21, 2015. Originally performed by ACT in the 2001–02 season, this musical comedy tells the story of a day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero. The audience is reintroduced to the whole “Peanuts” gang: Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and Snoopy.

“The Foreigner,” written by Larry Shue, will be performed May 7 to May 16, 2015. Originally performed by ACT during the 1988–89 season, this inspired comic romp demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. Set in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, this classic show is nonstop, inventive hilarity.

For its final production of the 50th season, ACT will present “South Pacific,” written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, July 16 through July 25, 2015. Originally performed by ACT in the 1967–68 season, this epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.

Season tickets may now be purchased by logging on to www.actonbroadway.com or filling out a season ticket brochure form, available at the box office or at the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau. The box office is open every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. A season ticket is $50 for all four plays — a savings of $16. Beginning Sept. 1, individual show tickets may be purchased online or by calling the ACT Call Center 1-877-730-3144, a toll-free, 24/7 automated service.

Albert Lea Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization featuring local actors, directors and stage crew who volunteer their time. All performances are at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, 147 N. Broadway in downtown Albert Lea. For ticket prices and more information go to www.actonbroadway.com or find ACT on Broadway on Facebook.