The Academy of Children’s Theatre, quality children’s theatre, by kids, for kids, embarks upon its 20th season providing children in the Kearney area educational opportunities in performance skills and technical theatre. Two stage productions and many workshops are offered throughout the year to K-12 students!

“Shakespeare Goes to Gravel Gulch”
June 12 & 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Tickets will be available through cast members only, and are not available to the general public due to the pandemic. Seating is limited due to social distancing policies for our theater this season.

Shakespeare Goes to Gravel Gulch
Or… The Villain Drove A Bard Bargain

Written By Tim Kelly
Directed by Tiffany Stoiber

Ah, Shakespeare in the… Old West?! The lovely Sunny Day arrives in the small mining town of Gravel Gulch with a troupe of actors determined to bring culture to the locals. Unfortunately, the troupe of actors, headed by the conceited and shady Noble Hart, is enough to make a playwright cry. Sunny Day falls for Texas Ranger Johnny Lasso, who’s hot on the trail of a notorious crook masquerading under the name of Gentleman Dan, whose true identity is unknown. It’s almost as if he was a master of disguise, like… an actor, perhaps? Maybe the show isn’t all that Noble Heart and his cohort, the Duchess, are trying to steal! The troupe’s arrival thrills the townspeople, except Abagail Pettigrew, the richest person in town. She’s harboring a dark secret about her former occupation as Pogo, the Woman Who Can Walk Up and Down Stairs on Her Head. With more would-be outlaws, some stranded performing artists training to be window mannequins and a surprise ending, your audiences will be cheering, booing and holding their sides with laughter in this wild theatrical bonanza!

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Summer 2021 Workshops!

Fairy Tales and Superheroes – $30                                              Led by Julie Everett
June 14-17 (9:30- 10:30) Completed Grades K-2

Bring your favorite fantasy characters to life through this introductory class for young performers! Students will become familiar with stage directions and actions, learn to create and work with props and costumes, and will be able to showcase their skills at the end of the workshop for their families. A perfect class for beginning actors who want to learn more about the magical world of theater!

On-Camera Boot Camp – $50                                                        Led by Laura & Judy Rozema
June 14-18 (1:30-3:00) Completed Grades 3-8

Do you ever wonder what you look and sound like during an audition? If you’re curious, then this is the workshop for you! Students will be recorded during mock auditions and will then be able to watch back to observe their body language, facial expressions, and vocal tone and projection. From games to singing to movement exercises, this boot camp style class is an excellent way for intermediate students to reach their full potential for future auditioning opportunities! Participants will team up for a final performance for friends and family.

Whose Line Is It Anyway – $40                                                     Led by Stacey Wood
June 21-25 (4:30-5:45) Completed Grades 5-8

In this improv-inspired class, students will be able to make a story their own through scene construction, character development, and most importantly – thinking on one’s toes! This high energy, fast paced class is a good opportunity for actors to use creative thinking and their big imaginations! Whose Line Is It Anyway welcomes actors of all experience levels and will offer the basic principles of improv and its significance and usefulness in the world of theater. Plus – it’s just fun to see what happens when it’s “make it up as you go along!”

All classes will be held at Kearney Community Theatre, 83 Plaza Blvd., Kearney, NE 68845.

Class size is limited. Registration is open NOW.
Call the Box Office (308-234-1529) or stop in to reserve your spot today!

Payment must accompany registration (credit card via phone or cash/check/credit card in person).
Tuition is not refundable, but it is transferable. If you find out that you are unable to attend the workshop, you can transfer your spot to a friend.

Charlotte’s Web

Audition Dates – August 30 & 31
Show Dates – November 6 & 7

With the support of the Kearney Area Community Foundation