ACT Opens SHERLOCK HOLMES THE FINAL ADVENTURE Tonight

ACT will open SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE tonight April 27. ACT will have a "pay what you can" preview performance Thursday at 7. Schatzie Schaefers is directing a great cast in this exciting and well-written play. Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play. "Dietz's genius here is in creating both story and dialogue that could pass for Doyle's own. The playwright has created a gleeful whodunit that's both deeply original and an expert homage to all things Holmesian." —Phoenix New Times. "This witty, well-crafted script is very much an homage to Conan Doyle, and the play's greatest pleasure is seeing his iconic characters brought to life. A delightful evening of entertainment." —Arizona Republic.

This is a wonderful show for the whole family that will sell out so make your reservations early at www.actalaska.org or call 868-4913 for tickets. We already have reservations for all performances and the shows on May 9 & 10 are sold out to Lutheran Social Services of Alaska for a fundraiser. And thanks to AKEELA, Inc., and their donor, Dr. Brian Saylor, for sponsoring the show! We will be presenting a special performance for AKEELA on Wednesday May 16.

Other Upcoming Shows at ACT.

Anchorage Senior Center One Acts. We will be presenting two evenings of one acts performed by the Anchorage Senior Center's Off Their Rockers Drama Troupe on Sunday evening May 6 and Tuesday evening May 8. Tickets are only $5. Call 868-4913 for reservations.

The Magic of Chin-Chin. On May 14 & 15, San Francisco-born magician Chin-Chin will bring his award-winning brand of magic to Anchorage Community Theatre. Chin-Chin, an "International Champion Magician" and S.F.s 3-Time Magician of the Year, invites you to a thought-provoking journey sewn together with illusion, a vivid soundscape, dance, philosophy and imagination. These two performances are your only chance to see one of America's best magicians perform here in Anchorage. Tickets are only $12.50 and are available online or by calling 868-4913.

Peter Ginn Magic Workshop. ACT will present a special magic workshop by nationally recognized magician David Ginn on Saturday June 2 from 10 AM to 3 PM at ACT. The cost is $35 pre-registration or $45 at the door Saturday. In addition, Don Russell will run two short magic workshops -- teaser sessions -- on Thursday and Friday May 31 & June 1 from 1 to 3 PM. The cost of these two sessions is $45, or if you want to pay separately $15 for Thursday's demo and show and $35 for Friday's workshop. Call 868-4913 for reservations. And we are presenting two magic camps for kids 7 and older the week of June 11and the week of July 16. Details.

Fourplay: Four Short Plays by Alaskans. We are working with Three Wise Moose Theatre to present one final Anchorage performance of the Fourplay: Four Short Plays by Alaskans on Thursday June 7 before presenting the plays at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez on June 10. (These are the plays first presented at ACT last fall.) Get your tickets online at www.actalaska.org or call 868-4913. This one is recommended for mature audiences.

Hamlet II. And we are partnering again with Dave Block and Midnight Sun Theatre to present a summer play, Hamlet II (Better than the Original) from July 6 - 29. It is a mad and zany parody of Shakespeare's tragedy with a much happier ending. Also included are the loves, hates, sword fights, poetry, religion, treachery and deceit that go with the territory as well as occasional stabs at the meaning of life.

ACT's 2012/2013 Season. Focus on A Shayna Maedel.

A Shayna Maidel literally translates as "a pretty girl." It describes inner beauty and is an expression of love and of yearning hope. A powerful, moving and deeply affecting portrait of a family, which conveys the aftermath of the Holocaust through a poignant, imaginatively conceived examination of one divided family's experience. Set in New York City after World War II, the play has been widely produced by America's leading regional theatres, and went on to become a long-run Off-Broadway success. "…a tribute to the sustaining power of family and to man's indomitability." —NY Times. "…anyone who sees it will not soon forget it." —Atlanta Constitution.

Our 2012/123 Season Season tickets are available for our 5 regular season shows for 20% off our regular prices (and get you free coffee, tea or water at all our shows) - $60 for adults and $52 for seniors/military/students. Call 868-4913, catch us at Sherlock Holmes, or buy season tickets online.

Other Local Plays This Weekend.

The Alaska Fine Arts Academy presents Bugsy Malone.

Bill Cotton
Executive Director
Anchorage Community Theatre
1133 E. 70th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska 99518
(just off the Old Seward Highway between Dowling and Dimond)
(907) 344-4713
Ticket reservations: 868-4913
Fax: 344-6002
acthome@gci.net
www.actalaska.org


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