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ANNIE JR. Runs June 14-23

XACT_Annie Jr logoANNIE JR.
Xenia Area Community Theatre & Actors Unlimited
June 14-23

Directed by Amy Busby Prestridge

Little Orphan Annie is determined to find her parents and escape the cruel and crooked Miss Hannigan. But when billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks and his secretary Grace Farrell invite Annie into their lives, the sun starts to come out on a very different tomorrow.

  • Fri, June 14th at 6:30pm (Opening Night Gala)
  • Sat, June 15 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, June 21 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, June 22 at 3pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, June 23 at 3pm

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2019-2020 Season Announced by Xenia Area Community Theatre

No Mother to Guide Her: or, More to be Pitied than Censured and The Potman Spoke Sooth
Directed by Kirk and Melodee Bass
Aug. 30-Sept. 8

Directed by Saul Caplan
Oct. 4-13

Directed by Kyle Mercuri
Nov. 1-10

Directed by Jennifer Sparks
Dec. 6-15

Directed by Mike Taint
Jan. 10-19

Directed by Joyce Barnes
Feb. 14-23

Directed by Carter Hume
March 27-April 5

Directed by Sara Duibley
May 8-18

For more information visit www.xeniaact.org.

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XACT_Tartuffe and Twelfth Night logosTARTUFFE and TWELFTH NIGHT
Xenia Area Community Theatre
May 23-June 2

Directed by Connie Strait

Cast: John Wysong as Orgon, Allie Dyer as Dorine, Kyle Mercuri as Tartuffe, Nathan Hudson as Cleant, Janet Wasson as Elmire, Dawn Schluetz as Mme. Pernelle, Amanda Bass as Marianne, Patrick Taylor as Damis, Matthew Benefiel as Valere, Franco Villongco as M. Loyal, Brian Laughlin as Police Officer & Edith Waugh as Flipote

First performed in 1664, it is considered one of Moliere’s best comedies. The story of a man who falls prey to misplaced adoration.  Controversial and popular from the time of its release, Moliere’s Tartuffe remains a biting satire aimed at religious hypocrisy. When the kind, yet dim, Orgon invites the religious zealot known as Tartuffe into his home, he has no idea that he has accepted a snake into his den. While Tartuffe acts like a kind minister, he is — in fact — a con man plotting to rob Orgon of everything he holds dear! While Orgon becomes hopelessly entranced by Tartuffe and plans to give him his only daughter’s hand in marriage, his family rallies to expose Tartuffe for the rascal that he is. Will they be able to save the hapless Orgon from Tartuffe’s clutches? It may take an act of fake seduction– and an obvious Deus ex Machina — to help defeat this lascivious hypocrite.

Directed by Tony Copper

Cast: Betsy Benefiel as Viola, Edith Waugh as Captain, Matthew Benefiel as Count Orsino, Tobey McKee as Valentine, John Wysong as Sir Toby Belch, Janet Wasson as Maria, Franco Villongco as Sir Andrew Aquecheek, Patrick Taylor as Feste, Allie Dyer as Countess Olivia, Brian Laughlin as Malvolio, Carter Hume as Sebastian, Kyle Mercuri as Antonia & Edith Waugh as Fabiana

Viola has been shipwrecked in a violent storm off the coast of Illyria; in the process she has lost her twin brother, Sebastian. She disguises herself as a boy and assumes the name Cesario for protection. Thus disguised, Viola becomes a page in the service of Orsino, the Duke, whom she falls in love with. Orsino is in love with the Countess Olivia, and sends Viola to court her for him, but Olivia falls for Viola instead.

  • Thu, May 23 at 6:30pm (Gala fundraiser) [T]
  • Fri, May 24 at 6:30pm (Gala fundraiser) [TN]
  • Sat, May 25 at 7:30pm [T]
  • Sun, May 26 at 3pm [TN]
  • Thu, May 30 at 7:30pm [TN]
  • Fri, May 31 at 7:30pm [T]
  • Sat, June 1 at 7:30pm [TN]
  • Sun, June 2 at 3pm [T]

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FAHRENHEIT 451 Runs April 5-14

XACT_Fahrenheit 451 logoFAHRENHEIT 451
Xenia Area Community Theatre
April 5-14

Directed by Mike Taint

Cast: Eric Mishne as Fireman Guy Montag, Geoff Burkman as Captain Beatty, Casey Haller as Clarisse, Melissa Henry-Young as Mildred (“Millie”), Amy Magnus as Mrs. Hudson, Dee Berdine as Professor Faber, Trenton Napier as Fireman Holden, Jeremy Holtgrave as Fireman Black, Trenton Napier as Paramedic, Jeremy Holtgrave as Paramedic, Edith Waugh as Helen, Judi Early as Alice, Jamie McQuinn as Aristotle, Zan Holtgrave as Tolkien, Brenna Riethmiller as Bronte, Paula Cronan as Rostand, Deidre Root as Dostoevsky, Paula Cronan as St. Exuperey, Ben Cronan as Tolstoy, Brenna Riethmiller as Wilde, Deidre Root as Carroll, Judi Early as Plato, Deidre Root as Melville & Harry Shepard as Robert Louis Stevenson

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. With simple sets and uncomplicated staging, this powerful drama is about the inner struggle of Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag has worked as a civil servant for ten years burning books, but lately he has become increasingly unsure about what he is doing and about his vegetable-like existence. It is not until he meets 16-year-old Clarisse, who is filled with strange ideas, that he is led into a dangerous and highly combustible situation. Now he must choose between continuing his nonexistent existence and risking everything for the right to think.

  • Fri, April 5 at 6:30pm (Opening night gala)
  • Sat, April 6 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, April 12-13 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, April 14 at 3pm

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Auditions Announced for X*ACT Repertory Theater

xactFeaturing Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT and Moliere’s TARTUFFE.

Each play will be shown on alternate nights for two weekends.  Actors will play one role in each play.  For instance, actor who plays title role of TARTUFFE, will also play Aguecheek in TWELFTH NIGHT.

(See character descriptions below)

Auditions are February 25 and 27 at 7:00 pm

Auditions will be cold readings from both scripts.

Tony Copper will direct TWELFTH NIGHT.
Connie Strait will direct TARTUFFE.

Show Dates:  May 23rd to June 2nd

45 E. Second St.
Xenia, OH 45385

Character Descriptions for TARTUFFE:

  • Orgon (male, 40 -60) Head of household who has fallen under the influence of the hypocrite, Tartuffe
  • Elmire (female, 30-50) Second wife of Orgon, a reasonable and attractive woman who is concerned about her husband
  • Damis (male, 20-30) Son of Orgon, stepson of Elmire
  • Mariane (female 20-30) Daughter of Orgon, step-daughter of Elmire. In love with Valere but Orgon wants her to marry Tartuffe.
  • Mme. Pernelle (female, 60-80) Mother of Orgon, silly woman also deluded by and in thrall to Tartuffe.
  • Valere (male, 25-40) Mariane’s suitor, who is rejected by Orgon in favor of Tartuffe, although Orgon has already promised Mariane to him.
  • Cleante (male, 40-60) Orgon’s brother-in-law; brother of Elmire. His is the voice of reason and calm amidst the chaos.
  • Tartuffe (male, 40-60) a religious hypocrite, an imposter, who weasels his way into Orgon’s confidence and then betrays him.
    Dorine (female, any age) Mariane’s maid who acts as a cunning manipulator and commentator on the actions of the play and a source of much comedy. Feisty.
  • Flipote (female, any age) Mme. Pernelle’s maid.
  • M. Loyal, bailiff (male, any age) He serves Orgon his eviction papers.
  • Police Officer (male, any age) He brings Tartuffe to Orgon’s home towards the play’s end.

Character Descriptions for TWELFTH NIGHT:

  • Orsino (Male, 25 – 35): Duke of Illyria, he woos Olivia even as she
    mourns her dead brother
  • Valcurio (Male, 20 – 25): A gentleman who attends Orsino
  • Viola (Female, 25 -30): A survivor of a shipwreck, disguises herself
    as “Cesario” to attend Orsino, falls in love with the Duke
  • Maria (Female, 35 & Up): Olivia’s gentlewoman, she is the witty author
    to humiliate Malvolio
  • Sir Toby Belch (Male, 35 & Up): Uncle to Olivia, a lover of drink & merry-making
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Male, 25 – 35): A wealthy and inane guest in
    Olivia’s home, he makes sloppy attempts to woo Olivia
  • Feste (Male, 25 & Up): Clown in the home of Olivia, he acts as a
    commentator on events. Actor must be able to play guitar & sing
  • Olivia (Female, 25 – 30): A rich countess, having vowed to mourn her
    brother for seven years she rejects the advances of Duke Orsino
  • Malvolio (Male, 35 & Up):Steward to Olivia, peevish and servile, he is
    accused of believing “that all that look on him love him.”
  • Sebastian (Male, 25 – 30): Twin brother to Viola, he is initially
    feared to have perished in a storm at sea.
  • Antonia (Female, 30 & Up): A pirate, in love with Sebastian whom she
    saved from the storm at sea.
  • Fabiana (Female, 20 – 25): A servant to Olivia, she joins in the
    mockery of Malvolio

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