Coronavirus Update

UPDATE: APRIL 6, 2020

Dear Argenta Community Theater friends, patrons and artists,

Based on what we now know about the evolving Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors and leadership team of Argenta Community Theatre has made the decision to further postpone the remainder of our 2019/2020 season. These changes are as follows:

ACT’s production of BILLY ELLIOT, which was previously rescheduled to May 13th-23rd, will now be further postponed to July 22nd-August 1, 2020. BILLY ELLIOT will now be the final production of our 2019/2020 season.

The previously scheduled production of MEMPHIS, which was to close out this season, has been postponed until our 2020/2021 season, with finalized dates to be determined as we take into account other scheduling changes for the year in light of current events.

All previously purchased tickets for BILLY ELLIOT and MEMPHIS will be honored for a rescheduled date of your choosing. Our box office team will reach out to all ticket holders to facilitate these changes. To contact the box office directly please email info@argentacommunitytheater.org. Our office staff is now working remotely, and this email is the best and fastest way to reach them, rather than by phone. New ticket purchases for BILLY ELLIOT are now available at our website argentacommunitytheater.org.

2019/2020 Season ticket subscribers will be credited for one performance in the 2020/2021 season. However, if you would prefer to donate the remaining value of your season ticket subscription toward theater operations during this time, it would be greatly appreciated. The box office team will be happy to assist you with either option.

As of today, we are still planning to conduct our ACTing Up summer performing arts camp and will hold our ENCORE FOR EDUCATION benefit at a rescheduled date. Please continue to follow our emails and social media for any announcements regarding the scheduling of these two programs. Registration for ACTing Up is available via our website.

The entire ACT staff, creative team and board of directors is so grateful for the support we’ve consistently received from the Central Arkansas community. This is a time of great uncertainty for our community as a whole, and particularly for our performing arts organizations, whose work largely depends on gathering together for a shared experience. As our mission stands to serve the community, ACT is committed to doing our part to protect the health and safety of our staff, artists, patrons and audiences. Please continue to follow our outreach on social media and via email as we find new ways to engage with the public during these trying times. The Argenta Community Theater exists due to the generosity of our patrons, audiences and donors, large and small. We look forward to returning to producing the live theatre, as well as opening our doors as a place for the community to interact and engage with the arts. If you are in a position to provide financial support to help us maintain our mission to serve through the performing arts, we are eternally grateful. Visit https://argentacommunitytheater.org/support/ to make a tax-deductible donation to support our ongoing work.

We thank you for being a part of the ACT family, and can’t wait to be with you again at the theater.

Wishing you love and health,

Laura Grimes

Executive Director

 

UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020

Dear ACT family, friends and supporters,

In the interest of public health, and per recommendation from government officials and the Centers for Disease Control, we have made the decision to postpone several of our scheduled events for this spring and summer.

On March 13th, were we set to celebrate ACT's 10th Anniversary at our major annual fundraising event, Encore for Education. As many of you know, the rapidly evolving situation led us to postpone that event, which was to honor ACT Co-Founder Judy Tenenbaum and Arts Educator Karen Q. Clark, until an as-yet undetermined date.

We have also made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming productions of BILLY ELLIOT and MEMPHIS. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but as the health and safety of our audiences and performers is our top priority, we feel that this change is necessary. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the production dates for BILLY ELLIOT have now been moved to May 13-23, 2020. MEMPHIS performances will now take place July 22-Aug 1, 2020. All purchased tickets will be honored for an alternative date of your choosing.

Please contact us at info@argentacommunitytheater.org to update your reservation, if you have already made one. Should you be unable to attend a re-scheduled performance, we will be happy to credit you with tickets to another ACT production in the future.

During this time of social distancing and self-quarantining in the interest of protecting our whole community, we know that many will turn to the arts as a way to lighten the burden on our collective spirits. Whether through streaming entertainment services, music, visual arts or virtual museum tours, we have no doubt that the arts will provide a needed respite for all us during these unprecedented times. Your support of the performing arts is an invaluable part of what allows local organizations like ours to function and serve. Nonprofit arts organizations like ACT operate on a tight budget, even in the best of times. Making decisions like these in the interest of protecting our community which leave the theater "dark" for a period of time will inevitably deal a financial blow to our organization. We are so grateful for your interest in supporting our programs here. If you are able to give a sustaining gift to help ensure that ACT will come back strong, please visit https://argentacommunitytheater.org/support/ and encourage others to do the same. We look forward to gathering with all of you to share the beauty, compassion and catharsis of the performing arts when it is safe to do so once again.

Thank you so much for being a part of our ACT family.

Wishing you health and safety,

The Argenta Community Theater Team


ACT Gives Back

As part of ACT’s mission to serve our local community, we are proud to have recently launched the ACT Gives Back program. For each show in our season, ACT will choose one or more charitable organizations with which to partner.

The innaugural ACT Gives Back outreach accompanied our December, 2018 production of A Christmas Carol. In keeping with the play’s message of good will toward our fellow man, we collected non-perishable food items from the cast, crew and audience members of A Christmas Carol. ACT Gives Back was able to donate over 150 pounds of food to the nearby Friendly Chapel F.L.A.M.E. food pantry, a local organization which helps to address food insecurity in our community.

During the winter 2019 production of Newsies, ACT partnered with outreach organization The Van to collect over 400 pairs of socks and gloves to be distributed to those in need in the local homeless population.

This summer, ACT’s production of A Chorus Line has linked up with Seis Puentes Hispanic Outreach to collect needed school supply items for area kids ahead of their return to school in August. We will continue collecting supplies throughout the run of A Chorus Line, which closes on Saturday, July 27th.

Contact us to get involved