The Area Community Theatre is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with one part-time facility manager who oversees the administration of the group’s activity. The Area Community Theatre in Tomah, Wisconsin has been performing for the community since 1976 and is still going strong. The theatre is located at 907 Kilbourn Avenue in Tomah, WI, currently seats 89 people, and has a bigger stage than the previous location. An estimated 3,000 patrons enjoy successful ACT productions each year. Approximately 200 people are involved as cast, crew and volunteers during ACT’s annual productions.
Area Community Theatre produces five mainstage productions annually. The shows – presented in February, April, July, September, and November—are given several performances each to ensure the maximum time for the community to enjoy them.
Our mission is to promote, encourage and increase the public’s knowledge, appreciation for and participation in the Arts.
Our Public Relations person heads up a committee to see that flyers get distributed to business around the Monroe County area, and contacts the radio stations and newspapers. If any of you or you know of someone that might be interested in volunteering on the Personal Relations committee, please contact us.
The Facility Manager oversees the building maintenance by letting the board know of any problems that need to be taken care of, call contractors to get estimate of repairs, create all flyers, posters, ad and program books, the quarterly newsletters, membership letters, help with the grant writing and any other correspondence. They also volunteer time to help out on other committees.
Emily Wall, Rocky Shutter, Bridget Owens, Gary Frei, Brent Wagner, Barb Sullivan, Larry Baribeau, and Steve Jones are just a few of our directors. They all have also acted in some of the productions. Area Community Theatre is always looking for people that are interested in directing or acting.
The Artistic committee has the job to look through scripts and pick out ones that they think will be well received by the community. The Committee will then set up dates for play readings, this is for anyone that would like to attend. Once the show has been chosen the next step is the director or directors will set up dates for the auditions. When the cast is chosen they will set up the dates for practices and also set the dates of the show. They need to coordinate volunteers for the box office to sell tickets, back stage help, costumes, stage construction, lights and sound.