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ARTISTIC
DIRECTOR’S NOTES

“Welcome ladies (and gentlemen) and thank you for choosing the Jewel of the seas for your transatlantic journey. Here we are, two of our best seats, May I get you anything?”

LadahLord, James and the Giant Peach

Welcome back to season six as we celebrate a year of journeys. This season Arts Collective Theatre (ACT) has picked works that each showcase a character’s journey as we follow them into the unknown, rock n’ roll, self-discovery, forgiveness and the unexpected.

ACTS Social Justice Theatre Project with seniors returns with Wherever it Takes You a journey into the unknown March 6th -15th at SHO studios. Local writer Linda Lord’s empowering script deals with the true stories of Dementia/Alzheimer’s. So many families are dealing with the loss of loved ones both living and passed through this diagnosis. Come and turn the light on with us as we share an educate our community.

This April 17th -26th at the Capitol Theatre our celebrated ACT Community program is back with the Windsor premiere of the 2010 four-time Tony winner including Best Musical, Memphis. A show that journeys into the birth of rock n’ roll and segregation in 1950s Memphis. With music by David Bryan from the iconic group Bon Jovi and book by Joe DiPietro. We a proud to add this to our series of inclusive shows including Dreamgirls (2018) and The Wiz (2019). ACT has been a trailblazer for inclusion in Windsor. Through this program, we continue to develop new talent and bring diversity to the stage.

After our inaugural Youth Creative program last year, ACT is excited to produce James and The Giant Peach, this spring written by Timothy Allen McDonald based on the Roald Dahl’s children’s book, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul the same dynamic duo that brought you “The Greatest Showman”, and winner of best musical “Dear Evan Hansen”. Watch as this heartwarming show follows James’ journey of self-discovery with a little help of some friendly creatures.

This summer ACT will return with its intensive program 30 Under 30. A program that brings together youth under the age of 30 to produce a show in 8 weeks. This year’s intensive will be one the biggest selling musical of all time – Andrew Lloyd Webbers and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat with shows Sept 11th – 20th at the Capitol Theatre. This show follows a young man’s journey to find himself and through this finds the power of forgiveness.

ACT is proud to announce the birth of a new program called ACT New Works. A program dedicated to bringing together composers and writers to create new work. Submissions have been handed in from all over North America. We look forward to work-shopping and mentoring these artists to hopefully help them produce their own award winner. Look out this fall for the production and ACTWindsor.com for more information.

Finally, we finished with our traditional Christmas concert – A Journey into Christmas. Come and be moved by the true meaning of Christmas Dec 2020.

ACT looks forward to our sixth season as we continue to produce meaningful and insightful theatre that will celebrate the journey of humanity. There is only one way to make this season bigger and that YOU! Come and join us as we are always looking for volunteers, new cast members. You could also just buy a ticket. Don’t forget to follow us on all our social media platforms as we go on this journey together. Let’s continue to ACT together!

Chris Rabideau
Artistic Director
Arts Collective Theatre (ACT)