AZ Local: Christmas Carol Tradition & ACT Continue On Thanks To Sponsors!

Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre’s (ACT) annual production of “A Christmas Carol” had a very successful two week run these last weekends to crowds that both laughed out loud and teared up during the 12th annual musical production.

My girl presenting a closing show gift from the cast to Melissa Snow, ACT's very talented choreographer, who also directs shows, too.

My girl presenting a closing show gift from the cast to Melissa Snow, ACT’s very talented choreographer, who also directs shows, too.

And behind the curtain were relieved performers and directors since ACT was in financial danger of completely shutting down.

Sadly the theatre had to part with their beloved performance space after last Sunday’s closing Christmas Carol show.   act spaceThe good news is that ACT, as a nonprofit, will continue on with next year’s Christmas Carol performing at the Mesa Arts Center, which is wonderful news for the leaders and children that call ACT their second home.

A huge thank you goes out to several community businesses that stepped up to help keep the magical annual production afloat and to help ACT continue on.  A few weeks ago, local hip and stylish clothing boutique Clothes Minded hosted the Christmas Carol performers at the store so that the group could entertain customers and passerbys and their Belle at storefun performance got folks in the holiday spirit for sure.  bookkeepers at store20% of the days sales went back cast at storeScrooge with Lexto ACT and we Cratchits at storethank Clothes Minded for the additional funding, which was just under $400.  Such a nice and creative way to support the local arts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACT's youngest children's choir, All Keyed Up also performed at the store event. 

ACT’s youngest children’s choir, All Keyed Up also performed at the store event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Clothes Minded has two very cool holiday events coming up, so check this out for your last minute shopping!  be you December event

 

 

 

 

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Origami Owl Custom Jewelry stepped up to be the Academy Award Sponsor of the shows.  That was very much appreciated and I got to witness employees from the company watch the show and they were such a nice and energetic audience.  They even gave the cast a standing ovation.  I also saw them tear up as well. It is so cool to see others see this special show for the first time.

The show’s Emmy Award Sponsors were Corporate Interior Systems (they also sponsored Addams Family…thank you!) and Qwaltec.  Thank you so much to both companies!

Mizell Insurance Agency (Farmer’s) was the show’s Tony Award Sponsor, which also helped ACT to continue with this very special annual holiday tradition and that is so very appreciated.

And the Playbill Sponsor was Team Orthodontics and that didn’t surprise me because they are always supporting the community.  We are so thankful, especially my daughter since she has performed with ACT (and taken many classes there) since she was only 6 years old!

My girl with the Talented Trio of ACT directors, Melissa, Michele and Bailey :)

My girl with the Talented Trio of ACT directors, Melissa, Michele and Bailey 🙂

If your company would like to become an ACT sponsor to help keep youth Arts alive and well in our community, let us know as we look forward to the theatre’s new chapter.  My girl is especially excited about this now that she is a teenager and can audition for the teen parts!

 

 

 

 

AZ Local: Shop for a Cause: Clothes Minded Event Helps Struggling Local Community Children’s Theatre

A few months ago, my teen daughter asked to write an article about what her beloved Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre (ACT) means to her and to the many children who have called ACT their second home.

7 years later in ACT's Treble Makers Show Choir.

ACT has been struggling financially, like so many nonprofit Fine Arts organizations do, so I helped with volunteer work on a parent committee to try to save ACT.  We were not completely successful, so ACT is being forced to downsize and lose a big part of their space, but ACT does not have to dissolve, so we are thankful for that. The hardest part for all involved is the loss of our very cool performance area, stage, seats, curtains, lights and all.

So after ACT’s annual production of Christmas Carol, future shows will be held in other venues.  That is a bittersweet pill to swallow and involves downsizing, remodeling (of the small rehearsal and classroom space that ACT will keep) and other costs. Our local paper did a very nice article explaining what this all entails.

In the meantime, local clothing boutique owner, Kim Kendall of Clothes Minded contacted me asking if she could hold a fundraiser in her hip and fashionable womens clothing store to help ACT raise money to be able to continue on.  Here are a few examples of her nice styles that flatter figures. cm styles blogstompSo come out to her store this Saturday, November 22nd from 10am to 6pm to not only shop and support a very valuable local children’s theatre, but to also see a sneak preview performance of ACT’s Christmas Carol!  Performers will do a number from the upcoming hit show at Clothes Minded this Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm!  Plus a portion of all sales will be donated to ACT so do some holiday shopping or buy a festive and stylish outfit for yourself all while helping to keep a good thing going when it comes to Fine Arts opportunities for our kids!  ACT event piece

And if you can’t make the cool shopping/performance event at Clothes Minded, you can still donate to the ACT here.