Auburn Area Community Theatre

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

  1. Email: [email protected]
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
  2. Email: [email protected]

Auburn Area Community Theatre

The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) is home to the Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT). In partnership with the JDCAC, AACT is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for education and participation in the theatre community. AACT presents quality, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre experiences to our cultural community. In addition to theatrical performances, AACT provides a number of workshops and summer camps to area residents.

Make sure to visit their website at and check out their Facebook page at

Upcoming AACT Auditions and Productions


Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) presents Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania home where they grew up but their peace is disturbed when their movie-star sister returns home with her boy-toy, Spike, with plans to sell the old farmhouse. A weekend of rivalry and regret begin! “The show’s a ton of fun, even if you can’t tell your ‘Seagull’ from your ‘Uncle Vanya’”! –The New York Times. $12/adults, $10/students and seniors. Tickets available at

Age(s)                                Day(s)                  Date(s)                         Time                     Location
All ages                                                                                                                          JDCAC
Performances:                                                5/8, 5/9, 5/14 – 5/16     7 p.m.
                                                                        5/10 & 5/17                  2 p.m.
Director: Fiona Macleod • [email protected] • Ticket info. line - (334) 246-1084

AACT OUT! AACT Season Kickoff

Join us as Auburn Area Community Theatre celebrates the past season of shows and kicks off the new 2020-21 season. Enjoy volunteer appreciation gift drawings, free food from supporting restaurants, and preview performances of the new shows! A great reunion for old AACTers and an opportunity for new people to find out how they can be involved on stage, behind the scenes and throughout the year. For more information go to FREE to the public.

Age(s)        Day(s)       Date(s)            Time                    Location
ALL             R               7/23                6:30 – 8 p.m.       JDCAC
Contact: Auburn Area Community Theatre • (334) 246-1084 • [email protected]

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Announces Open Auditions for their Fall Jr. Performers Show, Jack and Lil and the Beanstalk.

Come and audition for Jack and Lil and the Beanstalk! Please come prepared with 30 seconds only of an acapella song. Be prepared to present short lines (“sides”) for one character. There will also be a short dance and movement portion of the audition. Starting July 13th, you can go to to sign up for a time slot, access audition tips, our rehearsal attendance policy and download the “sides.” Please choose just one character to read for! Paper copies of the sides will be available at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center.

Age(s)             Day(s)         Date(s)               Time                Location
5 – 12                                                                                    JDCAC
Auditions:         MT              8/17 & 18            3 – 6 p.m.
Call Backs:       R                 8/16                    3 – 7 p.m.
Rehearsals:     MW              8/24 – 9/23*        4 – 6 p.m.
                        SA                                            9 – 12 p.m.
                        SA                9/26                     9 – 2 p.m.
Dress:              MT                9/28 & 9/29         3:30 – 7 p.m.
*No rehearsals September 5th and September 7th.
Director: Melanie Brown • (334) 332-6834 • [email protected]

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Jr. Performers Present Jack and Lil and the Beanstalk

A performance for the young and young at heart! Come away with us to the Appalachian Mountains for a foot stompin’, toe tappin’ retelling of a folk story classic. Be prepared to be swept up into the action and adventure as we join Jack and his sister, Lil, on a magical journey up the beanstalk. $10/Adults, $8/ Children, Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket info. line: (334) 246-1084.

Age(s)               Day(s)            Date(s)                                         Time               Location
Production:         MRFSA          10/1, 10/2, 10/5, 10/8 – 10/10     6:30 p.m.       JDCAC
Matinee:              SA                 10/3 & 10/10                                4 p.m.
Director: Melanie Brown • (334) 332-6834 • [email protected]

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Announces Open Auditions for Hands on a Hardbody

This rock-country musical is based on the real-life documentary of an endurance contest, where one contestant will win that Nissan hardbody pick-up truck – by keeping a hand on it the longest. Each character has their own vision of the American dream, and their own moment to shine with a solo. A new lease on life is so close they can touch it! Ten men and six women of various ages and ethnicities are needed for this diverse cast. Strong dance skills may not be needed for every role. Please prepare at least 60 seconds of a song, and bring your recorded music or provide sheet music for the accompanist. Come either, or both, audition days and read from the scripts provided. No previous experience necessary! Set, props and other volunteers are also welcome to come to auditions. Please bring your calendar to discuss any conflicts. Not every actor is needed for every rehearsal, and there is some flexibility. More character descriptions and vocal ranges can be found at

Age(s)               Day(s)               Date(s)              Time                Location
16+                                                                                              JDCAC
Auditions:          TR                     5/26 & 5/28        6 – 8 p.m.
Callbacks:          T                       6/2                     6 – 8 p.m.
Rehearsals:       MTR                  6/4 – 8/13          6 – 8 p.m.
Director: Terry Kelley • (334) 246-9906 • [email protected]

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Presents Hands on a Hardbody

Hands on a Hardbody chronicles the hilarious and hard-fought contest between ten Texans who are trying to drive away with the American dream. Based on the real-life “Hands on a Hard Body Contest,” documentary, this critically-acclaimed musical tells the story of an endurance contest, where the contestant who keeps their hand on a truck the longest, gets to keep the truck. If you let go, you lose! The book is by Pulitzer Prize-winning Doug Wright, with tuneful country-rock melodies and soulful lyrics by Phish’s Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio. Hands on a Hardbody explores humor, hardship, heartache and hope, and captures the voice and spirit of Americans trying to rise above difficult times. This is a wonderful story, uplifting and genuine. “You can hear the sound of America singing with this daring new musical!” – The New York Times. $15/Adults, $12/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket info. line: (334) 246-1084.

Age(s)                Day(s)             Date(s)              Time               Location
12+                                                                                            JDCAC
Performances:    FSA                 8/14 & 8/15       7 p.m.
                           RFSA                8/20 – 8/22
Matinee:             SU                     8/16 & 8/23      2 p.m.
Director: Terry Kelley • (334) 246-9906 • [email protected]