Art is an integral part of Asheville, and you don’t need to look far to see that. The River Arts District, Folk Art Center, and a rich music scene are just a few examples of the city’s creative culture. Of course, you can’t talk about Asheville art and not mention the performing arts, and that’s where the Asheville Community Theatre comes in. The Asheville Community Theatre (ACT) has been providing quality theatre entertainment to the city for over 70 years, and you don’t want to miss the lineup for their mainstage season!
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How to Experience the Theatre
The Mainstage features four exciting productions throughout the year. Each production is unique and offers a little bit of something for everyone. The shows always vary between nostalgic shows like Clue to newer productions such as Hunter Bell’s one-act musical [title of show]. The variety of performances and titles make each and every show a must-see when you’re in the Asheville area during the season. The showtimes and shows change yearly but usually run for several weeks at a time. You can check the mainstage schedule for the performances and showtimes!
According to the ACT website, 35Below showcases small, intimate shows produced by local theatre groups. The 35Below schedule is always packed. 35Below is presented by Artistic Horizons and provides an avenue for emerging artists, writers, or directors to showcase their talents in playwriting and performing. The season’s dates can be different year-to-year. Look often to find dates and times when you’re out in the Asheville area!
Events and Education:
In addition to their great performances, the Asheville Community Theatre also offers theatre classes for both youths and adults. The Tanglewood Summer Camp and classes can be a great way to bring out the performer in you! The students also perform their own shows as matinees. The schedule fluctuates, but you can bookmark the page for easy access to see when they will perform. In the meantime, you can also learn more about the ACT’s community involvement online.
Tickets, Visiting, and Location:
Tickets for this season’s show are available at the Box Office, by calling (828) 254-1320, or online. Can’t get enough of their shows? Buy a Season Pass or get a gift certificate so you can get your friends and family hooked too!
The Asheville Community Theatre is located downtown at 35 E Walnut St, Asheville, NC, 28801.
Enjoy the Best of Asheville Art When You Stay at The Esmeralda
After seeing an amazing show, get out of the hustle and bustle of busy Asheville and stay in Chimney Rock at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. Chimney Rock is a scenic escape from Asheville, and the surrounding beauty is a work of art in and of itself.
The Esmeralda has been providing unforgettable hospitality since 1892, and our guests have been enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and great amenities we offer. Take in views of Chimney Rock from one of our spacious Terrace King rooms, or enjoy the serenity that our cabins offer. When it’s time to dine, savor a fantastic meal from The Esmeralda Restaurant, and then finish your evening relaxing in our outdoor hot tub. Come see why Chimney Rock is one of the best small towns in North Carolina and all the things to do in the area!