Monday, March 12, 2012

ACT One KC Presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

Theatre-lovers in the Kansas City area have an opportunity to experience a wonderful, family-friendly production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella this spring. Delightful for children and adults alike, this show from ACT One (The Academy of Christian Theatre) will feature actors ranging in ages from 8 to 18 on the stage bringing this cherished story to life. 
A ministry of Harmony Vineyard Church,  ACT One's purpose is to place Christ as the foundation of each production, with compassion, cooperation, commitment and character as the four pillars of integrity. 
Previous performances such as "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Beauty and the Beast," have displayed the organization's mission to perform as one for the audience of one, providing the highest level of artistic instruction and performance, while maintaining a standard of Christian values and integrity.
Much more than a typical children's production, each ACT One show includes a full-scale production with beautiful costumes and set-design. Refreshments and keepsake gifts are also available. 
The Prince is having a ball, so make it a night to remember and bring the special princesses in your life, or just a fellow theatre-buff, to enjoy this remarkable show.
All shows are at Harmony Vineyard Church (at N. Oak & Vivion Rd. in Kansas City, MO). Tickets are $10 at the door, or can be purchased in advance for $7 prior to April 3rd. To purchase tickets, visit or call 816-401-0040.

Show Times:
Thursday, April 19: 7 p.m.

Friday, April 20: 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 21: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 26: 7 p.m.

Friday, April 27: 9:30 a.m. (discounted morning show tickets; call for info) and 7 p.m.

More information regarding the organization and the “Cinderella” production is available You can also follow us on Facebook:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Beauty and the Beast" Cast Sings Out and Shines for the Lord

By Susan Mason, Assistant Director
Tonight at our ACT One rehearsal, the directors reminded the cast that the show is NEXT WEEK. While one might think this would strike fear in our young cast, they didn't seem anxious. Why? This is just my impression, but I think they know the Lord will bring out the best in them as the curtain rises on ACT One's "Beauty and the Beast."
Tonight, we also talked with them about singing out. We know they have the talent and the passion to sing their praises to the Lord (they sing joyfully in our weekly worship time), but when they are expected to sing, dance, move across the stage, smile, avoid bumping other cast members, etc., the expectations seem to cloud some cast members' confidence.
This is similar to our Christian faith. We know God made us, we can trust Him, and we can tell Him our every care. However, the world tells us "we" are enough, and while God may be out there somewhere, He might not be concerned with what keeps us up at night. Truly, we have a God who deeply cares for us and wants what is best for us. This confidence in ourselves comes from the Lord through prayer, practice and experience.
It is our prayer the kids practice, pray and rely on the One who created and loves them. May they bring their best fruits for the "Beauty and the Beast" audience. The cast also will shine for each other. These kids are images of God's love and of the body of Christ working together.
When the curtain goes up, the kids may sing every note on key, they may hit their "marks," and deliver each line with the intended emotion. But, if they don't quite hit each note, stumble in a scene, or miss a line, God still loves them, and so do we. God asks each to do his/her best; that's all we can ask of our cast and ourselves.
The time has come to see our cast sing out and shine!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thoughts on Kansas City Theater Production: It Takes a Village...and a Castle

By Susan Mason, Assistant Director
The posters are hung, the paint soon will dry and many sewing machines are winding down; it is true: it takes all of our great ACT One families working together to make each show a success.
Kudos and many thanks to ALL of the parent crews! You’ve done a wonderful job getting ready for the show!
  • The costumes are amazing! We can only imagine the hours spent planning, shopping, sewing and tweaking so the cast feels special.
  • The Make-up & Hair crew is ready to transform our kids into French villagers and enchanted Castle objects!
  • Publicity is ramping up, so please invite your friends, family and neighbors to see the show! There will be more PR tips coming!
  • The Technical crew is ready for light cues, sounds and other cool theater tricks!
  • Set construction is underway! Before you know it, you’ll think you’re in France!
  • Backstage and Green Room(s) crews are prepared. They’ve been noting characters’ entrances and exits to be ready for show time!
  • House crew is excited advance ticket sales are going well. Be sure to turn in your advance ticket sales THIS TUESDAY (March 22) for the ticket selling contest!
  • The Souvenirs & Refreshments crews will have special keepsakes and goodies for sale in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
  • The Silent Auction crew is ready for audience members to bid on items (generously donated by local businesses and individuals) at each show. Proceeds benefit ACT One’s scholarship program! (Remember, families, you are asked to provide two silent auction items.)
  • The Props crew is preparing important items for the characters to use. Fun!
  • The Historian and Program crews have done an excellent job taking photos and assembling all the show information.
  • You know how hard your kids have worked, and soon, you’ll be able to see it!
Looking at how far we’ve come from those first nights of auditions and callbacks, we’ve seen the cast really grow in self-confidence, friendships and theater-readiness. It won’t be long now!

For more information on Act One's Kansas City theater for kids, our KC theater camps, Kansas City theater classes or theater ministry, visit our website:  Also, please join us on our Act One FaceBook page !

Thursday, March 10, 2011

'Beauty' is Coming to a Stage Near You!

By Susan Mason, Assistant Director

One month until the curtain goes up on ACT One's Disney’s Beauty & the Beast!

Since this is my first show with ACT One, I wasn't sure what to expect, but wow! The cast, parents, directors and community have really shown their support for this show!
Now that the kids have learned their songs, choreography and most of their blocking (places on stage); this show is coming to life!

We all enjoyed Saturday's costume parade, as we got to see most of the cast members' costumes. They are wonderful! Visit our Act One FaceBook Costume Parade Photo Album to see the fun and creativity for yourself.
As we head into the last weeks of rehearsal, the cast will hear more devotions from teen cast members and be challenged to show love to others in a variety of ways. Being a Kansas City Christian theatre training ministry, this show's devotions and worship times have highlighted “love,” as described in 1 Corinthians 13. Just as this show reminds us to love one another and see beyond appearance, the cast has been working together to prepare a "beautiful" show for all to see in April.
One of the best parts of the show will be the Juniors’ performance. They will give a sneak peek into the prince's earlier years. Before the enchantress paid him a visit, he was already acting “beastly,” and these young actors will show him who can “Put This Love in His Heart.” They have been working so hard, and their laughter can be heard in the hallways as they rehearse; it’s great! 
This cast really has put its heart and soul into the show, and we're looking forward with sharing this with the audience April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15. Tickets and more info at
Coming up: The directors have reminded the cast they need to be off-script by March 17, and then we’ll really be able to see these characters shine! 

Thanks for reading our first Act One DC blog. If you would like more information on Kansas City theater camps or our Kansas City theater training ministry, visit