Smart Bets: ACT TV

The Asheville Community Theatre stage remains quiet with the venue closed under stay home, stay safe restrictions, but its staff is making welcome noise with six creative video series, debuting new episodes each week on ACT’s YouTube channel. In “My ACT Memory” (Mondays at 11 a.m.), theater veterans share unusual moments from past productions; “ACT Reads: Storytime” (Tuesdays at 11 a.m.) features actors narrating children’s books, complete with crisp shots of illustrations; “Living Room Cabaret” (Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.) finds Jerry Crouch, frequent director of ACT musicals, recruiting talented local singers for such programs as “Songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Songbook”; education director Amanda Klinikowski hosts “Backstage Pass” (Thursdays at 11 a.m.), exploring topics including basic stage directions and types of theater spaces; in “Face With a Name” (Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.), development director Kelly Shanafelt interviews ACT employees primarily known for their behind-the-scenes work; and over on “ACT Reads: A Chapter at a Time” (Fridays at 11 a.m.), actor John Hall is currently making his way through Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers. Free. Photo of Nana Hosmer Griffin in “Living Room Cabaret” courtesy of Asheville Community Theatre


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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