Auburn Area Community Theatre

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

222 E Drake Ave

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  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM
    Program hours vary

Sara Hand Custer

Cultural Arts Director

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2947
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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) Announces Open Auditions for “Hands on a Hardbody” by Doug Wright
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! 10 men and 6 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.
Age(s)                 Day(s)                Date(s)                      Time                    Location
17+                                                                                                                 JDCAC
Auditions:           TW                    5/24 & 5/25              6 – 8 p.m.
Callbacks:          R                        5/26 6 – 8 p.m.
Rehearsals:        MWR                5/31 – 8/4                 6 – 8 p.m.
Director: Terry Kelly • (334) 759-0110 •

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Presents “Hands on a Hardbody” by Doug Wright
“Hands on a Hardbody” chronicles the hilarious and hard-fought contest between 10 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. $18/Adults, $16/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket info. line: (334) 246-1084.
Age(s)                  Day(s)                Date(s)                       Time                    Location
13+                                                                                                                  JDCAC
Performances:    FSA                   8/5 & 8/6                  7 p.m.
RFSA                                               8/11 – 8/13
Matinee:               SU                     8/7 & 8/14                 2 p.m.
Director: Terry Kelly • (334) 759-0110 •

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Jr. Performers Announce Open Auditions for their Fall Show – “Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach, Jr”
Please come prepared with 30 seconds only of an acapella song and to present short lines ("sides") for one character. In addition, there will be a short dance and movement portion. Beginning Monday, July 11 the “sides,” and a SignupGenius link will be available at to reserve your time slot.

Rehearsal Attendance Policy: The first Saturday rehearsal, and all rehearsals beginning September, 12 are full cast and mandatory. For previously scheduled school obligations, you may be excused from ONE Saturday rehearsal. Any other circumstances need to be approved by the director. Please note that Saturday, Aug. 20 is the first rehearsal. Cast of 21 plus ensemble.
Age(s)              Day(s)                Date(s)                        Time                            Location
5-12                                                                                                                      JDCAC
Auditions:         MT                    8/15 & 8/16               3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Callbacks:        W                      8/17                             4 – 7 p.m.
Rehearsals:      M                      8/22 – 9/26                4 – 6 p.m.
                          W                      8/24 – 9/28                4 – 6 p.m.
                          SA                     8/20 - 9/24                 9 – 12 p.m.
                          SA                     10/1                              9 – 2 p.m.
Tech Rehearsal: MT                 10/3 & 10/4                  4 – 7 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal: W                 10/5                              4 – 7 p.m.
*No rehearsals Sept. 3 & 5 for the Labor Day Weekend
Director: Melanie Brown · (334) 332-6834 ·

Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) Jr. Performers Perform – “Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach, Jr.”
A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, this is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

$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
All                                                                                                                                        JDCAC
Production:         MRFSA        10/6 - 10/10, 10/13, 10/14       6:30 p.m.
Matinee:              SA                 10/8 & 10/15                              4 p.m.
Director: Melanie Brown · (334) 332-6834 ·