Southeast Alabama Community Theatre Celebrates 40 Years

Southeast Alabama Community Theatre announces its 40th Anniversary Season of entertaining the Wiregrass.

A small group of Wiregrass locals formed Southeast Alabama Community Players in 1974 to serve the area with opportunities to participate in live theatre performance. In its history, SEACT has welcomed people from all walks of life to contribute to an incredible range of productions.

The annual season has grown from three major productions to eight major events including main stage productions, a holiday dinner theatre, a middle and high school theatre festival, four weeks of children’s theatre camps, and an annual fellowship event to bid farewell and welcome in each season. Hundreds of volunteers give their time and talents to accomplish every SEACT season.

The 2014-2015 SEACT season includes what was described in 1985 as, “a lurid Victorian melodrama produced with Victorian lavishness,” and, “a witless and synthetic entertainment.” Yet, Les Misérables is now the winner of more than 100 international awards and seen by 65 million people. Former SEACT Board of Directors President Wayne Patterson says, “SEACT selects its shows 18-24 months in advance of a season to prepare royalty contracts and make sure the appropriate venue is available. As I looked ahead to our 40th anniversary year, I knew we had to do something special. Our Play Reading Committee, at the time, reviewed Les Misérables and offered the recommendation to the Board when the rights finally became available for community theatres. I knew it was the perfect way to celebrate a huge milestone in SEACT history.” The SEACT Board agreed and SEACT has secured the royalty license to bring Les Misérables to the Dothan Opera House stage in March, 2015, with a full cast, crew and orchestra of local talent.

“There is an intimidation factor, no doubt,” says SEACT General Manager Jennifer Doherty. “The technical difficulty and level of talent required from vocalists and musicians is daunting for a community theatre. But I have yet to be a part of a SEACT season that doesn’t bring out the best of the Wiregrass. If I had a nickel for every time someone told me they didn’t know we had such a pool of actors, vocalists and musicians here, well, our fundraising needs would be over. We are fortunate to have crew members who have gained great experience in sets, props, costumes, and every technical position. The whole production is going to be a crowning achievement for all of SEACT and for the community.”

The rest of the season adds the icing to the 40th Anniversary cake. SEACT is proud to include the children’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Moonlight and Magnolias, and The Dixie Swim Club as part of the regular season. A holiday dinner theatre called The Boogie Woogie Christmas Show and SEACT Summer Theatre Camps for Children are also available and sold separately.

To find out more about Southeast Alabama Community Theatre’s new season and ticket subscriptions visit SEACT.com, or call (334) 794-0400. SEACT provides a continuing source of quality live entertainment and theatrical experiences on stage and behind the scenes for the Wiregrass area. Tickets for SEACT productions are available through subscription or sold separately throughout the season. The season is made possible by generous support from personal and corporate community contributions which help fund additional theater opportunities for adults and children.


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