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August 4, 2017
Change is Challenging
In the past year ACT has been weathering a number of
changes. And as always, change is challenging.

We knew when we moved from Auburn that we would be
experiencing a lot of challenges, and we haven’t been surprised or
disappointed in that expectation. Among them have been
changing our name, changing members of our board, changing
where we store our stagecraft, props and costumes, and
how we do business on the whole.

Other than the obvious location of our shows, the other big
change that many of our audience members have noticed has
been the number of shows. This first year at TPAC we were
only able to schedule two slots, so our 2017 season has been
comprised of “Side by Side by Sondheim” in February and
“Greater Tuna” in August. That is quite a pull back from the
season where we did seven shows (2010). But at least our
loyal season ticket family will not suffer because anyone who
purchased a season ticket for 2017 will be able to use that
same ticket for 2018 as well. Those who purchase 2018 tickets
will get a different cost and deal than the extended life 2017
ticket holders.

But I wanted to alert you all to the many other changes we are
working on. Since we are no longer tied to Auburn, we are
reaching out to more of the Topeka Community. We will have a
short performance at the Aaron Douglas Art Fair in September
to support the performing arts in our community. We are also
working to bring a summer performing art workshop to Topeka
in the summer of 2018. Along with these activities we will be
featuring a season of shows, some in our new home at the
Hussey Playhouse at TPAC, and a few “on the road” shows in
some other locations that are still under negotiations.

So please watch for our changes and developments. They may be
challenging and they may be unconventional, but we’re still alive
and struggling, knowing we are here to stay.