Matilda is the story of an extraordinary little girl with extraordinary powers. The daughter of abusive parents, Matilda finds refuge in library books, which she reads quickly and in creating her own stories. Things are no better at school, where Matilda also must face a tyrannical and cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, who believes in Crunchem Hall’s motto: “Bambinatum est Magitum,” or “Children are Maggots.” She finds companionship in her teacher, Miss Honey, though well-intentioned, is shy and fragile. Brave little Matilda knows she has to stand up against the adults in her world, and in doing so, discovers her own remarkable powers. Matilda’s bravery teaches Miss Honey and her classmate an important lesson -- that even though life can be hard, “nobody but me is gonna change my story” so “sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.”
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The Sound of Music (2022)
The mission of ACT is to enrich the cultural environment and quality of life in Ascension Parish and the surrounding area by presenting theatrical stage productions that: 1) educate, challenge and entertain audiences; 2) provide opportunities for citizens to share and develop performance, stage craft and theatrical support skills in a mutually supportive and positive environment; and 3) engender interest and develop appreciation for theatre arts and crafts by a diverse population through participation as audience members, performers, technicians, craftsmen, and volunteers.
Linwood Holdridge Scholarship Award
ACT proudly presented Taylor Meng with the first scholarship in remembrance of Linwood Holdridge.
Pictured(Left to Right):
Bottom Row: Joy Holdridge, Taylor Meng, & Jill Holdridge
Top Row: Dustin Delaune, Tabby Armstrong, Penny Diez, Mattie Olson, Jamie Andrews, & Dirk Schexnaydre
It’s a great place to come together and create something magical.....theatre!
- Shawn Frederic
Great community theatre using local folks having a good time.
- Anne Woods
Hidden gem. Great group of people who put on great productions. Construction updates recently. A little chilly, so bring a jacket.
- Karen Frank
Best community theater in the area.
- Amy Alexander
So much fun to watch local talent perform a wide variety of plays during the year. Season tickets and individual tickets sold. Consider becoming a patron of this Gonzales gem.
- Carla Hebert
A REAL community theatre!
- Phyllis Horridge
ACT Board of Directors (2023)
Ascension Community Theatre continues to grow as a viable arts opportunity in the Ascension/ Baton Rouge area. Located in Gonzales, Louisiana, Ascension Parish's only nonprofit theatre company affirms the traditions of family and home-grown talent while educating, challenging and entertaining the community at large, one show at a time. ACT is run by an all volunteer based Board of Directors dedicated to continuing to produce quality theatre for everyone!