It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they’ve been doing for over 20 years. But, unbeknownst to them, their lives are about to be uprooted. Their steel mill, Olstead’s, is making some changes and the blood, sweat and tears, not to mention the generations of loyalty these workers have shown, don’t seem to amount to much. These middle class, unionized, steelworkers have made plans to save money, go on vacations and then retire with a nice, healthy pension, but when rumors start flying that the company is considering layoffs, and flyers are hung to recruit non-union Latino workers for less money, the war between community and capitalism begins, and tensions start destroying not only jobs, but also relationships. This poignant play takes a look at the de-industrial revolution through the lens of a history play, but also delves into the issues of today: the economy, immigration, race-relations in America, and politics. Lynn Nottage’s Sweat gives us characters filled with the good and the bad and asks us to reflect on our own views and the views of others. Nottage never tells us who’s right or who’s wrong, but always shows us who’s human.
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MATILDA the Musical (2023)
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!