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Theater Group ACT II Credits Its Success to Volunteers, Community

ACT II, a volunteer theater group, is gearing up for its latest production, "Southern Hospitality," which opens July 29.

The St. Peters community theater group ACT II was started in 1993. What many may not know is that it was started by a group of parents whose children were involved in the Young People's Theater.

“We came up with this crazy notion that we could pull off doing a show, and it would be fun,” said Jessie Resimius, former ACT II president and current board member.

Fast-forward 18 years and more than 70 productions later, and ACT II has grown into a community theater group comprised entirely of volunteers.

“Being a not-for-profit, all-volunteer community theater group we owe all of our success to the dedicated volunteers who over the years have contributed thousands of hours of their time to make us a success,” current president Bill Fix said.

Throughout the years the theater group has moved twice. In 2001, the group moved to the Community and Arts Center on St. Peters Howell Road from its original location at the Community Arts Center on Venture Drive and Mexico Road. In January of this, year the group moved to its present location at the Performing Arts Center located inside St. Peters City Hall. Thanks to their bigger location, the actors are now performing in a 318-seat theater.

The team of performers credits its many successes with past and present volunteers, but also with the overall support the community has shown.

“We are completely funded by ticket sales, advertising sales, business donations and individual donors,” Fix said of the theater group. “… We receive no assistance from state or local organizations. We contribute back to the community through the fees that we pay for the use of the facility.”

The company performs four shows a year with six performances of each show. ACT II hosts many different types of shows.

“We perform a variety of shows with an emphasis on comedy,” Fix said. “… We have done musicals and have scheduled a musical Nunsense for November of this year.”

Fix said auditions are four times a year, approximately two months before the opening of a show. All are welcome to try out, and anyone who has an interest in theater is encouraged to audition. ACT II welcomes volunteers who would like to help offstage as well as onstage. Fix said the shows typically are a mix of newcomers and ACT II regulars.

“We are a diverse group comprised of experienced theater people and people who want to learn about community theater,” Fix said.

The cast has been selected for the next production, Southern Hospitality, which opens July 29. Rehearsals for the show began June 5.

Mayor Len Pagano June 14, 2011 at 08:54 PM
As Mayor , I am so proud of the ACT II Volunteers. The talent they bring to the stage , brings smiles, laughter, tears, sad at times but the show you will not forget. Mark your calendar July 29 is opening night. ·
Sandy K June 19, 2011 at 04:44 AM
I've not heard about this group. I'll have to check where to get tickets. Sounds fun!
Terri Violet June 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Sandy, tickets may be purchased online at this address: http://www.act2theater.com/ I've been to this theater a couple of times and had a great experience both times. The entire cast gives it their all, ending the show with a display of talent and passion for the arts. The set was colorful, the costumes were authentic and the tickets are affordable. What more could we want? Terri Violet
Sandy K June 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM
That you Terri for the link. That was very kind of you. Sandy
K S October 16, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Its too bad this group is full of liars and cheaters. Shame on them for rigging a contest run by Monsanto.
Kay October 16, 2011 at 05:12 AM
Thank you Monsanto! But I don't agree with this article...happy that ACTII is beating charitable organizations that are trying to help the needy? How can an organization like ACTII even be in the same category as a charitable organization like Stray Rescue of St. Louis? How is ACTII helping the needy in our community? And then they even have the audacity to CHEAT in order to beat an organization that is helping the abused/neglected animals in St. Louis? (If you click on my name you will see a snapshot of their Facebook page where they literally tell their followers to let them know if they need more email addresses to vote with!!) If you want to see live entertainment but can't afford it, stay home and have game night with the family! If someone wants to help an organization that is helping the needy, they need to vote for Stray Rescue of St. Louis!

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