If you are interested in becoming involved, please call us at 605-996-9137 with any questions or to chat about getting started. You can also visit our Facebook page at Area Community Theatre in Mitchell.


Directing is one of our more challenging, yet most rewarding, volunteer positions. For each show you are intersted in directing, please fill out the directors application below. Directors are picked by a selection committee and are approved by the full board. Never directed before? Do not worry! All new directors will be teamed with an experienced director to learn everything they need to know. Don't just be a part of the magic. Make it!


Get your director application HERE  


ACT 2018 - 2019 Season Line up!


Disney's Beauty and the Beast
July 27, 28, 29, August 3, 4, 5, 2018

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.


Agatha Christie's ​The Mousetrap
October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2018

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another  famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.


Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2018

Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, eight-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Meanwhile, a young newspaper editor also struggles against tough holiday times as he is faced with losing his job if he can't find his writer's voice by morning. Even though they don't know each other, the spirit of Christmas is about to bring these people together, creating in the process an unforgettable and cherished part of classic Christmas folklore.


Barefoot in the Park
February 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2019

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more       spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a Start…                            


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
April 26, 27, 28, May 3, 4, 5, 2019

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the  spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life  un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.



**Directors have been selected for our 2017-18 plays:

Mary Poppins - Devin Carey

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - James Van Oort

It's a Wonderful Life - Fr. Andrew Thuringer

Blythe Spirit - Al Jacklin

9 to 5 - Jessica Phillips