History

 


 

 

Celebrating 10 years at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts.

 

How it all began...

 

The Area Community Theatre was established in May, 1990. Several local business people involved in other theatre groups formed the original board of directors, staging only one or two shows per season. In 1993, they rented the State Theatre from Jeff Logan and began producing a three show season. 

 

ACT purchased the State Theatre in 1998 and organized a capital campaign to renovate the building. This facility remained their home until May, 2004, when the State Theatre burned down in a tragic fire. The City of Mitchell, recognizing the value ACT brought to the community, offered it the vacant balloon museum. 

 

ACT again asked for the community to come together and launched its second campaign in order to renovate this new structure. The building was given the name Pepsi Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts, due to the gracious donation from the local Pepsi distributor, Earl Nordby. Over the years ACT has expanded to five shows per season, touring performers, special events, and children's theatre, all held in this new venue.