ACC  Players ready for 1st performance in 7 years

ALPENA — For the first time in seven years the Alpena Community College Players Theatre Group will be back on stage.

The ACC Players will present “The Actor’s Nightmare,” by Christopher Durang this week. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. There also will be a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Ticket prices will be $8 for general admission and $6 for students/faculty.

To reserve tickets, patrons can call the ACC Players box office at 358-7392.

Director Kendra McInerney said they’re excited to work on this production.

“The show is about a man named George who is an accountant. He’s mistaken for an actor’s understudy. He’s put in the show and doesn’t know his lines or what the show is. It’s a whole lot of fun. It’s interesting, it’s very dreamlike and abstract. It’s a look at our fears and what causes our fears,” she said.

McInerney said there are five people in the cast which includes ACC students Erin LaBell, Ashley Cotton, Jake Lanier, Ely Irving, and Heather McIntire.

McInerney recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in theater from Aquinas College.

“I took the the acting class in ACC. I kind of reconnected recently with Heather Pines. She was my professor, that got me involved,” she said.

Pines said they thought the opportunity to perform a play was a good option for students.

“Everyone has different activities. For some students a theater outlet is their passion. If they don’t have that available to them; that’s something we wanted to change,” Pines said. “We also wanted them to have the opportunity to learn about teamwork and responsibility and pride in the performance. There are so many wonderful benefits. We’re a pretty art based community, a lot of theater and theater productions.”

McInerney said these other arts communities have collaborated with them on the production. She said they’ve received help from Thunder Bay Theatre and the Rogers City Theatre.

Pines said they hope after this production the theatre program will continue.

“I’m so grateful the theatre program is back and from the support for the community. It’s our goal and our hope to make it long lasting,” Pines said.

McInerney said the student leadership commission has purchased 50 tickets for the first students to attend the production for free.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.

What: The Actor’s Nightmare play

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Granum Theatre, 665 Johnson St. Alpena