Nearly 40 Years of Performances!
Amelia Community Theatre has been staging artistic performances on Amelia Island since 1981. Today, we continue to believe our region’s volunteers, donors, and theatergoers greatly benefit from their involvements at our quality performing arts campus, where they participate in creating and watching live theatre and special events. ACT’s goal is to provide our audiences and volunteers an artistic and emotional experience they won’t forget. We invite you to read about our upcoming performances and buy your tickets today. See you soon!
"To provide quality theatre and artistic experiences to the community through participation and presentation."
Amelia Community Theatre was chartered in 1981 as a non-profit organization to be operated as a community benefit. Nearly 40 years later, ACT has met and far exceeded its founding principles!
For the first 10 years, ACT performances were presented in a number of locations around Amelia Island. Finding a venue that could accommodate full-scale productions with sets, costumes, and makeup was a challenge.
The first ACT play, Butterflies Are Free, a Tony Award-winning drama, was produced in May 1981 at the Women’s Club. ACT’s second production, in October 1981, was Duet Macabre, two one-act plays: The Monkey’s Paw and The Rocking Chair, produced at St. Michaels Church Parish Hall. The now-Fernandina Beach Middle School auditorium was the venue for Arsenic and Old Lace, which kicked-off the 1983 season.
The school auditorium and several other local buildings served as performance spaces until the purchase of a vacant school board building at 209 Cedar Street in 1988, which became ACT’s first permanent home and is now named Studio 209. The first show in this building-turned-theatre was Dracula in 1990.
The theatre was drawing near-capacity audiences for every performance and in 2004 a capital campaign was launched to raise funds for a new performance space to be built on ACT-owned property adjacent to ACT’s 209 Cedar Street property.
In April 2010, the beautiful 7,500 sq. ft. building called the Main Stage, with an auditorium capable of holding 170 seats, welcomed patrons to watch the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta Pirates of Penzance.
Today, in 2019, ACT’s six-show Main Stage plus six-show Studio 209 season offers a wide range of fully staged productions from quirky, dark comedies to thought-provoking dramas to family musicals.