ABOUT Theatre 3
Theatre III is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts through education and high-quality, reasonably priced performances for the entertainment of the residents of surrounding communities.

In so doing, we strive to embrace the open participation of people of all ages, to share resources, to facilitate an outlet for creative expression, and to expand the knowledge of participants in all aspects of theatre arts (performance and production) in an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie.

Since its inception, Theatre III’s objective has been to provide the finest quality performances at affordable prices. We strive to make the arts accessible to as wide a range of audiences as possible, and the company can boast of over 50 years of success in this endeavor. Numerous awards and rave reviews attest to this fact. Whether a musical, comedy, or drama, Theatre III presents them all with professionalism and panache.

Theatre III is a non-profit organization, fully operated by hard-working, dedicated (and fun-loving) volunteers. Our auditorium seats roughly between 170 and 200 patrons, depending on show configuration. Three productions are staged during each regular season – one each in fall, winter, and spring – usually including at least one major musical plus various comedies and dramas. The regular season is often augmented with special events such as holiday shows, benefit performances, children’s productions, directors’ workshops, and even murder mystery dinners.

We’re proud of Theatre III’s legacy of producing high-quality theatre very economically. We scrimp and save wherever we can. Sharp eyes may notice how a little touch of paint or a new stretch of fabric often allows us to re-use elements of sets and costumes. Of course, fundraising for a non-profit volunteer-operated organization such as Theatre III is on-going. Owning our building is both a great benefit and a huge responsibility. Anyone who has owned an old home knows maintenance and operation can be costly. Theatre III sits in a historic district, so capital improvements to the facility must fall within strict guidelines for historical accuracy. For example, the company must eventually replace very old, deteriorating windows in the auditorium, at an estimated cost of $2000 per window unit.

We depend on the generosity and philanthropy of our patrons and local businesses. You can help by becoming a sponsor, patron, active member or season ticket holder. If you’d like to help, please click on
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Theatre III was established in 1955 in the lovely former West Acton Universalist Church building at 250 Central Street, next to the West Acton fire house. It is Acton’s foremost and oldest community theatre.

The church occupied the building from 1868 to 1925, when it was taken over by the West Acton Women’s Club. In 1955, the Women’s Club sold the building to a new organization named the Acton Community Center. The Center sponsored various activities, including a nursery school and dog-training classes, and a fledgling drama group called The Little Theatre Workshop, founded by Bob Darling.

The Little Theatre Workshop (or LTW, as it came to be known) soon staged its first production, “The Curious Savage”; followed in the fall of 1956 by “The Tender Trap”. From then on, LTW staged three productions each year. In November, 1964, after much debate among its members, and six months of rehearsal and pre-production work, LTW staged its first musical production, “Oklahoma!” The show was so well received, that a musical quickly became a standard entry in each LTW season.

At roughly the same time, The Community Dance Theatre was formed by Marilyn Abbott to put on dance programs for children (choreographed by company members) and musical revues for adults. Soon after, a third performance group, The Acton Community Chorus, was formed, further increasing the demand for stage time for rehearsals and productions. In 1968, the Community Center board put an end to the ‘competition’ by combining the groups into a single organization, naming it Theatre III to acknowledge the three source groups.

In May, 2006, Theatre III celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special season-ending revue, entitled “Fifty Years of Favorites – A Theatre III Homecoming”. It featured musical, dance, and comedy highlights drawn from over 30 shows spanning the company’s 50 years, presented by 60 current and alumni Theatre III troupers.

The Complete History of Theatre III Productions

1956 - 1957
The Curious Savage
The Tender Trap
High Ground
The White Sheep of the Family

1957 - 1958
A Guest in the House
The Silver Whistle

1958 - 1959
The Princess Who Wouldn't Laugh
My Three Angels

1960 - 1961
Visit to a Small Planet
The Wizard of Oz
An Enemy of the People

1961 - 1962
Lo and Behold
A Majority of One
The Princess and the Pea

1962 - 1963
Light Up the Sky
The Glass Menagerie
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

1963 - 1964
Tonight at 8:30
Angel Street
spring show cancelled to allow
group members to participate in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" for the Retarded Children's Fund

1964 - 1965
The Diary of Anne Frank
A Shot in the Dark

1965 - 1966
The Pleasure of His Company
All My Sons
Much Ado About Nothing

1966 - 1967
Manikin - Minikin

1967 - 1968
Waltz of the Toreadors
The Chalk Garden
Red Cross

1968 - 1969
name change to Theatre III
Can Can

1969 - 1970
Red Shoes
The Odd Couple
Guys and Dolls

1970 - 1971
Barefoot in the Park
Anything Goes

1971 - 1972
Cactus Flower
The Pajama Game
The Fantastiks

1972 - 1973
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Blithe Spirit
Wonderful Town

1973 - 1974
An Evening on the Mississippi
Play It Again, Sam
South Pacific
Stop the World (I Want to Get Off)
1974 - 1975
Makin' Whoopee
Send Me No Flowers
Calamity Jane

1975 - 1976
That's Show Biz
6 Rms Riv Vu
Bells Are Ringing

1976 - 1977
Another Evening on the Mississippi

1977 - 1978
Arsenic and Old Lace
Best of Theatre III
Girl Crazy

2000 - 2001
Children of Eden
Only Love
Arsenic and Old Lace
Evening of One Acts (directors' workshop)
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

2001 - 2002
Tom Foolery
The Christmas Carol
Winter One Acts (directors' workshop)
Picasso at the Lapin Agile

2002 - 2003
Closer Than Ever
Lend Me a Tenor
Stepping Out
Our Town

2003 - 2004
The Pajama Game
Night Watch
Lost in Yonkers

2004 - 2005
The Most Happy Fella
How the Other Half Loves

2005-06 (50th season)
The Music Man
A Christmas Carol
Blithe Spirit
50 Years of Favorites (special 50th anniversary celebration show)

On Golden Pond
The Nerd
The Full Monty
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Man Of La Mancha
Jane Eyre
Winter A Cappella (fundraiser)
The Cemetery Club
Forever Plaid
City Of Angels
A Cappella Winter (fundraiser)
Spider’s Web
Run for Your Wife
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story
An Evening Of Romantic Interludes (fundraiser)
Enchanted April
Jekyll & Hyde
Nuncrackers (fundraiser)
Barefoot In The Park
Musical Chairs
ealed for Freshness
ittle Shop Of Horrors
1978 - 1979
Broadway, Bits and Pieces
The Mousetrap

1979 - 1980
Hallelujah Hollywood
You Can't Take it With You
Milk and Honey

1980 - 1981
Dames at Sea
Wait Until Dark

1981 - 1982
The Magic Box
Don't Drink the Water
Anything Goes

1982 - 1983
Once Upon a Mattress
Never Too Late
My Fair Lady

1983 - 1984
Another Evening on the Mississippi

1984 - 1985
Li'l Abner
Murdered Alive
The Music Man

1985 - 1986
Break a Leg!
Come Blow Your Horn
Best of Broadway

1986 - 1987
Kiss Me Kate
Barefoot in the Park
Bye Bye Birdie

1987 - 1988
Plaza Suite

1988 - 1989
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The Foreigner

1989 - 1990
The Odd Couple (female version)
42nd Street

1990 - 1991
Noises Off!
The Curious Savage
Fiddler on the Roof

1991 - 1992
The Man Who Came to Dinner
The Butler Did It
Spoon River Anthology

1992 - 1993
A Guest in the House
Damn Yankees

1993 - 1994
Close Ties
Alone Together
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

1994 - 1995
My Three Angels

1995 - 1996
The King and I
Murder in Harrison County
I Hate Hamlet

1996 - 1997
See How They Run
Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders

1997 - 1998
The Wizard of Oz
Catch Me If You Can
Dial 6 for Murder
Dungeons and Doo - Wop

1998 - 1999
The Secret Garden
Electric Bachelors
The Dining Room
The All Night Strut
Lovers and Other Strangers