Welcome to Aberdeen Community Theatre’s home on the web! For more than 30 years, ACT and its Young People’s Theatre have been providing quality, award-winning live theater productions for northeastern South Dakota. Along with ACT’s live theater season between April and November, ACT’s Capitol Cinema programming features special film events throughout the year and Hollywood films seven nights a week from December to March. Our home is the historic Capitol Theatre on Aberdeen’s Main Street.

ACT Announces “Hairspray” as 2016 Summer Musical

ACT Announces 2016 Summer Musical

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Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

The 1950’s are out and change is in the air! “Hairspray,” winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a musical piled bouffant high with laughter,romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!

A strong component of “Hairspray” revolves around race in the 1960s, as well as specific body types and ages.
We encourage everyone of all ethnicities and sizes to join the fun!


Black – White – Latino – Asian – Native American

Big – Small – Tall – Short


No prior experience is necessary to audition! 

ACT’s Artistic/Managing Director, Jim Walker states “we need to have an ethnically diverse cast for this show, so we strongly encourage all individuals to audition even if they have never been onstage before. We will be unable to cast this show without the help of the entire community. Come one, come all! No prior experience is necessary to be in this show, so bring your friends and ‘get into the ACT!’”

Auditions will be held Sunday, April 17 at 6 p.m. and Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 415 S. Main St.

Those interested in auditioning will need to prepare 16-32 measures of a song (may or may not be from the show). All those auditioning will also read scenes from the script and learn a short dance number.

Tentative performances dates are set for early June.

Teen-Age Characters

Tracy Turnblad ‐ A pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who has dreams of being a dancing star … as soon as she’s out of detention for her big hair. Tracy isn’t afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. She must be friendly, relentless, and goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable personality and love to sing and dance. Tracy is on stage for a LOT of the show so she must have stamina and talent – she performs in 10+ numbers including “Good Morning Baltimore,” “I Can Hear The Bells,” and many more! It is truly a BIG role!
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 15 to 20; Vocal Range: Mezzo‐Belt, G3-G5.

Penny Pingleton ‐ Tracy’s slightly dorky, but lovable best friend who is often by her side (when not grounded for life by her mother, Prudy). Falls head over heels for Seaweed. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now” and “Without Love.”
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 15-20; Vocal Range: Belt, A3-G5.

Amber von Tussle ‐ bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show. Her mother’s daughter through and through, she is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “Cooties.”
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 15-20; Vocal Range: Belt, A3-F5.

Link Larkin ‐ Teenage heartthrob, aspiring young Elvis, and male lead dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Falls in love with Tracy (Amber is soooo jealous!). Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “It Takes Two.”
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 15-20; Vocal Range: Crooning Baritone, G3-A5.

Seaweed J. Stubbs ‐ Motormouth Maybelle’s son and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed on “Negro Day.” Ends up in detention with Tracy. Falls in love with Penny. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.”
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: African-American; Age: 15-20; Vocal Range: Tenor, F3-D5.

Little Inez – Seaweed’s little sister and just as talented a dancer. Tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black by Velma. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.”
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: African-American; Age: 11‐15; Vocal Range: Belt.

Council Members ‐ Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show. Perform in 5+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”
Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 15-20

Other Students ‐ Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. Perform in 4+ numbers including “Welcome to the 60’s” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”
Ethnicity: African-American, Native American, Asian, Hispanic; Age: 15-20

Adult characters

Edna Turnblad ‐ Tracy’s kind, plus‐sized mother; runs a laundry business out of her home but hasn’t been out in a while. Played by Harvey Fierstein on Broadway, and John Travolta in the movie, this drag role requires a strong comic male performer who is ready for his inner woman to take the spotlight  Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman!  Just, you know, with a distinctive voice.  Performs in 5+ numbers including “You’re Timeless To Me.”
Gender: Male, to play a female; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 30-50; Vocal Range: Tenor, F3-G5.

Wilbur Turnblad ‐ Tracy’s goofy father, who owns the Har‐De‐Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams.  Performs in 2+ numbers including “You’re Timeless To Me.”
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 55-65; Vocal Range: Baritone; A3-A5.

Corny Collins ‐ the exciting, confident dancing and singing host of his own TV dance show (think American Bandstand at its inception). Corny is in favor of Tracy and racial integration. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “Hairspray.”
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 25-35; Vocal Range: Tenor, D4-A5.

Velma von Tussle – Amber’s slim and attractive but overbearing mother who pushes her daughter to seek   stardom. Velma is the scheming producer of The Corny Collins Show who tries to steer it in the “white” direction.   Her sensitivities are offended at the very sight of Tracy.  A great villainess role.  Performs in 4+ numbers including “Miss Baltimore Crabs”.
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 45-55; Vocal Range: Belt, G3-E5.

Motormouth Maybelle ‐ the sassy Corny Collins “Negro Day” DJ.  Owner of a record store and mother to Seaweed and Little Inez. Plus‐sized, she helps Edna find pride in herself.  Performs in 3+ numbers including “Big, Blonde & Beautiful” and “I Know Where I’ve Been.”
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: African-American; Age: 40-50; Vocal Range: Soulful Alto, F3-E5.

Female Authority Figure – The roles of Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s uptight mother), the sadistic gym teacher, and the prison matron are often played by one cameo performer, but can be divided among three actresses.
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 40-50; Vocal Range: D4-B4.

Male Authority Figure – The roles of Harriman F. Spritzer (President of Ultra Clutch cosmetics, Corny Collins show sponsor), the high‐blood pressure principal, and Mr. Pinky (owner of a plus‐sized dress shop) are often played by one cameo performer. But can be divided among three actors
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: Caucasian; Age: 50-65

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


2016 ACT Season Subscriptions Available

Aberdeen Community Theatre offers 3 different types of Season Subscriptions. For more information on Season Subscriptions click here.

For questions, or to purchase a season subscription please call the ACT office at (605) 225-2228.

Office Hours are Monday – Thursday 9:30-12:30, 1:30-4:30; and Friday 9:30-12:30.


Aberdeen Community Theatre NSU Scholarship Applications Now Available



Did you know you can now enjoy a beverage
from the comfort of your own seat during the performance?

Purchase an Aberdeen Community Theatre souvenir cup,
have it filled with your favorite drink at the concession stand
in the Jane West gallery and enjoy the show.


  1. It makes attending a show more fun! Allowing patrons to bring cups into the theater places your experiences like that of going to the movies or Broadway in New York.
  2. Selling cups generates revenue. Additional revenue sources allow you to continue to support YOUR programming in the Capitol Theatre.


What are the cup sizes and prices?
Small cup – $5
Large cup – $8

What is served in each cup size and at what price?
7 ounce wine – $5                   14 ounce wine – $10
7 ounce soda – donation          14 ounce soda – donation

Can I order my drinks before intermission?
Yes. Just print , complete it and give the concessions attendant your payment
and the form before the show begins to use the express beverage line at intermission.

Does this mean I can take food in the theater?
No. Any kind of food is still not allowed in the theater.

Can I bring a drink into the theater without an ACT spill proof cup?
No. Only drinks in an ACT spill proof cup are allowed in the theater.

Can I bring in my own spill proof cup?
No. Only ACT souvenir cups are allowed in the theater.

Do I have to buy a spill proof cup to buy a drink?
Yes. If you are purchasing wine or soda that you want to take into the theater.
No. If you are purchasing soda, but you will not be able to take it into the theater.

Can I pre-order my drink so I don’t have to wait in line during intermission?
Yes. Pick up a pre-order form at the concessions stand in the Jane West gallery, fill it out and complete your   transaction prior to show time and your order will be waiting for you at the wine station at the start of intermission.

Can I get refills?
Yes. Refills are allowed at the price of the drink.

Can I use my spill proof cup at more than one ACT event?
Yes. You only need to purchase one souvenir cup and can have it refilled (at the drink price) at each ACT event you attend.

Where are cups sold?
Cups are sold in the Jane West Gallery at the concession stand.

Will allowing cups in the theatre damage the space?
The integrity of our space is second only to our patron’s experience. The cups are designed to
minimize spills that lead to damage of our space.

Who do I make comments to?
ACT has a house manger on duty at each performance. For any comments or concerns please ask any usher to point out the house manager or contact ACT at 605-225-2228 or act@nvc.net.

Help Us Complete Phase III of the Capitol Improvement Campaign

Aug 2015 – Seats being installed in new 90-seat digital theater

Phase III of the Capitol Theatre Improvement Campaign, which includes the remodeling of a storage space into a 90-seat digital theater, is now underway.

 This theater will be available for live performances as well as film presentations.  to see the floor plan for Phase III. The project is shown in red and labeled G, Phase III and totals $525,280.00.

ACT is soliciting gifts for this phase over three years – 2015, 2016 and 2017. Please help by printing and completing the and mailing it with your first payment to ACT, PO Box 813, Aberdeen, SD 57402-0813. Even a one-time gift will be helpful.

Thank you for considering a gift to ACT as we continue to make the Capitol Theatre on Aberdeen’s Main Street the showplace of the region and home of one of the most award-winning community theaters in South Dakota.


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