About ACT



Asparagus Community Theatre (ACT) was formed in 1981 by a motley crew of aspiring thespians in the quaint town of Armstrong, British Columbia. Inspired by the success of inviting the community to participate with Pleasant Valley Secondary School (PVSS) in “Fiddler on The Roof, Asparagus Theatre was born. Our first production, “Guys and Dolls, another collaboration with PVSS, was staged in 1982 and 1985­6 we produced our first full season. In 1986 we were honoured to perform in Vancouver, representing the Okanagan as part of Expo’s “Regional Days.

As Asparagus Theatre continued to present plays, now at Centennial Hall, the group rallied to create a permanent theatrical venue for Armstrong. In 1986­-7 an Expo legacy grant matched roughly $150,000 raised locally, and an addition to the hall was built. Centennial Auditorium opened in the fall of 1987 with "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe", directed by the late Wayne Ashton. In 2002, the club name was changed to Asparagus Community Theatre, reflecting our foundation of community involvement and support.

Averaging three productions a year, ACT values an open approach to programming, encouraging submissions from all experience levels. On the whole, our winter shows are all ­inclusive, guaranteeing a role or position for anyone that shows up while our spring shows focuses on showcasing seasoned actors and challenging scripts. Our third slot is often for something different, including a recurring production known as the "Too Muchseries, a unique fundraiser started in 1996. This one­-night “adults only” event spoofs participating local businesses while engaging people who don't normally come to the theatre, both as audience and as participants. The most recent, and 12th, of this series is entitled "Too Much to Love".

Our objective is to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts in Armstrong by providing performances, workshops and other theatrical events. Winners of many municipal, regional and provincial awards, we have a reputation for engaging youth, showcasing local talent and building an asset base of technical expertise. We are active members of Armstrong­Spallumcheen’s Chamber of Commerce and Arts Council Society, offer two bursaries annually to performing­ arts minded students graduating from PVSS and are supporters of many local causes. Through the financial support and patronage of Armstrong and the North Okanagan, we are able to remain successful and financially solvent.

Our organization and all of our productions are put together by upstanding volunteer members of the community, many of whom have been involved with ACT throughout the years. We at ACT welcome all members of our community to get involved with local, community theatre!