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Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail?

Ashland Collaborative Theatre (ACT!) is an exciting artist-in-residence program for schools of all sizes.  This innovative program allows schools to offer their students a one of a kind theatre arts program for low or no cost to the school. Ashland artistic staff work with students each week at the school learning the songs, dances and lines for a full youth production.  Learning the show is only part of the fun. Students will also learn performance fundamentals and team work with interactive theatre improvisational games.  

During the last week of the program, the student's worlds open up as they take the rehearsal process to the Maplewood Community Center on stage in the Maplewood Performing Arts theatre.  Students top off the experience by showcasing their hard work with several performances for their school, family, friends and community with professional sets, costumes, lights and sound! Your students will come away with improved poise, self-discipline and self-esteem - skills that will help them at school and last for a lifetime!

If your school is interested in being a part of ACT! or you have any questions, please contact our Education Director, Amanda Hestwood, by email at amanda@ashlandproductions.org or by phone at 651-383-8118.

School ACT! Program Registrations

Upon completion of your ACT! registration, don't forget to check your email for a special offer to Ashland's fall production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Each 2019-2020 ACT! participant will receive a discount code for one FREE ticket to Disney's Beauty and the Beast's opening weekend (November 8-10)!

Registrations are staggered for each school, and will open at 10a on the following dates:

Monday, September 30 (open at 10a): St Croix Preparatory Academy, Frassati Catholic Academy, Cowern Elementary, Oneka Elementary (Orange and White casts)

Monday, October 28 (open at 10a): Oakdale Elementary, Middleton Elementary, Liberty Ridge Elementary, Transfiguration Catholic School
Monday, November 4 (open at 10a): Carver Elementary, St Ambrose of Woodbury
Monday, November 18 (open at 10a): North Metro Flex Academy
Monday, December 2 (open at 10a): Rutherford Elementary
Monday, December 9 (open at 10a): Otter Lake Elementary

Registrations close two weeks after their open date, or when full (whichever occurs first). Once a school’s registration is full, the link will be replaced with a link to a waiting list.

School ACT! Program Brochures

Please click your school’s button to view their ACT! brochure.

THE GRUNCH is presented through special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press (www.bbbpress.com)