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Emily Voller, Nathan Busler and Elena Matchen are among the cast of ACT1’s rendition of “The Wind in the Willows,” running through Aug. 5 at the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. (click for larger version)
July 18, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Save a trip to Broadway and check out the Alpharetta Christian Theater (ACT1) in its family-friendly rendition of "The Wind in the Willows," running now through Aug. 5 at the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.

"We love the story," said Lisa Matchen, choreographer and chairwoman of the ACT1 Board of Trustees. "We had done it several years ago, and people really enjoyed the show."

The cast is made up of a variety of actors from the church and the community. The group ranges in age from six to 74.

"We have some [actors] that have done several shows with us, and some that this is their first show with us," Matchen said.

The cast has been working hard since the middle of April to prepare for the show. The opening performance took place Friday, July 13.

"It's been really great because our cast has really melded as a family," Matchen said. "They've all been working really hard. We reached a point two weeks [before opening night] where we were just picking at tiny little things, which usually, when you have a play, you don't get to those tiny little things at all.

As far as providing the cast some words of wisdom before they take the stage, Matchen says just "relax and have fun."

ACT1 began about 20 years ago as a mission to the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. The organization hopes to provide family-oriented entertainment to the community through their plays and musicals.

For tickets and more information, visit www.act1theater.com.

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