ALPHARETTA, Ga. — ACT1 Theater, an outreach of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, has signed an agreement with the City of Alpharetta to provide performances and classes through the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The year-to-year agreement allows the theater troupe access to some of the city’s extra storage space in exchange for its work with the city.
Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said the partnership is in line with the city’s efforts to tap into the private sector to elevate the arts in the community, much in the same way the city partners with organizations to promote youth sports activities.
ACT1 Theater is an all-volunteer community theater that has operated in the city for more than 20 years.
Its production casts and crews are open to everyone who wants to volunteer.
The company has staged both small and large-scale productions, from plays to musicals, including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Alpharetta Parks and Recreation Director Morgan Rodgers said the partnership will benefit both sides.
“I sat down with them and said we want to do more activities outside, what do you want to do?” Rodgers said. “They said they need storage facilities.”
The agreement allows the theater company to use space at the Crabapple Government Center on Broadwell Road for storage.
“In exchange for that, they’re going to do some classes for us as well as doing some performances back here (in the green space behind City Hall) during the spring, summer and fall,” Rodgers said. “They get the things they need, and we get something for our citizens.”
The troupe will continue its current operation with the Presbyterian Church but will expand its reach in the city.
Rodgers said future plans may include the city using some of the company’s resources for classes in the black box theater for small-scale performances at the Alpharetta Arts Center which is set to open in the next year on Mayfield Road.
“I think it was a good agreement, and the Recreation Commission thought so, too,” Rodgers said.