Off the heels of a second consecutive state championship, the ACT will be showing off some of its best performances.
The ACT will welcome guests and community members for a performance showcase at 6:30 p.m. on May 18 in the Goddard Center. The night will start with dessert being served and performances will begin at 7 p.m. Brian Gunter, the ACT coach, said the annual performance gives the group a chance to showcase the success of the year.
“People don’t get to see us perform regularly,” Gunter said. “So we put on a showcase where we showcase a certain number of performers who advanced to nationals or medaled at state.”
Gunter said because the school doesn’t have a dedicated stage area, at times the performances of the students are only seen by parents and judges during competition. The showcase allows parents and the community to see what the ACT is all about.
The evening doubles as a senior night recognition and a chance to hand out yearly awards to the students. Gunter said the showcase has grown each year and he hopes that trend will continue following the success of the team’s year, which saw them bring home the 2017 5A Speech and Debate State championship last month.
“It will have something for everyone,” he said. “We choose things to give a wide variety of things.”
Gunter said the selections will range from dramatic pieces tackling difficult topics and social issues to slapstick comedy and silly performances. The pieces are staggered so the evening doesn’t become an overflown of one emotion. The mix also allows attendees to see all of the different ranges of performances the group tackles each year.
“The proceeds are going to go to offset what we hope will be a drama camp this summer,” Gunter said. Gunter said he hopes to be able to conduct a drama camp and a debate camp in Ardmore, which would bring coaches and national champions from across the nation to the school to help the students and develop their skills.
Tickets for the showcase can be purchased by emailing bgunter@ardmorecityschools.org or by calling (580) 465-0589. Gunter said the performance is something community members won’t want to miss and will be a chance to experience students performing in their element.