ACT branches out, targets adults

Herald Staff Writer

A new theatrical experience will be available to Dubois County adults next weekend.

Hidden Masks, a new division of Actors Community Theatre, will perform the musical “Starting Here, Starting Now” next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Reflections in Huntingburg.

Hidden Masks productions are geared to a specific audience: patrons who are 18 or older.

“That doesn’t mean that the content is risque,” ACT President Jasmine Ruckriegel said. “It’s just something that you wouldn’t bring your entire family to.”

The idea for Hidden Masks came from theatergoers as well as actors.

“One of the things we were hearing from our patrons was that we don’t do anything outside of the children and family show realm,” Ruckriegel said. “The shows we do are always family-oriented.”

At the same time, the actors wanted to expand their repertoire. “We wanted to experiment a little more,” she said.

The Hidden Masks name was derived from the happy and sad face masks that are synonymous with the theater.

“We wanted to take the theater masks and give it a twist,” Ruckriegel said. “We want people to know that with Hidden Masks, the productions will be on an experimental level.”

“Starting Here, Starting Now” is a musical created by lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. and musician David Shire. The show focuses on young love and the confusion of growing up, with a six-member cast performing songs that relate to modern relationships.

“The show is a music revue,” Ruckriegel said. “There’s no story line per se. The show will feature songs about love, love lost, life and moving on. While that’s not risque, it’s not something you’d see in a show like ”˜Tom Sawyer.’”

The performances will be paired with dinner, with the meal served prior to the show. ACT is looking at making all Hidden Masks shows dinner theater.

“This is unique for our area,” Ruckriegel said. “Now, you have to go to Louisville or Indianapolis to do a dinner theater.”

ACT’s board hopes to have a Hidden Masks production each fall.

While adding the new type of production, the acting group assures its traditional audiences that it will continue providing entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.

“We want Hidden Masks to be something that is distinct and will stand on its own,” Ruckriegel said. “We want to explore a part of theater that is both thought-provoking and challenging.”

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Hidden Masks dinner theater

Hidden Masks, a division of Actors Community Theatre, will present a dinner theater production of the musical revue “Starting Here, Starting Now.”

Performances are set for next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5, at Reflections, 1408 N. Main St., Huntingburg.

Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m., with the show to follow. A patron must be at least 18 to attend. A cash bar will be available for those who are at least 21.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. To get tickets at the door, reservations must be made by Tuesday by calling 683-2848. Tickets also are available from ACT board members.

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