Purpose of ACT 4:
“The purpose of this organization shall be to promote, assist and sustain the programs of Ocala Civic Theatre through the volunteer service of its members; to promote and enrich the Theatre through special fund-raising projects for the Theatre; and to sponsor programs through the Theatre to add to the cultural life of the community.” – from the ACT 4 – Ocala Civic Theatre, Inc. Articles of Incorporation
A BRIEF HISTORY OF
ACT 4 – OCALA CIVIC THEATRE, INC.
ACT 4, which began its 30th Season on July 1, 2017, has a long history of supporting Ocala Civic Theatre.
The first organizational meeting of ACT 4 was held on November 30, 1988, at the Ocala Public Library with sixteen people in attendance. These people became the steering committee for the organization. The group began to meet at the Theatre in February 1989 and planned a membership drive for April. By-Laws were formally adopted and Articles of Incorporation were filed on May 5, 1989. The first fund-raising party, Best Foot Forward, was held at the Appleton Museum of Art in June of that same year.
Since that time, there have been many events, including Broadway revues, art fairs, dinner parties, flea markets, garage sales, quilt shows, bake sales, card parties, fashion shows, dinner theatres and casino cruises, as well as Gift Box sales and Gift Basket giveaways.
During this 29th Season, ACT 4 contributed more than $15,000.00 to the Theatre, including the purchase of capital improvements ($6,921.00), scholarships for youth after-school theatre classes ($5,000.00) and college scholarships ($3,000.00).
At the end of Fiscal Year 2016-2017 (ending June 2017), ACT 4 will have raised and contributed more than $160,000.00 to Ocala Civic Theatre.
Items which ACT 4 has purchased for the Theatre over the years include the ladies room for the Theatre expansion, hearing enhancers, wireless microphones, wireless telephone headsets; box office ticket scanner; spotlights; costume shop refrigerator, washing machine and dryer; concession stand refrigerator; shop hand and power tools; copy machines; file cabinets; box office stools; orchestra music stand lights; lobby brochure rack; and a variety of other items requested by the Theatre. Each season, ACT 4 pays the royalties for final dress rehearsals which are open to Marion County school students, a Golf Tournament hole sponsorship; a program ad; and cast and crew “strike parties”; as well as providing scholarships for the Theatre’s after-school and summer youth programs. Additionally, Fran Clemons ACT 4 Scholarships (named for the organization’s founder) are awarded each year to talented college students who major in the arts.
ACT 4 members have also contributed thousands of hours volunteering in such areas as box office, set building, mailings, concessions and ushering. ACT 4 has made a difference at Ocala Civic Theatre and will continue into the future.
General Information and ACT 4 Membership:
ACT 4 meets regularly from September through May. The organization’s Annual Meeting is held in June. The affairs of ACT 4 are managed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Regular Annual Membership Dues are $15.00. For additional information, please call ACT 4 President Joan Gustafson at (352) 622-5315.
ACT 4 is a not-for-profit Florida Corporation designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are deductible within the limits allowed by law.