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
History of ACT 4:
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, netting $1,000.00. Since that time, there have been many events, including dinner parties, flea markets, quilt shows, bake sales, card parties and fashion shows, as well as Gift Box sales, providing funds for Theatre activities. Items which have been purchased for the Theatre include the ladies room for the Theatre expansion, hearing enhancers, spotlights, costume shop refrigerator, concession stand refrigerator and freezer, hand and power tools for the shop, copy machine, file cabinets, box office stools, lobby brochure rack, wireless headset telephone systems, box office ticket scanner, wireless microphone systems and microphones, band monitors, computer monitors, table cloths and table skirts, and much more. 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”. Additionally, ACT 4 has provided thousands of dollars for college and Education Department scholarships.
General Information and ACT 4 Membership:
ACT 4 meets regularly from September through April. The organization’s annual meeting is held in May. The affairs of ACT 4 are managed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Dues, which are tax deductible within the limits of the law, are $15.00 for single members and $25.00 for married couples. Additional information and a membership application are available by calling the Theatre at (352) 236-2274. Newcomers are always welcome.