About Us

A Few Words About Us

Arena Civic Theatre is a non-profit community theatre organization located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Founded in 1970 by Ann Christern, ACT produced a full summer season at the Franklin County Fairground’s Roundhouse from 1971 through 1986. Beginning in 1987, ACT tried out several new venues before becoming a resident company at the newly renovated Shea Theater in Turners Falls in 1990.


ACT in 2016 is currently branching out to new locations in the pioneer valley to broaden our audience base and remains Always a Class Act.
Arena Civic Theatre currently produces two to three shows per year.
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Past Productions


Spring Awakening is a rock musical with Music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality.

Directed By Megan Healey
Music Direction: Ted Trobough
Choreography: Sue Dresser


Steel Magnolias is a comedy–drama play about
the bond among a group of Southern women in
northwest Louisiana, and takes place in Truvy's
beauty salon.
Directed By Russ Ekstrom - GCC Sloan Theater


Irma Le Deuce -
Irma La Douce is a successful prostitute, living in Paris.
A poor law student, Nestor le Fripé, falls in love with her
and is jealous of her clients.
Directed By Jennifer Coliskey
Musical Director Suzsanne Anderson


Seussical - Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life
all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Shea Theater Turners Falls, MA
Directed by Dawn Mayo
Music Direction by Mandy Oliver


Jesus Christ Superstar - It was the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber
and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage and first came to
major theatres when it debuted on Broadway in October 1971 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre
in New York. Shea Theater Turners Falls, MA
Directed by Catherine King
Music Direction by Chris Devine