Archbold Community Theatre began informally in the late 1970's as an offshoot of the Archbold Friends of the Arts and it was officially incorporated in 1980. Finding locations in which to perform during its early history really incorporated the idea of community as the group held plays in Ridgeville Corners, Elmira, Archbold, Pettisville, and Fayette. In 1999, the group purchased Giffey Hall in Ridgeville Corners which became its permanent home. In addition to the main building we have an annex building where we store some of our larger props and building materials. We also have a costume room in Archbold.
Since 1999 a variety of hardworking volunteers have transformed this location into an excellent facility for a community theater. A stage, box office, light and sound booth were among the first additions. Storage space for furniture and props as well as dressing rooms are more recent additions. In the Spring of 2015 we installed a new heating system for the auditorium. We hope to continue to make improvements such as adding a handicap ramp to the front of the building and purchasing new sound and lighting equipment. There are many other things on our list as well.
Thousands of people have been involved in the cast and crews of over 100 productions presented by Archbold Community Theatre. In addition to putting on our own productions ACT is also a resource for props and costumes for local school and churches.
ACT is a 100% volunteer organization. We do not have any paid workers. We are always looking for new volunteers. If you would be interested in getting involved with ACT in any way, just contact any board member and they would be happy to get you in touch with the right person.