Actors' Conservatory Theatre

Instilling a passion for theatre in the artists of tomorrow.

Gaston Day School's Performing Arts Program

Gaston Day School's exciting theatre program called A.C.T. (Actors' Conservatory Theatre) is governed be a student advisory board. A.C.T. provides opportunities for young people (5th grade-college) to hone their craft of the theatre arts in a professional setting.


Theatre Arts engages students in the process of drama, enabling them to develop more dynamic communication skills, expand their critical and creative thinking abilities, and work with their peers toward a common purpose. All students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of dramatic productions, whether on stage, as a stage manager or crew, or in set design, sound or lighting design.


Drama classes begin as early as the second grade and culminate in two major productions, including our heralded spring musical. Our students perform in the Pamela Kimbrell Warlick Center, a state-of-the-art performance hall featuring 540-seats, modern lighting and sound systems as well as a professional dance studio. 


In 2 consecutive years, A.C.T received the USA Today Weekend Magazine Showstopper Award for North Carolina for Beauty and the Beast (2007) and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (2008). In 2012, A.C.T was nominated for nominated for 5 Blumey Awards (Best Lighting Design, Best Set, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Featured Actor) for their show Wizard of Oz.  In 2013, Porter Yelton won the Blumey's Critic's Choice Award. 

Actors' Conservatory Theatre of Gastonia, NC

A.C.T has worked to produce many shows from the GDS fall and spring shows to the summer productions open to the entire Gaston community.


Past shows include:

  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: Fall of 2005
  • Oklahoma!: Spring of 2006
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner: Fall of 2006
  • Beauty and the Beast: Spring of 2007
    • Won the USA Weekend Showstopper Award for North Carolina
  • Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat: Summer of 2007 
    • With Gaston School of the Arts
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Fall of 2007
  • How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying: Spring of 2008: 
    • Won the USA Weekend Showstopper Award for North Carolina
  • Les Miserables, School Edition: Summer of 2008 
    • With Gaston School of the Arts
  • Father of the Bride: Fall of 2008
  • Annie: Spring of 2009
  • Jekyll and Hyde the Musical: Summer of 2009
  • Arsenic and Old Lace:  Fall of 2009
  • Bye, Bye Birdie: Spring of 2010
  • Sweeney Todd, School Edition: Summer of 2010: 
    • Guest directed by Brian Letchworth
  • Our Town: Fall of 2010
  • Hello Dolly!: Spring of 2011
  • The Apple Tree: Summer of 2011
    • Guest directed by Brian Letchworth
  • Harvey: Fall of 2011
  • The Wizard of Oz: Spring of 2012
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Summer of 2012 
    • Guest directed by Brian Letchworth
  • Blood Brothers: Summer of 2012
    • Guest directed by Brian Letchworth
  • Blithe Spirit: Fall 2012
  • Grease: Spring 2013
  • School House Rock: Summer 2013
  • Pippin: Summer 2013
    • Guest directed by Brian Letchworth
  • Oliver!: Fall 2013
  • ACT Alumni Concert: Winter 2014
  • Broadway Bound with Chuck Wagner: Winter 2014
  • Godspell: Spring 2014
  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940: Fall 2014
  • Peter Pan : Spring 2015
  • The Addams Family: Summer 2016 
  •            Guest directed by Brian Letchworth
  • 12 Angry Jurors: Fall 2016
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Spring 2017