at Gaston Day School

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.