ACTS History

Acts was founded in 1990 by Kathleen Sutter
 & Mary C. Weisenburger as they realized their dream of writing, staging, and producing their original musical masterpiece based on the biblical book of Acts. 
“Acts, the musical” opened on the stage at St. John the Baptist School Gymnasium in Alden, NY on Friday, June 1, 1990, to standing room only audiences. 
The 2 women had formed a strong bond and friendship over the 6 week show period and that passion spilled into the cast and crew of over 40 people.  It was in those moments that a committment to the Theater was born making it a way of life – and the Alden Christian Theatre Society was born. 
Over the past 20 years  ACTS has had a strong presence in the community and our membership continues to grow.   ACTS stages 5 full-scale productions each year.  And encourages membership from all age groups and demographics.
In addition, the all-volunteer organization offers live entertainment and other cultural opportunities for the community in our permanent home at 1470 Church Street. 
Acts is a non profit organization and operates solely on support from our very dedicated sponsors and donations from the community.  Through the tireless efforts of its volunteers, ACTS proudly continues its mission of Serving Through the Performing Arts.
In 2015 Kathy Sutter decided to step down from her years of community dedication and retire.  
We thank you Kathy for your tremendous gift to the Arts and our Community……….



Clue On Stage (Dinner Theatre) SK & KJ

A Charlie Brown Christmas/ Barley Crown-Covid Christmas LG


Clue On Stage (Dinner Theatre) LE & SK


A Christmas Story** KJ, MJ & LG

Death of a DoorNail JW

RobinHood** LG

Secret Garden GLI

Rising Stars Rise** LG


Miracle on 34th Street JW

Wizard of Oz** LG

Snow White and The Seven Dwarves** LG

Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat  GLI

Winterfest Tropical Talent** LG


Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Diary of Anne Frank CB GLI

The MouseTrap GL1

God’s Favorite CB



It’s A Wonderful Life CB & JW

“Murder Me Always,” Murder Mystery Dinner Show by Lee Mueller JW

​Alice in Wonderland DB ES

Arsenic & Old Lace JK JW

Christ in the Concrete City GL


A Charlie Brown Christmas LG

Gift of the Magi CB

The Odd Couple DB

Godspell Acts- the musical * KRS & TC

Midsummer Nights Dream *KRS & TC


Road From Jerusalem * KRS/GL

Sixteen in Ten Minutes Or Less ** DB/SS

Tuesdays With Morrie KRS 

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown! KRS/DB 

The Last Mass at St. Casimir’s DB

A Christmas Carol DB 


The Lost Day * GL

Grace KRS/DB

Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics ** DB/RW 

Cinderella KRS 

King O’ The Moon DB 

Best Christmas Pageant Ever! KRS 


Siloam * KRS

The Gin Game AJS

Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Being In A Bad Play ** JD/RW 

Barefoot in the Park KF/ES

Over the Tavern KRS

It’s a Wonderful Life KRS


Death of a Salesman AJS

acts * KRS

Phantom Tollbooth KRS

Our Town JM

The Littlest Angel/The Gift of the Magi KRS


Road From Jerusalem * GL

Harvey JD

Searching for Eden KRS

Wrinkle in Time KRS

Curious Savage KRS

Christmas Carol JM


Christ in the Concrete City KRS

Steel Magnolias KRS

Snoopy! KRS

Arsenic and Old Lace AJS

Best Christmas Pageant Ever KRS


Road From Jerusalem * KRS

Animal Farm KRS

Once Upon a Mattress AJS

Legend of Sleepy Hollow GL

It’s a Wonderful Life (Lancaster Opera House) KRS


The Lost Day * KRS

The Importance of Being Earnest CB

Charlotte’s Web KRS

The Crucible KRS

The Littlest Angel/The Gift of the Magi KRS/GL


Siloam * KRS

To Kill a Mockingbird AJS

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe KRS

The Glass Menagerie CP

A Christmas Carol KRS


Road From Jerusalem KRS

Little Women KRS

acts KRS

ACTS closes on the mortgage at 1470 Church Street

Diary of Anne Frank KB

Best Christmas Pageant Ever KRS


Road From Jerusalem * KRS

Godspell KRS

ACTS Signs “Intent to Purchase” Contract for the building at 1470 Church St., Alden NY 14004

Do Not Go Gentle NS

It’s a Wonderful Life KRS


Road From Jerusalem * KRS

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown KRS

All My Sons KRS

Living Nativity

The Littlest Angel KRS


A Cry Like a Bell KRS

Secret Garden KRS

Summer Theater School

First ACTSFest!

Living Nativity

A Christmas Carol KRS


ACTS moves to the BeanCounter Coffee House, 1470 Church Street in the Village of Alden

Man of La Mancha KRS

God Bless America (Night of Reflection)

12 Angry People

Living Nativity

Best Christmas Pageant Ever (first Christmas show!) KRS


The Lost Day * KRS

Snoopy! KRS

Steel Magnolias KRS

Living Nativity


The Crucible KRS

A Lenten Reflection Prayer Service

The Little Prince KRS

The Miracle Worker KRS

Living Nativity


The Women Stayed * KRS

Living Nativity


Our Town PW

Godspell KRS

Little Women KRS

Living Nativity


A Gospel Passion * KRS

acts * (Alden – St. John the Baptist School, East Aurora – Christ the King Seminary) KRS

Living Nativity begins in the barn at St. John the Baptist School


Curious Savage KB

A Gospel Passion * krs

Absolute Angel * KRS

Screwtape KRS


Garden of Paradise KB

A Gospel Passion * krs

Hadassah * KRS


Put Asunder * (Alden Methodist Church) KRS

A Gospel Passion * KRS

Angels * at the Women’s Prayer Breakfast

Siloam * KRS


Love Will Find a Way * KRS

Infinity Focus * KRS

Women in the Bible * at the Women’s Prayer Breakfast

Charlotte’s Web KRS

Gift of the Magi KRS


The Alien * (St. John the Baptist Church) KRS

Clown Troupe presentation for the Women’s Prayer Breakfast and others

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe KRS

Moon Over the Brewery KB

Christmas Sing-a-long in the Gazebo in the Village of Alden


It’s Christmas * (Walden Galleria Mall & other locations)

(Note: Director’s initials follow show titles.

* indicates original material.

** indicates ACTS Rising Stars youth group.

ACTS past directors include:

KRS=Kathleen R. Sutter; 

MW=Mary Weisenburger; 

KB=Karen Baker; 

PW=Paul Weisenburger; 

NS=Neil Striker, 

AJS=Angela J. Sutter; 

CP=Caroline Parzy; 

CB=Chris Best; 

GL=Georjean Labuzzetta; 

LG=Lori Gramza; 

JD=Josh Dee; 

JM= Judith McMurray; 

KF=Katie Francis;                 

ES=Ethan Schrodt; 

DB=Dylan Brozyna;   

JW=Jean Weisbeck; 

SS=Sarah Stroka;             

RW=Rachel Wach 

ES=Erin Sheehan; 

GLI=George Liaros

KJ=Karen Jablonski

MJ=Mark Jablonski

SK=Sue Kubik

LE=Lynn Errington

acts * (Alden – St. John the Baptist School, Eden – St. John’s United Church of Christ, Williamsville – All Saints Episcopal Church, North Tonawanda – Riviera Theatre) KRS/MW

ACTS’ theatre company performed at St. John the Baptist School in Alden from 1991, until 2001, moving to the present location of 1470 Church St., Alden, NY.

We are proud to have presented over 80 full-scale productions and countless workshops, skits, and appearances!

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