‘The Top Job!’ returns April 17-21

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Tickets go on sale Monday for Aberdeen Community Theatre’s award-winning production of “The Top Job!,” which will be presented at the Capitol Theatre April 17-21.

The show will kick off ACT’s 2013 live theater season.

“The Top Job!” took top honors at Dakota AACTFest ’13 in Fargo, N.D., last month, including recognition for outstanding direction and scenic design. It will advance to the Region V AACTFest in Fargo later this month. AACTFest is part of the American Association of Community Theatre biennial festival cycle, which has state, regional and national levels. “The Top Job!” was presented at the Capitol Theatre March 19-20.

Tickets for the April 17-21 performances will be on sale at Kathleen’s, 401 S. Main St., from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Kathleen’s accepts cash or checks only. For debit or credit card sales, patrons may call 605-725-2697 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Prices increase $2 at the door. Groups of 12 or more may buy tickets for $11.

ACT is also offering a new online option for buying tickets. To use it, visit aberdeen and follow the “Buy Tickets Today” link on the right side of the page. Online tickets go on sale at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

“We’ve been looking at adding an online sales option for quite some time,” said ACT’s artistic/managing director Jim Walker in a news release. “The timing and the resources are finally in place, and we’re sure our more computer-savvy patrons will love the convenience of being able to reserve their seats and print their tickets from the comfort of home, at a time that works best for them.

“Patrons can also order tickets on-the-go from their mobile device or tablet,” Walker added. “By downloading the free Walletini app, available for Apple or Android, patrons can purchase, download and manage tickets directly from their cellphone or tablet without having to worry about printing or losing tickets.”

Because of the flexibility in ordering and printing tickets, patrons will have their tickets scanned at the theater on performance nights. Walker noted that ACT’s ushers will be able to scan tickets using mobile devices. Anyone who has an unused smartphone or mobile device with wi-fi and camera could donate the device to ACT, Walker said.

But the online ticketing option isn’t the only new news at ACT. The installation of the Capitol Theatre’s new digital projector allows the theater group to offer pre-show content before its live theater productions.

In addition to a more prominent display of support from ACT’s sponsors, the efforts of behind-the-scenes volunteers will be featured as well.

“There are several people who come through our doors to help out that the general public is never aware of,” ACT education/technical director Brian T. Schultz said in the news release. “The volunteers who come in and paint the set for an hour, spend time vacuuming or affixing mailing labels are just as vital to us as the volunteers we see onstage. This will be a great way for us to acknowledge those folks and give them the recognition they deserve.”

“The Top Job!” is appropriate for all ages and is based on a book by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, according to the release. The one-act musical features five adults and five kids.