Paramount Acting Company
The Paramount Acting Company
The Paramount Acting Company (PAC) is a community theater, sponsored by the City of Burlington/Department of Recreation and Parks. Drawing on the theatrical talent of Burlington and all of central North Carolina, PAC presents a minimum of two summer productions each year at Burlington’s historic Paramount Theater.
PAC’s mission is to provide increased theatrical experiences for actors, technicians and artisans in the Burlington-Triad-Triangle areas, while enhancing the cultural and entertainment life of the area’s residents.
Since it’s founding in 1998, PAC has presented almost fifty productions in the Paramount and "on the road", ranging from light comedies, to dramas, to original musicals. It has been the producing company for ten world-premiere plays:
--Cole’s Dairy Lunch, a musical chronicling the events and characters surrounding a real-life Burlington diner from the Depression through the early 1960s.
--Rejoice Dear Hearts: An Evening with Brother Dave Gardner, a play combining the comedy and true life story of Dave Gardner, one of the South’s most popular comedians. The play enjoyed six years of a national tour under the auspices of The JENA Company of New York.
--Just Kidding, a contemporary comedy by Greensboro playwright Scott Icenhower, subsequently performed by theatre groups from Kernersville and Oceana, California.
--The Fabulous Paramounts: The Oldies and Beach Music Musical, a musical tracing the five year long career of a fictional Carolina Beach Music band.
--Ruthie, a contemporary adaptation of the Old Testament’s Book of Ruth, named winner of the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre’s 2007 “Scriptworks” competition. The play received its professional premiere by SART during their 2008 Summer season.
--The Last Encampment, a dramatized account of real events occurring in Piedmont North Carolina at the end of the American Civil War.
--The Hermit of Ft. Fisher, a dramatized telling of the story of Robert Harrell, the famous Fort Fisher Hermit. In addition to two successful productions in Burlington, the show enjoyed sold-out runs at The Cape Fear Playhouse in Wilmington and the Brunswick Little Theatre in Southport. This summer, it will be presented outdoors for the second consecutive year in the Hugh Morton Amphitheatre in Wilmington by Big Dawg Productions.
--Wyatt Outlaw, a drama based on real events in Alamance County during Reconstruction
--The Ballad of Coley Cain, a "play with music" telling a real-life story of a Burlington crime wave in the Summer of 1936, and the effect it had on the local community, then and now
In addition, PAC was chosen by the playwriting team of Jones/Hope/Wooten to produce the world premiere of their fourteenth play, Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens in December, 2014.