Date(s) - 06/16/2014 - 06/21/2014


aactWorldFest will feature shows from 17 countries, parties, workshops and more

(Venice, FL) Every four years, the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) holds an international festival in the United States. And every four years the festival has been hosted by a different community theatre – until now. Due to the success of the last festival in 2010, “aactWorldFest” is returning to Sarasota County. From Monday, June 16 through Saturday, June 21, 2014, Venice Theatre will host this gathering of community theatres from around the globe. Festival Chair and Venice Theatre Executive/Artistic Director, Murray Chase, expects visitors from as many as 40 states, 25 countries, and six continents to generate 700 room nights and $1 million in economic impact during a month that is traditionally light for tourism.

Area residents are encouraged to participate in the week-long event. Theatre aficionados will want to purchase a full registration which includes all 17 performances and access to a large selection of workshops and social events. The theatre is also offering a MainStage-only registration which includes everything but the four shows being presented in the black box theatre. For the more casual theatre-goer, there will be tickets available to blocks of two to three shows, each an hour long. They will be priced at $20 for two shows and $30 for three shows. Registration fees vary based on whether an individual is currently a member of AACT. Full and MainStage registrations are available now. Tickets for show blocks will go on sale by May 1, 2014. For more information and to register, visit or call 941-488-1115.

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