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ACU Lights Up 2024

2024 “Lights Up!”

The 2024 Lights Up! event, After Zoey, is a new musical that has been workshopped in New York City and at the ACU Theatre. This new production features several alumni creating the play including book and direction by Adam Hester (’77), music composed by Jenavene Bazacas (’09), lyrics by Conrad Hester (’05) and costume design by Donna Hester (M.A. ’88). Performing in the show will be alumni Lauren MacLeod (’23), Christine Pinson (’03) and brand new alumni Ryan Chu (’24) and Nouwen Craft (’24).

2024 Lights Up! production ACU Theatre fund raising

After Zoey is a musical romance infused with humor and heartache, The musical captures the passion of a 16-year-old dreamer who yearns for a full and healthy life as she battles a critical illness. Zoey exasperates her mother and sister with her cavalier attitude toward her health, but also finds in them her biggest champions. As a series of boyfriends sneak through her bedroom window, Zoey discovers love and a glimpse of eternity. After Zoey is a heart-warming, life-affirming musical.

June 21-22 | 7:30 p.m.
June 23 | 2 p.m.

Fulks Theatre
$20 – Suggested Donation to Light’s Up

Recommended for ages 10 and older

The money raised for “Lights Up!” has allowed the ACU Theatre to dramatically increase opportunities for the department by helping fund:

  • Agents and casting directors from New York City and other regional areas invited to attend our Senior Showcase. This is an effort to gain our graduates representation in the professional world of performing.
    Workshops throughout the year provided by theatre in dance, design, vocal and acting techniques, etc.
  • Assistance for our students to attend unified auditions and conferences.
    Guest designers and artists, accompanists, support staff in costume and scenic shops, etc.
  • Various equipment needs that face the department from year to year.

In short, the department has come to depend on “Lights Up!” to enable the continued commitment to excellence.

Give to Lights Up!

Ways to Give

Give Online

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Give in Person

Stop by the Box Office in the Williams Performing Arts Center to drop off a check.

Give by Mail

Send your check payable to:
ACU Theatre
Lights Up!
ACU Box 27843
Abilene, TX  79699
Please also include a short note (or memo on your check) stating the purpose or designation of your gift.

Matching Gifts

Take your giving to the next level with a matching gift. Let us know if your or your spouse’s employer has a matching gift program. Your company may match, double, or even triple your initial gift and significantly increase the impact for our students.

Electronic Transfer

You can set up an Electronic Fund Transfer to make your gift automatically from your bank account on a monthly or quarterly basis. Fill out the EFT Authorization Form, indicate Lights Up! and mail it to:
ACU Gift Records
ACU Box 29132
Abilene, TX 79699

EFT Authorization Form

ACU Faculty and Staff Giving

Faculty and staff inspire our students’ minds every day. Their hard work is critical to students’ success. The faculty and staff at the ACU Theatre have chosen to go above and beyond by making a financial contribution. If you are an ACU faculty or staff member, you can choose payroll deduction and have your donation automatically deducted from your paycheck. This is an easy way to spread your gift over a period of time. Fill out the Payroll Deduction Authorization Form, indicate Lights Up! and mail it to:
Human Resources Department
ACU Box 29106
Abilene, TX 79699

Payroll Deduction