Act Up Theatre announces auditions for new rock musical “Relapse”

Act Up is proud to announce our support in the development of a brand new rock musical, Relapse, through a weeklong workshop and staged reading in June 2022!  The book and lyrics for Relapse are the creation of Alex Church (he/him), with music by Shannon Maroney (they/them), and directed by Lexx Francis (they/them). 

RELAPSE SYNOPSIS: Questioning inheritance, parenthood, blame, and guilt, Relapse tells an experience with addiction from the perspective of the support system. Main character Liam learns his alcoholic mother has relapsed. Speeding home to clean up the mess, he finds things to be far worse than anticipated: their family, fractured by distance and jaded by time, has largely left him to battle her illness alone. Confronted by physical manifestations of their darkest parts, mother and son fight to hold on amidst the deafening shadow of alcoholism.

Act Up is looking for smart, brave artists (16 and older) willing to tackle this brand new musical and push it to new heights! The Relapse workshop will put the script and score to the test, finding what works and fixing what doesn’t. The show will be presented as a staged reading on June 25th at MSUM, with a post-show audience feedback session.


All auditions must be submitted online and are open to everyone age 16 and older.   

  • Actors will be paid $100 for their time.
  • Deadline to submit an audition is May 15, 2022.

**Note: To submit the audition form you have to have a Google account. If that’s a barrier to you, please email Alex Church at

QUESTIONS?  Email Alex Church at

Poster design by Kezia Florence.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.


Act Up announces cast list for musical “Dogfight”, June 28-30, 2022!


Act Up Theatre is excited to bring the award-winning musical “Dogfight” to the Fargo-Moorhead area this June 2022.

The musical will be directed and choreographed by Craig A. Ellingson and performed at the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the campus of Minnesota State University-Moorhead, June 28, 29, 30.

This heartfelt musical featuring music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul (The Greatest Showman) disarms audiences as Eddie an Rose fight through an unfortunate beginning four years earlier to discover the true beauty camouflaged in each other. Set in San Francisco against the backdrop of Vietnam era ’60s, compassion and understanding propels Rose and Eddie towards a higher awareness of their impact on each other and the world around them. “Dogfight” is being presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).


QUESTIONS or ADDITIONAL INFO: Contact Lindsay Galbraith, Act Up Stage Manager, at

Act Up Theatre is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, started in 2010 to provide musical performing opportunities to artists in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo region with productions and events that focus on social justice and health issues. We empower artists to use their talents to impact lives in their communities.

MISSION:  To inspire, amaze, challenge, educate and empower artists and audiences through exceptional performing art.

VISION:  It is Act Up’s vision to nurture and inspire leaders to use their voices and their art to spur social change, thus instigating a more conscious community and a more compassionate world. 


Act Up Theatre is supported by grants from:

  • The Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation;
  • The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo and from Sanford Health;
  • The FM Area Foundation – the community foundation created by and for the people of Cass County, North Dakota, and Clay County, Minnesota. The FM Area Foundation helps people give back to the community and ensures the needs of the community are addressed now and in perpetuity. Working in partnership with individuals, families, businesses and professional advisors, the FM Area Foundation manages charitable funds and provides grants to qualified nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students. The FM Area Foundation has been serving the community through philanthropy since 1960.

Learn more about Act Up in this video (Created by Act Up Alum/filmmaker Devon Solwold)

Previous Act Up shows in Fargo-Moorhead:


“The Theory of Relativity”

“American Idiot”

“Spring Awakening”

“Next to Normal”


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