RATCo Selma is run by a core group of volunteers, many with professional theatre training and experience. The youth in the program come mainly from disadvantaged situations, but the program is open to all. The company performs in Selma several times per year and the youth manage all major elements of each performance including set design, music and sound, costumes, choreography, marketing/promotion, administration, and all aspects of production.
In recent years, RATCo Selma has lead the way in traveling performances with fund raising events in Colorado and other performances from New York to Normal, IL. For many, these trips are huge opportunities; some had never been outside of Alabama before RATCo.
Selma was the founding site of Random Acts of Theatre Company, established in 2008. RATCo Selma kicked off their first performance, Footloose: The Musical, in April 2008, and through this experience the youth of Selma began to discover new possibilities in theater and in life. One by one, kids from different sides of the tracks got to know each other; some left gangs, some faced persecution and ridicule at school, and all found family through one another. Today, Selma serves as a model for the other RATCo locations.
What We've Done
Past Programs & Events
- Footloose: The Musical
- Seussical the Musical
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- The Wizard of Oz
- One Night Only Original RATCo Performances
(Summer 2009 and 2010)
- High School Musical
- A Very, Very Extraordinary Christmas, Original RATCo Performance
- Seasons of Love, Valentine’s Day Dinner Theater Performance
- Songs We Love, A RATCo Glee Club Performance
- Into the Light, Original RATCo Performance with RATCo Denver
- Footloose: The Remix
- Home for the Holidays, Original RATCo Performance
- Selma Christmas Parade
(Annual, Dec 2008 through 2013)
- Dining in Denim
(Annual Event, Established 2011)
- Annual Dr. King Celebration, Selma, AL
(Annual Event, Established 2007)
- Selma Adventure Art Camp
- We Are Human, Original RATCo Performance with RATCo Denver
- New York City & Washington, DC Traveling Performances
(March 2012 and 2013)
- Selma’s Got Talent Talent Show
- Performance at Atlanta Zoo with RATCo Atlanta
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RATCo Selma is open for drop-ins on Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Contact Jarah at (334) 505-0086 for more information.P.O. Box 715 Selma, AL 36701 Email Us: email@example.com
Selma, Alabama is an historic town, with hints of Freedom Marches, Civil Rights Rallies, and personal sacrifices still hanging in the air. Yet among those fragrances remains an undertow of racial inequality and segregation. Selma was the site of the last battle of the Civil War, witnessed the beatings of Bloody Sunday, and sparked the Selma-to-Montgomery March that led to the Voting Rights Movement.
After all these battles for freedom and equality, today the Country Club still disallows black membership, and a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest stands tall in the midst of the city. In this 80.3 percent Black/African American community, only 74.0 percent of residents have graduated high school, which is well below the national average of 85.7 percent. 43.5 percent of the population lies below poverty level, compared to the national average of 14.9 percent.1 Dallas County residents suffer poor health statistics as well, with 12.6 percent of births at low birth weight (twice that of the national average), 41 percent of the county with obesity, and the teen birth rate nearly four times that of the national average.2
1 - United States Census Bureau. State & County QuickFacts: Selma City, Alabama. 2012. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/01/0169120.html.
2 - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: Dallas County, Alabama. 2013. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/alabama/2013/dallas/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot/by-rank.