Learn About RATCo Selma

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.

Our Story

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
    (April 2008)
  • Seussical the Musical
    (Nov 2008)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    (May 2009)
  • The Wizard of Oz
    (Dec 2009)
  • One Night Only Original RATCo Performances
    (Summer 2009 and 2010)
  • High School Musical
    (April 2010)
  • A Very, Very Extraordinary Christmas, Original RATCo Performance
    (Dec 2010)
  • Seasons of Love, Valentine’s Day Dinner Theater Performance
    (Feb 2011)
  • Songs We Love, A RATCo Glee Club Performance
    (May 2011)
  • Into the Light, Original RATCo Performance with RATCo Denver
    (June 2011)
  • Footloose: The Remix
    (Aug 2011)
  • Home for the Holidays, Original RATCo Performance
    (December 2011)
  • 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
    (Summer 2010-2013)
  • We Are Human, Original RATCo Performance with RATCo Denver
    (Sept 2012)
  • New York City & Washington, DC Traveling Performances
    (March 2012 and 2013)
  • Selma’s Got Talent Talent Show
    (Aug 2013)
  • Performance at Atlanta Zoo with RATCo Atlanta
    (Dec 2013)

Recent RATco Selma Happenings

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JOIN US

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: theatre.ratz@gmail.com

Why Selma?

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

References:

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.