The Granny Awards! A Joint Venture with SALT Performing Arts and Acting Antics

CHESTER SPRINGS, PA — SALT Performing Arts presents The Granny Awards, as part of the ENCORE weekend of performances from the joint production between Acting Antics and SALT Performing Arts, March 29 – 31, 2019.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of March 29thand get your tickets for ENCORE, a weekend of performances from Acting Antics Musical Theatre Master Class produced by SALT Performing Arts. In November 2018, Acting Antics and SALT Performing Arts joined forces to produce a show featuring a diverse cast and crew with and without special needs. SALT’s founder, Artistic Director and President, Lauren McComas, had a dream to produce a show made up of cast and crew with all-abilities, and it just so happened that Acting Antics was looking for a physical theatre space.

“When we learned about Acting Antics, we thought, why recreate the wheel? Here’s an amazing organization already in existence with which we could partner,” comments Lauren. “The timing for it all was spectacular!” reiterates Cindy Schneider, Acting Antics founder. “We needed a home and we couldn’t be more pleased with the wonderful relationship we now have with SALT, as well as the respect we have for each other.”

This year’s production is Janet Gardner’s The Granny Awards, a charming musical whereby Granny, who has retired from show business, will be honoring all of our favorite fairy tale characters. Who will win Best Female and Male Vocalist? Best Dramatic Scene? Best Choreography? And the coveted Best Villain Award? And don’t forget to keep an eye on that nasty Big Bad Wolf as he tries to steal the treasured Granny Award.

Acting Antics was founded in January 2007 by Cindy Schneider as a way to provide unique opportunities for children, teens, and adults who have difficulty with social skills or a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Using the creative arts to encourage social skills and communication growth, their Director, Melissa Ferkler, says, “Antics is a place where everyone can be a star…where we teach social skills through theatre, dance, music, and fun! We are so excited because SALT is such a magical space filled with the kindest people in the theatre world.” Acting Antics capitalizes on the strengths and abilities of their participants to observe and copy gestures, tones of voice, and mannerisms. The built-in structures that theatre and music provide can help the development of social understanding and flexible thinking through the opportunity to act and react in everyday situations.

In 2013, Lauren McComas founded SALT Performing Arts as a theatre company with excellence as the standard and with the emphasis that “community” is paramount in community theatre. SALT strives to foster an all-inclusive atmosphere that promotes a positive, uplifting experience to each individual so that everyone can all work together to bring this excellent art to our community from all walks of life.

flexible thinking through the opportunity to act and react in everyday situations.

The musical fairy tale review, The Granny Awards, will be performed by the Acting Antics actors from their Musical Theatre Master Class at SALTPerforming Arts, and each performance is special!

  • Friday, March 29, 7 pm, Full Dress Rehearsal for friends and family.
  • Saturday, March 30, 8 pm, Gala Fundraiser Performance including a Silent Auction, hors d’oevres, and more!
  • Sunday, March 31, 2 pm Matinee, Open to the public!

Proceeds from the ENCORE weekend will help fund the Acting Antics and SALT partnership to continue to expand the programming that helps each of our kiddos, teens, and adults thrive. All performances are reserved seating, so get your tickets early! Tickets run $10 – $50 depending on date and festivities. Tickets can be purchased at

Acting Antics, Broomall, PA, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing socialization opportunities through theatre and music to those with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum and other social cognition needs. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact or visit our website,

SALT Performing Arts, Chester Springs, PA 19425 is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes with a non-profit 501(c)(3) status. For more information, contact Judy Elliott ( or visit their website (

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