Our Story

Acting UP was founded in 2012 by Rhnea Ausmus and a dynamite team of dedicated volunteers. Rhnea's dream for Acting UP was to become a dramatic arts ministry that spread the love of Christ through theater. She wanted all people to feel welcomed into a community that was safe and enriching. She started with the classic Stephen Swartz production of Godspell and it was a smashing success, Acting UP was off to the races. Today Acting UP thrives because of its volunteers and dedicated patrons. We have performed sold-out shows of Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music, Steel Magnolias, Mary Poppins, Barefoot in the Park, Oscar and Felix, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and so many more.

Auditions are open to all people of all experience levels.

Acting UP is also available to our church and the greater body of Christ to share the love of Christ through the Dramatic Arts. We have performed at Church Anniversary celebrations, student ministry events, children's ministry events, and more.

"Acting UP became a crucial part of my healing. They are not just another theater, they are family. Being a grandmother with no theater background, this ministry welcomed me, trained me, loved me, and gave me a purpose and a place to serve. "

~ Diane Greene

What People are Saying about Acting UP!

"We are so blessed to have such an abundance of talent at RUMC. "

~ Michael Hartley

"Words can't express the remarkable talent that graced your stage. Hours of hard work paid off."

~ Murray Sarkin

"The group at Roswell UMC was well organized. The intricate sets were handled smoothly and the performer's voices blended well. I was impressed by the costumes and "magic" effects down to the dancing chimney sweeps. "

~ Mary Poppins Patron

"Acting UP has been a blessing for my whole family. WE GET TO BE INVOLVED IN EVERYTHING FROM ON STAGE TO BEHIND-THE-SCENES, KIDS AND ADULTS. Acting UP is a true family ministry. "

​~ Mark Taylor

"The Mary Poppins cast made quite an impression on [my son, age seven]. Thanks for helping us introduce him to the joys of live theater!"

~ Greg Millette

"Acting UP saved me when I was struggling to remember who I was. They provided an open and safe community to be myself and explore my love for the stage again."

~ Cayla Franzman

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