As the fundraising campaign for the ACU Theatre, "Lights Up!" began in 2011 when Tim Covington, Lisa Holland and Amy McCall—all ACU Theatre alumni—wanted to organize a specific event to foster ongoing donations to the department.
Feeling that there were people out there who would enjoy giving to the ACU Theatre, they kicked off the campaign with a gala event during the run of Noises Off, an ACU fall 2011 production. The success of that endeavor led to yearly "Lights Up!" events during the next three homecoming musicals: 42nd Street, Les Miserables and Big Fish. Most recently, on November 2015 "Lights Up!" hosted "1700 Miles to Broadway: an evening of song with Ben Jeffrey of Broadway's The Lion King."
The money raised for "Lights Up!" has allowed the ACU Theatre to dramatically increase opportunities for the department by helping fund:
In short, the department has come to depend on "Lights Up!" to enable the continued commitment to excellence.