From Illinois Business Journal news services
Alton Little Theater has launched ticket sales for its 83rd season in which two musicals and four comedy/dramas will comprise the core. The cost is $75, with an increase to $80 after May 31.
Public relations director Lee Cox says the season will include:
– “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Diana Enloe, onstage Sept. 16-25;
– “The Addams Family,” a musical, Oct. 28 through Nov. 6, directed by Kevin Frakes;
– “Driving Miss Daisy,” directed by Mark Hilgert, Dec. 2-11;
– “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” directed by Kevin Frakes, Jan. 27 through Feb. 5);
– “Don’t Talk to the Actors,” a new Tom Dudzick play directed by Diana Enloe, March 24 to April 2, and
– “Man of La Mancha,” a musical directed by Lee Cox and on stage May 12 through 21, 2017.
The season ticket package will have “bookend” Young Adult Musicals during the summer: “Fame.” July 22-24 and July 29-31, 2016; and “Once Upon a Mattress,” July 21-23 and July 28-30, 2017. Both showcase high school and college-age talents and will be directed by Kevin Frakes with Sue Parton Stanard serving as musical director.
Subscribers can purchase tickets for the Summer Musicals for $20 for adults and $10 for students. The theater group is also planning on featuring a new Canadian comedy for a three-performance limited engagement in February 2017, right before Valentine’s Day.
A variety of concerts and one-night events will again offer patrons the chance to attend entertainment events 12 times a year.
The theater, located at 2450 N. Henry St., is hoping to relocate to an expanded facility in Downtown Alton, but continues to grow programming and audiences through innovative scheduling and the additions of the Extra, Extra Entertainment Series, Cox said.
“We believe that ALT can anchor the arts community in the River Bend and enrich the lives of future generations,” she said.
The theater will sponsor a Summer Youth Drama Camp June 6-10 and will expand auditioning training for those students seeking to go on and major in theater-related programs in college.
Three of ALT’s patrons left a bequest specifically for college scholarships for high school seniors planning on pursuing theater degrees and ALT will be announcing the criteria for application during the “Art March Madness” kickoff of the 83rd season and the run of “The Foreigner” March 10-20 at the Showplace.
The 83rd Season will see a slight schedule change in the production run of every Mainstage Production, with shows opening on Friday evening at 7:30 and running through the following week’s second Sunday matinee. Every show will have nine performances (with a Thursday night preview given to community groups who wish to host their own fund-raiser).
“Our loyal season ticket base said they missed the opportunity to attend a Tuesday or Wednesday evening performance, so we’re bringing back the added performances to make sure that everyone can see the terrific line up we have planned,” Cox said.
ALT is now offering on-line ticket sales for season tickets 24- hours a day through the ALT website: altonlittletheater.org . Season Ticket purchases can also be made on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. through the Box Office line at (618) 462-3205. Group discounts (available for groups of 20 or more) can be arranged.