Alton Little Theater Vice President Kevin Frakes and Production Director Lee Cox.
ALTON — Alton Little Theater is instituting a scholarship program for high school students interested in pursuing college or university tracks in performing arts.
Three theater patrons left bequests in their wills for scholarship money and with careful investment the funds have grown to the point that the Board of Directors has established a scholarship program for juniors and seniors ( with a one-year renewable option).
The 2016 summer scholarship program will offer three $500 scholarships, with the hope other patrons may contribute to provide more funds in 2017. The timing of the program’s kickoff coincides with the theater’s commitment to expanded youth programming with a summer youth drama camp and youth musicals of “Fame” (July 23-31) and “Once Upon A Mattress” (scheduled for the same time frame in 2017).
Both summer programs will cast at least 25 performers ages 14 to 24 — and cast members from “Fame” will also have the opportunity to perform in a cabaret on a riverboat cruise in mid-September.
Students are asked to submit a one-page letter of introduction and application by June 1, declaring their interest and experience in the theater arts. The executive officers of the theater’s board will screen applicants and notify students of their acceptance into the competition. All students will be asked to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer work at the theater between June 5 and July 15 — either helping out with younger campers and/or participating in the performance and technical aspects of “Fame.” All students will have a chance to work with and learn from both musical and stage directors over the course of five weeks — and those directors will help the Executive Committee choose three finalists for the awards, which will be announced July 31 at the last performance of “Fame.”
Call (618) 462-3205 to receive a scholarship introduction letter. Seven area high school theater departments have received sample letters of application and audition posters for “Fame.” For information, visit altonlittletheater.org.
Alton Little Theater is a nonprofit organization and the oldest continuously running community theater in Illinois.
Southern Charms Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser set for April 2
Alton Little Theater is hosting a Southern Charms Luncheon & Fashion Show at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, in the Dorothy Colonius foyer.
The fundraising effort was conceived by Director of Marketing and Development Lee Cox. Cox was inspired by Ted Windley’s play “A Southern Belle Primer Or Why Princess Margaret Will Never Be A Kappa,” and her own early years in Louisiana. She wrote an original script about actual events in Natchez, Miss., and enrolled her two favorite “belles,” Debbie Maneke and Kayla Mack, into donning scarlet affectations and entertaining guests while they enjoy a meal prepared by Ann Badasch of My Just Desserts. Rhett Butler may be making an appearance while eight beauties model costumes from ALT’s costume collection. There will be plenty of cake and strawberry-mint punch and sweet tea. Guests can take home their placemats, created with Southern humor and recipes.
Seating is limited to 60; tickets are $22 and may be purchased at altonlittletheater.org, during box office hours (618-462-3205) or during the run of “The Foreigner.” April is ALT’s big fundraising month featuring the theater’s inaugural masquerade ball April 9, but Cox wanted to offer smaller events so guests had multiple choices at varying prices.