Alton Little Theater has announced its 81st season of shows with special "package" pricing and extra savings benefit for advance purchases between March 1 and May 31.
Public relations director for the theater, Lee Cox, calls the new season "simply the best entertainment value in the River Bend area.”
For $70, theater-lovers can attend four comedies and a musical during the regular season, September through May, and for $15 more season ticket-holders can add the holiday benefit musical, “Always Patsy Cline,” and even choose to attend a holiday gala for an additional $5 on Dec. 3.
The Play Selection Committee read through numerous scripts to select productions with "audience appeal." The 81st season opens with “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig (comedy directed by Diana Enloe); this new play by a famed playwright comes on the heels of a Broadway run and is a witty take on how far "actors" will go to find an audience and love.
Next up is “Kosher Lutherans” by William Missouri Downs (comedy directed by Mark Hilgert); the play has been a "hot" choice for community theaters across the country and draws on Midwestern sensibilities and a couple's quest to have a baby.
In January 2015, ALT starts the new year with a popular revival, “Alone Together,” directed by first-time director Jean Heil. The ever-popular play looks at the pitfalls and joys of an empty nest versus adult children returning home. The clever and wise comedic take on evolving family was first directed by Birdine Groshong 30 years ago but its message holds true today.
The theater will then produce another revival, the musical “Shenandoah,” directed by Kevin Frakes and Jean Heil. The colorful and dramatic saga is based on the 1965 film of the same name and was originally directed by Cliff Davenport and starring Mr. Kevin Frakes a decade ago. Frakes appealed to the Alton Little Theater Board of Directors to restage the show as a tribute to Director Emeritus Cliff Davenport, who died last year.
The regular season will conclude with “The Dixie Swim Club” by the writing team of Jones, Hope and Wooten, a comedy directed by Lee Cox. The script, written by the authors of “Southern Hospitality” and “Hallelujah Girls,” offers another look at the power of enduring friendship and Southern women in this script, which Lee Cox calls the "best of the bunch," referring to the fact that the successful writing team has written 12 plays about women's trials and tribulations to find true love.
The timeless classic “Always Patsy Cline” will be produced for only five performances Dec. 3-7 and the youth musical “Grease” is slated for Summer 2015 and will be offered at special savings outside the season ticket package.
Season tickets will go on sale March 1 and will be sold during the run of “Sex Please, We're 60” (March 13-23) and “Hallelujah Girls” (May 1-11) at the Showplace or by mail order or online at http://www.altonlittletheater.org/.
Call 618-462-3205 for information. "Early Bird" savings, group reservations and preview parties can be booked during box office hours at the theater: Tuesdays 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the run of the spring comedies.