ALTON — Alton Little Theater’s newest season director, Jean Heil, will revive a hit comedy just in time to shake away the winter blahs.
Heil has been a popular comedic actress with ALT audiences and decided to expand the scope of her roles at ALT. Heil will serve as president of the organization for the 82nd season and she will direct the January comedy, then turn right around and co-direct the March musical “Shenandoah” for the community theater.
“Alone Together” first was staged under the direction of Birdine Groshong in 1987, but Heil thought the timeless themes of the show still will resonate with today’s audience. The comedy delighted audiences on Broadway with Janis Paige and Kevin McCarthy playing a middle-aged couple whose children have finally left the nest. They are alone together, but not for long. All three sons come charging back home after experiencing hard knocks in the real world, and Mom and Dad have quite a time pushing them out. The classic parent dilemma of loving your kids but wanting them to become autonomous adults still seems to be a theme for today’s families. Claudia Herndon and Randy Hoven will take on the roles of parents in ALT’s production; sons and girlfriend are played by Nicholas Trapp, Patrick Conway, Brant McCance and Kiersten Connolly.
The production will run for eight performances, opening Jan. 15 and running through Jan. 25. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $17 and prices for patrons younger than 18 are $10. Tickets are available online at http://www.altonlittletheater.org/ and ticket information is also available by calling (618) 462-6562.