ALTON — Alton Little Theater will present the 15th anniversary tours of Vintage Voices: Notable Citizens of Alton in October.
Saturday walking tours in the City Cemetery will run continuously from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays (Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22; cost $15 for adults and $10 for students). An expanded non-walking tour and dessert buffet will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Jacoby Arts Center (cost $20, 100 seats sold). The tour will also be performed in parts at special school assemblies for Alton High School and Marquette Catholic High School in late September as a way of introducing students to the “living history” programs that are part of the Riverbend’s rich history. A community committee chose 10 sites and 15 characters to showcase Alton’s history through storytelling.
John Meehan will portray Benjamin Godfrey in an homage. Other featured former citizens include John Cousley (David Kibler), Florence Haskell and Jennie Hayner (Kayla Mack and Diana Kay), Eunice Smith and Ellen Hatch (Pat Kulish and Patti Kruegel), Julia Buckmaster (Loretta Williams), Harriet Root (Chrissy Harders), Lucas Pfeiffenberger (Jerome Minks), Zepheniah Job (Jeff Pruett), Henry Calvin Priest (Mayor Brant Walker) and Harrison Drummund (Kerry Miller). The characters of Rufus Easton (Michael Cox), William Porter (Lief Anderson) and Clara Judd (Lee Cox) will be added to the school programs, community presentations and non-walking tour.
“This year’s vignettes will be dynamic and entertaining,” ALT public relations director Lee Cox said. “Students and adults can enjoy the beautiful fall weather together and learn some surprising facts about the interesting and philanthropic people who shaped Alton’s history.”
Advance tickets for the cemetery tours will be available Sept. 1 at WBGZ and the Alton Convention & Visitors Bureau, 200 Piasa St., and tickets for the non-walking tours are available at altonlittletheater.org.