SEPT. 11 – 25, 2021
OCT. 16 – NOV. 6, 2021
DEC. 3 – 18, 2021
JAN. 15 – FEB. 5, 2022
FEB. 26 – MAR. 19, 2022
JUN. 4 – 25, 2022
JUL. 24 – AUG. 14, 2021
Guaranteed Seats: LTA puts on fantastic, sold-out shows each year. As a subscriber, you are ensured a seat to every main stage performance. A Christmas Carol is not included in any subscription package but can be purchased separately. If you choose the 3-Play option, our musical Bright Star is not included as an option.
Reserved Seats: With season tickets you will not have to wait in line to pick up tickets since your seats will already be reserved and the tickets mailed to you.
Exchanges: If the date you have doesn’t work for you, you may exchange your ticket for another date during the run of the show. Exchanges for subscribers are free unless moving to a more expensive performance.
Please note: As our new season begins, we expect our limited seating, face covering, and physical distancing requirements to continue much as they have this spring. This may, hopefully, change later in the season. But if you are unwilling or unable to comply with any of these health and safety precautions while you are at LTA, we advise you not to subscribe this season.
Subscription orders for the 2021-2022 season are now closed.
For information, email Box Office Manager, Jeffery Westlake, at email@example.com
On Stage Now
August Wilson’s Fences
This Pulitzer Prize winning drama, which also won the Tony Award for Best Play, is set in the segregated 1950s, where we meet Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. Fences explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones, while also illuminating one family’s struggles in a racist society.
*All patrons are required to wear a mask (even if vaccinated) for the duration of the performance.
Show disclaimer: This production contains adult themes and strong language.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
August 19, 2021
Dear Friends of LTA,
To protect the health and safety of our patrons, actors, crew, and volunteers, the Little Theatre of Alexandria will require all patrons to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend any performance held in our theatre after September 1, 2021. Our actors, crew, staff, and volunteers are already subject to this requirement. Masks will continue to be required for everyone when inside any of our buildings, except for actors while they are performing. “Full vaccination” means that 14 days have passed since receiving either the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For proof of vaccination, patrons must bring a physical copy or digital photograph of their vaccination record.
Patrons unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of age, medical condition, or sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 from PCR testing done within 72 hours prior to the scheduled curtain time of the performance. PCR testing is available at most local pharmacies, as well as at free testing sites sponsored by the City of Alexandria and other municipalities.
Our policy follows similar decisions made by most other theatres in our region, and it will continue in effect for the foreseeable future. As recommendations from government and health officials are updated, including recommendations for booster vaccinations, we will update our policy as appropriate. Thank you for your understanding and supporting the continuation of live theatre during these challenging times.
If you have further questions, please contact the LTA office at 703-683-5778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank D Shutts II
The co-chairs of the Nominating Committee, Luana Bossolo and Jamie Blake, are pleased to announce the results of the LTA election. LTA received 91 valid ballots. Winners had to receive at least 46 votes.
For the office of President, the membership elected Frank D. Shutts II to a one-year term.
For the office of Governor for Seasonal Planning, the membership elected Eleanore Tapscott to a two-year term.
For the office of Governor for Box Office, the membership elected Ira Forstater to a two-year term.
For the office of Governor for Front of House, the membership elected Monty Montgomery to a two-year term.
For the office of Governor for Membership, the membership elected Stacey Becker to a two-year term.
For the office of Governor for Technical Support, the membership elected Ken Crowley to a two-year term.
Thank you to all the members who attended the annual meeting and voted. The newly elected President and board members will begin their duties on July 1.
It has been some time since I last wrote with an update to the LTA policies and procedures related to COVID-19. Recent changes announced by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have had a domino effect in states and cities across the country, and the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Alexandria are no different. Working with the new information and discussing the changes with the Alexandria Health Department, the Board of Governors have adopted some important changes. We anticipate that the situation will continue to evolve (presumably for the better), allowing us to further ease restrictions soon.
Who must wear facemasks at LTA?
At present, approximately 60 percent of eligible Virginians have been partially vaccinated. This is great progress. To be fully safe for theaters (places where people sit for long periods of time), the health department has strongly encouraged us to maintain facemask rules for some groups:
- All audience members are required to wear facemasks. If a patron removes his or her facemask, we will ask them to put it back on. If it happens a second time, we will stop the show and ask them to leave.
- All ushers, house managers, box office personnel, and those who deal directly with audience members must continue to wear facemasks.
- Children below the vaccination age limit (currently age 11 and below) and anyone working with them, whether vaccinated or not, must wear facemasks.
- Adults who are around children below the vaccination age limit must wear facemasks.
- Anyone vaccinated who is uncomfortable working without a facemask should continue to wear one.
After consulting with personnel at the City of Alexandria’s ALX Promise Gold initiative (of which LTA is a part), LTA’s legal counsel, and several theaters in the Northern Virginia area, the Board has approved a phased-in vaccination policy.
- IMMEDIATELY, all paid positions (i.e., full-time employees, teachers, and contractors) must be vaccinated.
- BEGINNING JULY 24, all actors, designers, stage crew (e.g., sound, lights, costumes, hair, make-up, set construction, set painting, production crew, etc.) must be vaccinated.
- BEGINNING AUGUST 17, all those who choose to volunteer at LTA, including ushers, house managers, and box office personnel must be vaccinated.
Put plainly, if you want to work at LTA after August 17, you must be vaccinated and be prepared to prove it.
Verifying Vaccination Status
LTA is permitted to confirm vaccination status by asking to see proof. Following the phased-in vaccination period outlined above, all those working in the building will be asked to show vaccination cards. For paid employees and contractors, copies of your vaccination status will be kept under lock-and-key to ensure that it is never shared. For volunteers, we recommend taking a picture of your vaccine card (hiding any confidential information) and showing it only when asked by someone authorized to verify your status.
All future audition announcements must indicate that vaccinations are required and verified.
All future requests for volunteers must indicate that vaccinations are required and verified.
Benefits of the New Rules
There are benefits of the new procedures:
- Anyone who has been vaccinated and is working at LTA by himself or herself (e.g. a lone painter, the rigger, someone working alone in the office) may choose to work without a facemask.
- Those working in small groups (e.g., painting crews, constructions crews, “sky lounge” crew, office employees) are permitted to work together without facemasks IF ALL AGREE TO DO SO.
- Vaccinated cast members (plus necessary vaccinated crew members) may rehearse and work on stage together without facemasks IF ALL AGREE TO DO SO.
- Fully vaccinated classes (teachers and students) are permitted to be in class together without facemasks, IF ALL AGREE TO DO SO.
Because audience members will be masked, the Alexandria Health Department agrees that our vaccinated actors on stage may perform unmasked. In short, we will be able to perform as we did prior to the pandemic. Hurrah!
The most important benefit, of course, is that everyone in the LTA community—employees, contractors, teachers, students, actors, designers and crew, and volunteers–can all be confident that working at LTA is safe!
Since the beginning of “Small Theater for Unusual Times” in September 2020, LTA has been limited to 23 pairs of socially distanced seats (46 seats total). This is approximately 23 percent of capacity.
- Beginning with the June 16 performance of Ripcord, LTA will increase its capacity to 50 pairs of seats (100 seats total). This is slightly less than 50 percent of our auditorium’s capacity. Each pair of seats will be separated by two empty seats.
- Beginning with Rumors, the first show of the 2021-2022 season, and continuing through A Christmas Carol, LTA will increase its seating capacity to 71 pairs of seats (142 seats total). This is approximately 66 percent of our capacity. Each pair of seats will be separated by one empty seat.
- Beginning with Bright Star, our winter musical opening in January 2022, LTA will return to 100 percent capacity.
Education Programs and Vaccinations
Traditionally, LTA has divided its education program into two groups: children (those from kindergarten through high school) and adults (those beyond high school). Unfortunately, this division does not work well when talking about vaccinations. For purposes of discussing the Education programs, I will refer to three groups: children (below the age of 11); teens (ages 12-17); and adults (ages 18 and above). At present, teens and adults are eligible to be vaccinated, while children are not.
- Classes that include children (unvaccinated), either in full or in part, must remain socially distanced, and teachers, students, and counselors must all wear facemasks.
- Teachers who work with teens and adults and want only vaccinated students in their classes must advertise this on the LTA website. If all students confirm their vaccination status at the first meeting, then facemasks may be removed IF ALL AGREE TO DO SO.
- Teachers who work with teens and adults but are comfortable working with all students (vaccinated and nonvaccinated), may do so. However, both teachers and students must wear facemasks and adhere to existing social distancing rules.
- Teachers who teach online classes only and do not come to LTA are not required to be vaccinated.
- The Board strongly encourages adult and teen teachers with fully vaccinated classes to remain particularly vigilant when teaching skills that require projection (e.g., singing, yelling). Consider holding class outdoors or implementing social distancing.
- Classrooms (including the Academy rooms, classroom, rehearsal room, and Green Room) must be sanitized using the provided disinfecting spray before classes begin and after they end. This includes wiping down all high-touch areas. To do so will allow us to safely use a room multiple times each day.
- Additional specifications will be worked out among the teachers, the Governor for Education, and LTA’s Safety Officers.
Some practices adopted during the pandemic will remain in place:
- LTA will continue to use enhanced air filtration in all spaces to ensure clean, filtered air is circulating throughout the building.
- LTA will continue to sanitize its public spaces—the auditorium, bathrooms, classrooms, and offices—daily.
- LTA will continue to stock PPE for those who need them and refill the cleaning caddies throughout both buildings.
- LTA will continue to require visitors to sign in at the front doors of our two buildings. The City of Alexandria has asked us to maintain these records for contact tracing purposes.
- LTA will continue to look for ways to ease these restrictions without compromising safety and health.
Additional Policies and Practices
- Multi-use rooms (including the classroom, rehearsal room, Academy rooms, and Green Room) must be sanitized before and after each use. This includes wiping down all high-touch areas. To do so will allow us to safely use a room multiple times each day.
- LTA hopes to re-instate opening night parties and other social gatherings by January 2022. Until then, only small gatherings of vaccinated participants may occur. (For example, the cast and crew might choose to toast the opening of a show in the Green Room without members of the public.)
- LTA hopes to re-instate intermission concessions by January 2022.
- Outside volunteer organizations (e.g., One Brick) are allowed to return to LTA, provided that their volunteers follow our vaccination policies listed above.
- LTA functions, such as classes and meetings, should be held outside or online when possible (and Mother Nature permitting).
There are a lot of changes here. However, these changes bring us significantly closer to where we were before the pandemic began. If we can assure our patrons that LTA is committed to providing entertainment like they remember it, do it in a way that is safe, and do it in a way that is comfortable, then we have the chance to re-build our theater over the coming year. There might be specific situations that I have not covered here. If you have questions about specifics, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at AskLTA@thelittletheatre.com.
Many thanks to the committee who sifted through mountains of new rules, opinions, and news stories; reached out to other areas businesses; and attended training sessions provided by ALX Promise and the Alexandria Health Department: Stacey Becker (committee chair), Susan Boyd, Ken Brown, and Ira Forstater. This committee will continue to monitor the situation and make recommendations to the Board of Governors as warranted.
Russell M. Wyland, LTA President
With a glimmer of light at the end of the COVID–19 tunnel, a quick update about LTA procedures seems to be in order. First and foremost, it is worth remembering that the rules put forward by the City of Alexandria, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Centers for Disease Control are governing our theatre’s operations. Our internal procedures are based on what will keep our patrons and volunteers safe.
1.EVERYONE who comes to LTA (audience member, volunteer, contractor) must continue to wear a face mask. There are no exceptions. Even if you have received your vaccine shot(s), you are required to wear a mask when you are inside our building.
2.We continue to enforce social distancing. Until the Commonwealth of Virginia tells us otherwise, we will do our part to keep patrons and volunteers six feet apart.
3.Sanitizing continues to be a requirement. When you enter LTA, we need you to sanitize your hands and use the sanitizing caddies located throughout the building. In return, we will continue to sanitize high–touch areas, clean the facilities daily, and use the special sanitizing fogger to clean the auditorium seats.
4.The building will continue to be closed for public business. Our office staff can be reached by telephone or, better yet, by email at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because we do not know when the COVID–19 protocols will change, the Board has had to make some assumptions about the coming season. Given what we know, we expect that current guidelines might last until well into the fall. We are budgeting and planning for this status quo through the end of 2021. For now, we expect small, masked audiences through A Christmas Carol. If the situation changes in any way, we will, too. We are moving forward with plans for a limited, in–person summer camp with reduced class sizes and more outdoor activities. We will also offer a selection of online–only camps for kids. We are delighted to have Michael Page back at the helm and a committed faculty in the classrooms again this year.Thank you, everyone, for continuing to support LTA. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am confident that it is not an oncoming train.
Russell M. Wyland
Do you enjoy working on the technical aspects of theater? NextGenLTA is seeking a Tech Liaison to join the NextGen Committee. In this role, you’ll be helping find tech people to help with productions, help coordinate trainings for tech folks and much more, plus you’ll gain new friends and collaborators! Fill out our interest form here: https://forms.gle/4vT7EiddpWyf4WHJA
Three-ply washable and reusable facemasks with LTA’s logo now available! Show your support for LTA while keeping yourself and others safe! Masks come in two sizes, adult and child, include chin rest, adjustable ear loops, and filter. Suggested donation of $20 per mask. Limited quantity available. If demand exceeds our supply, we will place an additional order.
If interested, please fill out the order form and mail to LTA at:
The Little Theatre of Alexandria (attention LTA Facemasks)
600 Wolfe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
If sending form via email, please send to Tina McCrea at email@example.com.
We prefer you order by mail/email as our office staff is mostly working from home. However, if you would like to order by phone, leave a message for Crissy Wilke at 703-683-5778 ext. 1 and you will get a return call soon after.
Instructions for pickup of masks will be emailed to you at a later date.
At this difficult time, The Little Theatre of Alexandria stands fully and proudly with the African American community and the Black Lives Matter movement, and we stand strongly against injustice and racism. Actively dismantling racism in all its forms is a challenge and opportunity that must be embraced by all, and LTA is committed to redoubling its efforts to use the power of the stage and our community to make Alexandria a better—more just, more diverse, more welcoming–place to live, work, and play.
At LTA, we are listening; but we are acting too. The LTA Board has formed a DEI (Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion) committee to increase the presence of people of color not just in front of the curtain, but in all aspects of our theater. If you have ideas for how LTA can improve itself going forward, please contact LTA President Russell Wyland (firstname.lastname@example.org). Join us as we move forward and create a better tomorrow.
We’re excited to announce the launch of Script Addicts, an informal play-reading group hosted at LTA! We’ll be gathering every other Sunday from 7pm to 9pm, beginning March 1st on the second floor of the Academy, and reading all kinds of plays (mostly comedies, as the world is dramatic enough). We’ll assign roles at random and switch parts throughout the evening, without regard to age or gender. Not an actor? Not a problem! All that’s required is a desire to read some plays, make some friends, and have some fun.
UPDATE: LTA’s playreading group, Script Addicts, is moving online!
Join the Facebook group linked below or send an email to email@example.com to be added.
Link to join meeting from desktop or laptop:
(Need to create an account and download some software to use the desktop version.)
Or download the free Zoom app to a phone or tablet and enter meeting number 543 213 2388
The room will be open from 6:30 to 8:00 every night this week if people want to test their connections!
Admission is free!
Upcoming shows at 8PM: TBD
They’ll use your suggestions to create a fun night of improv! Snacks and drinks will be served. All current LTA Improv students get in free. Everyone else pay what you choose ($5 recommended donation). Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter to learn more about their upcoming shows!
LTA Announces Auditions for A Christmas Carol
Based on the classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Donna Ferragut
Directed by Carol Jean Clark
Produced by Stacey Becker and Ira Forstater
Performance Dates: December 3 – 18, 2021
The Little Theatre of Alexandria announces auditions for our 2021 production of A Christmas Carol.
A miserly, embittered man embarks on a journey of self-discovery and reclamation through the aid of several spirits who remind him of the true meaning of Christmas. Please join us for our annual production of this timeless tale, adapted from the beloved 1843 “Ghostly little book” by Charles Dickens.
We are seeking a diverse cast of adults and youths 12 years or older, all of whom must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditioning. All actors may audition for any role, without regard to gender. Auditions will be held in person at LTA on the evenings of Monday 9/13 and Tuesday 9/14 and the afternoon of Saturday 9/18. Callbacks will be held in person at LTA on the evening of Thursday 9/23.
For our complete audition notice, sides, conflict calendar, and audition form, please click here.
Future Audition Dates
A Christmas Carol: September 13 , 14 & 18
Bright Star: October 23 & 24
Blue Stockings: December 11 & 12
Prelude to a Kiss: March 26 & 27
Audition notices will be posted as they become available.
Audition dates are subject to change. Check back for updates.
To download an audition form click HERE.
If race is not integral to the script, LTA is actively committed to conscious, diverse casting.
- If you have a headshot and acting résumé, you may bring them with you; auditionees, however, may be asked to have their picture taken by the LTA photographer.
- Please bring an accurate list of rehearsal conflicts with you to the audition.
All actors cast are required to become acting or regular members of LTA within two weeks of being cast.
To download a performing membership form click HERE.
For all other membership options click HERE.