DEC. 3 – 18, 2021
JAN. 15 – FEB. 5, 2022
FEB. 26 – MAR. 19, 2022
JUN. 4 – 25, 2022
Closed August 2021
Closed September 2021
Closed November 2021
Please note: We are extending our limited seating, proof of vaccination, face covering, and physical distancing requirements into the fall. 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 attend this season.
SUBSCRIPTIONS (Subscription orders for the 2021-22 season are now closed)
On Stage December 3 – 18, 2021
based on the story by Charles Dickens
adapted for the stage by Donna Ferragut
directed by Carol Jean Clark
produced by Stacy Becker & Ira Forstater
LTA rings in the holiday season with the return of this beloved classic tale by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly Victorian humbug travels with three ghostly guides through his Christmas past, present, and future to discover the true meaning of the holidays. Replete with special effects, Victorian carols, and precious Tiny Tim, this heartwarming Christmas Carol is a must for the entire family!
Parents and families bringing children to A Christmas Carol:
LTA’s Covid-19 Attendance Policy requiring all persons attending performances to provide proof of full Covid vaccination AND to wear a mask inside LTA (including during the performance), applies to all persons regardless of age. Anyone not vaccinated, or who is too young for vaccination, must provide (or have provided for them), proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of attendance. The safety of all who are volunteering, performing, attending, and your children is our utmost priority – there can be no exceptions. See our full policy here.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The LTA Board of Governors released an updated Mission Statement and Code of Conduct.
Read or download the LTA Mission Statement & Code of Conduct here
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 email@example.com.
Frank D Shutts II,
LTA Announces Election Results
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 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
LTA Announces Auditions for Blue Stockings
written by Jessica Swale
directed by Marzanne Claiborne
produced by Lloyd Bittinger, Margaret Chapman, and Christine Farrell
Audition Location & Dates:
Saturday, December 4, 2021, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5, 2021, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Callbacks – By Invitation Only:
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00-10:00 p.m
Performance Dates: February 26 – March 19, 2022
All auditions will be at The Little Theatre of Alexandria
For questions regarding this production and auditions, please email: email@example.com
Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of Cambridge University in the late 19th century, Blue Stockings tells the story of women who risk breaking contemporary social expectations for a world-class education, and the men whose worldview is enhanced or challenged by their presence at the prestigious school. The central theme of struggling for and acclimating to social change make this play timeless in nature, despite its Victorian setting. Blue Stockings is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
Blue Stockings was originally cast and produced about two years ago and closed before opening due to the pandemic. Therefore, all characters were cast and rehearsed to the point of being off book. A large number of those previously cast have been offered and accepted the resumption of their roles. Only the characters listed below are currently being auditioned for out of a cast of approximately 20 (depending on double-casting).
All races and ethnicities are welcome. Please prepare a 1-minute monologue from a play of a similar genre, with or without the use of a British accent. Auditions will also include cold readings from the script. Please be prepared to demonstrate the use of an upper class British accent when reading from the script. Please bring a headshot and résumé, if you have them, and be ready to list all conflicts for the following periods:
- Rehearsals – Usually Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday from December to February, Fridays possible
- Cue to Cue – Saturday, February 19
- Double tech – Sunday, February 20 afternoon and evening
- Tech week – Monday, February 21 through Friday, February 25
- Sponsor nights (potentially) – Tuesdays March 1, March 8, and March 15
- Performances – February 26 to March 19. The only scheduled dark nights are Mondays. All weekday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday performances are at 3:00 p.m.
- Strike – Sunday, March 20
Note: Not every character will be scheduled to be present for every rehearsal; groups of characters will be scheduled together based on scenes being rehearsed. There will be some rehearsals when all characters will be required to be present. A schedule will be provided well in advance.
Auditionees should be prepared to provide vaccination cards at the audition table and masks are required to be worn at all times, except when the actual audition occurs. All actors in the production must have provided proof of complete vaccination; masks will not be worn when on stage and will be required during rehearsals at the discretion of the producers and director. Those cast must be, or must become, members of the Little Theatre of Alexandria.
RALPH MAYHEW: Early 20’s to early 30’s. Trinity student. A scientist and romantic. This role requires an actor who either speaks Italian or can achieve fluent pronunciation working with the show’s Italian language coach.
LLOYD: Early 20’s to early 30’s. Trinity student. A young vanguard of traditional English values. The type who would probably run for Prime Minister.
EDWARDS: Early 20’s to early 30’s. Trinity student, something of a romantic. This character must be able to jump on top of a table and sing a few bars of “The Last Rose of Summer” without musical accompaniment.
PROFESSOR COLLINS: Late 30s-60s. Lecturer at Trinity. Part of the old guard of Cambridge dons, but willing to keep an open mind.
BILLY SULLIVAN: (M) Mid-20s – Mid-30’s, Maeve’s brother. Illiterate, rough around the edges but dutiful.
Future Audition Dates
Blue Stockings: December 4 & 5
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.