FEB. 29 – MAR. 21, 2020
APR. 25 – MAY 16, 2020
JUN. 6 – 27, 2020
JUL. 27 – AUG. 17, 2019
SEP. 7 – 28, 2019
OCT. 19 – NOV. 9, 2019
DEC. 6 – 22, 2019
JAN. 18 – FEB. 8, 2020
On Stage Now
Moonlight and Magnolias
Feb 29-Mar 21, 2020
written by Ron Hutchinson
produced by Russell M. Wyland and Rachel Alberts
directed by Juli Tarabek Blacker
assistant directed by Alexander Bulova
Attention: effective March 14 Moonlight and Magnolias is now CLOSED. It’s Hollywood, 1939. Legendary film producer, David O. Selznick, is five weeks into shooting “Gone with the Wind” when he realizes the script is awful and the director doesn’t have a clue. He has a few short days to replace them and restart shooting or the production will shut down. Over the course of five days, three writers frantically craft (and act out all of the parts!) one of the most beloved screenplays of all times. Join us for this funny and affectionate comic romp that takes us behind the scenes of an iconic story.
Disclaimer: Please note there will be peanuts used on stage for this production.
Audition Notice for SISTER ACT
Directed by Michael J Baker Jr.
Audition Dates: All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition.
Fri 04/24/20 Auditions 7-10 pm (AC1, AC2 & AC3)
Sat 04/25/20 Auditions 2-5 pm (GR & RR)
Sun 04/26/20 Auditions 7-10 pm (GR & RR)
Tue 04/28/20 Callbacks 7-10 pm
Signing up for one of the audition times either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday gives you a private audition. You can avoid the nerves of having other auditionees in the room. Lots of individual attention. We would recommend that you download the audition form on the LTA website and fill it out in advance and bring it with you. If you have a head shot bring one with you though this is not a prerequisite. Please try and arrive 10 minutes before your audition time. Finally, if all the audition times are taken and/or you do not have time to sign-up, just come to one of the three audition dates and we will work you in.
Friday, April 24 – https://signup.com/go/zfEeGuU
Saturday, April 25 – https://signup.com/go/hqwBobA
Sunday, April 26 – https://signup.com/go/qCnVSQR
What to bring:
Bring a song that shows off your voice and range; you will be asked to sing at least 16 bars. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to move so please bring appropriate dance and footwear.
Will I read?
You may be asked to read; though most readings will be done at callbacks. No monologues are required.
What kind of commitment do I have to make?
You will fill out a conflict schedule at auditions so bring any and all conflict dates with you. The director will prepare the rehearsal schedule based on your availability. The director will never bring you in unnecessarily. He will be respectful of your time. This show will be one of the most enjoyable experiences you have had in theatre. Rehearsals could break into dance parties.
Other Important Dates:
Thu 04/30/20 Read-thru 7 p.m.
Sun 07/19/20 Double Tech 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mon 07/20 – Wed 07/22 Tech Runs 6:30 p.m. call
Thu 07/23/20 Preview 6:30 p.m. call
Sat 07/25/20 Opening 6:30 p.m. call
Sat 08/15/20 Closing night 6:30 p.m. call
Sun 08/16/2020 STRIKE 10 a.m. call
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Sister Act Overview:
Sister Act is a feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that will have audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by TONY and Eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, disco and outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave LTA audiences breathless. The cast is chock-full of amazing roles for women and men of all ages. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.
SISTER ACT Character Breakdown:
Deloris Van Cartier: An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring. Gender: African-American Female Age: 25 to 45 Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: E3
Mother Superior: The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings. Gender: Female Age: 45 to 70 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: D3
Sister Mary Robert: A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life. Gender: Female Age: 17 to 30 Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: F#3
Sister Mary Patrick: A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable. Gender: Female Age: 35 to 50
Sister Mary Lazarus: A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’s soul music. Gender: Female Age: 50 to 70 Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: F3
Monsignor O’Hara: One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. Gender: Male Age: 45 to 65 Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: E3
Curtis: A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 45 Vocal range top: Ab4 Vocal range bottom: A2
Eddie Souther: The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero. Gender: Male Age: 25 to 45 Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: Ab2 (Eddie’s age will depend on Delores’ age)
Tj: Curtis’s nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss. Gender: Male Age: 17 to 30 Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Db3
Joey: One of Curtis’s thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 45 Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Pablo: One of Curtis’s thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish. Gender: Hispanic Male Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: C4
Sister Mary Martin-of-tours: A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, but has her moments of surprising clarity. Gender: Female Age: 40 to 60
Sister Mary Theresa: A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch. Gender: Female Age: 60 to 70
Michelle: One of Deloris’s back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Tina: One of Deloris’s back-up singers. A little thick and naive. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Ernie: One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant. Gender: Male Age: 25 to 35
Ensemble: Nuns; Bar Denizens (Bar Patron, Waitress, Pool Player, Drag Queen); Homeless People; Fantasy Dancers (all ensemble members will play at least four parts; each will have some spoken and vocal lines)
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Director, Mike Baker, Jr. His email is Mike@nationalartstelevision.com
To download an audition form click HERE.
Future Audition Dates
June 27-28, 2020
Wait Unit Dark
August 8-9, 2020
A Christmas Carol
September 26-27, 2020
Winter Musical TBA (due to rights restrictions we are unable to announce the title until summer 2020)
October 24-25, 2020
February 20-21, 2021
March 27-28, 2021
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 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.
To receive future information on auditions at LTA, send your email information to the LTA office at email@example.com with the subject line AUDITION EMAIL LIST.
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
UPDATE from LTA’s President
March 23, 2020
Dear LTA Patrons, Members, Volunteers, and Friends—
On behalf of the LTA Board of Governors, I am writing with important announcements related to LTA’s response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Last week, the Board cancelled the final six performances of Moonlight and Magnolias. Now, after a great deal of deliberation and additional information, we have CANCELLED our next two productions: Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings (April 25-May 16) and Neil Simon’s Rumors (June 6-27).
If you hold a paid ticket for an LTA production between March 14 and June 27, we ask you to complete the Google form posted HERE.
This form will let us know what you want done with your ticket(s). In the coming weeks, we will contact you as we clear your account. As the form indicates, your options include:
Donating your ticket(s) back to LTA (and, upon request, receive a donation letter);
Applying a credit toward future non-musical productions at LTA;
Receiving a credit card refund.
Cancelling these shows was a surprisingly easy decision. The Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the City of Alexandria provided clear guidelines for us to follow. Nonetheless, the decision was filled with trepidation. LTA hasn’t cancelled a show since World War II, and the financial implications to LTA are considerable and serious. Moreover, many members, actors, sponsors, and volunteers have spent hundreds of hours preparing to bring these shows to our audiences. Cancellation is heart-breaking. My fellow Board members and I salute everyone involved in Moonlight and Magnolias, Blue Stockings, and Rumors, and we hope that the final two shows can be brought to the LTA stage soon.
Our Summer musical – Sister Act – is scheduled to go forward. It will open in late July. What could be better for the spirit after a period of social distancing than a comedy about singing nuns?
Our Education Department
LTA remains committed to continuing the Spring I adult and junior classes (and the showcases) that were interrupted by the virus. We hope to complete these as soon as possible.
In-person classes for the Spring II term beginning April 5 have been cancelled. However, on a positive note, we have reconceived several Spring II classes that will go online using Zoom! Thank you, Education Governor Michael Baker and the Spring II teachers, for making this happen. Those who have already registered for the Spring II session will be contacted by LTA office staff to confirm your registration. Students who have registered for cancelled classes or are not interested in online options will receive refunds.
For now, plans for the LTA Summer Camp and the summer adult classes (both scheduled to begin in late May) are unchanged. You will continue to see our ads for these exciting opportunities, and we look forward to a great summer of learning.
During this period of social distancing and teleworking, the LTA Business Office and Box Office are closed to walk-up public business. If you need to come to LTA during business hours, please schedule an appointment with either Business Manager Tina McCrea (Tina@thelittletheatre.com) or Box Office Manager Crissy Wilke (Crissy@thelittletheatre.com). Both will be working online and coming to the office on a limited basis.
Are you going stir crazy? Don’t forget that LTA’s play-reading group, Script Addicts, has moved online and will be reading and discussing plays more frequently during the pandemic. Consult the LTA website: http://thelittletheatre.com/performances/#newsandannouncements.
In the meantime, LTA’s Board of Governors will continue to monitor CDC, Commonwealth of Virginia, and City of Alexandria guidelines. As necessary, I will provide updates by email, social media, and on our website (www.thelittletheatre.com).
We will continue to look forward to exciting days ahead including a new season starting with Sister Act and Summer Camp.
Your patronage is important to us, and my fellow Board members and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Until then, STAY HEALTHY!
Russell M. Wyland
LTA Member Playreading Group: Script Addicts
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!
LTA Adult Showcase
UPDATE: All Education showcases have been CANCELED
Adult class showcases featuring:
Frank Shutts Acting I class – Excerpts from The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney and Mike Baker’s Film and Theatre class – the Echoes of the Titanic – The Senate Hearings into the Tragedy by Pat Cook.
Admission: Free and open to the public
Dates: Friday April 3 – 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 – 7:30 p.m.
LTA Director/Producer Meet and Greet
UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
Are you interested in working on or auditioning for a show in the 2020-2021 season? This meet and greet gives you an opportunity to meet the producers and directors for each other shows in our upcoming season. Those associated with each show will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about openings for designers, opportunities for crew, details on auditions and more. We hope to see you there!
April 5 in the Green Room 10:00am-1:00pm
Curious what LTA’s 2020-2021 season looks like? Check out the list below!
Sister Act July 25 – August 15, 2020 directed by: Michael J Baker Jr
August Wilson’s Fences September 12 – 27, 2020 directed by: Terry Spann
Wait Until Dark October 17 – November 7, 2020 directed by: Heather Benjamin
A Christmas Carol December 4 – 20, 2020 directed by: Carol Jean Clark
TBA (Please note, we cannot advertise this title until June 2020) January 16 – February 6, 2021 directed by: Joanna Henry
Prelude to a Kiss February 27 – March 20, 2021 directed by: Maggie Mumford
Mary Stuart April 24 – May 15, 2021 directed by: Kathleen Barth
The Revolutionists June 5 – 26, 2021 directed by: Jennifer Lyman
Admission is free!
Upcoming shows at 8PM: April 11, May 23. For ages 18 and up.
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 @retrocessionist to learn more about their upcoming shows!