prelude
 
Please note:
We are extending our limited seating, proof of vaccination, face covering, and physical distancing requirements into the start of 2022. We remain hopeful this might change later in the season.

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.

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July 23 – Aug 13 2022
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October 15 – November 5, 2022
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December 3 – 17, 2022
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Jan 14 – Feb 4, 2023
Fences
Feb 25 – March 18, 2023
Rumors
April 22 – May 13, 2023
Rumors
June 3 – 24, 2023

Subscribe, or not to subscribe,
that IS the question.

This year your subscription means more than any other in the storied history of The Little Theatre of Alexandria. For it is so much more than a mere package of tickets. It is support of a very special kind. Subscriptions are incredibly valuable to us, not only because they provide the seed money for a new season, but because subscriptions are your pledge to attend and support LTA in its mission to provide quality live theater to you and the community we serve.

It is a mission we have been proud to serve for 88 years since our founding in 1934 – and subscribers like you are the very reason the curtain is about to rise on the 85th LTA Season we offer you here.

With this new subscription series we invite you to lend your sustaining support for the truly unique experience of live theater. Become a patron of the arts in a most enjoyable and affordable way. This year’s renewing and early subscribers can get 7 shows, including 2 hit Broadway musicals and this year’s Holiday show, for as little as $20.71 per ticket.

Subscribe, or not to subscribe…we hope your answer will be a sustaining and supporting yes!

June 4 – 25, 2022

written by Craig Lucas
produced by Carol Strachan and Alan Wray
directed by Maggie Mumford

A different kind of fairy tale, this play is a celebration of life and love. It tells the story of Peter and Rita, who fall in love despite the woman’s pessimistic outlook on life. Shortly after their wedding, a supernatural event tests the strength of their love and commitment to each other. Will they live happily ever after? Join us for Craig Lucas’ intriguing, charming, and tender romantic comedy.

Tickets On Sale May 4

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join us for a FREE + LIVE improv performance on stage at the Little Theatre of Alexandria on Saturday, April 30 at 8pm

It’s been two (too?) long years since The Retros, LTA’s house improv troupe, created off-the-cuff, now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t comedy. The time has finally come to morph your in-person suggestions into the silliness we all deserve right now.

For ages 18+. LTA’s policy requires that all audience members bring their vax cards (or an image) showing two initial shots (or one J&J) and at least one booster. And you’ll have to wear a mask while anywhere in the theater. (The Retros will not be masked while performing, so you’ll see our beautiful faces, but we’ll be a very safe distance from you.) General admission.

Reserve your tickets now! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/were-back-live-free-improv-in-alexandria-tickets-326352558287

Dear members,

I am excited for you to meet Aracely Ode our new Chair of the Welcome and Inclusion Committee. (Formerly known as DEI – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).

Aracely moved here from Peru in April 2020.  Her daughter Ilanah takes classes at LTA on a scholarship.  Aracely volunteers at LTA at the Will Call Box and as an Usher.   Aracely learned about our theatre when a friend invited her to see the Will Rogers one man show.  She was overjoyed to find a theatre near where she lives in Old Town Alexandria.

Aracely has been involved in the theatre her whole life.  She taught theatre and English classes in elementary schools as well as acted and directed at theatres in Peru.  She received her degree in Communications, Art & Science from the Pontifical Catholic University in Lima, Peru.

When I asked her why she wanted to Chair the Welcome and Inclusion Committee her response was, “Diversity is important especially now a days.  I want to promote values of accepting our differences.  Theatre is for everybody.  No matter age, political affiliation, race.  Theatre is a way to communicate and express without judging.”      She had me at “Theatre is for everybody.”

Please say hello to Aracely when you see her at the theatre.  Also, if you were a previous member of the DEI committee or would like to join the new Committee, please email me or Aracely at Aracely.ode.jaime@gmail.com

I hope to see you around the theatre.

Stacey Becker
Governor for Membership
membershipgovlta@gmail.com

Building LTA’s Leadership Pipeline

Participate in nominations, June 13 annual meeting and voting in LTA elections

LTA was fortunate enough to carry on during the pandemic thanks to the foresight of volunteer leaders who built a strong financial and operational foundation over the past two decades. As we emerge from COVID-19 and prepare for a new season, LTA like many arts and nonprofit organizations is facing a changing volunteer landscape. According to a study by Fidelity Charitable, 66% of volunteers have decreased the amount of time they volunteer or stopped entirely due to the pandemic. For LTA, it wasn’t just the pandemic that had an impact on our volunteer community. We sadly bid farewell to longtime members who moved away from the DC area or passed away.

As LTA marks it’s 88th year in 2022, we need to focus on growing our volunteer community and building a leadership pipeline to carry us into the future for many more decades. Whether you recently joined LTA or have been volunteering for a few years or a longtime, you can have an impact on LTA’s future and expanding our leadership pool.

  • Attend the annual meeting on June 13 and cast a ballot in the LTA board election
  • Keep your LTA membership current, a criterion for voting in elections and serving on a committee or the Board of Governors.
  • Join a committee or explore moving up from committee member to chair
  • Try your hand at producing a show by starting as an assistant producer.
  • If you’ve produced or directed a show or chaired a committee, consider running for the LTA Board of Governors.
  • Become familiar with the criteria for serving on the Board of Governors. Click here for qualifications for President and Governor slates. Read the Board of Governor’s responsibilities online.

If you’re ready for top leadership and meet the criteria, consider running for the Board of Governors this year. Seven Board of Governor slates are open for the LTA 2022 election – President and Governors for Artistic Support, Building, Development, Education, Production and Public Relations. Email a 500-word statement outlining your qualifications and vision, and a photo of yourself, to LTA Nominating Committee Chair Luana Bossolo, luana_bossolo@comcast.net and Crissy Wilke, Business Office Manager at crissy@thelittletheatre.com subject line: LTA Nominating Committee. Nominations are due by Friday, April 22.

TAP/LTA Night of One Acts

Featuring:

“Guinea Pig Apocalypse”, written by Tony Pasqualini and directed by Juli Tarabek Blacker

“Wild Horses”, written by Brandy Victoria Durham and directed by Farrell Tapscott

“Across a Crowded Room”, written by F. J. Hartland and directed by Alexa Roggenkamp

Produced by Nick Friedlander, Olivia Hairfield, and Freddie Hughes Webster

LTA has partnered with The Arlington Players (TAP) to produce a premier evening of three one act plays! Chosen from more than 100 submissions from around the world, these shows grapple with big topics – the environment, race, and relationships, to name a few – in 30 minutes or less. We hope that you will join us in supporting new works and artists and enjoy the first ever production of these phenomenal plays.

Guinea Pig Apocalypse: A bizarre incident with their son’s class guinea pig leads two parents into the midst of an apocalyptic disaster.

Wild Horses: Three campers struggle to survive the elements and each other at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Across a Crowded Room: To meet a stranger or NOT to meet a stranger – it could change your life!

*Content Considerations*
We want to honor this experience while respecting individual needs. We believe it is our duty to inform audiences of material that may be triggering. If you are interested in seeing the trigger warnings for this production, see this list:

Strong language, mention of cancer and child mortality, mention of animal death, prop gun use, and drug use.

Please note: Performances are NOT at LTA, and will be held at TAP’s Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, located at 125 S Old Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22204. Questions about tickets can be directed by email to audiencerelations@thearlingtonplayers.org, or by phone at 703-549-1063.

Ticket link: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=tap01

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 LTA One Act Competition! With more than 100 scripts submitted this year, these shows are truly some of the best that we’ve seen:

First Place: Across a Crowded Room by F. J. Hartland from Pennsylvania

Second Place: Guinea Pig Apocalypse by Tony Pasqualini from California

Third Place: Wild Horses by Brandy Victoria Durham from Maryland

This year, the One Acts are being produced in partnership with The Arlington Players (TAP). The shows will be running from Saturday, March 26 through Sunday, April 10 at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre. More information can be found at http://thearlingtonplayers.org/seasons/71st-season/night-of-one-acts/.

Thank you to all the authors who submitted their art to us, and an incredible thank you to the reading team who made this season possible and successful:
Vero Autphenne, Lori Barringer, Geoffrey Baskir, Ted Culler, Angelo Esposito, Krista Grimmett, Barbara Hayes, Mike James, Lauren Markovich, Dee Pocock Mendis, Lynn O’Connell, Janice Rivera, Steven Rosenthal, Eva Shinagel, Freddie Hughes Webster, Meggie Webster

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

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 

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 (russellwyland@gmail.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 ltascriptaddicts@gmail.com to be added.

Link to join meeting from desktop or laptop:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5432132388

(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!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/107910690651795/

AUDITIONS

To download an audition form click HERE.

If race is not integral to the script, LTA is actively committed to conscious, diverse casting.

NOTE:

  • 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 Something Rotten

Written by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick
Music and Lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick

directed by Frank D. Shutts II
choreographed by Stefan Sittig
music directed by Christopher Tomasino
produced by Rachel Alberts, Bobbie Herbst, and Russ Wyland

Audition Location & Dates:
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Saturday, May 14 at 2 pm.
Sunday, May 15 at 6 pm.

Callbacks – May 17 — by Invitation Only
Something Rotten call back music click here.

Performance Dates: July 23-August 13, 2022
All auditions will be at The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, Virginia

For questions regarding this production and auditions, please email: asklta@thelittletheatre.com

*All persons attending auditions are required to wear a mask (even if vaccinated) during their time in our facilities and must also provide proof of full vaccination, including booster, against COVID-19. This policy allows us to avoid quarantining, in most cases, should someone be exposed to COVID, and to keep rehearsals and performances on schedule. Proof of vaccination can be a physical copy or digital photograph of your vaccination record.


Synopsis 
Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who love the theatre and try to make theatre … and  they are completely overshadowed  by  William Shakespeare.

Audition Notes

All races and ethnicities are welcome. Please prepare 24 bars of an up-tempo song, not from the show, and be prepared to dance. Audition pianist will be provided.  Callbacks will include cold readings from the script. Please bring a headshot and resume, if you have them, and be ready to list all conflicts on a provided schedule.  Rehearsals begin immediately and are usually Tuesday – Thursday nights and weekend afternoons until tech week.

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 at the performers rate or higher.

Something Rotten Character & Ensemble Requirements
*These roles require some degree of intimacy and/or sexual innuendo.

Minstrel
Male, mid 20s to 40s. Seeking a charismatic actor with a thousand faces. The Minstrel not only sings the opening numbers of both acts but will also be in the ensemble (Tenor: C#3-A4)

Nick Bottom*
Male, mid 20s to late 30s. A struggling renaissance writer at the end of his rope. Nigel’s older brother. Incredibly jealous of the success of William Shakespeare and will do anything to beat him. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings, tap dance skills a plus. (Tenor/Baritone: A2-G4)

Nigel Bottom*
Male, mid 20s to 30s. Nick’s younger brother. A sweetly naive young writer and poet, perhaps a little awkward. He falls in love with Portia and ultimately finds confidence in himself through art and love. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings very well. (High Baritone/Tenor: Eb3-Ab4)

William Shakespeare
Male, mid 20s to 30s. A renaissance rock star. Think Mick Jagger or James Brown. Seeking a comedic actor with a killer pop/rock voice, tap dance skills a plus. (Rock Tenor/High Baritone: Ab2-A4)

Thomas Nostradamus
Male, 40s to 60s. A soothsayer who almost sees the future correctly. A bit loony. He predicts that Nick and Nigel will write a musical. Seeking a comedic actor who sings and moves very well. (Tenor/Baritone: C3-Bb4)

Bea*
Female, mid 20s to 30’s. Nick’s wife and “Right Hand Man”. She loves and supports him despite his questionable decision-making and lack of success. Bea resorts to dressing up like a man to make ends meet. Seeking a comedic actress who sings very well. (Mezzo-Soprano: D3-D5)

Portia*
20’s to 30’s Female. An adorably quirky Puritan girl whom Nigel meets on the street. They fall madly in love with each other over their mutual love for Shakespeare and poetry. Seeking a great comedic actress who sings very well. (Soprano: G3-F#5)

Brother Jeremiah*
Male, 40s to 50s. Portia’s father. A Puritan with deeply repressed homoerotic tendencies. He despises playwrights, poets and all things ungodly. Seeking a great comedic actor who sings. (Tenor/Baritone: G3-G4)

Ensemble
Various ages / ethnicities. Seeking traditional dancers and quirky character types who are strong singers and dancers.  (Tap experience a plus.)  Roles may include:  Minstrel, Townspeople, Nigel’s Acting Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, Puritans, Groundlings, Chorus, and more.

Future audition dates:

Design for Murder: August 20 and 21

Tiny Tim Christmas Carol: October 8 and 9

Sister Act: October 22 and 23

Lettice and Lovage: December 10 and 11

Schiller’s Mary Stuart: February 25 and 26

The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years: April 1 and 2

Dates are subject to change, please check here for updates.

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