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(From left) Kevin Frakes, Lee Cox, Margery Handy and Shea Maples

Alton Little Theater is taking a hiatus until mid-March, an unprecedented move in its 87-year history. 

“We take care of our performers and we have the utmost respect for our loyal patrons,” a press release states. “We know that right now, we need to work in isolation and plan and build and know that we’ll come back stronger than ever.” 

The ALT production team is working out the details as the theater plans to reopen in March with the musical “Sister Act”  — and then a season show and/or an Extra, EXTRA Entertainment Show will follow every month through August 2021. 

Season ticket holders won’t miss a show, and the theater will delay the kickoff of the 88th season until June 1, but they have a whole different way of bringing eight shows to the stage from September 2021 through May 2022.

Lee Cox and Kevin Frakes say they are proud to once again accept ALT’s award for best live theater.  

“That honor mandates our responsibility to be the best partner with our community and to work smart and reach out and help the community that has supported us,” the press release states. “In that vein, January and February will see further support for teens struggling with isolation and offering up space at the Showplace for live streaming while the set, the costumes, the scores, wait patiently for the ‘Sister Act’ cast of 24 to safely return.” 

ALT is holding onto hope that a small but elegant gala of 50 people on Feb. 14 will enjoy a four-course French dinner, signature drinks and entertainment — all part of a fundraiser for the theater and an outlet for the performers who long to entertain again. 

For more information, call the box office at (618) 462-3205.

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