Alton Little Theater will adhere to the state's new guidelines for temporary closure of designated businesses and has ceased all rehearsals and production, with plans in place to resume production efforts in January and postpone the debut of “Sister Act” until Jan. 22-31.
Executive Director Lee Cox said the 87th season will be "moved forward" into previously targeted slots and will be produced in the planned order. Details of these dates will be outlined on the ALT website, http://www.altonlittletheater.org, and in a mailing to season ticket-holders.
“Sister Act” was proving to be a popular choice for theater lovers, and tickets were selling rapidly. All ticket purchases will be honored and ALT's WinTix ticketing system automatically moves purchases into the next dates.
The talented cast of 24 will continue to work individually and on Zoom to hone their skills until rehearsals can resume. Disappointment is present, of course, but the health and safety of performers, production staff and audience members is the first priority.
ALT will also be moving Seasons of Love, a gourmet dinner and small fundraising gala, from Dec. 13 to Feb. 14.
Tickets for all ALT's productions are still on sale online and through the box office; a reduced crew of production staff will remain on site for several hours each day, excluding Nov. 25-29. Additional questions will be answered through (618) 462-3205.
The Board of Directors at ALT, under the direction of Lief Anderson, anticipated and planned for this shift in scheduling, having closely monitored rising pandemic-related health concerns. The theater has worked long and hard to formulate a good relationship with civic leaders, police departments and business owners. Cox and Artistic Director Kevin Frakes will continue to work with local leaders in rebuilding arts and theater programming once COVID-19 numbers have decreased to a more manageable level.
“So never fear: you will soon be hearing about the excitement and magic at your community theater,” an Alton Little Theater press release states.