“Unnecessary Farce” to open ALT’s 87th season

Alton Little Theater Showplace

Delores Van Cartier seeks fame and fortune in Alton Little Theater's production of “Sister Act” — eight performances March 19-28.

Delores finds her greater joy in teaching her "sister nuns" to find their own joy through dance and song. ALT found a fabulous cast who have worked together in small groups since October 2020 so they could strut their stuff now that mitigations allow for ALT to seat at 50 percent capacity. 

“Lots of prayers and much hard work bring this fabulous live musical inspired by the Whoopie Goldberg film — but now even more fab with 16 production numbers and music by Alan Menken,” a press release states. 

Musical Theater International worked with ALT to extend royalty rights from December 2020 to March 2021, and even though only 100 people can be seated, in masks, for every performance, that means 800 people get to see a great night of musical theater. The Board of Directors committed to produce the show despite the high cost of production and dedicated it to all those who love live theater and to the 23 stage performers who have "kept the faith," even during closures. New ultraviolet lights are in place everywhere, the showplace is misted everyday — and daily tests and vats of sanitizer are all part of the new normal. 

As vaccinations are off to a good start, the cast hopes the pure love, laughter and joy of “Sister Act” will once again be a blessing to remember and cherish in these challenging times. 

In April, the Showplace debuts a one-woman show, “Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End.” Then the 87th season shows are waiting in the wings, with “Terms of Endearment” in May, “The Full Monty” in July and “Kong's Night Out” in August. Then six directors will pick up the reins and go right into the seven mainstage shows of the 88th season. ALT has found innovative small-cast shows that will delight audiences every 30-45 days through the spring of 2022, when the theater hopes it can safely have full houses. 

The cast of “Sister Act” consists of Michael Arthur, Alisa Ax, Olivia Buck, Bill Burke, Kayla Burton, Sawyer Burton, Orcinneo Gaines, Vernon Hamel, Margery Handy, Cheri Hawkins, Corrine Jones, Rachel Joost-Mahalik, John Kirkpatrick, Megan Kay Kolosieke, Pat Kulish, Shea Maples, Lexa Maxa, ShayVonda Mayes, Amy Miller, Devin Sadler, Marvin Marcus Short, Thanh Vo and Jazmine Young.

For more information, call Director Kevin Frakes at (618) 407-2447 or Executive Director Lee Cox at (618) 462-3205.

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