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From the Director

After a very successful opening weekend (better than I could have imagined) we are excited to be starting our second week of performances tonight at 8:00 pm.  In previous posts I talked about the difficulty of this show and the rehearsals leading up to the opening.  It was truly one of the most excruciating and frightening Hell weeks we have had in a long time.  It seemed like we were snake bit and if something could go wrong – it did.  Believing in the “magic” in the theatre, but more importantly the tenacity and commitment of ALT’s volunteer performers, we launched the show into a full house last Thursday and it was GOOD!!  Not perfect by any means, but good.  What a relief for everyone involved.  After a successful first show, the tension and anxiety disappeared and the cast got down to having fun…which is the main reason they do this.

ALT audiences seem to be loving this show.  It is indeed charming and funny with lots of great music and dance.  It also features wonderful performances by our three leading ladies Heather Manderson, Terry Robertson-Baker and Rebecca Hayes.  Richie Garza is also terrific as the lying, egotistical, bigot, Mr. Hart.  AND Shannon Mashburn is lighting up the stage with one of the funniest roles in the show.

I predict that the show will find its “groove” this weekend and for the remainder of the run.  It is a ton of fun!!  If you haven’t made reservations, you should do that today.  You don’t want to miss this fun show.  Remaining performances are May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8:00 pm and May 12 and 19 at 2:30 pm.

Attached are a couple of photos from the show.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Allen Shankles


“9 to 5” was great fun and refreshing to see even though I have seen the movie many times. Every single person did such a great job; the main characters were perfectly cast, the dancers and ensemble singers performed so well, and the orchestra was amazing as usual. I must mention the wonderful duet in the second act from Heather Manderson and Tony Brazell. That duet was certainly a highlight of the musical! Thanks so much to all involved for another fun and enjoyable evening.

-Perry Pletcher

Great set, great sound enhancement, great music from the pit, great running crew, and the CAST!!  Wow!  Just simply WOW!  What a performance, strong voices, marvelous comedic timing, all the principal characters were great, and the ensemble was so strong!  The whole performance was just terrific.  You could take that show anywhere I think and have it show well against all comers.

I think that this was one of the best performances we have seen at ALT.  My problem though with making that judgement is that there are so many good performances!  I do think that this is one terrific show and one that was so very enjoyable.

The cast, crew and musicians did and outstanding job and we look forward to the next season.

-John and Linda Miller