Director's Notes 2016-17

 Taken from the alt newsletter, "CURTAIN CALL"


It has been a very busy couple of months at ALT. We just closed our spectacular production of Young Frankenstein on December 18. This was undoubtedly one of the biggest and most spectacular productions in our history. The technical requirements of the show pushed us hard, but I am glad to say that we were very successful. I don’t believe that there are many community theatres in the country that could stage this show as brilliantly as ALT did. Perhaps I’m a bit prejudiced, but I don’t think so.

It occurs to me every time we open a production that it is indeed a miracle when a show goes off without a problem. Our work is fraught with many opportunities for disaster. Consider that for our production of Young Frankenstein we had 25 cast members, 12 backstage crew members and 11 orchestra members. We depend on each person to complete their jobs without mistake or failure. We are operating 25 wireless microphones, all of which have the potential of failure each night. There are over 100 lighting instruments illuminating the stage and they have been programmed to perform almost 150 specific cues or looks. We also had a dozen huge pieces of scenery that all had to be set into place in the dark night after night. It’s a miracle.

There is nothing more exhilarating than completing a clean performance of any show, but it is even more so with a show that is as huge as this one was. I congratulate everyone who helped to make it a smashing success.

This Curtain Call newsletter announces the opening of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. This is our Academy collaboration for the season and we are very excited to be producing this show again. It had a very successful run on our stage in 2002. It is a wonderful show that all of our patrons will enjoy.

We have a great lineup of productions for the second half of the season. A selection of “miracles” waiting to happen. I hope you will plan to support our work and our theatre generously.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre(s).

Allen Shankles
Managing/Artistic Director