History

alt older exterior muralAlbuquerque Little Theatre was founded in 1930 by a group of civic-minded citizens led by Irene Fisher, a reporter and the society editor for the New Mexico Tribune.  The idea of a local Theatre group was born when Ms. Fisher attended a lecture by a professional actress named Kathryn Kennedy O’Connor, who moved  to New Mexico for health reasons in 1927.  Ms. Fisher led the campaign to raise an operating budget of $1,000 and Ms. O’Connor was hired as the Theatre’s Director. 

ALT spent its first six years at the KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.  In 1936, ALT moved into its present home located at 224 San Pasquale SW, just south of the historic Old Town section of Albuquerque.  The original building, designed by famed southwestern architect, John Gaw Meem, was the first structure in Albuquerque to be built by the Works Progress Administration as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal.”

O’Connor retired as the Theatre’s director in 1961, and the board named Bernard Thomas to succeed her as ALT’s full-time director.  “Bernie” served from 1961 to 1980; he retired from ALT in 1980 after the 50th anniversary season.  He was replaced by his technical Director, Michael Myers, who served as producing director until 1986 when Sandy Brady replaced him; Carol Fleming was then named General Manager in 1988.  She stayed with ALT until 1996.  In March 1997, Larry D. Parker was appointed Executive Director of Albuquerque Little Theatre, and he continued to produce quality theatre through the 2005-06 Season.

In 2006, The Executive Director position was eliminated and divided into two separate management areas; Artistic Director (Peter Kierst) and Managing Director (Erin Moots).  Peter and Erin launched the 2006-07 Season with excitement and a commitment to keep ALT alive and well.  2007 also saw the talents of Theresa Reid at the helm.

In 2008, the theatre had an opportunity to bring extensive Broadway and community theatre experience to the ALT stage when Henry Avery was hired as Executive Director; shortly after that appointment he was also named Artistic Director.  Avery’s five decades of experience and commitment to live theatre have resulted in a new energy that infuses every aspect of ALT.

 

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Our fascinating history also includes a number of celebrities.  One of America’s most beloved TV personalities got her start at ALT, performing in our very first show in 1930.  Vivian Vance went on to win the very first Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award ever given, for her role as Ethel Mertz on “I Love Lucy”.  That coveted award is now proudly displayed in our lobby, a cherished gift to Albuquerque Little Theatre from Vance’s family after her passing.  Many other celebrities have performed on our stage over the years, including Don Knotts, Bill Daily, Ann B. Davis, Nancy Kulp, and Maureen O’Sullivan just to name a few. 

 

 

 

ALT continues the tradition of true community theatre by providing the residents of the greater Albuquerque area with great entertainment and the opportunity to become involved in the production of live theatre.  A tax- exempt, 501c(3) organization, ALT involves more than 500 volunteers in activities ranging from box office, backstage, on stage, front of house, to Board and standing committee membership.

We have gone through all our records to create a list of every production we have presented since our opening season (1930-31).  Have we ever done your favorite(s)?

1930-1931

This Thing Called Love
The Cradle Song
Rain

1931-1932

Broadway
See Naples and Die
Ten Nights in a Bar Room
Within the Law
Redemption
The Trial of Mary Dugen

1932-1933

Street Scene
In the Zone
Los Hermanos Penitentes
Pantaloon
The Road to Rome
Of Thee I Sing

1933-1934

The Marquise
Criminal Code
The Pursuit of Happiness
School for Husbands

1934-1935

The Ocean of Life, Or Every Inch A Sailor
The First Mrs. Fraser
Invitation to a Murder
Strictly Dishonorable
Page Miss Glory

1935-1936

Post Road
The Enchantress
Journey’s End
The Milky Way
One Viennese Night

1936-1937

Russet Mantle
S.S. Glencairn
The Night of January 15th
Boy Meets Girl
Three Cornered Moon
The Drunkard

1937-1938

Idiot’s Delight
The Old Maid
Libel
Ladies Meet
Juno and the Paycock

1938-1939

Brother Rat
St. Joan
Heirloom
Outward Bound
First Lady

1939-1940

Accent on Youth
Night Must Fall
You Can’t Take It With You
Susan and God
The Little Foxes

1940-1941

Arms and the Man
The Case of the Frightened Lady
The Women
Spring Meeting
Anna Christie

1941-1942

George Washington Slept Here
Knickerbocker Holiday
The Cross Eyed Bear
The Man Who Came to Dinner
I Killed the Count
The Barretts of Wimpole Street

“Summer Season”
Arsenic and Old Lace

My Sister Eileen

1942-1943

Old Acquaintance
On Borrowed Time
Heart of the City
Tovarich
The Eve of St. Mark

1943-1944

Madame Sherry
The Poisoned Falcon
Lady in the Dark
Junior Miss
Prince and the Pauper

1944-1945

Dark Eyes
Rio Rita
Uncle Henry
Over 21
Berkeley Square
A Bell for Adano
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

1945-1946

Blithe Spirit
Snafu
Road to Rome
Guest In the House

1946-1947

Joan of Lorraine
Dear Ruth
State of the Union
Dark Victory
Spring Vacation
The Twelve Dancing Princesses

1947-1948

Years Ago
And Then There Were None
The Glass Menagerie
Voice of the Turtle
Room Service

1948-1949

John Loves Mary
Springtime for Mary
Pygmalion
The Winslow Boy
For Love or Money
The Late Christopher Bean

1949-1950

Strange Bedfellows
Kind Lady
Starfish
Accent on Youth
The Heiress
Born Yesterday
The Magic Flute

1950-1951

Happy Birthday
The Marquise
The Man
Light Up the Sky
Ladies of the Jury
The Square Needle

1951-1952

Darkness at Noon
Kiss and Tell
Gramersey Ghost
Present Laughter
Anne of a Thousand Days
As Husbands Go

1952-1953

Affairs Of State
The Firebrand
Bell, Book & Candle
Mister Roberts
Don Juan In Hell

1953-1954

Life With Mother
A Streetcar Named Desire
Gigi
Point Of No Return
Late Love
Gently Does It

1954-1955

Ah Wilderness
Blithe Spirit
Sabrina Fair
Time Out For Ginger
Dream Girl
King of Hearts

1955-1956

Oh Men, Oh Women
Our Town
Dial M for Murder
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
The Seven Year Itch
The Solid Gold Cadillac

1956-1957

White Sheep Of The Family
Anastasia
Bus Stop
Teahouse of the August Moon
The Great Sebastians
Witness for the Prosecution

“Summer Season”
Wedding Breakfast

Janus
The Fourposter
Papa Is All

1957-1958

The Reluctant Debutante
The Rainmaker
All For Mary
Inherit The Wind
Happiest Millionaire
The Matchmaker

1958-1959

Three Men And A Horse
No Time For Sergeants
The Cradle Song
The Late George Appley
Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?
Visit To A Small Planet

1959-1960

Howie
The Magnificent Yankee
The Gazebo
Duley
Make A Million
Nude With Violin

1960-1961

Golden Fleecing
The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs
Mrs. Gibbons Boys
The Marriage Go Round
Look Homeward Angel
The Pleasure of His Company

1961-1962

The Curious Savage
The Andersonville Trial
Roman Candle
Under The Yum Yum Tree
Speaking of Murder
Send Me No Flowers

1962-1963

Invitation to a March
Monique
Everybody Loves Opal
The Tender Trap
Rashoman
Sunday in New York

1963-1964

The Fantastiks
Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole
Papa Is All
Cassandra Singing
His and Hers
The Tunnel of Love
Dark of the Moon

1964-1965

Take Her She’s Mine
Come Blow Your Horn
Night Must Fall
Janus
The Mouse That Roared
Teahouse of the August Moon

1965-1966

Love and Kisses
Mary, Mary
A Majority of One
Kiss Me Kate
It’s Been Wonderful
Never Too Late

1966-1967

Absence of A Cello
Any Wednesday
A Thousand Clowns
Dear Me, The Sky is Falling
Everybody’s Girl
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

1967-1968

Generation
Barefoot in the Park
Catch Me If You Can
Philadelphia Here I Come
Marriage Go Round
South Pacific

1968-1969

Scandal Point
See How They Run
The Impossible Years
Early To Bed
The Odd Couple
Under The Yum Yum Tree

1969-1970

Love is the Time of Day
You Can’t Take It With You
Love in E-Flat
Come Back Little Sheba
The Star Spangled Girl
The Girl in the Freudian Slip

1970-1971

Picnic
You Know I Can’t hear You When The Water’s Running
Harvey
Ninety Day Mistress
The Glass Menagerie
The Big Killing

1971-1972

Cactus Flower
Plaza Suite
The Best Man
Boeing, Boeing
Once More With Feeling
Critic’s Choice

1972-1973

There’s A Girl In My Soup
The Silver Whistle
Forty Carats
Dangerous Corner
My Daughter, Your Son
Kind Lady

1973-1974

Butterflies Are Free
Send Me No Flowers
Wait Until Dark
Daddy, Dear Daddy
Relatively Speaking
Best of Friends

1974-1975

Paris Is Out
Sailor Beware
Sunday in New York
Dr. Cook’s Garden
Luv
Ginger In The Morning

1975-1976

Prisoner of Second Avenue
Here Lies Jeremy Troy
Spofford
How The Other Half Loves
The Gazebo
La Grande De Coca Cola

1976-1977

Busy Body
6 Rms Riv Vu
Teahouse of the August Moon
Rattle of a Simple Man
A Gentleman and a Scoundrel
The Man

1977-1978

Vanities
Twigs
Sleuth
Harvey
The Owl and the Pussycat
A Good Look at Bomey Kern

1978-1979

Generation
Two For The Seesaw
A Majority of One
Lovers Leap
Sunny Morning
Spinoff

1979-1980

Same Time, Next Year
A Touch of Elvis
Come Blow Your Horn
The Curious Savage
Voice of the Turtle
On Borrowed Time

1980-1981

Deathtrap
Filumena
A Christmas Carol
See How They Run
Roman Conquests
A View From the Bridge
Tribute

1981-1982

First Monday in October
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Fourposter
The Red Shoes
The Hostage
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Little Foxes
I Ought to Be In Pictures
Just Kidding??

1982-1983

“Regular Season”
Special Occasions

Murder Among Friends
Absurd Person Singular
Mister Roberts
A Shot in the Dark

“Renaissance & Children’s Seasons”
The Time of Your Life

A Christmas Carol
A Doll’s House
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

1983-1984

“Summer Children’s Season”
Sleeping Beauty

The Wizard of Oz

“Regular Season”
Bell, Book and Candle

The Crucifer of Blood
Visit To A Small Planet
Arsenic and Old Lace
Crimes of the Heart

“Renaissance & Children’s Seasons”
The Would Be Santa

Spoken Dreams Before Midnight

1984-1985

Black Comedy
Mass Appeal
An American Christmas Carol
Footlight Frenzy
The Philadelphia Story
Finishing Touches

1985-1986

Shelly Berman Off Broadway
Frankenstein
Peter Pan
Foxfire
A Gentleman and a Scoundrel
Lovers and Other Strangers

1986-1987

Agnes of God
The Foreigner
The Christmas Kid
Baby
The Hasty Heart
Wait Until Dark
The Odd Couple (Female Version)

“Summer Season”
The Little Prince

What I Did Last Summer

1987-1988

Light Up the Sky
Corpse
Rapunzel
Pack of Lies
Niteclub Confidential
Educating Rita
Groucho, A Life in Review

“Summer Season”
Barefoot in the Park

1988-1989

The Matchmaker
Stepping Out
Alone Together
Play it Again, Sam
Anatomy of a Murder
The Seven Year Itch

1989-1990

Fallen Angels
The 1940′s Radio Hour
Picnic
Album
The Goodbye People
Noises Off

1990-1991

Amadeus
I’m Not Rappaport
She Loves Me
Charley’s Aunt
The Boys Next Door
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

1991-1992

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Cabaret
A Christmas Carol
Isn’t It Romantic
Deathtrap
Harvey

1992-1993

On Golden Pond
Arsenic and Old Lace
Annie
Children of a Lesser God
The Importance of Being Earnest
Rumors

1993-1994

Harold and Maude
Gypsy!
Beauty and the Beast
Inherit the Wind
I Hate Hamlet
Father of the Bride

1994-1995

A Chorus Line
Dracula
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
You Can’t Take It With You
Steel Magnolias
Lend Me A Tenor

1995-1996

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
The Hound of the Baskervilles
It’s A Wonderful Life
I Do! I Do!
Lost In Yonkers
The Nerd

1996-1997

The Cemetery Club
Sleuth
The Secret Garden
The Comedy of Errors
A Few Good Men
The Good Doctor

1997-1998

The Solid Gold Cadillac
Deadly Nightcap
Wind in the Willows
Prelude to a Kiss
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Sunshine Boys

1998-1999

Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding
My Three Angels
Don’t Drink the Water
The Mousetrap
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Little Shop of Horrors
Of Mice and Men
Moon Over Buffalo

1999-2000

Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding
No Sex, Please, We’re British
Animal Crackers
Night Must Fall
Inspecting Carol
Beehive – The ’60s Musical
The Diary of Anne Frank
A Flea In Her Ear

2000-2001

Sheila’s Class Reunion
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Grand Night For Singing
Camping With Henry and Tom
I Remember Mama
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline
The Glass Menagerie
Brighton Beach Memoirs

2001-2002

The Miser
100 Years of Broadway- 66 Years Off Central
Angel Street
Babes In Toyland
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
The Miracle Worker
The Foreigner

2002-2003

Amadeus
Grace and Glorie
A Christmas Story
I Do! I Do!
The Crucible
Blithe Spirit

2003-2004

Vaudeville Memories
Noises Off
Driving Miss Daisy
UH-OH, Here Comes Christmas
Our Town
Over the River and Through the Woods
Das Barbecü

2004-2005

Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story
MY WAY- A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
The Passion of Dracula
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Dearly Departed
The Odd Couple (Male)

2005-2006

Man of La Mancha
A Christmas Carol
Rumors
On Golden Pond
Ozma of Oz
Smoke on the Mountain

“Family Series”
Free to Be You and Me

Rave On
Stuart Little

2006-2007

Harvey
A Christmas Story
Steel Magnolia
Inherit The Wind
Guys and Dolls

“Family Series”
Disney’s 101 Dalmatians

The Hobbit
Junnie B Jones and a Little Monkey Business

2007-2008

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Cyrano de Bergerac
It’s a Wonderful Life
Living Out
Aida

“Family Series”
High School Musical

Bunnicula
Afternoon of The Elves

2008-2009

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Miracle on 34th Street
What the Butler Saw
Bus Stop
The Full Monty

“Family Series”
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The BFG
Pinkalicious

2009-2010

High School Musical 2
Shakespeare in Hollywood
White Christmas
Dial ‘M’ for Murder
Plaza Suite
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

“Family Series”
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf

2010-2011

Chicago
White Christmas
Sherlock Holmes:The Final Adventure
Steel Magnolias
Hairspray

“Family Series”
Fame
Captain Louie, Jr.
Charlotte’s Web

2011-2012

Cabaret
A Christmas Story
Witness for the PRosecution
Xanadu
Singin’ in the Rain

“Family Series”
The Wizard of Oz
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Anne of Green Gables

2012-2013

Spring Awakening
9 to 5
It’s A Wonderful Life
La Cage Aux Folles
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Producers

“Family Series”
The Hobbit
Little Women

2013-2014

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Young Frankenstein
Miracle on 34th Street
The Mousetrap
Cats
To Kill A Mockingbird
Les Miserables

 

 

 

 

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