Executive Director Henry Avery said, “In planning the coming season, I worried we couldn’t top our current line-up, but I’m so pleased to say that ‘We did it!’ I feel confident that our subscribers, old and new, will be wowed with the quality of shows we will present during the next year.”
Albuquerque Little Theatre will also expand its 2011-2012 Family Theatre Series to include 3 full-length productions, based on classic literature, and cast with youth and adults. The company’s 82nd Family Theatre Series will feature the timeless musical The Wizard of Oz and adaptations of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.
2011-2012 Albuquerque Little Theatre Main Stage Season Up-Close
CABARET—Book by Joe Masteroff; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
OCTOBER 14-NOVEMBER 6, 2011
“Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!” This award-winning musical is set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power. It focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around the young English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies, who serves as a constant metaphor for the tenuous and threatening state of late Weimar Germany. “Life is a cabaret, old chum…come to the cabaret!”
A CHRISTMAS STORY—By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.
DECEMBER 2-24, 2011
Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940’s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION—By Agatha Christie
JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 5, 2012
Only Agatha Christie could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it with an uncanny triple flip ending! A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man becomes the chief suspect. His only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife, but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own…
XANADU, The Broadway Musical–Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar; Based on the Universal Pictures film
APRIL 6-29, 2012
Fresh off its successful Broadway run! This hilarious, roller-skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne & John Farrar, and includes “Magic”, “All Over The World”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive” and “Xanadu”, to name a few, and is based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John & Gene Kelly. It’s hilarity on wheels for adults, children & anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, as one of Broadway’s master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane, weaves a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the legendary chart-topping tunes lift you out of your seat. You’ll want to keep the music in your head, and Xanadu in your heart, forever.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN—Screenplay by Betty Comden & Adolph Green; Music by Nacio Herb Brown; Lyrics by Arthur Freed; Based on the MGM film.
MAY 25-JUNE 17, 2012
The dazzling stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time! 1920’s Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star. Incredible music, incredible dancing, incredible fun!
The 2011-2012 Albuquerque Little Theatre’s
Family Theatre Series Up-Close
THE WIZARD OF OZ—By L. Frank Baum; Adapted by Frank Gabrielson; With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion pictures score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg; Background Music by Herbert Stothart
JULY 8-31, 2011
Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. This classic includes the beloved songs Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve , We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Jitterbug, and The Merry Old Land of Oz.
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER— By Charlotte Chorpenning. From Mark Twain.
SEPTEMBER 2-18, 2011
Twain, who called Tom Sawyer a “hymn” to boyhood, would be thrilled with this adaptation which provides an especially good look at traditional U.S. values-and Tom’s attempts to circumvent them. All chief adventures of Tom and his friends are brought to the stage-the famous white-washing, the school-room episodes, the graveyard experience, the pirate adventure on Jackson’s Island, the return to their own funeral at the village church, the trial of Muff Potter, and the finding and losing of treasure.
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES— Adapted by Joseph Robinette. From the novel by L.M. Montgomery.
FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 11, 2012
This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery’s enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen’s Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne’s growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here: her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements, and the saving of Green Gables. Whether the playgoer is an “old friend” of Anne’s or meeting her for the first time, this play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature’s most unforgettable characters.
Main Stage Series subscriptions to ALT’s 2011-2012 season range from $90 to $100 and are on sale now. To purchase a subscription or to receive more information, call the Albuquerque Little Theatre Box Office at (505) 242-4750 x2, or CLICK HERE FOR AN ODER FORM. Individual tickets for the Main Stage Series will go on sale in August. For the Family Theatre Series, The Wizard of Oz will go on sale April 8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables will go on sale in July.
About Albuquerque Little Theatre
Founded in 1930 by Irene Fisher and led by Kathryn Kennedy O’Connor, Albuquerque Little Theatre (ALT) has grown into Albuquerque’s longest standing community theatre. ALT’s historic 480 seat theatre provides the backdrop for the production of more than eight shows each year and viewings to more than 15,000 theatre goers. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ALT continues the tradition of true community theatre by providing great entertainment and the opportunity for over 500 volunteers per year to become involved in all aspects of live theatre production.
ALT is located at 224 San Pasquale SW, just south of Old Town. For more information on the Theatre’s performances and events, visit www.albuquerquelittletheatre.org.