Albuquerque Little Theatre: 2018-2019 Season Highlights

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By Stephanie Hainsfurther, Publisher, ABQArts.com

If you’ve filled out a ballot at Albuquerque Little Theatre to vote for next season’s lineup of shows, your voice has been heard. “We select shows to go on the ballot based on what we think is available and what we think our audience would enjoy,” said ALT Executive and Artistic Director Henry Avery. “The ones that get the top votes are the ones we’re really considering.” Avery and staff then research availability the rights for those shows and talk to directors that are interested in mounting certain productions. Here are the headlining shows that have come out of the mix for ALT’s 89th season in 2018-2019.

Pride and Prejudice, adapted from Jane Austen by Jane Kendall, August 24-September 9. This is a one-set version that simplifies the story settings without sacrificing the story itself. The five Bennett sisters are without suitable husband material and their overbearing mother is distraught. Along comes Mr. Darcy and friends. His pride and Elizabeth Bennett’s prejudice against him keeps them apart. ALT regular Mario Cabrera is directing.

Footloose (Musical), October 5-28. With Top 40 tunes and additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman, you won’t have to wait for that boffo title song to dance in your seat. Directed by Laura Nuzum with Musical Direction by Jonathan Gallegos; Choreography by Jonathan Ragsdale assisted by Maura Talley.

It’s a Wonderful Life, November 30-December 24. Having managed to avoid ever seeing the movie, and not being crazy about Christmas, I’ll still have to catch this play because Jim Cady is directing it. Avery said that much more of the film story is in this new adaptation by Doug Rand. Bring the kids; it’s rated PG.

Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott, January 25-February 10. Audiences look forward to ALT’s mystery play each January, and “Dial M” is a favorite of mine. ALT did a splendid version a few years back, and I am looking forward to another professional rendition of this suspenseful plot. Nancy Sellin directs this one.

Shrek the Musical, based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture, March 8-31. Directed by Brian Clifton, this tale of an heroic ogre and his princess is another one for the whole family. With Musical Direction by Cheryl Sharps and Choreography by Peter Bennett.

Rumors by Neil Simon, April 19-May 5. Avery directed this play at his last theatrical post in Baton Rouge. “It’s terribly elegant, with pretty gowns and tuxes, staged in a sophisticated New York townhouse,” he said. “It’s crazy like ‘Noises Off,’ and helps us strike a balance between the musicals and kids’ shows.” It’s a riotous farce involving absent party hosts, the police, and classic cover-ups. It’s Avery’s first directorial project of the season, but then he’s very busy through June.

Singing’ in the Rain (Musical), Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown; Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. May 24-June 16. This hilarious screenplay about a silent film actress with a squeaky voice about to spill the beans in audio is a Hollywood fairy tale. Directed by Henry Avery; Musical Direction by Shelly Andes; Choreography by Luke Loffelmacher.

Tickets: albuquerquelittletheatre.org, 505.242.4750 x 2