TNM Virtual Festival June 25-27

To celebrate theatre across the state, Theatre New Mexico is proud to present their first ever online festival. This collection of four plays represents companies from across the state. Each show costs only $2 and is available as an on-demand rental from June 25-27.

For tickets: https://www.showtix4u.com/events/22273

For more information: https://www.theatrenewmexico.org/upcoming-events

Hunker DownLos Alamos Little Theatre

A Mystery Murdered: a Virtual PlayArtesia High School Theatre

Henry VNew Antiquities Theatre Company (Hobbs)

ReasonsSandia Performing Arts Company (Albuquerque)

LALT Board 2021-22

At the June 13 Annual Membership Meeting the LALT Board of Directors was elected for the 2021-22 season.

Linda Taylor – President
Tomas Farish – Vice-President
Eric Bjorklund – Treasurer
Megan Pimentel – Secretary
Gracie Caonelli
Beth Harrison
Suzy Kroesche
Paul Lewis
Jim Sicilian
Craig Taylor

Annual Meeting – June 13

Sunday June 13 at 2:30 pm – Annual Membership Meeting at the Performing Arts Center (aka Los Alamos Little Theatre). This event is open to all interested in joining LALT, even if only to find out what we are all about! As we are still under some COVID restrictions, no lunch will be served this year.  We will have soft drinks and packaged snacks. To be on the safe side, masks are required and seating will be arranged for a maximum of four people per group.  Annual dues $5.00.

Some items on the agenda:

  • Meet Ursula Coe, this year’s recipient of the Warren Houghterling Memorial Scholarship.  Ursula will play her cello for us in anticipation of a career in cello performance.
  • Vote for new board members for the 2021-2022 season.  Craig Taylor, Eric Björklund and Beth Harrison are holdovers. The following have graciously agreed to be on the slate, you will vote for a maximum of seven:

Mimi Adams, Wendy Caldwell, Gracie Cainelli, Tomás Farish, Kaki Kelly, Suzy Kroesche, Paul Lewis, Megan Pimentel, Jim Sicilian, Linda Taylor, Diana Torres

Finally, the current Board of Directors has immense gratitude for your understanding and support during this past year.  Unfortunately, even with a dark stage, infrastructure bills still need to be paid.  LALT is a 501 (c)3 charitable organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Donations may be sent to P. O. Box 211, Los Alamos, NM  87544.

2021-22 Season Announced

The Board of Directors is excited to present a full season!

September 2021: Director Mimi Adams brings us A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle and adapted for the stage by James Sie. From Stage Partners: One of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back — braces, stubbornness and all. Once again, she’s joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil and 2. There IS such a thing as a tesseract.

November 2021: Linda Taylor directs the adult dramedy Things you Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight by Peter Ackerman. The New Yorker says “THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT: A COMEDY IN THREE BEDS is a contemporary sex farce you should see just as soon as you can—even though it’s bound to be around for quite some time. This riotously funny work is Peter Ackerman’s welcome debut as a playwright. …the hilarious dialogue just gets better and better, as the lines fly by like rapid-fire artillery.”

New Year’s Eve 2021: Join Linda Taylor and friends in an evening Variety Show complete with jokes, songs, friends, and laughter.

January 2022: Melodrama is back! Jim Sicilian directs the New Mexico Premiere of Boots, written by Stephanie Carr and Mark Watts from El Paso. Boots  is a comic melodrama set in a West Texas oil town.  When Boots Bar owner (Ana) dies of cancer, her helpful niece (Gaby) and wayward daughter, (Izzy) battle it out for control of the run-down nightspot.  Gaby’s friends come to her aid, but are they really helping?  And how does Charles (Izzy’s accountant) fit into the picture?  Join the fun as LALT revives the January Melodrama tradition, and bring your family — this melodrama is fit for all ages!

February 2022: Los Alamos Light Opera will present a Valentine’s Day fundraiser concert.  More information to follow.

March 2022: LALT welcomes Wendy Caldwell as she directs The Viewing Room, a Full Length Comedy by Mark Smith. The play is set in a funeral home in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It centers on a stern patriarch who has recently passed away only to re-awaken on the day of his wake to try and make amends with his very dysfunctional family. The play has been described as timeless due to its themes of reconciliation and family.

May 2022:  Gwen Lewis closes the season with Noël Coward’s timeless comedy Blithe Spirit.  A skeptical novelist, Charles Condomine, invites a self-proclaimed medium, Madame Arcati, to his home for a séance; hoping to gather material for a new book. When the hapless psychic accidentally summons the spirit of Condomine’s late wife, Elvira, his home and life are quickly turned into a shambles as his wife’s ghost torments both him and his new bride.

News From LALT

Hello friends of Los Alamos Little Theatre,
We hope you and yours are well, surviving life without live theater!
As New Mexico seems to be opening up after a very dark year, the LALT Board of Directors is making tentative plans to re-open as well!
  •  Annual membership meeting: The date and time has been set for Sunday, June 13 at 2:30 pm. For the first time in many years, lunch will not be served as we do not know what new regulations the pandemic may have created.  If you would like to run for the board of directors, please send an email to
    lalt-board@googlegroups.com. The current board members have served since June 2019 due to circumstances beyond their control and they would surely like to see new members on board.  There will be seven open slots with three board members held over.  A minimum of ten interested candidates have to be on the slate. Now is your chance to help!
  • LALT is making plans for the 2021-2022 Season.  Two shows scheduled for the 2020-2021 season will be back: Glitter Girls will “finish” its March 2020 run in September 2021, the set is still up! And Mimi Adams is excited for the chance to direct  A Wrinkle in Time, which was originally scheduled for September 2020.  The Board is soliciting proposals for the other slots in what should be a celebratory, joyful, and uplifting season! The Board of Directors is open to ideas, think about it, and send in your proposals!
  • Theater New Mexico:  Ordinarily we would have traveled to Artesia for four days of workshops, plays, and camaraderie with other theaters in NM.  This year our state organization is planning a virtual festival. Eric Björklund will produce and direct LALT’s entry. Click here for more details.
  • AACT, the American Association of Community Theaters is also hosting a virtual festival this year.  Find out more at:  aact.org/aactfest-2021
  • Work Parties:  look for announcements for work parties this summer.  We will need to get our dear, old building ready to reopen and compliant with COVID regulations.  The landscaping needs attention as well.  Board members have kept things going but a major effort is needed.
  • Finally, the current Board of Directors has immense gratitude for your understanding and support during these past several months.  Unfortunately, even with no shows on stage, infrastructure bills still need to be paid.  LALT is a 501 (c)3 charitable organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Donations may be sent to P. O. Box 211, Los Alamos, NM  87544.
  • Stay well! THANK YOU!

TNM Virtual Festival – June

Every two years Theatre New Mexico sponsors New Mexico’s state AACTFest theatre festival in the Spring as a part of the American Association of Community Theatre’s biannual festival cycle. But circumstances this year have forced the cancellation of inperson AACTFest state and regional festivals. To help keep New Mexico’s amateur dramatic arts alive,while we await the safe resumption of live theatre, TNM will be holding a virtual theatre festival June 25-27, 2021. This will not be a competition, but rather a celebration.  For information on how to participate, please download TNM’s Virtual Festival_Announcement.

LALT Update

We hope all of our patrons and members are staying safe and healthy. It is the LALT Board’s intention to assess the season when the Performing Arts Center (PAC) is able to reopen, and allow a three month lead time from announcement to production. In the meantime, if you have a memory or photo of a favorite LALT production, please post it in the LALT Facebook site!

The current Public Health Orders from the State of New Mexico and Los Alamos County still require that the PAC remain closed until further notice.  If you have keys, please do not enter unnecessarily.  If you no longer need your keys, send them to LALT P.O. Box 211, Los Alamos, NM 87544.  Include your name, address, phone number and email.  Eric Bjorklund will return your deposit.

As you do your holiday shopping you may donate to LALT through the Amazon Smile Program.  Choose LALT as your designated 501(c)3 charity and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to LALT.  To register your Amazon account with LALT as your designated charity go to smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0279625.

We miss you and miss the theatre! Until we meet again, stay safe!
Los Alamos Little Theatre Board of Directors

Season Suspended

The current Public Health Orders from the state of New Mexico indicate that close-contact recreational facilities (including performance venues) must remain closed. This guidance is in effect until at least the end of September. Therefore, the Los Alamos Little Theatre Board of Directors has voted to suspend the 2020-2021 season. When the Performing Arts Center is able to resume operations, we will notify the shows slated for the current season in order to determine which are able to go forward. We hope to allow a 3 month lead time from announcement to first production.

Many considerations went into this decision. Above all we’re trying to be safe and follow state guidelines. We all hope we can resume sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, if you missed the theater, you can take a virtual tour of it with Ken Milder.  Jeremy Smith, the Curator and Events Manager of the Los Alamos Creative District hosted a walk through of the Performing Arts Center for Los Alamos Culture on Tap with Ken, Tomas Farish and Eric Bjorklund.  You can watch the episode in its entirety here.

We hope you are well and we thank you for your understanding and patience.
LALT Board of Directors