Alton Little Theater

2450 Henry Street Alton, IL 62002

About the Theater

Originally founded in 1933, the Alton Little Theater is getting ready to begin its 86th consecutive season. ALT is the longest-running community theater in the state of Illinois. With more than 500 productions to date, ALT is a vital resource for theater arts and entertainment and takes pride in community partnerships and collaborations with other arts organizations that enrich the lives of those residing in the greater Riverbend area. 

It all started in 1933, a young English teacher, Dorothy Colonius, dreamed of creating a Community Theater for Alton – a rather novel aspiration for a young female in those times – but a dream that thankfully grew and flourished with the support of so many of Dorothy’s students and fellow educators. Indeed, ALT’s early years were forged by educators and talented folks from all works of life. Dorothy became the permanent Artistic Director for her “little” theater group and she remained the driving force behind the theater purchasing property for a permanent home and then expanding. At the time of Dorothy’s death in 1979, she bequeathed a modest endowment to sustain the theater’s existence. Talented and dedicated fellow educators like Cliff Davenport, Edmund Young, Birdine Groshong, and Diana Enloe became the mentors for a whole new generation of theater lovers.

“The purpose of ALT shall be to develop an interest in the theater, to create and sponsor the production of quality drama, the highest ideals of dramatic activity and to provide a community center for the performing arts.” - Dorothy Colonius


Upcoming Shows

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Audition Dates


Alton Little Theater Season Directors announce Audition Dates for ALL 86th Season Main stage & Bonus Productions! 

HOLY LAUGHTER - A NEW comedy directed by Gail Drillinger. Very fun roles for the diverse group (5-9) of actors male and female ages 25 -75+. Performances are March 20th - 29th, 2020. Auditions February 1st at 10 am with cold readings from the script.

BRIGADOON - MUSICAL - Directed by Kevin Frakes. First Casting Audition for 37+ roles in this Golden Age Classic will be held on February 29th, 10 am and March 1st, 2 pm. Come Prepared with a song, willingness to don a kilt (just kidding) and willingness to work hard and ENJOY this classic tale of LOVE! More info at 618-407-2447. 

ONE ACT Play Competitions on March 6th, 7th and 8th will be announced at a later date BUT IF YOU'RE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT LEE COX 618-531-3777. The weekend of the show calls for 4 females and 4 males who will rotate roles in three different scripts for the audience's delight! 


Come Play at ALT!

We are looking to greatly increase our resource of talented newcomers and performers with previous experience. ALL OF OUR AUDITIONS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND MOST OFTEN CONSIST OF COLD READINGS FROM THE SCRIPT….Please consider ADDING “Being in an ALT Play”  to your “Bucket list.”




2019-2020 Directors  
Executive Director Lee Cox
Artistic Director Kevin Frakes
Office Manager Ashley McAfoos
Technical Director Brant McCance
President Gail Drillinger
Vice President & Secretary Andrew Richards
Treasurer Donna Bemis
Fundraising Pat Kulish
Box Office/Tickets Michael Cox
House Manager Linda Patton
Nominations Sawyer Burton
Volunteers Diana Kay


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