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The Box Office - The "Voice" of LTA

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The Little Theatre of Alexandria mounts seven mainstage productions each season, which is an incredible number of plays and musicals for a community theater. All ticket sales for each of these theatrical creations go through our box office. LTA is very fortunate to have a full-time Box Office Manager, Tina Barry McCrea, to organize, arrange, and supervise a vast array of volunteers in order to ensure a smooth manage-ment of our ticket sales. To those contacting LTA for the first time, Tina is the pleasant, helpful voice they hear on the tele-phone. For those who already are members and subscribers, she’s the valuable old friend who is always willing to assist with any questions or difficulties and guide our patrons in their decisions. I guess one could say that Tina is the “Voice of LTA!”

In addition to handling subscriptions and daily ticket sales, Tina manages LTA’s social media and public relations (in conjunction with our Governor for PR) such as Facebook, Twitter, the LTA Blog, an…

News from LTA's Front of the House

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When I began serving as Governor for Front of the House about two years ago, one of the things I wanted to do was add some kind of flowers to the lobby and in the Council Green Room at the theatre, just to soften up the appearance and make it look more friendly. Some attempts to keep fresh flowers in these areas were never really successful, so the only other option seemed to be to put artifi-cial arrangements in place.

But last spring, a strange thing happened: All of a sudden someone was taking my artificial arrangements and hiding them away, and replacing them with fresh flowers. Once in a while, the fresh flowers would die and I’d find my arrangements and bring them back out. But within a day or two, they would disappear again and be replaced with fresh flowers. What a mystery! Who was doing this and where were these fresh flowers coming from? No one knew the answer, and it remained a mystery for several weeks until one afternoon when I was in the Council Green Room doing an in…

It's All About Teamwork! - Beverley Benda (Governor of Artistic Support)

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Baseball season is over, football season is on, and basketball season is on deck. Now, let me be very clear: I am NOT into sports! But, here at LTA, I am very interested in the same kind of winning teamwork sports teams require. LTA’s Artistic Support is all about teamwork, and I am extremely proud of the team I get to work with and for in all areas.

Bobbie Herbst and Nicole Zuchetto have been longtime keepers of our Props Closet and are currently working on a major clean-out of that space with the huge help of newcomer, Mike McCrea. They are re-organizing the space to include a redesign of the room with new, moveable shelving. So WONDERFUL!
Kevin Lane, a master costumer, has worked on LTA productions for 20 years! He joins Annie Vroom, longtime Chairman of the Costume Closet! I got to wear his selections in Auntie Mame and Annie, and I enjoy not only his humor, but also his dedication to our Closet. Join him and Annie for their clean-out in December, just in time for the class regist…

From Director Joanna Henry - 33 Variations

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It's so exciting that auditions for 33 Variations are this weekend! We've been planning this for almost a year, and the enthusiasm builds with each meeting, with each discussion, and with each design. The past month has been a series of “melding of the minds” with the designers: reviewing the script, looking at the challenges, and creatively collaborating on the overall look and feel of the play. It's especially thrilling to be able to have an extremely talented pianist be with us on stage to perform these variations live as the play progresses.
33 Variations is a story about “a mother coming to terms with her daughter, a composer coming to terms with his genius.And, even though they‘re separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still.” (Dramatists Play Service website). It has been a fascinating journey not only into history and music, but also into the minds of the master Ludwig van Beethoven and the musi…