"9 to 5, The Musical"
-John and Linda Miller
Great set, great sound enhancement, great music from the pit, great running crew, and the CAST!! Wow! Just simply WOW! What a performance, strong voices, marvelous comedic timing, all the principal characters were great, and the ensemble was so strong! The whole performance was just terrific. You could take that show anywhere I think and have it show well against all comers.
I think that this was one of the best performances we have seen at ALT. My problem though with making that judgement is that there are so many good performances! I do think that this is one terrific show and one that was so very enjoyable.
The cast, crew and musicians did and outstanding job and we look forward to the next season.
ALT Academy's Production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
What a wonderful production of “The Little Mermaid!” For many of my students, this was the first time they have ever been in a theatre and I have had so many of them come up and tell me how much they enjoyed the show. Some even asked if the actors were really singing or if it was a recording! Your actors should be so proud, as well as everyone involved with the production. Once again, ALT makes me proud to be a part of the “family.”
-Kim Shreffler/Horace Mann Middle School
That was such an AWESOME performance yesterday. I was so impressed with the talent! We knew several of the students from Bonham (either former or current students). You are a VERY talented director and we look forward to next year!
-Lori Craig/Bonham ACC
"The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee"
I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much Mary and I enjoyed the Putnam Spelling Bee on Saturday night. It was a real triumph of good staging, directing, choreography, and talent.
We had seen the same musical on the Civic Center stage through their Broadway touring series a few years ago, and I was very disappointed. As such, I was not looking forward that much to your production. I can say now that I was very pleasantly surprised. I tend to be somewhat hard to impress, but this one was a hit. You never know exactly what combination of chemistry and setting and directing separates a really good performance from a mediocre or awful one, but Saturday everything was clicking!
"Cheaper by the Dozen"
Loved CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN! Good job. We are looking forward to the rest of the season and really enjoyed LES MIS and TUNA CHRISTMAS. Don't know how you do it. 700 in the Academy!
-Ann and Norris Root
Thanks so much for a wonderful performance yesterday. Please tell your students what a great job they did. Our students had a fantastic time. A huge pat on the back for a job well done!! So glad we were able to attend!
-Jan West/ Paramount Terrace First Grade
"Lucky to live in Amarillo"
This comment doesn't address any particular production. To us, each in its own way never fails to entertain, delight, or give us food for thought. What a professional group always! My intent for writing is to applaud you for the many ways you enrich our city and accommodate patrons most cordially. As an example, recently, through my own mistake, Jack and I showed up for A Tuna Christmas on the wrong night. Happily for us, Anne was able to find seats and she did so, graciously. Thank each of you for all you do.
Lucky to live in Amarillo, and ALT is one of the reasons.
"A Tuna Christmas"
A Tuna Christmas was outstanding! Jeff and Jeffrey were perfect for the roles. I think the longest laugh was when Jeffrey came on stage as Bertha, but followed closely by Aunt Pearl. I think Aunt Pearl could have been my grandmother. ALT’s production and the acting of these two gentlemen would give the guys that wrote the play a run for their money!
Thanks for all the hard work...
I wanted to let you know again how much we enjoyed the play on Friday night. Jeff and Jeffrey were absolutely hilarious and we could not quit talking about it all weekend.
I have no idea how they can keep so many characters in order and transition so smoothly.
Thank you for all your efforts to make it happen.
I don’t think I will ever be able to get the “It is”, “It is”, “IT IS” line out of my head!
"The Lieutenant of Inishmore"
I absolutely loved the show, Allen. The acting was superb, the chemistry between the cast was flawless, and the special effects were, well...so effective. I imagine you're incredibly proud, and I want you to know how proud I am to be a part of such a special theatre community. It was a thrilling evening of theatre. Thank you.
Just wanted to drop in and thank you for the amazing production you put on. This was my first time coming to ALT, and I was very impressed. I loved the Irish accents and the story line was hilarious. It is very hard to believe that these actors are volunteers, because they are exceptional! I truly enjoyed the play and look forward to many more! Keep up the great work!
(Amarillo Globe News- Letter to the Editor)
Amarillo Little Theatre gave the Amarillo area a gift in its production of “Les Miserables.” If you bought a ticket to unwrap this theatrical package, you know what an outstanding job ALT did to bring this difficult and extravagant musical to artistic life on stage. The sold-out houses during the Sept. 20-Oct. 7 run actually reflect Amarillo audiences’ appreciation of ALT’s enormous efforts. A big thank you goes to ALT Director Allen Shankles and his capable crew for pulling this all together. And applause goes to the talented cast
- Kay Paine
I want to add my congratulations to what must be hundreds of others who saw and loved Les Miserables. It was first rate in every way and I was so impressed with every aspect of the production. I know how much all that depended on your leadership and talent, Allen. I don't know why fate kept you in Amarillo, when you could have been successful in any place you chose, but we are all so lucky that it turned out that way. I was thinking after the show that a production that huge might have easily become mechanical...more concerned with making sure that everything happened correctly at the right time, than with the soul of the show. But that wasn't the case. It did all happen on cue...at least as far as I could see, but it also took us through a range of emotions that was incredible. The characters seemed so fully developed - alive with all kinds of conflicting emotions. What a show! Thank you thank you.
- Ann Coberley
What an evening! The staging, the lighting plot, the set piece, and the VOICES!!! I am always impressed with the pool of voices that are available to ALT but tonight I was more than impressed....awed might be the word.
As I told you at intermission, we heard this in Los Angeles many years ago and it compares very favorably. The cast and crew rose to a challenging piece and did it very very well!!
- John Miller
This can't be community theatre. I am so impressed. I first saw Les Mis in 1985 at the Palace Theatre in London. The show I saw tonight at ALT was just as good--if not better. You and the cast and crew should be very, very proud. I sincerely doubt that there is another community theatre in the nation that could have pulled this off. My only regret is that I waited 'til the end of the run to see the show because I want to see it again. All I can say is thank-you!
- Jill Gibson
In regard to Les Miserables: we attended your production opening night. What a wonderful experience! We have seen this musical drama in Dallas, Philadelphia and London- your performance was certainly comparable to any. What talent Amarillo has- singing, staging, directing, etc...
Thank you all!
- Arden Kenady
WOW! We absolutely were blown away on Friday night at the Les Miserables performance. The acting, the costumes and the set were definitely over the top! You and the entire team did a fantastic job in bringing the production to Amarillo.
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Thank you and everyone for all your hard work and determination.
- Bob Murray
You know what you and your cast mates have done? You have set the bar so high that no other ALT production can ever come close to the GREAT performance of last Saturday night.
My wife and I have enjoyed many great programs at ALT but Saturday night tops them all.
Congratulations and thank you. And the same for the rest of the cast.
- Buck Clary
Once again ALT has topped themselves. What a high energy show. It is such a treat to see young talent rising to fill the ranks of theater either here or in another venue. Thank you for a great season. See you next year!
- John & Linda Miller
We saw Footloose last night. It was wonderful and we enjoyed it from beginning to end.
- Francis Nossaman
My wife I had the great pleasure of seeing your magnificent cast in "Sordid Lives". We laughed from the beginning to the end. You did a great job of casting the right performers for the parts. We told our son about the play and he said he had a DVD of the movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Beau Bridges.
So - after seeing your presentation we watched the movie version. There is no comparison. Your cast beat the thunder out of the Hollywood version - hands down. Congratulations to the Cast for a great performance.
- Doug & Carolyn Miller
You all hit it out of the ballpark on this play. Fabulous job!
- Sharon Bowers
Saw the performance of Sordid Lives Saturday night! Hysterically funny, emotional and thought provoking. The cast was incredible. Completely impressed with a first class performance at ALT. Plan to see it one more time during this run! Great job by all involved!
- Darla Greene
This performance is utterly FANTASTIC.....DON'T MISS IT!
- Jar Hester
Just wanted to let you know how much Steve and I enjoyed “Sordid Lives”!! We laughed and laughed till our cheeks hurt. What a great job Jeff and the cast did..BRAVO!!
- Rita Akeroyd
"Children of Eden"
When Jason sent me a message to come see his latest and greatest show, Children of Eden, I gladly obliged. I was NOT disappointed. It far exceeded any preconceived expectation I had. The level of acting ability and vocals was most impressive, in addition to the incredible cast size of the production. His ability to draw from even the smallest of cast member was truly a pleasure to witness. I was mesmerized with the entire show, but especially the message presented. Yeah, forgiveness & loving enough to let go.
Amarillo Little Theatre is lucky to have this breeding ground of future actors; Jason truly nurtures their growth!
- Nancy Burnett
"Rumors" March 2012
We ABSOLUTELY loved RUMORS! What a great night! Thanks for such a wonderful production.
- Jerry and Frances Yerger
I want to say how much I enjoyed RUMORS. A perfectly delightful evening.. full of laughs. Very well done!
How lucky Amarillo is to have ALT. Thanks to all of you talented people!
- Johnnie Thompson
We loved RUMORS! So much fun. Afraid we missed some of the lines because of laughter and audience response. Not really a bad thing, though, is it? The cast was fantastic (especially Don Washburn) and so was the set.
- Norris & Ann Root
We absolutely LOVED Rumors. I had no idea as to the content but I started laughing at the beginning and continued all the way through. It was well cast and everyone contributed to a super play. Tell Bobby "Good Job".
- Sharon Bowers
Thank you so much for a fabulous performance of “RUMORS”. The actors did a fantastic job! I haven’t laughed that much in a very long time. My wife and I laughed all the way home. Your actors portrayal made the performance and their willingness to meet and greet after the show made it that much more personal.
I can’t thank you enough.
- David & Mary Price
"Chicago" February 2012
This is a little late, but I just want to add to what so many other have said about CHICAGO. It was absolutely fabulous! Music, Sets, Acting, Costumes, Dancing, Directing.. everything! Congratulations to ALL who had any part in it.
- Johnnie Thompson
The show was incredible last night!! Way to go guys!!! Can't wait to come back and watch another production! WOW! Keep up the great work! CHICAGO ROCKS!!!
- Neely Kelley
Just wanted to say congratulations to the cast and crew of 'Chicago'. You should all be very proud of the show. I also wanted to say thank you. This is definately one show where the cast and crew have to take their jobs to heart and have the passion to make it work. You all obviously worked your butts off, possibly even literally :), to make sure that it was a great show and you succeeded so again, thank you and break a leg the rest of the run.
- Lewis Mize
"Of Mice and Men" January 2012
My wife and I recently returned from Washington D.C., where we had the opportunity of viewing “Les Miserables” at The Kennedy Center. Speaking for both, and aside from the fact the Center has the “ambiance and income” to cater to the President and VIP’s, we enjoyed “Of Mice and Men” @ The Amarillo Little Theatre more. In particular, Scott Royster, playing the part of “Lennie”, had us both totally captivated and completely sympathizing with his plight. The play was not just entertaining, it was emotionally believable. The entire cast gave an incredible performance. Each and every member should be very proud of their individual accomplishments.
- Don Roudebush & Lora Reynolds
This is a little late, but I want to also comment on the incredible experience in watching the ALT Academy Production on "13". I enjoyed it so much, I went several times. I was impressed by the music quality, performances and "spirit" of ...the production. The memory of the play still lingers... matter of fact, I would like to get the song "Kendra" to stop reverberating in my mind!! Bravo Jason, Allen, orchestra, set designers, instructors, and OF COURSE, the kids!!!
- Phyllis Payne
My 5 yr old granddaughter really enjoyed it. She sang 13 all evening after we saw the matinee Saturday. She “performed” some of the scenes for family that night including some costume changes. I was worried it might be too old for her or she might get bored. But, no, she enjoyed herself very much. Thanks. She is looking forward to FOOTLOOSE in a few months.
- Dianne Cornelison
We saw it and loved it! So did our grandsons...especially the one who will turn 13 on January 17th! Really impressive!
- Ann Coberley
"The 39 Steps" December 2011
We really enjoyed The 39 Steps this past Saturday. It was so very unique and entertaining. Both George and I always look forward to our night out at the theatre. Always a great night and, ALT is always such a class act. Almost forgot to mention…..we laughed until we had tears in our eyes while watching 39 Steps. Another exceptional job by some very fine actors and actress. Looking forward to the next one. See you there!
- Susan C. Smith
"In the Next Room or the vibrator play" October 2011
It was a great play. I love art that makes us look at how manners and morals and what we expect from each other changes through time. It was funny and poignant all at once. One of the things that struck me was that the men were as repressed and uncomfortable with their feelings as the women! Even though the doctor's wife was intuitive and bright, the only character who seemed to be in touch with her feelings and her sexuality was the black woman. Great play, great acting, great directing. Congratulations on another hit. I'm so glad it did well!
- Ann Coberley
This was one of the most enjoyable plays that George and I have attended! A delight from start to finish. I laughed, and George laughed a lot and out loud. There was no chuckling, pure joyous laughter. I was also quite touched by the artists speech while looking out of the parlor window and watching the lights in other homes come on. Lovely, sublime really. If you haven’t purchased tickets for this play, do so! You will not regret it, I assure you, and you will enjoy a lovely night out at the theater with loads of laughter. Looking forward to the next production! Thank you all so much for all the joy
that you bring to people.
- Susan Smith
"La Cage Aux Folles" September 2011
I feel it is necessary to ask you to enroll me in a vocabulary class at your expense due to the fact that I find my vocabulary so very, very limited to the following concerning the production of La Cage:
Off the charts!
It was all of the above and so much more!!! Thank you- Thank you, Amarillo Little Theatre for your dedication to excellence!
- Rene' Brain
Bravo!!!! Bravo!!! BRAVO!!!! This was one of the most entertaining productions we have seen in a long time. Great story line and lots of laughter--just what a person needs!!
Everyone did a great job, but Jeff was OUTSTANDING!!!!
The costuming was fantastic and you are all "quick change artists".
thank you for bringing such great plays to our area. I was sad to see so many empty seats on a Friday night; people just don't know what they are missing when they don't try new productions at ALT.
Looking forward to the next one.
- Sue Norman
ALT never disappoints and continues to amaze!!
Great acting, dancing, singing, costumes….ALT has it all!
I enjoyed La Cage Aux Folles so much, I saw it twice! Wonderful show. I was exhausted after watching the dance numbers. Such a talented cast. Everyone gives it their all every performance, especially the Cagelles. Thank you ALT for all your hard work.
- Felicity Swann
Congratulations! I don’t think a better production of this could be seen anywhere – certainly not at a community theater. The cast loved doing it, and in turn, the audience Sunday lapped it up. Wow.
- Kay Paine
Thank you for an amazing evening at the theatre. My goodness what an awesome performance. I just can't say enough good things. The costumes were amazing and holy crap, the costume changes alone is daunting. It was a visual treat in every way.
Congratulations to your outstanding cast a crew for taking me to a place of happiness and delight last night. After all, isn't that what live theatre is all about?
Thanks for all the wonderful work you do.
- Janice Easterday
I absolutly LOVED this performance and I do want to see it again. Jeff Jarnagin is one of my favorite actors. I also love to watch Jason Crespin, as well as Ryan Sustaita. I love to be entertained and these three always draw me in. Thanks for a wonderful show!!
- Vicki Willis
"Freud's Last Session" August 2011
As an employee of the theatre, I'm unsure as to whether my praise for the current show will have any weight at all; nevertheless, I feel the need to share it.
Rarely have I been so moved by a piece of literature performed on any stage as I was by tonight's offering at ALT's Adventure Space. Freud's Last Session was a truly compelling show. From beginning to end, I was riveted by the conversation happening between the two men on stage. My mind didn't wander like it usually does when I watch theatre; as an actress and costumer, honestly, I rarely get to suspend my disbelief. I usually pontificate on the costumes or the set, interpretation of a line or the actor's blocking, yet none of that went on during tonight's show. It was masterfully directed; nothing felt forced or 'staged.' The acting was really very good; it only enhanced an already amazing script.
Jeffrey Pickens convinced me that he was Sigmund Freud. Kennan Dalley provided a strong character to go with the many books I've read by C.S. Lewis. The ending of the play brought me to tears; again, a rare occurrence. Nolan and I were both surprised that the ninety minutes of the play flew by as it did. I've found that good theatre makes you think, and the play provided fodder for several future conversations about faith, hope, death and acceptance of beliefs.
I think this piece was a brilliant start to the 2011-2012 season, and I anticipate an (artistically) banner year for the theatre.
Thanks for a truly great evening of art,
- Carrie Huckabay
"Stories to Stage" Summer Theatre Camp 2011
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the great camp you held this past week. Brooklyn Robinson was our little camper and she had a wonderful time. The level of encouragement and fun you all provided was amazing. She came home every day with such a great attitude and I know it was because of all the hard work everyone put into the experience. The show was so cute and their stories were over the top. Again, thank you and we all look forward to more great times at ALT.
- Pattie Kirby
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" May 2011
I absolutely agree with Mr. Shankles’ blog today. Scoundrels was a thoroughly enjoyable show and my wife and I truly enjoyed it. What a testament to the talent we have in Amarillo. We can only do our small part when it comes to the dollars and cents of the theatre, but we intend to become season ticket holders again next season. We both get excited when we know we are “going to the show” and it has given us a chance to have “adult time” away from the kids.
Thanks for all the hard work and effort everyone puts into these shows. We really do enjoy ALT.
- Jerry Yerger
Just a note to tell you how much fun the current production was. We always enjoy ALT, but this was an especially great show. The timing was impeccable; the choreography was spectacular; the talent and your ability to bring it out is always the best! Thanks for providing Amarillo with amazing entertainment.
- Peggy Martin
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was very tastefully done. It's good to know the Texas Panhandle offers such great entertainment! (Our first time to go!) Wish we could have met some of the dancers and actors afterwards just to tell them what a great performance it was! Thanks again!
- Mike Feland
"American Buffalo" April 2011
You must be very happy and proud of “Buffalo.” It was nothing short of magnificent. Sometimes I see a production at the Adventure Space and I think “nothing can top this.” Then, the next play comes along. Wow.
- Kay Paine
Oh. My. Lord! What a fine piece of work!
While it often seemed to walk a line between tragedy and farce, I was
reminded of a technical manual written in Japanese and translated into English. All the words were English but there were times when no sense or meaning was conveyed to the reader. The actors fed lines to each other that were disconnected yet flowed. They agreed with the other actors statement when the issue was often in doubt as to meaning if any. They contradicted themselves and the other characters often in the same sentence. I was captivated by the business, the timing, the flow of seemingly random disconnected sentences. Kudos to the cast for such a fine job of remembering such rambling speeches that followed no apparent logic or pattern.
I certainly may not have understood all the thoughts exchanged by author and the characters but the sense of the play came through in vivid detail. I am not at all sure that this was not the best piece we have
seen, certainly this year, and perhaps in several years. Each year ALT
tops itself and that speaks volumes. Thank you.
- John & Linda Miller
"Bye Bye Birdie" March 2011
Kudos to the entire staff, crew, and actors and actresses for an amazing production of Bye Bye Birdie! What talented Academy students!!!
- Marge & Dale Garner
The show was wonderful!! Such a great showcase for some VERY talented kids. We LOVED it! Congratulations!!
- Laura Jo Worsham
All I can say is WOW!
The Academy gave a great performance of Bye Bye Birdie. I was blown away by the fabulous singing! What great talent we have in Amarillo!
My mother and I truly enjoyed the Saturday night performance.
- Felicity Swann
"The Mousetrap" March 2011
I attended the last show of "The Mousetrap" yesterday and I loved it. You could tell the hard work that the actors put into their roles and when they bowed for the last time it was sad to think of such a great show ending. Every minute of it was entertaining and the talent on the stage was splendid to say the least. Great job! Look forward to the next show.
- Julie M. Richards
Just wanted to let you know that The Mousetrap was a smashing good time. We loved the suspense throughout the play. Once again, ALT tops itself with the performance.
Thanks for all you guys do for the community.
- Kristi Mahoney
"Kiss of the Spider Woman" February 2011
It has been over a month since I have seen “Kiss of the Spider Woman” at ALT and I cannot get it out of my head. The talent was phenomenal. The vocals spectacular! Jason’s voice is truly magnificent! I was completely overtaken by the theater. I even downloaded two soundtracks that were released. I have become utterly obsessed. I wish I would have known how great it was so that I could have attended more than one show. Please bring it back soon! (Preferably with the same cast! Lol) Many people in Amarillo need to see this show!
- Frank Salazar
We agree with the comment we heard a gentleman say as we were coming out of the theatre: "You couldn't see a better show on Broadway." Kudos to the entire cast and crew.
- Donna Lawler
Kiss of the Spider Woman was amazing! Of course, Jason, Jeff and Camille were perfect, as always, but the entire cast was perfection as well. The ensemble dancing was great, and the ensemble singing was so good and so inspiring that I just wished I could listen to the whole group “in concert” all evening. Every performer did such a good job including the fantastic instrumentalists!
Thanks to all involved for an amazing evening of theatre.
- Perry Pletcher
I wanted to congratulate the cast of “Kiss…” ! What a phenomenal performance! The talent in Amarillo is amazing! Thank you for a wonderful time!
- Leslie Stansbury
Kiss of the Spider Woman was awesome! One of the best plays I have ever seen at ALT.
I only wish I had seen it sooner so I could tell everyone to go see it!
- Sharon Peddy Baker
What a marvelous production of Kiss of the Spider Woman. It was one of your best. How I admire your talent and courage in this production. It is time that everyone appreciate the whole arts field of drama, not just the froth that so many only understand. We are so fortunate at ALT to have Allen Shankles at our helm. Thank you, thank you! We would not be quality theatre without you. Again, we are so fortunate! Thank you, again!
- Jayne Brainard
Allen, you never fail to ensure the enjoyment of all your ALT fans -- and I want to compliment you on the tastefulness and direction of last night's performance of Kiss of the Spider Woman... it was truly beyond doubt one of the best I've seen at ALT, and I've been attending your productions for many years now.
- Dewayne Kimball
Every production at your theatre is a true work of art and display of talent! I am always left in awe. "Kiss" was certainly no exception- as each cast member was the perfect choice. Every song held the capacity to *move* me to tears. Such heartfelt display of those characters! I have never been more amazed or in love with ALT than I was watching this show. I'm sad I only got to see it four times :-(
- Chriselda Reyes
I just wanted to let you know how splendid the Kiss Of The Spider Woman production was. ALT has such wonderful talent that everyone should attend and see what kind of talent we truly have in Amarillo. Thanks again for bringing us such a wonderful production.
- Kristi Mahoney
Enjoyed Kiss of the Spider Woman - daring and wonderful performance.
- Gwen & John Patterson
I loved the play. It was one of the best ALT has done. The whole cast was great. Thanks for a great evening.
- Dena Sanders
Kiss of the Spider Woman was beyond words. I loved every minute
- Debi Deputy
I believe that Spider Woman may be the best show you guys have produced. Great theatre and we love great theatre!
- Mary Reynolds
A friend and I went to the opening performance last Friday night and I just wanted to tell you all that you are AWESOME!! I could not stand up fast enough to applaud.
You helped me leave my life for a couple of hours and I was totally transfixed into the lives of the characters.
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!
- Shyla Hale
Kiss of the Spider Woman last night was great!! It was my first time in the Adventure Space and I was impressed. It felt so personal and so much more moving than in the Mainstage. The cast was so connected to one another and it was felt throughout the crowd. Keep up the good work and I look forward to watching the next show.
- Julie M. Richards
The Kiss of the Spider Woman was my first experience with ALT. It was very exciting and what an experience. Really made a deep impression on me. The actors, songs, music, sets and sounds made it such a thrill ride from beginning to end I must say. :) So glad snow didn't keep me away yesterday and the show must go on!
- Shane Austin
I saw Kiss of the Spider Woman today. The performance was top rate & rawked the house! So glad we braved the weather & made the show!
- Melanie Morales
Truly amazing show. One you don't want to miss. Amarillo is very blessed with great talent.
- Jackie Roland
Thank you for letting us sit in on the dress rehearsal. You have a good show on your hands. Lots of hard work and talent are on display. Linda and I are impressed over and over again at the depth and breadth of the talent pool that ALT draws upon. Having a cast who can all sing, all dance, and all perform is such a joy for the audience (and must be nice for a director too).
The emotional swings and the intensity build were very nice. We thought Jeff did a great job-very touching and very moving. We thought that the emotion and feeling were well done and very believable . The principal players did a great job.
The lighting is very well done. I especially liked the set with its layers and 'decoration'.
Well done to the cast and running crew. This was one of the best shows yet. Thanks again for the chance to sit in.
- John & Linda Miller
"On Golden Pond" January 2011
Jerry and I, along with a couple that we invited, enjoyed "On Golden Pond"!! It was great. Don did a wonderful job as Norman; probably deserves an award for that performance. Congrats to all that were involved with this production, you did a great job!!
- Sue Norman
"Is He Dead?" December 2010
We attended this last night.... IT WAS GREAT! We had so much fun. Thank You!
- Mr. & Mrs. Mike Moore
That play was just marvelous. The scene change from Scene One to Two was inspired. The whole thing was just hilarious. Thank you for all your hard work. The casting was great & they did a wonderful job.
- Ruth Bonn
Really enjoyed Amarillo Little Theatre's production of Twain's "new" play "Is He Dead?" last night. Especially the second act. Great wit and satire as you'd expect from Twain and the guy who played the evil Andre did a stupendous job. Go see it if you can!
- Travis Erwin
We attended "Is He Dead?" last night and was amazed. We absolutely loved it!! It was my first time to ALT and I am ready to purchase a membership!! Exceptional talent was on that stage and they made the characters really come to life. I want to thank you guys very much for bringing this talent to Amarillo. Everything from the cleanliness of the theatre, the light crew, decorations, tickets sales, greeters at the door, and the web page. You guys run a good ship. Thanks again!!
- Julie M Richards
"Tom Sawyer" November 2010
I wanted to let you know how much my class loved “Tom Sawyer”. We were able to attend the first student production on Wednesday. They were on the edge of their seats from the very beginning. The show was perfect for young audiences, but I found myself entertained just as much as I do at a regular Little Theatre production. ALT is always a class act with exceptional stage direction, beautiful costumes and realistic sets, and I continue to see that from the Academy, as well. As a teacher, I am so thankful that those of my students who would not normally attend a theater performance, were able to have such a rich experience of the arts. Thank you again for giving Amarillo’s youth the opportunity to experience theater and broaden their horizons. We were proud to support the students from Olsen who are in the production and also see other incredibly talented young people from around the panhandle. I am hoping to come again this weekend.
- Jenny Morgan
"Eurydice" October 2010
We saw Eurydice last Friday night and loved it. It was appealing on so many different levels. There was definitely a comic aspect and I appreciated your remark that it was OK to laugh. I think the play needed some comic relief because it really dealt with such poignant issues about human relationships - how people are woven together by their memories and how those memories sustain them when they are separated. Death presented as the absence of memory was powerful...and devastating. I was entertained and moved. I thought it was one of the best plays I've seen and I thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have such an experience.
- Ann Coberley
Just wanted to tell you how much I loved the show last night. It was beautiful and sad, both in the visual and emotional aspect. Natasha blew me away, and Bobby freaked me out...in a good way.
I came in not knowing if I was going to like it or not, but working with you has taught me to trust in your vision and your ability to choose great works. I feel truly blessed for having attended the play last night.
- Jennifer Brewer
Wonderful show! We had a great time and really liked the show. Too bad for those that don’t just take a chance. I will visit with all, but the tech and set were great also. Jeff Pickens did super on sound cues (a lot) lights were great and water and books dropping WOW.
- Gary Graham
"South Pacific" September 2010
It is with extreme pleasure that I congratulate the Amarillo Little Theatre's production o "South Pacific." Wow, what a show! Thank you very much, Joseph and Arlene Pool, for helping produce the show. Thank you, Allen Shankles, who directed the production. This production made me proud to be a resident of Amarillo.
- Bonnie Abraham
I do not believe I have ever enjoyed a production anymore than I did South Pacific. Some of the music is still going through my head. I am always amazed at the talent we have in this community.
- Erma Knapp
I just wanted you to know that I loved South Pacific! It was the best show I've ever seen. I really felt like I was a part of it. ALT is my Bali Hai.
- Molly Martindale
"Magical Moments of the Past Decade" June 2010
Kudos to you for pulling off a spectacular, over the top event. I expected a great show, but nothing like this.
In a show, the vignette moments occur, but those highlights have been worked on for weeks of rehearsal. Last night each person performed as if they had just stepped out of the original show; that was with only a few days of practice!
What a load of talent was on ALT's boards last night!
Thank you, and Best Regards
- John Kaczmarek
I was absolutely stunned by the quality of the performances in Friday night's show. After the opening number I thought, okay they started with the very best one. But impossible as it was, each and every performer turned out to be just that: the very best one. I got goose bumps, laughed out loud, cried, and burst with pride that so many top performers got their start at ALT and were proud enough of their roots to return to Amarillo and honor us with their stellar performances. After the show, there was such a crowd of people wanting to speak to each performer, that I was unable to do so. If possible, please let each of them so they will know how very much appreciated they are.
- Catherine Dodson
It was so magical, and it came and was over so quickly, that I still have to remind myself it really happened. Each and every one of you has touched and enriched my life in some unique and different way, and you are truly family to me. Those of us who remain here will continue to work hard to keep our ALT "home" as strong and proud and open to newcomers as it has always been, so that when you travel home to visit or to stay, it will be the same wonderful place you helped make it. We are all so blessed.
At the gala, I had the opportunity to speak personally to several of our donors and supporters. As performers, we may not always realize how much a part of our "family" they each are. Like us, there are some that have come and gone and returned and some that have been here year in and year out. They love and support us in every possible way. They remember our names, encourage us, pat us on the back, worry about us, shake our hands after the performances and what some of you may not know...they open their wallets time after time to ensure we have the money to produce top quality shows is a top quality facility. Without them, ALT would cease to exist.
Some of those with whom I spoke on Saturday night got teary eyed with pride as they marveled at what THEY TOO had helped produce that evening. This "family" is bigger and more powerful than many of us even realize. Every time someone buys a donating membership, a Playbill ad, a show sponsorship, a Producers' Circle sponsorship, etc., they do so with the same love and commitment that we each took to the stage last weekend. It was a "family" reunion of epic proportion, and I thank God I am blessed to be a part of it.
Love you all more than you can imagine!
- Cindi Bulla
Special is certainly the correct word for the beautiful event staged on June 18th! I attended on that night, and I definitely considered changing previous plans to attend again on June 19th. I knew when I first began to hear and read about this event that it would be a great experience. Everything about the event was truly beautiful. The set was stunning, the instrumentalists were fantastic, and the singers, dancers, and actors were beyond compare. It was truly wonderful to see all of the performers again and to hear again some memorable selections from past productions. The wealth of talent assembled for this event is amazing; a better night of entertainment could not be found. Every performer included is a star, and it was especially heartwarming to see and hear those of our stars who are “shining” on other stages across the country. I could continue and write individually about every performer; I am motivated to do that after such a performance, but I will refrain from doing that. I must say, however, that Patrick Andrews was a delight, as always!
Hopefully, this type of event can become regular at ALT – certainly more often than once per decade.
Thanks to all involved for a joyous evening!
- Perry B. Pletcher
"Grease" May 2010
Grease was “over the top”!! Excellent production. Jerry and I brought 6 friends last Friday nite. None of them are regular goers to ALT. They were all blown away by the production – amazed at the talent that we have right here in Amarillo. Thanks to you and all that were involved in this great production.
- Sue Norman
"Thank You" May 2010
I know that all that ALT has accomplished over the years was not your single handed effort. I know that you have had hundreds of talented collaborators who have nourished and fed the marvel that we know as ALT. Having said all that, I also know that without your vision, focus, and drive we would be poorer in Amarillo with a less versatile theater.
"Thank you" is such a paltry thing to say in the face of such a fantastic theater and company of players that enrich our lives with every production. I know that you must feel an enormous sense of pride in the theater that is ALT.
- John Miller
I just wanted to say thank you again for giving us the experience of "Equus." I know the play moved many people for many different reasons...I've talked to a few of them and they were as flabbergasted as me. I've been mulling this over for a couple of days...trying to figure out why it had the effect on me that it did. As I mentioned to you on Friday night, we've certainly had other powerful and profound performances at ALT. We talked about "Pillow Man" and "How I Learned to Drive." And there have been others. But for me, "Equus" was an antidote to so much of popular culture that encourages and reinforces conformity to the same old ideas and world view. It was theatre that made me think about my life, my society, the culture I live in and I loved it...even if it wasn't always comfortable. Who said that the unexamined life is not worth living?? I can't remember, but I think it's true. Thank God for the arts that push and pull us into reevaluating how we look at the world and at people who are "different" from us...and...people who are just like us.
- Ann Coberley
To the Cast and Crew of EQUUS:
Thank you ALL for the gift you gave to me and the hundred or so others fortunate enough to have chosen to spend last evening with you. Never have I had the pleasure of seeing so many talented people give so very much to their craft.
Nick Palmieri took such a personal risk, and had he held ANYTHING back, or been anything less than amazingly talented, that risk would have been all the audience remembered. Because he had - and gave - so much, what I saw and will always remember was the tragedy, pain and vulnerability of his character, Alan Strang. The mother in me was crushed and will be haunted by the image of him stripped of his demons as he lay naked on the ground. The part of me that appreciates performance art - and what it takes to go to the emotional place he went to deliver that performance - was stunned and awe inspired. I'm sure I didn't take a breath from the time the lights changed and the truth began to the end of the show!
Of the countless, powerful performances delivered by Don Washburn over his years at ALT, this might be his best. Dr. Dysart could have been a mere storyteller, and just the delivery of such powerful words - not to mention the sheer volume of dialogue - would have been impressive. The fact that they were injected from start to finish with dynamic, yet subtle nuances full of subtext and insight into his own character's demons, is incredible. His perfect balance of presence and absence as he fed the flashback scenes was particularly impressive. The story rested very comfortably on Don's able shoulders. Thanks also to Sandra Sweat for her beautiful portrayal of Jill, and for her own willingness to hold nothing back. Her debut at ALT was compelling, and I hope we will be blessed to have her as a "regular" in future shows. Shannon, Amber, Don, John, Josh and Kim were each brilliant and, together with the powerful presence of the horses, made for an impeccable supporting cast.
Thanks also to Allen for producing such a delicate and magnificent work of art. Cudos for unashamedly staging the nude scene in such a way that every audience member had to emotionally deal with it, and for trusting that your actors had the chops to make it what its author intended, and not a side show.
The set and technical aspects of the show were seamlessly and brilliantly embedded into the experience. The lights, the sound, the horse heads, the turntable......wow!
In my humble opinion, if you love and appreciate theater, and can deal with some uncomfortable questions about faith and obscession, it would be a huge mistake to miss this show!
- Cindi Bulla
To all of you who do not have tix to "Equus" for next weekend, get them now. We have seen this show on Broadway, on film and in New Zealand. The ALT production is superb in casting, staging and acting.
- Dr. John Kaczmarek
Our family went to Honk! this weekend. It was enjoyed by all 4 generations of our family that attended, from my 5 year old grandson to his great-grandmother. Clint did an amazing job playing the lead. What a talented young man! Jason does an excellent job with the academy students!
- Sheri Kee
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for another great production. While I was unable to attend, my husband - along with our 2 older sons - attended on Friday and they all said it was great!!!! (It is particularly noteworthy, because my husband was a little skeptical and was totally impressed with the skillful coordination of so many children.)
Keep up the great work!!!
"The Dixie Swim Club" 2010
Just wanted to let you know that I saw “Dixie” last night and thoroughly loved it!! One of the best plays I’ve seen in years. It was nice to laugh for a change! Great job!
- Susan Stafford
You did a great job with The Dixie Swim Club. WE LOL throughout the play.
- Debi Deputy
I wanted to let you know how much we thoroughly enjoyed the Dixie Swim Club play. Not only was it very funny, it was very real. Emotions went from uncontrollable laughter to being very sad for the ladies. We brought another couple and all four of us had a great evening. Jeff did an excellent job casting and directing the production.
- Bob Murray
Dear "Dixie Swim Club" staff and cast,
I just wanted to let you know that I took my oldest daughter and one of her closest girlfriends to her first ALT play last weekend. We all immensly enjoyed the play and look forward to more before they leave for college. My eldest daughter has a close knit circle of girlfriends, each of whom will attend a different college. One girlfriend was accepted to her first choice college in Tennesee but may follow her boyfriend to Texas Tech. (Hmmm... Lexie?) My daughter and her girlfriend have been inspired by "The Dixie Swim Club" to contemplate Girls Only Reunions in their future. They have already acknowledged that their friend who will attend the Air Force Academy will need to set the date and place according to her schedule for their reunions!
Thank you for the many wonderful memories my family has enjoyed at the Amarillo Little Theatre for over 20 years!
-Karen J. Young
"The Light in the Piazza" 2010
We really enjoyed "Light in the Piazza" last night. I didn't want it to end! What amazing talent we have in Amarillo! We also were extremely impressed with "Tuesdays with Morie." The quality of the ALT productions is always superb! We're so grateful to have such outstanding theater right here in Amarillo and want to say THANK YOU to all who work so diligently, creatively, and tirelessly to make it all happen
~ Joan Horn
"Tuesdays with Morrie" 2010
I read the book and listened to the book on CD, but never had it touch me until I watched Bobby Schaffer and John Bernard. John, I will never picture Morrie in my mind without seeing your face. Carolyn and I enjoy our membership because we are never disappointed. Allen Shankles, the cast and crew and even the handsome young man who escorted us to our seats...we have a treasure in the Texas Panhandle. Thank you all for your hard work and outstanding performances.
~ Loren Brand
Dear ALT Actors, Staff and Board,
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful evening of entertainment that my 16 year old daughter Rachel and I enjoyed last night (Friday). My daughter had read the book and watched the Tuesdays with Morrie movie and so I thought that she might enjoy going to see the play with her Dad, so I bought tickets (a big surprise to her!) and we went. We had a wonderful time and both of us loved the play.
We ate dinner afterwards and talked about the play, and you know it was one of the nicest times that I've ever had with my daughter. Thank you for all the work that went into the play and all you do to bring great theatre to the community. We just moved here from Amarillo last summer and this is one the first things we've done in Amariilo associated with the arts. I'm exicted to take my wife, daughter and son back to another play in the future. Thanks again.
Lance Robinson, Canyon, Texas
I guess I too have to jump on the band wagon with the praise of this show. I saw it sort of last minute with Joanna this afternoon. I didn't expect to be one of those that affected by it. Well wow was I ever wrong!! What a beautiful story and two of the finest actors to boot. I wish more people my age would discover this precious treasure in Amarillo. I'd rather see real live theatre than a movie any day! Bravo!
~ Sarah Fordham
We went to play yesterday. It was one of the best we have ever seen. Those two were superb! Appreciate you!
Ernie & Mary Flippo
This play was an inspiration! While
I knew the performances were going to be good (they
always are at ALT), I never imagined how spectacular
they would would be. And they truly were. I am presently
practicing part time (in my retirement) as a Nurse
Practitioner with Hospice Care of the Southwest.
After 40 some years in the healthcare field, it is
not often I am moved to tears. I was last night.
John Bernard was so supberb, that I actually saw
a man dying, not just someone who was acting. Bobby
Schaffer, as Mitch, reminded me so much of loved
ones and friends who struggle with the grief one
feels, while watching someone die. What I and other
received last night was a gift. The lessons this
play teaches are immeaurable. Thank you.
~ Rose Ann Smith
I went to an ALT production for the
first time this weekend and saw Tuesdays with Morrie. And, I really enjoyed the show. The acting by John and Bobby was superb! The show’s description was spot on. For such a tender storyline, it was quite funny! I laughed and cried, but by the end, I felt so good. It was a fantastic show, and I can’t
wait to come back again.
I just want to congratulate John Bernard and Bobby Schaffer on their performance last night in TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE and to anyone else who had any part in it. I think it is probably one of the best things I have ever seen at ALT ! Excellent!
Mrs. Johnnie Thompson
As a theatre “rat“ I get to hang around and help with sets, sound and general stuff. I find that my taste in theatre is the “song and dance” fun musicals. I know what I like! I must admit that I don’t like getting preached to or made to feel bad when I go to the theatre. Last night I took advantage of my “rat” status and watched one of the final rehearsals for “Tuesdays with Morrie”. It’s about a guy dying so I thought no way for me. I was wrong. This is such a wonderful story. I found myself being each one of these guys at different times in my life. I am always amazed at the musical talent in this town. I get to see that so many times. I was stunned by the actors in this story. Truly masterful acting. During this hour you could tell that actors got older, more mature and how they changed. They didn’t do this with make-up but by acting. The set, simple, the tech not seen, but all so true to the story. Great jobs guys! This is a must see for all. (Even us musical guys)
~ Gary Graham
"Schoolhouse Rock Live!" 2010
Saw it and loved it!
~ Julia Koumalats
"You Can't Take it With You" 2009
We attended the performance on December 3rd, and it was fantastic!! Personally I was blown away at the set - you guys just go "over the top". We had a great evening of laughter and our guests enjoyed it immensely. Thanks for all you do to entertain us.
~ Sue Norman
ALT's current production of "You Can't Take It With You" is both well-executed and engaging. Plays from the 1st half of the 20th century often seem dated; the language is hard to follow, and the situations don't seem to apply to modern life. "You Can't Take It With You" avoids those traps for the most part. The themes are ageless and the comedy easily translates into modern sensibilities.
Bright spots include perennial ALT favorites Melanie Sanders and Don Washburn, who provide much of the comedy. Both use their bodies to play physical comedy very well. Another standout is Jeffrey Pickens as Mr. De Pinna. He gives a wonderfully bumbling performance, reminiscent of Stan Laurel or the Three Stooges.
The main weakness involves the script. As is the case with many older plays, it's written in 3 acts, drags at times, and seems rather choppy, with multiple scenes changes. Director Allen Shankles even appears between acts to give an apology/warning for the length of the show. Modern audiences, used to 1-2 act plays will chafe a bit at the pace. An edit to 2 acts would have been a plus.
Overall, a very classic play with timeless themes, a solid cast, and few obvious weaknesses. Well worth a viewing.
~ Rusty Robinson
"The Woman in Black" 2009
We saw "The Woman in Black" this afternoon and it was terrific. It's really hard to do a "horror" story in live theatre in this day and age, because of the special effects from the movies having numbed audiences to the point of being blase.
This show was a reminder that it still can be done by combining a good script, solid direction, and outstanding performers. Congratulations on pulling it off.
~ Dr. Rusty Robinson
"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas " 2009
Last week, I was on holiday in Texas (I'm from London, UK) and we got tickets for your show, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'' whilst we were there and it was so BRILLIANT!!! It was such a treat and a stroke of luck for us Brit's to be in Amarillo and catch this show, it made our holiday! Best Wishes!
~ Alice Hawkins
The show on Saturday evening was fantastic!!!! I have been to many Broadway shows in New York, and I want to tell you that the participants have “nothing” on the folks from Amarillo. This show was so good, so entertaining….there are not enough adjectives to say how wonderful it was. What a fantastic group ALT has………….I just can’t say enough!!!!!
~ Lynda L. Gerace-Acton
This was me and my wife's first experience here and it was awesome! What a show! The vocals and acting were great. I would recommend a night out here anytime.I'll be coming back!
~ Kevin and Teresa Kieth
We attended the show on Friday and it was fantastic. The cast, the acting, and the singing were all first rate. That was our first production to attend at the ALT, but it certainly will not be the last.
~ Bob Murray
What a good production. A great cast of characters. The sets were effective and imaginative. The lighting was great. The special effects were well done. The voices strong and clean. The dances were smooth, well choreographed, and well danced. The stage business was fun. The music was great. The set changes were smooth and nicely done.
But what really struck us as we drove home tonight was the depth and breadth of the ALT pool of talent. You can stage intense dramas with a cast of three or four and also mount a production utilizing forty good dancers, singers, and actors.
It seems to us that the mark of a strong theater group is the ability to find and develop actors to fill the stage in a variety of productions which stretch the audience and the actors. ALT has done that with style and great aplomb. The scope of the playbills that ALT has presented to the community has been super. Thank you for such a strong organization and for fostering such a pool of talented people. We look forward with great anticipation to next season!
~ John & Linda Miller
"Rabbit Hole" 2009
Excellent just excellent! A very well played piece that was a difficult emotional roller coaster. The cast did a truly great job with the highs and lows. The timing and business was great and the flow of the dialogue was very natural. Loved the set, great music in the interludes that was so appropriate, good lighting plot, the whole piece was truly well done.
We thought that all the characters were developed and the interaction was very good. Thank you to the cast who did such a nice job and thank you to the director who pointed the cast in the direction the piece needed and wanted and then let them run. This is on the top of my list for the best theater I have seen this year.
~ John & Linda Miller
A big congratulations on a perfect "Rabbit Hole" on Saturday evening--what a fantastic production with every cast member turning in a memorable performance. Undoubtedly the best play of the season.
~ Dr. John Kaczmarek
I went to the Rabbit Hole on Friday. Very powerful! The cast was great!
~ Jim Womack
"Over the Tavern" 2009
We liked the play today (Sunday, March 15). I thought all of the cast was good, but I really thought the kids were good in the performance.
~ Willetta March
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the play when we came on 3/6/09. We had a wonderful time and everybody was great!
~ Heike Bowen
"The Clean House" 2009
I have to congratulate everyone involved with The Clean House -- it is an amazing show. You know from the first look at the set that the play will be, to quote Allen, "unconventional and quirky" -- just the type of show we love to see at the Adventure Space. Once again Allen managed to bring the perfect group of actors together and allow them to find the heart of the story. The Hastings Talk Back after the show gave us all a little more insight into how the cast and crew work their magic. So magical, in fact, that I have already made reservations for next weekend.
~ Kim Shreffler
Quilters was such a powerful piece. It resonated with me several times and brought tears. I loved the set and the lighting plot. The actresses were super and brought the character they played to life. The hardships and trials that women, and men, faced on the prairies were marvelously played out. Thank you for a wonderful production. We are so fortunate to have ALT and the cadre of actresses and actors that you draw from!
~ John & Linda Miller
What FUN! What a wonderfully timed piece! Cara worked hard to get that level of comedic timing for the whole cast through the whole show and the business and reaction was really terrific.
Jeff was a joy to watch through the whole play as was Alexis. The entire cast was terrific and meshed really well and played just far enough over the top to make our faces and sides hurt well after the evening was over. Well done to all hands! 4.0
~ John & Linda Miller
"Smokey Joe's Cafe' " 2008
I've been in Texas since 1978 performing as a professional musician and working as an educator. I've performed with many, many musical productions associated with Equity playhouses and community theatres. I have to tell you that I am very impressed...extremely impressed with the talent on stage for Smokey Joe's Cafe!! It is absolutely the best community production that I've witnessed; either as a musician in the pit, or as an audience member. I'm very pleased to be a part of this production and am very pleased to encourage my friends to attend.
Wow! Amarillo is talented, indeed.
James A. Rennier, Dean
Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities
West Texas A&M University
Why “Blackbird?” Is that the question? Certainly not because it will leave you humming the final song like we did with “Urinetown” or chuckling over the recognizable characters as we did with “Daddy’s Dyin’ Whose Got the Will.” Much more like “Doubt” or “Pillowman,” Harrower’s “Blackbird” falls back on Aristotle’s definition of tragedy in order to present “incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of emotions.” In fact, the author said he wanted to shake people up — and shake us he did. With clever direction from Allen Shankels and some of the most powerfully controlled performances I have every seen thanks to Don Washburn and Melodie Weis, “Blackbird” took my breath away on more than one occasion. Anger, disgust, pity, compassion, confusion. . . I experienced it all within the short 80 minute production. Nothing about this play was easy — not to write, perform, or watch — but that does not mean it was not worthy of staging. It would have been easy for the actors to portray these characters as stereotypes instead of humans wallowing in the grey between truth and fiction. Certainly “Blackbird” isn’t for everyone but then neither is skydiving. As both an actor and a patron, I appreciate how hard Allen and the ALT board work to give us a variety of plays so there is something for everyone. The website gives a description and rating for each play and, although the newspaper wrongly declared it to be a “dark comedy”, the description of the play in the Get Out section left little doubt that the plot was about dealing with an “abusive” relationship. If that type of theatre isn’t for you, don’t buy a ticket to “Blackbird” but wait for “Smokey Joe’s.”
~ Kim Shreffler
I had the pleasure of seeing Blackbird on Sunday, and staying for the Ovation Series afterwards. I agree that it is a tough show, content wise to watch. It is a show that was hard to read as well, but is it hard because of the show or because of how true to life it is. I feel that it probably hits closer to home that many shows that we do at the Adventure space, but I think that we, as a group of artists, should strive to challenge our audience and make them think. That is exactly what this show does. I feel that the show will have its positives and negatives as we have one more week of performances, and we have already had some feedback. I also feel that we did make the right choice in presenting this show, and after our Ovation Series yesterday, I believe that they did too. Kudos to you Allen for choosing this show and to you and the actors for doing such a great job with it.
~ Tana Roberson
"Driving Miss Daisy" 2008
What a wonderful performance! Of the many outstanding performances we have seen at ALT we think that this is one of, if not THE best, that we have been honored to see.
Jeff did a fine directing job and produced a tightly knit whole that was just great. The characters were superb, their aging process was marvelous, the mannerisms were spot on Miss Daisy could have been Linda's grand mother, the business was excellent, the timings were tight, the set creative, and I could go on but it was just a truly fine production.
Thank you for a great experience.
~ John & Linda Miller
Congratulations to you for the successful "Driving Miss Daisy"! I absolutely loved everything about it , including the set that allowed the audience to use their imagination . I have to say that I enjoyed it more than any of the shows I've seen at ALT and we've never seen anything but great productions. Daisy was incredible -- of course she was an OU grad, what else would one expect?? Thanks to you seating us on the front row, being able to see Daisy's facial expressions was definitely a plus.
SUPERB in every way! Thanks for your work.
~ June Wadley
Just wanted to take a minute and let you know how much we enjoyed "Driving Miss Daisy."
It was a great cast, great show in every way and just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it!
Thanks and we always enjoy the shows, but this is one of my all time favorites and just wanted to take the time to let you know what a great job everyone did!
~ Renee Wilson
"A Christmas Carol " 2007
We enjoyed the show tonight so much! Everyone did a stupendous job, and that Ebeneezer ... WOW. He's just going to get better every year, isn't he? It's like he was born for that part. And I could tell that the cast from the play were friends. It's amazing how that chemistry comes through on stage. It made it seem so much more like a real "town", you know? The sets were gorgeous as were the costumes.
~ Anita Howard
Me and my daughter had an awesome time last night!!! The actors were sensational and I thought it was really good…the issue was done in good taste, and sad to say this has happened way too much…this was my daughter’s first time to go to a play of this sort and she was just in awe! Thank you Cara, you definitely put a smile on her face and it was just what she needed! You all are awesome!
~ Sharon Cooper
"Into The Woods"
Wednesday, October 3, 2007-OUR TOWN section of The Amarillo Globe News
ALT play great start for anniversary
"Into The Woods" at the Amarillo Little Theatre paves an excellent entry into the theater's 80th Mainstage anniversary.
Allen Shankles, ALT director, strikes the magic into this "fractured fairytale," an award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical. Amarillo audiences had an opportunity to see outstanding musical theater with a colossal cast and musicians.
Yes, I am a member of the ALT board of directors. This objective opinion, however, comes as a result of seeing the show.
~ Kay Paine
"Sweet Dreams, Peggy Sue "
I wanted to let you know that me and my husband Steve truly enjoyed Saturday's performance of "Sweet Dreams, Peggy Sue." We had seen both shows in the past and were very excited when our friends invited us to go. Please let Ms. Hysmith and Mr. Jones know that their performances were again perfection and that Ms. Bulla's new character was a hoot! We had a such a fun time and have been talking about it all weekend. We were hoping to see The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens again as well but still loved the show. Thank you for bringing back some great memories.
We had heard that the production was very
good. We were pleased to discover that it was
much better than very good..
We are constantly impressed with the caliber of performers
that you find in the Amarillo area. We are so
very fortunate to have such a pool of talent and such
a fine venue to showcase them.
The staging was fun, the lighting plot was imaginative,
the set was versatile, and the production had such
energy and effect.
John and Linda Miller
Dear Cast & Crew of "Metamorphoses",
I was mezmorized at your performance Saturday night. You truely took me into the world you created, and
I got lost in the beauty of the language as well as
the incredible visuals.
Thank you for a delightful evening.
The premise here is fascinating; the tales
of ancient classical playwright Ovid performed
in and around a pool of water. This was clearly
a departure for Amarillo theatre goers, many of whom
openly admitted before the show started that they
didn't really know what to expect.
The set was stunning, both visaully and aurally. The
colors and hanging panels effectively complimented
the water. Even the costumes, mostly long and flowing,
seemed perfectly fitted to the atmosphere
being created. The music and lighting combined
with the set to produce a sensous, quasi-mystical
The performances were generally solid; Kevin Fuller
and Leigh Anne Stewart continue to demonstrate
their growing talent. Both young graduates of
the ALT Academy, they predict a bright future for
the theatre. The structure and direction of
the show were well done also. Another comlicated
show that has been well-crafted by Director Allen
The tales themselves left me a bit confused.
I walked out wondering if I'd missed the
point somehow. The stories are generally
very simple. I thought King Midas was basically
a children's story, but the complicated and relatively
arcane language of the play combined with the mystical
feeling of the set made me wonder if there wasn't
somthing else there, some deeper theme or message.
I almost felt I had to concentrate too much, or that
there was some "inside" joke or theme I was missing.
Allen stated in his pre-show speech that the tales
were to taken at face value. I guess I didn't
take that admonishment seriously.
Overall, "Metamorphoses" was a strong production.
The individual pieces were solid, although the show
in it's totality may not appeal to everyone.
Another success for the Adventure Space.
Wow! Thank you for such an eventful
evening of theater. We really enjoyed the performance.
Thank you for presenting such a challenging piece.
We were unanimous in our admiration of the cast's
ability to perform under difficult conditions.
Their professional approach and delivery was really
This seemed to me to be one of the best productions
you have staged in that the timing and flow was nearly seamless.
Props and business were handled extraordinarily well,
lines were delivered clearly, the lighting and sound
were well done and cued very well. All in all
this was one of the high points in a good season
of theater for us.
Please let the cast know how much we enjoyed the production.
John and Linda Miller
"The Odd Couple"
piece of American theatre lived up to its' promise
at ALT in January. The entire cast was solid.
Sherman Bass and Bobby Shaeffer as the leads were
outstanding. The "girls" held their
tricky accents flawlessly. This was simply
one of the best American plays ever written, with a
very competent cast under the outstanding direction
of Jeff Jarnagin. Jeff has truly come into his
own as a comedic director. Great work for all
ages and tastes.
~ Dr. Russell Robinson
A Patron's Point of View (February 7, 2007)
Our family went to the
Civic Amarillo production of Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dream Coat last night. It was a
great play and one that we all enjoyed. But,
I must tell you in all honesty that the ALT production
that was done a couple of years ago could easily hold
its own and in many cases
the ALT production was much better. The presentation
last night did not have any kids in the production,
which we really missed. Cara could easily hold
her own with the narrator last night. Chuck
completely blew away their Pharoh. Jeff and Patrick
were much better than the actors portraying that role
last night. The play last night had nice choreography,
which you expect, but I am very proud of the performance
that ALT presented. The cast of ALT can hold
their own with any production that comes to town.
Last night was a very good reminder of the quality
of programs that ALT offers and the amount of talent
in Amarillo. My wife and I were wondering if
the people sitting around us had seen the ALT presentation
because they were amazed at the production last night.
If only they had seen the ALT production they would
have realized that ALT is equal to the task.
Thanks for a great job at ALT!!
Mike, Cheryl, Danielle, and JT Sherrer
"A Christmas Carol "
I attended "A Christmas Carol" last Friday evening and enjoyed every minute of it. Time flew by I was so engrossed in this beautiful production. I applause ALT for staging such a professional production.
Thanks for a wonderful evening full
of the Christmas spirit!
~ Jane Hudson
Wow! It was wonderful! The cast,
the scenes, fabulous! Bravo!
~ Valerie Naugle,
Bailey Naugle, Martha Duncan, Keely Chumley, Keisha
Naugle, Domnique Lehr, Megan Lehr
I consider it a mark of high praise
when our conversation in the car on the way home skipped
from performer to performer while trying to mark the
strongest character. The entire cast was a strong
and vital one. Thank you for a riveting albeit
uncomfortable at times piece of theater.
~ John and Linda
My definition of art has
always included the notion that the piece
should prompt both thought and emotion from the viewer.
recently at ALT's Adventure Space certainly did that.
I left the
theatre thinking that I didn't like the overall work;
and at first didn't quite understand why, as many
of the individual performances were stirring.
Jonathan Cardenas gave a breakout performance as Samuel
Byck, who attempted to assassinate Richard Nixon.
His barely controlled rage was both menacing and captivating.
Brilliant work from a relative
newcomer to the Amarillo stage. Jim Gardner, cast
as Leon Czolgosz,
assassin of William McKinley, gave his most satisfying
date at ALT. His substantial acting skills have formerly
been overshadowed by his spectacular voice, but not
Other strong efforts included that of Sarah Johnston,
previously unappreciated vocal ability as Lynette
and the consistently outstanding Jeff Jarnagin as
John Wilkes Booth,
who toughed out a very credible performance on the
despite having laryngitis.
As has also become a standard of the Adventure Space,
sound and intimacy of the thrust setting were powerful
the overall feel of the piece. Once again, Allen Shankles
has done a
fine job staging a complicated show.
So why did I walk away feeling somehow disappointed?
I think the
problem is with the show's intrinsic design. Part
of the magic of the
theatre is that it prompts us to suspend disbelief.
We can enter an
imaginary world for a short period of time. The depiction
historical events in the form a musical simply did
not allow me to do
that. I think its hard enough for a playwright to
deal with historical
events that the audience is mostly familiar with in
a pure dramatic
setting. The addition of a musical score, particularly
one as quirky
as this, (typical Sondheim-odd rhythms, dissonate
melodies) simply did not allow this piece to work
for me. I lost the ability to suspend
disbelief on multiple occasions when the music started,
fact that the songs were generally very well performed.
Finally, the idea of displaying these characters in
what might be
considered a sympathetic light bothers me a little.
Allen remarked in
his directors' notes that he was not trying to make
a social or
political comment. But it can't help but be so. Is
there truly a
purpose in trying to understand evil? It has always
been with us and
always will be. The depiction of several of the characters
of one form or another does not change the fact that
were evil; and you can't separate a man from his actions.
I applaud Allen for having the courage to tackle this
show with its'
clearly limited appeal. The Adventure Space continues
to be my
favorite theatre setting anywhere. We are lucky to
have this venue,
and I hope we never change it.
Dr. Russell Robinson
What an incredible show!!! My husband and I just attended the Thursday evening show and it was wonderful!!! Steel Magnolia has always been my favorite movie, and now, I have this production to add to my all time favorites!!! The cast was great, and I loved them all!!! Thank you ALT for this brilliant show, and all your hard work!
Bravo!!! Went to the play this afternoon (Sunday) and loved it. Can't say that I had a favorite actress as you all did a superb job. You all worked so smoothly together. I've seen the movie many times but in person, it's a real treat. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. Hats off to you all.
~ Sharon Bowers
To whom it may concern; My friend and I had the very distinct privilege of attending the Sun. matinee today, & it was most enjoyable. We thought the casting was excellent & each actor did a wonderful job. Congrats on another fine presentation of ALT. Thanks again for a very pleasant Sunday afternoon.
Wow! Words are paltry things sometimes. Thank you and your marvelous cast for a marvelous evening of theater. The first act was stunning with difficult dialog and tight timing. It showed a great deal of work and polish. The cast was wonderful, accents were good and consistent. The characters believable and well rounded. Just a great evening. Thank you so much for the work that went into this production, it truly did pay off. When most of the audience is in tears you are present at a great moment in theater.
~ John and Linda Miller
What a funny piece. The play was funny with some good lines and good business. Very interesting staging, very simple but very effective. Pulled the audience into the play and got the suspension of disbelief that was needed to work. Jayme was great going over the top or around the bend. Nice business in lots of scenes, very enjoyable. Cara has a nice feel for comedy and the cast worked nicely in their roles to keep the characters straight.
~ John Miller
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