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Ardmore Little Theater

P.O.Box 245

Ardmore, OK  73402


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The Charles B. Goddard Center

401 First Ave., SW

Ardmore, OK  73401

In our last newsletter, we looked at the attendance records of the top twenty plays presented by ALT.  In this newsletter, we'll examine the musicals that have graced our stage.   Since The Music Man opened on the Goddard Center stage on June 20, 1970, ALT has produced 83 musicals including children's shows.  Here are the top 25 ranked by total attendance.  When a show has been produced more than once, the original production is displayed in italics.


________Show__                                     Attendance               Avg.      Performance                  Year  


1.   The Sound of Music                   2,208          315.43               7               1998

2.   Annie, Get Your Gun                   2,162          308.86               7               1995

3.   Grease (Summer)                                 2,158          308.29               7               1999

4.   Annie (Summer)                        2,153          307.57               7               2002

5.   The Music Man                        2,141          305.86               7               1996

6.   Les Miserables (Summer)                   2,103          262.88               8               2013

7.   Grease (Summer)                        2,080          297.14               7               2014

8.   Annie                             2,023          289.00               7               2018

9.   The Wizard of Oz (Summer)              2,022          288.86               7               1995

10.  Oklahoma! (Summer)                   2,007          286.71               7               2007

11.  The Best Little Whorehouse…              1,994          284.86               7               2011

12.  Oklahoma!                         1,982          330.33               6               1987

13.  The King and I                        1,977          282.43               7               2001

14.  Hairspray (Summer)                   1,902          271.71               7               2011

15.  Oklahoma! (Summer)                   1,884          269.14               7               2017

16.  Mary Poppins (Summer)                   1,867          266.71               7               2016

17.  Show Boat                        1,865          266.43               7               1993

18.  Fiddler on the Roof                   1,835          262.14               7               2016

19.  Anything Goes                        1,814          302.33               6               1981

20.  Hello, Dolly                        1,806          301.00               6               1985

21.  The Music Man                                1,780          296.67               6               1970

22.  Forever Plaid                        1,733          247.57               7               1996

23.  Kiss Me, Kate                        1,728          246.86               7               2007

24.  Damn Yankees                        1,694          242.00               7               1994

25.  Me And My Girl                        1,677          239.57               7               1992

Another measure of success is the average attendance figures.  Here are the top 25 ranked by average attendance.


________Show                                         Attendance               Avg.           Performances            Year


1.   South Pacific                    1,413          353.25               4               1979

2.   Oklahoma!                         1,982          330.33               6               1987

3.   Beauty and the Beast (Children)          1,606          321.20               5               2018

4.   Camelot                         1,602          320.40               5               1980

5.   The Sound of Music               2,208          315.43               7               1998

6.   Godspell                            625          312.50               2               1977

7.   Annie, Get Your Gun               2,162          308.86               7               1995

8.   Grease (Summer)                    2,158          308.29               7               1999

9.   Annie (Summer)                    2,153          307.57               7               2002

10. The Music Man                    2,141          305.86               7               1996

11. The Wizard of Oz (Summer)          1,524          304.80               5               2004

12. Anything Goes                    1,814          302.33               6               1981

13. Hello, Dolly                    1,806          301.00               6               1985

14. Sweet Charity                    1,190          297.50               4               1978

15. Grease (Summer)                    2,080          297.14               7               2014

16. The Music Man                    1,780          296.67               6               1970

17. Cinderella (Summer)               1,174          293.80               4               2010

18. Annie                         2,023          289.00               7               2018

19. The Wizard of Oz (Summer)          2,022          288.86               7               1995

20. Lil' Abner                         1,440          288.00               5               1973

21. Annie, Get Your Gun               1,436          287.20               5               1974

22. Oklahoma! (Summer)               2,007          286.71               7               2007

23.  The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas     1,994          284.86               7               2011

24. The King and I                    1,977          282.43               7               2001

25. Can-Can                         1,409          281.80               5               1975



More Facts and Figures

December 1, 2018

By Joel Wellnitz

South Pacific was packed every night.  I don't remember why we only did four performances, but we put in as many extra chairs as we possibly could.  After the show closed, we got a visit from the fire marshall who told us we could not do that again.  So, no show will ever beat South Pacific's average attendance of 353.25 unless we enlarge the auditorium.  Godspell was a big hit in 1976, so we decided to enter it in the Oklahoma Community Theater Association play competition the following summer.  We decided to do two performances before the competition so the actors could have a chance to perform in front of an audience before they were judged.  We also had a new cast member (Charlotte Jordan replaced Beth Whitley), so those two performances gave her a chance to perfect  her performance.  The 1987 production of Oklahoma! was a big hit with Jeff and Vicki Gelona playing the leading roles.  1987 was also Ardmore's 100th birthday, and we were asked to present the show as part of the Centennial Celebration.  The entire cast agreed to repeat their roles and we did four performances that summer.  See below the ranking of every musical by total attendance.


________Show                                         Attendance               Avg.           Performances            Year

1.   The Sound of Music                             2,208          315.43               7               1998

2.   Annie, Get Your Gun                   2,162          308.86               7               1995

3.   Grease (Summer)                                 2,158          308.29               7               1999

4.   Annie (Summer)                        2,153          307.57               7               2002

5.   The Music Man                        2,141          305.86               7               1996

6.   Les Miserable (Summer)                   2,103          262.88               8               2013

7.   Grease (Summer)                              2,080          297.14               7               2014

8.   Annie                                       2,023          289.00               7               2018

9.   The Wizard of Oz (Summer)              2,022          288.86               7               1995

10.  Oklahoma! (Summer)                   2,007          286.71               7               2007

11.  The Best Little Whorehouse…              1,994          284.86               7               2011

12.  Oklahoma!                                   1,982          330.33               6               1987

13.  The King and I                        1,977          282.43               7               2001

14.  Hairspray (Summer)                             1,902          271.71               7               2011

15.  Oklahoma! (Summer)                   1,884          269.14               7               2017

16.  Mary Poppins (Summer)                   1,867          266.71               7               2016

17.  Show Boat                                  1,865          266.43               7               1993

18.  Fiddler on the Roof                             1,835          262.14               7               2016

19.  Anything Goes                        1,814          302.33               6               1981

20.  Hello, Dolly                                  1,806          301.00               6               1985

21.  The Music Man                                          1,780          296.67               6               1970

22.  Forever Plaid                                  1,733          247.57               7               1996

23.  Kiss Me, Kate                                  1,728          246.86               7               2007

24.  Damn Yankees                        1,694          242.00               7               1994

25.  Me And My Girl                        1,677          239.57               7               1992

26.  9 To 5                                       1,667          238.14               7               2013

27.  West Side Story                        1,663          277.17               6               1983

28.  My Fair Lady                                  1,657          276.17               6               1988

29.  South Pacific                                  1,653          236.14               7               1999

30.  Camelot                                       1,622          231.71               7               2000

31.  Carousel                             1,612          268.67               6               1986

32.  Beauty and the Beast (Children)         1,606          321.20               5               2018

33.  Camelot                             1,602          320.40               5               1980

34.  Fiddler On The Roof                             1,601          266.83               6               1991

35.  A Funny Thing Happened…              1,545          220.71               7               2003

36.  The Wizard of Oz (Summer)              1,524          304.80               5               2004

37.  Chicago                                       1,522          217.43               7               2005

38.  Sweet Charity                                  1,517          216.71               7               1997

38.  Joseph and the Amazing…                        1.517          216.71               7               2009

40.  Chicago                                       1,515          252.50               6               1982

41.  Jesus Christ, Superstar                   1,515          216.43               7               2005

42.  Lil' Abner                             1,440          288.00               5               1973

43.  Annie, Get Your Gun                             1,436          287.20               5               1974

44.  Young Frankenstein                             1,431          204.43               7               2014

45.  South Pacific                                  1,413          353.25               4               1979

46.  Mame                                       1,411          201.57               7               2003

47.  Can-Can                             1,409          281.80               5               1975

48.  Godspell                             1,398          279.60               5               1976

49.  Anything Goes                        1,396          199.43               7               2008

50.  The Little Mermaid (Children)              1,367          273.40               5               2016

51.  Oklahoma!                                  1,351          270.20               5               1971

52.  The Unsinkable Molly Brown              1,336          222.67               6               1990

53.  Kismet                                       1,298          216.33               6               1984

54.  Brigadoon                                  1,215          202.50               6               1989

55.  Bye, Bye Birdie (Summer)                        1,205          172.14               7               2012

56.  Sweet Charity                                  1,190          297.50               4               1978

57.  Man of La Mancha                             1,179          168.43               7               2002

58.  Cinderella (Summer)                             1,174          293.50               4               2010

58.  Aladdin Kids (Summer)                   1,174          234.80               5               2017

60.  Jekyll and Hyde                        1,126          187.67               6               2012

61.  Crazy For You (Summer)                        1,084          154.86               7               2018

62.  Little Shop of Horrors                   1,062          151.71               7               2017

63.  The Jungle Book (Children's)              1,058          211.60               5               2015

64.  Guys and Dolls                        1,050          262.50               4               1977

65.  Nunsense                             1,009          252.25               4               1993

66.  Pumpboys And Dinettes                   1,007          251.75               4               1995

67.  Smokey Joe's Café                         984          246.00               4               2011

68.  Evita                                      951          135.86               7               2010

69.   How To Succeed In Business…          943          188.60               5               1976

70.  I Love You, You're Perfect…          905          129.29               7               2004

71.  Spamalot                         883          147.17               6               2015

71.  Oklahoma! (Summer Reprise)          833          208.25               4               1987

73.  1776                                   830          276.67               3               1976

74.   Bells Are Ringing                                      781          156.20               5               1971

75.  The Fantasticks                         750          187.50               4               1985

76.  Babes In Toyland (Children's)          748          249.33               3               1974

77.   The Wizard of Oz (Children's)          724          241.33               3               1973

78.  Clue:  The Musical                         697          174.25               4               2014

79.  The Boyfriend (Summer)               681          227.00               3               1977

80   A Funny Thing Happened…          667          166.75               4               1972

81.  Godspell (Summer Reprise)          625          312.50               2               1977

82.  Crowns (Summer)                          511            85.17               6               2009

83.  Snow White (Children's)               479          239.50               2               1980