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Murders of 1940"   7:00pm

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Murders of 1940"   7:00pm

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Performance: "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" 7:00pm

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Performance: "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940"  2:30pm


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Mailing Address:

Ardmore Little Theater

P.O.Box 245

Ardmore, OK  73402

Physical Location:

The Charles B. Goddard Center

401 First Ave., SW

Ardmore, OK  73401

And a Grand Time was had by All

Ardmore Little Theatre's Reunion

January 2019


Carl Clark

On September 8, 2018 – a date which will not live in infamy, but will hopefully live as fond memory – nearly one hundred folks congregated at the Goddard Center for an ALT Family Reunion.

Highlighting the evening were tales told by ALT's old-timers.

In the history of Ardmore Little Theatre, 17 individuals have been honored as recipients of the Joe A. Callaway Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to persons who have logged more than 20 years active ALT participation as a token of appreciation for their extensive service.

Those folks (and the year awarded) were Lil Williams 1986, Haywood Vaughn 1987, Martin Dyer 1988, Ludwig Isenburg 1989, Jo Cremer 1990, Joel Wellnitz 1991, Steve Dyer 1994, Charles Tate 1998, Fred Collins 2003, Joan Rushing Dewees 2006, Joh Mann 2007, Patsy Elmore 2008, Leah Simmons 2010, Randy Simmons 2010, Keith King 2011, Monica Stolfa 2015, and Penni Wilson 2017.

Four among those -- Lil Williams, Haywood Vaughn, Ludwig Isenburg and Patsy Elmore -- have passed on. Most of the other lifetime honorees were present for the ALT reunion and shared varied memories from the past about their experiences with ALT.

There were a lot of fun tales, some melancholy ones, several mention of things that shouldn't have happened on stage, a few costume malfunctions or other mishaps. There were a few truly sad recollections, plus a lot of passion concerning love for theatre and for the ALT family.

Earlier, the event started with folks milling around the lobby, exchanging howdies and hugs, looking at show posters and thumbing through scrapbooks from ALT's 64-year history. The program began with four lovely ladies -- Lesley Dvorak, Lisa Riggle, Tisa Peevy and Sally Reser Cumpton -- reprising their rousing version of “I'm a Woman” from the musical Smokey Joe's Café.

Keith King was the emcee for the evening. He acknowledged the contributions of stage crews, tech folks, costumers, directors, stage managers, board members, etc., until almost everybody in the house had stood. King then called on each ALT Lifetime Achievement honoree to share their memories.

Email to people on the ALT emailing and audition lists, multiple Facebook postings, and our fall newsletter had invited any adult who -- as an adult, teen or child -- had been in or worked on any ALT production to take part in the evening of theatre reminisces and fellowship.

Cuttings from shows comprising our 2018-19 season were presented. A group of Hooverville denizens joined to torture an acapella version of “Tomorrow” from Annie. The guilty guys included Aaron Snow, Ken DeWeese, Tyler Wilmond, Nathanael Durbin and Carl Clark, assisted by Gordon Micklos.

Every attendee was invited to join in singing “Oklahoma!” (from some obscure Broadway musical), and the evening ended with a group sing of “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof.

The Board of Directors is contemplating future reunions, possibly with one during our 2019-20 season to mark ALT's 65 years of performance then maybe every five years thereafter. If you'd like to share your thoughts on this, please do.