By Wyatt Freeman
It’s been a good year for the Ardmore Little Theatre.
A very good one.
After a net loss of $12,000 for the 2012-13 season, the theater realized a profit for 2013-14 of almost $6,000, according to figures reported Saturday night at the ALT’s annual business dinner. Box office sales were up 82 percent from the previous year, and investment was up nearly 40 percent. Overall attendance was up 24 percent, and cash bar sales were up 15 percent.
During the annual get-together, ALT celebrated 60 years of live theater, and handed out scholarships and awards, announced board elections and previewed the 2014-15 season of shows.
In addition, the night featured a dinner catered by Casa Romo, and entertainment by children involved in ALT’s Education Outreach program. The relatively new program, which is free to students enrolled in the Cities in Schools summer camp and HFV Wilson Community Center summer camp and enriches students’ lives by exposing them to various kinds of art, including theater, music and poetry.
Following the 1950s-inspired performances by the children, ALT board treasurer Joel Wellnitz delivered the annual financial report, and announced inductions into the ALT honor roll, which honors successful members who have died during the past year.
The night continued with the presentation of scholarships to four area students. Ashlee Taylor from Plainview, Andrea Larson from Dickson, Paige Williams from Tishomingo and home-school graduate Kalina Keester were all awarded college scholarships for the upcoming school year.
Awards for Newcomer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Comeback of the Year and MVP went to Denise White, Roger Wood, Sally Reser and Deanne Phillips, respectively. The president’s awards went to Brent Holland and Elisa Griffith.
Three board members were chosen to each serve three-year terms. Incumbents Angel Dewbre and Daphne Adair were re-elected, and newcomer Brent Holland was chosen to take Steve Brandenburg’s vacant seat. Dewbre will also continue her position as board secretary.
The night concluded with a look at the upcoming season. The season will begin with the 1950s-styled teen musical “Grease.” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a story of racial tensions and the struggles of growing up, will follow. “Clue: The Musical,” a show styled after the board game “Clue” which changes every night depending on cards the actors draw, comes next. A comedy musical retelling of the Arthurian legend, “Spamalot,” will finish the musical lineup, and the next installment in ALT’s “Tuna” series, “Tuna Vegas,” will wrap it up for the season.