TLC - The Theatre Lovers Community of the ATG
TLC founder Kay Grant talks about TLC with the hosts of KASA-TV’s New Mexico Style. Click here to view the video clip.
TLC Membership is a Bargain!
TLC members have receive discount offers from various Albuquerque theatres, get invited to exclusive rehearsals and auditions, and get to attend exclusive talks on theatre.
Download the membership form here and come play with us!
Last year, TLC gave:
- 12 months of discounts and enhanced theatrical experiences.
- 29 theatre discounts (worth more than $135 in the last six months)!
- 90 other theatre lovers to meet.
- 8 rehearsals, auditions, and talkbacks not open to the public.
- 14 Taste of Theatre programs from the ATG.
- 5 free or lower admissions to events for self and guests, plus one complimentary pre-show reception with food and beverages.
- 4 TLC special productions, including the ATG/TLC Theatre Fair.
TLC Benefits and Events
Coming Events, 2014:
- Discount on tickets to most ATG Member Theatre performances. Join the TLC mailing list for details on specific show discounts.
- Friday October 31, 7:00 pm, Foul Play Café, Albuquerque’s comedy-mystery dinner theatre, invites TLC to their Halloween show, Spirits of Suspicion, at the Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Boulevard, at a terrific discount. Regular price is $56.50, TLC members just $46.50, and guests of TLC members can come that evening for just $46.50 for the first guest and $51.50 for additional guests. Children 8-15 who order from the Kid’s menu are $35. The show is not suitable for those under 8. Note that these discounts are for the October 31 show only. The price includes the lively (or deadly—someone is bound to bite the dust) performance, four course dinner, tax, but not gratuity or alcohol. You’ll be able to interact with the characters as they serve your food. Reservations are required! To make reservations or get more information, call 505-377-9593 or go to Foul Play’s Website and (1) provide your name and contact number, (2) specify “TLC October 31” for special price, (3) give the number in your party with entrée selections (menu available at Foul Play’s Website), and (4) provide your credit card info to hold your reservations. Cash or credit card can be taken at the door but not personal checks. Be sure to bring your TLC card for the generous discount.
- Sunday November 2, Mother Road Theatre Company invites TLC members to a Page-to-Stage (first read through) presentation of The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
- Saturday November 15, 1:00-3:00 pm, at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill, TLC panel discussion on the business challenges of theatres. Much planning takes place long before a show is put on a theatre’s schedule. How does a theatre negotiate to purchase the rights to perform a play? How much do they cost? What happens when two of our theatres compete for rights for the same play? What are the royalties and permissions that govern the use by community theatres of plays that are still under copyright? How long does it take for a new play to be available to local theatres? When does a play move from copyright into the public domain? What are the penalties for staging a copyrighted play without permission and payment of royalties? How does Actors’ Equity impact community theatre? The panel discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session with sharing of information from audience members and an informal reception with light refreshments. Free for TLC members, ATG Individual Members, and ATG Theatre Liaisons if reservations received by October 25, $5 thereafter and at the door ($5 for non-member reservations received by October 25, $10 therafter). Make check payable to Albuquerque Theatre Guild (please put “TLC” in memo line) and mail to TLC (Business Panel), P. O. Box 20307, Albuquerque, NM 87154. Please provide your name, telephone number, and e-mail address for confirmation, and indicate the names and categories (TLC member, ATG Member, ATG designated Theatre Liaison) for each person in your party.
Past Events, 2014:
- Monday October 13, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Jane Ellen gave her third (and final) presentation on the Genesis of American Musical Theatre, Exploring Broadway 3: Changing Times. This final session looked at musicals ranging from the incurably optimistic works of Jerry Herman to concept musicals by Stephen Sondheim, as well as groundbreaking works by Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Schwartz, Kander and Ebb, Jonathan Larson, and Mel Brooks—all American composers facing changing times while writing for the Great White Way in an era of incursions from London’s West End.
- Sunday October 5, TLC members were invited to attend a meeting of the ATG Playwrights Circle. Three scripts were read: a short work, Improbable Encounter, by Ann Bendan; a longer one-act, A World of Possibilities, by Gloria Allen; and a scene from a longer play-in-progress by Jerry Butterfield. A big thank you to our readers who brought the material to life: Arthur Alpert, Georgia Athearn, Lacey Bingham, Catherine Bradley, Teddy Eggleston, Joel Miller, Fred Schwab, and Harry Zimmerman.
- Friday September 26, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Who Killed Vaudeville? Vaudeville was America’s first coast-to-coast entertainment industry. During its heyday (1890-1930) vaudeville employed about 100,000 people. Frank Cullen, the founder of the American Vaudeville Museum and the Albuquerque Film Club, and author of the landmark, two-volume Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, discussed how vaudeville came to be, why it became the most popular entertainment and how it laid the groundwork for America’s movie industry and, later, network television.
- Thursday September 25, TLC members were treated to a presentation by Emmy-winning set designer Dahl Delu, which included an explanation of his newest set design—for Landmark Musicals’ upcoming Gypsy.
- Monday August 25, at Oasis, TLC and Popejoy Presents offered a special talk on Wicked, coming to Popejoy Hall September 17 through October 5. Terry Davis and Patricia O’Connor explored Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Broadway composer Steven Schwartz’s adaptation of it into the musical Wicked.
- Friday August 22, Rehearsal of elite Dance Company of New Mexico’s Dracula at North 4th Theater. Exclusively for TLC members only.
- Sunday August 10, Tech rehearsal and staging of fight scene for Hamlet at Musical Theater Southwest Center for Theatre. Exclusively for TLC members only.
- Thursday June 26, Terry Davis gave a talk on Rodgers and Hammerstein in advance of Landmark Musicals’ The Sound of Music.
- Monday June 23, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Jane Ellen presented again with more on the Genesis of American Musical Theatre.
- Wednesday June 18, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Dr. Richard Peck discussed “Theater and Why We Love It.”
- Saturday May 24. Tour of The Vortex Theatre’s new location, exclusively for TLC members.
- Sunday May 4, TLC presented a special program at the Vortex Theatre about this summer’s Shakespeare on the Plaza (a joint production of The Vortex Theatre and the City of Albuquerque). In June and July, productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza. David Richard Jones, Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Plaza described how this project came to be and discussed the all-male repertory casting.
- Sunday April 27, ATG’s Behind The Masks Party happened at the VSA North Fourth Art Center. Each year, the Albuquerque Theatre Guild celebrates its members, including TLC members. We let our hair down, had fun, ate, networked, etc…and this year included celebrating the Southwest Irish Theater Festival, which closed the same day. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, fun, laughs, networking opportunities, schmoozing, and a very special guest tenor.
- Wednesday April 23, Dr. Jim Linnell talked about the use of puppetry in the travelling production of War Horse at Popejoy.
- Saturday April 19, author Terry Davis and the cast of Foul Play Cafe’s Arsenic and Old Spice gave a talkback presentation about the show, exclusively for TLC members and guests, which was included with discounted admission to the dinner theater that night.
- Thursday March 13, Alan Hudson talked to TLC about the Southwest Irish Theatre Festival plays and authors and how he teaches dialects to actors. Alan Hudson is a native of Dublin, Ireland, and is the co-founder and coordinator of the Southwest Irish Theatre Festival. He is an actor (he has appeared in more than 50 plays in Albuquerque) and linguistics expert, with a PhD in Linguistics from Yeshiva University, New York. He taught Linguistics at UNM for nearly 30 years.
- Saturday March 8, Choreography rehearsal for Landmark Musicals’ Fiddler on the Roof. Exclusive for TLC members only.
- Saturday March 1, Run-through of elite Dance Company of New Mexico’s Cinderella. Exclusive for TLC members only.
- Sunday February 9, Dinner and a Show: Rainbow Studio Theatre’s The Wiz with dinner following.
- Saturday February 8, Albuquerque Little Theatre invited TLC members to a rehearsal of Cats.
- Friday January 31, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Jane Ellen discussed the Genesis of American Musical Theatre.
- Saturday January 25, TLC’s special panel of Stage Managers presentation and discussion, at the Adobe Theater. The most powerful person when you go to see a play is not the lead actor, nor the director, nor the Box Office manager—it’s the Stage Manager. You may never actually see that person, but she (or he) is the one in charge. But just what does a Stage Manager do? This panel presentation revealed how they learned their craft, their experiences, their most challenging project and worst disaster, what it is like working with actors, and more.
Left-to-right, Stage Managers Donna Marie Barra, Ludwig Puchmayer, Claudia Mathes, and Heather Lovick-Tolley describe their roles and responsibilities to the TLC audience.
- Thursday January 16, Carolyn Hogan, Albuquerque Little Theatre (ALT) historian, presented a talk about the history of ALT, their John Gaw Meem building, and more. ALT has the longest history of presenting quality live theatre in Albuquerque. Established in 1930, it has showcased many performers who have gone on to careers in show business. Vivian Vance got her start right here. Don Knotts, Bill Daily, and Maureen O’Sullivan are some others whose names became familiar to wide audiences.
Upper left, The ALT history presentation event, upper right, John Hogan speaks, lower right, ALT board member Paula Stein discussing the early years of ALT, and lower right, the TLC audience’s reaction.
Jane Ellen drew a large audience.
Frank Cullen explains Vaudeville to an appreciative audience of TLC members.
Emmy-winning set designer Dahl Delu enthralls TLC members with a presentation of his set designs for Gypsy. Photos by George Abernathy.
Terry Davis and Patricia O’Connor explain the back-story of Wicked to a spellbound audience of TLC members and Popejoy subscribers. Photos by George Abernathy.
Terry Davis explains the Rodgers and Hammerstein partnership to TLC members and guests.
Leslee Richards conducts a tour of the Vortex Theatre’s new space.
Terry Davis, left, introduces Dr. Jim Linnell to TLC members and guests, right.
Terry Davis, left, addresses a large audience, middle, attending the talkback with the cast, right, of Arsenic and Old Spice at the Sheraton Uptown.
Alan Hudson presents to the TLC audience.
At Landmark Musical’s Fiddler on the Roof choreography rehearsal.
The elite Dance Company’s Cinderella rehearsal.
Jane Ellen, left, addresses a large audience, right.
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Join the TLC!
Do you like it LIVE? If you enjoy going to live theatre and wish to support the vibrant theatre community in Greater Albuquerque, you’ll want to join TLC. Members enjoy exclusive benefits and invitations, social gatherings of theatre-lovers, and priority admission to events and programs based around local theatres and their productions. See details of benefits below. A printable Word-format application form may be downloaded from this website, completed, and mailed in, by clicking on either of the links at the top and bottom of this page. The TLC membership year begins 1 July and runs through the end of the following June. Once you have joined, we think you will be very pleased with the opportunities for fun and learning ahead.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN TLC?
Once or twice a month, you’ll be invited to programs designed to enhance your theatre-going experiences, such as these:
- You’ve seen their names listed in your programs, but what do they actually do? And what are their challenges in our theatres? Hear stage managers, lighting designers, or dramaturges tell you their stories.
- You’ll be notified of special discounted performances and get some discount coupons.
- You’ll receive an exclusive invitation to observe auditions, rehearsals, and previews.
- You’ll be invited to meet other theatre enthusiasts at gatherings such as “Dinner and a Show”ť or “Around the Piano: Favorite Musical Numbers.”
- You can mingle with the cast and crew at exclusive post-show receptions and “Cocktails with the Stars” events.
- You can hear a talk on an unfamiliar playwright or play selection in the current season, find out more about devised and improvisational theatre, and go on a backstage tour.
- You’ll receive special privileges such as early entry to unreserved seating at participating theatres and space-available admission to the activities of ATG’s Circles (workshops for directors, actors, playwrights, etc.)
- You’ll be invited to give VIP feedback to ATG Members on your experiences at the theatre.
And more!... (this is a work-in-progress!)
All these occasions provide an opportunity to network and exchange ideas, information, and experiences with people who share your abiding commitment to live theatre. Showing your TLC membership card will usually be required to receive the discounts and other privileges.