office/information: 618.462.3205
Alton Little Theater Showplace: 2450 N. Henry (PO Box 156) - Alton, IL
Evening performances: 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinees: 2 pm


Originally founded in 1933, the Alton Little Theater is getting ready to begin its 82nd consecutive season. ALT is the longest running community theater in the state of Illinois. With over 450 productions to date, ALT is a vital resource for theater arts and entertainment and takes pride in community partnerships and collaborations with other arts organizations that enrich the lives of those residing in the greater Riverbend area.

It all started in 1933, a young English teacher, Dorothy Colonius, dreamed of creating a Community Theater for Alton – a rather novel aspiration for a young female in those times – but a dream that thankfully grew and flourished with the support of so many of Dorothy’s students and fellow educators. Indeed, ALT’s early years were forged by educators and talented folks from all works of life. Dorothy became the permanent Artistic Director for her “little” theater group and she remained the driving force behind the theater purchasing property for a permanent home and then expanding. At the time of Dorothy’s death in 1979, she bequeathed a modest endowment to sustain the theater’s existence. Talented and dedicated fellow educators like Cliff Davenport, Edmund Young, Birdine Groshong and Diana Enloe became the mentors for a whole new generation of theater lovers.

“The purpose of ALT shall be to develop interest in the theater, to create and sponsor the production of quality drama, the highest ideals of dramatic activity and to provide a community center for the performing arts.” - Dorothy Colonius


  • Lee Cox
  • Kevin Frakes
  • Gary Wilson
  • Diane Enloe

2016-2017 Officers

President: Kevin Frakes
Vice President/Public Relations/Marketing & Development: Lee Cox
Secretary: Gail Drillinger
Treasurer: Patti Kruegel

Board of Governors

Fundraising: Jody Basola
Ticket Sales:
Michael Cox
Diana Enloe
Volunteer Coordinator:
Debbie Hagen
House Management:
Diana Kay

Members At Large

Lief Anderson 
Kathy Bredenkoetter 
Shawn Chevalier 
Linda Dunnagan 
Anne Frakes 
Dennis Franz 
Claudia Herndon 
Robin Karpan 
Brant McCance 
Linda Patton 

2450 N. Henry Street, PO BOX 156| Alton, IL 62002  618.462.3205