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 85th consecutive season. ALT is the longest running community theater in the state of Illinois. With more than 460 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


  • 2018-2019 Directors

2018-2019 Officers

President: Kevin Frakes
Vice President/Public Relations/Marketing & Development: Lee Cox
Secretary: Gail Drillinger
Treasurer: Sue Parton Stanard

Board of Governors

Fundraising: Jody Basola
Ticket Sales:
Robin Karpan
Andrew Richards
Volunteer Coordinator:
Diana Kay
House Management: 
Linda Patton
Technical Coordinator: Brant McCane

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