The Little Theatre of Alexandria was established in 1935 and has grown to become an institution in Old Town. It is one of the few community theater groups in the area to own its own theater, a charming brick building that was built in 1961 in an architectural style befitting the surrounding residential area just off Washington Boulevard. An opening night is a glittering affair, with the audience in a wide variety of gowns, tuxes, suits and dockers. The house itself seats 220, all on one gently sloping floor directly in front of the raised proscenium stage so everyone has a clear view. The acoustics are excellent as well.
The company offers a seven-play season consisting of the standard repertoire of community theaters around the country in very solid productions. The sets are frequently substantial and the costuming quite impressive. Musicals have been particularly satisfying at LTA, where the production of "1776" was a highlight of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of Alexandria.
The company also sponsors a one-act play competition and festival. Each year unpublished scripts arrive from all over the country. Each spring, the three winning entries are presented as "An Evening of One-Acts."
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