Dear Friend of Tacoma Little Theatre: 

Our next century has begun, and with it being our 101st, what better way to celebrate than with “A Season of Firsts”. It’s our first time performing each of our seven mainstage shows, and the first time that we are remodeling the auditorium. Calendar Girls was a wonderful way to start off the season, the most successful opening in the last 10 years. This is because of the support of you, our community, and your trust in this century old Tacoma treasure.

 “I have so much pride when I say we are season ticket holders each year because I feel this theatre embodies what theatre is all about – heart, soul, and passion.  You all bring it every single time with love!” -A TLT Season Ticket Holder

 In June of 2019, TLT was honored to attend the American Association of Community Theatre Festival held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with our production of The Pillowman. TLT came home with top awards for Best Supporting Actor (Sean Neely), the Adjudicator National Award for Best Ensemble, Best Set Design, and Overall Best Set Designer for Bell, Book and Candle. (Blake R. York). TLT is now Washington’s Oldest National Award-Winning Community Theatre!

The “Grab A Seat And Enjoy” campaign for the auditorium upgrades is well on its way. Demolition is planned to start in June after the last performance of The Manchurian Candidate. When our 102nd Season begins, you will have an entirely new auditorium experience complete with new seats, seating chart, sightlines, and accessibility. These are all items that have been requested by our patrons for the past six years. We take your suggestions very seriously, so please always let us know what you’re enjoying, and what we could improve upon. TLT staff members are always available to answer your questions, and inform you about what’s happening in your theatre.

“Just wanted to tell you how brilliant A Little Night Music was. I'm always afraid to see a musical, as they all seem to demand the highest talent. However, like a fool, my smile was particularly broad all the way through this production as it found that talent.”-A TLT Patron after seeing A Little Night Music

TLT provides the South Puget Sound region with an education program serving youth and adults in the community year-round, helping them reach their creative potential.  During the 2018/19 season attendance for this program continued to increase, and our Summer Camps were filled to capacity. Last season we expanded outside of our walls and have brought theatre to the schools of Pierce County with our Students on Stage (SOS) program. Through SOS and our Scholarship Program, TLT is committed to providing access to Performing Arts education to every child in our community.

“She learns how to work as a team and support others, which, we as her parents like, as we know that is lifelong. She loves spending time with friends she's made there and singing.”

“We can't speak highly enough of this program. We are eternally impressed and grateful. Thank you! All we want to know is...when's the next one!?” -TLT Parents after Summer Camp

Your generous donations have helped sustain TLT for over 100 years along with the performing arts in our region.  It is only through the continued support of our community members that the arts can thrive.  We offer a range of donation options that are listed at the bottom of this letter.  You can even pledge your donation amount over a monthly or quarterly payment schedule.  If you are interested in establishing a legacy gift of support through planned (estate) giving or stock transfers, please contact me directly.  Remember that any amount helps us, from $1 to $10,000. TLT is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and may be fully tax-deductible (please check with your tax advisor).

If you have already donated to us this season, thank you!  If you are considering donating to us now, thank you!  Please fill out the bottom portion of this letter or visit us at our website, www.tacomalittletheatre.com, to make a donation online.  To donate over the phone, you may call me personally at 253-272-2281.  It’s always a delight to have the opportunity to speak with you, one of our generous patrons that will keep TLT thriving into the next century.

All my best,
Chris Serface
Managing Artistic Director


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Auditions for A CHORUS LINE

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Holmes for the Holidays

Directed by Jennifer York

December 6 - December 29, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 7:30pm

Pay What You Can: Thursday, December 19th at 7:30pm


A hilarious, quirky, and thrilling alternative to your standard holiday entertainment.

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Recommended for Ages 12+ 

Featuring the talents of:
Dave Champagne as William Gillette
Lissa Valentine as Martha Gillette
Frank Roberts as Simon Bright
Robin Mae Bacar as Aggie Wheeler
Blake R. York as Felix Geisel
Heidi Walworth-Horn as Madge Geisel
Danielle Locken as Daria Chase
Anne Marie Rutt as Inspector Goring

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

by Ken Ludwig

December 14-December 28, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 21 & 28 at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 22 at 6:00pm

$15.00 Adults
$12.00 Children (12 and under)


Recommended for All Ages

A delightfully fun update to the classic poem about the holiday season.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, creatures were stirring, including a mouse! Kick off your family’s yuletide season with this comic take on the classic poem. When Santa’s Naughty or Nice list has gone missing, it’s up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.

Featuring the talents of:
Alexandria Bray as Calliope/Britannia
Evie Merrill as Emily
Jack Burns as Amos
Jay Lurvey as Mulch/Santa Claus/Wendell Sneed
Todd van der Ark as Sir Guy/Uncle Brierly

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July 27, 2019 @ 8:00pm
August 24, 2019 @ 8:00pm
October 5, 2019 @ 8:00pm
November 23, 2019 @ 8:00pm
January 11, 2020 @ 8:00pm
February 15, 2020 @ 8:00pm
April 11, 2020 @ 8:00pm
May 23, 2020 @ 8:00pm
June 27, 2020 @ 8:00pm

Fools Play is excited to be back at Tacoma Little Theatre for a fourth consecutive season! Tacoma’s monthly recurring Improv show. Tickets only $10. This Tacoma staple is a must-see. 

The cast of Fools Play has two rules: Have Fun and Be Fearless.  They take those rules and perform two longform improvised stories full of characters, drama, and humor. For 20-40 minutes, during each story, inspired by each other and you, we get to inhabit the lives of characters in worlds familiar or strange for an epic journey or an intimate glimpse. Entirely improvised, we never know what will happen, but we do know we love discovering these stories.

No two stories are ever the same and infinite new stories are just waiting to be found.  

Each show will be approximately one and a half hour long including a mid-show intermission. Concessions, including alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from Tacoma Little Theatre.  

Material is unscripted and uncensored. Recommended for mature-minded audiences. 

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