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In January, TLC sent a survey to 133 members; 26 members replied.
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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.

Join TLC by clicking here to visit the new TLC Membership website.
Or click here to download an application form that can be mailed in.

Come play with us!

TLC Benefits and Events

This year, TLC offered $1,000 (total) in grants to theatres for projects directly impacting the theatre-going experience for audiences. The goal of the grants is to improve materially for Albuquerque-area theatre audiences their experience of Albuquerque Theatre Guild member-theatres’ productions.

The grantees were decided by the ATG Member-generated Projects Committee. Two active TLC members (Dawn Liberman and Franklin Schargel) served on the ATG committee that discussed and decided who would get the TLC grants. The winners have two years to complete the specified projects, and we recognize that the grant money is only a portion of what is needed to complete the projects.

We are pleased to announce that the TLC grants went to the following three theatres:

  • Adobe Theater, $350 toward a digital sound system to work in tandem with their LED lighting system.
  • Vortex Theatre, $350 toward new chairs and seat banks.
  • Working Classroom, $300 toward a portable public address system.

TLC is pleased to have provided these grants in support of our wonderful local live theatre groups, and we thank Dawn and Franklin for contributing their services to this endeavor.

We like it live!

Coming Events, 2015:

  • Discount on tickets to most ATG Member Theatre performances. Join the TLC mailing list for details on specific show discounts.

  • Tuesday November 24, 7:00 pm, The Adobe Theater and director Kathleen Welker invite TLC members to a rehearsal of The Games Afoot -or- Holmes for the Holidays. TLC members will observe a rehearsal of Act 1 scenes. This will be the first time the cast and production staff will be on set so they will be refining blocking, as well. And we’ll get a chance to ask questions at the break, before we leave. Reservations are required and can be made at

  • Tuesday December 8, 6:30 pm, Musical Theatre Southwest has invited TLC members and ATG members to a music and dance review of their upcoming production, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which will be at the African-American Performing Arts Center. The musical numbers may include such songs as “Under The Sea” and “Kiss The Girl”. Reservations are required and can be made at

Past Events, 2015:

Friday November 20, TLC members enjoyed a backstage tour of the set and show equipment for A Christmas Story, the Musical at Popejoy Hall.

Sunday November 1, TLC members attended the ATG Playwrights’ Circle, where local playwright Andy Mayo’s full-length play, Only Opportunities, was read by some of Albuquerque’s finest actors. After the reading a lively discussion of the work ensued.

Monday October 12, joint Oasis/TLC program on Marvin Hamlisch by Jane Ellen.

Wednesday September 30, Camino Real Productions and director Harry Zimmerman invited TLC to a rehearsal for Trotsky & Frida at the N4th Theater. We got to watch how scenes are worked and reworked. The play by local playwright Leonard Koel (a former TLC member) is an imagined story of the very real affair between two larger than life figures, Leon Trotsky and Frida Kahlo, in circumstances heightened by an air of constant danger—and the consequences that ripped through the people closest to them. Attending rehearsals is a perk of TLC membership. This program was for TLC members only; no guests were allowed.

Tuesday September 29, TLC and ATG members and Opera Southwest Guild members were invited to a special presentation about Opera Southwest’s Aida set design by Emmy-winner Dahl Delu. Tony Zancanella, the Executive Director for Opera Southwest, also discussed the important business side of opera.

Top left, Emmy-award winner Dahl Delu explains the set design for Aida. Top right, the set. Bottom left, the TLC audience. Bottom right, OSW Executive Director Tony Zancanella spoke about the complexities of staging an opera. Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

Saturday September 26, Albuquerque Little Theatre and choreographer Peter Bennett invited TLC members to observe a pre-auditions dance class for West Side Story, free and exclusively for TLC members (a perk of membership; no guests were allowed).

Wednesday September 16, free and exclusively for TLC members, director Matt Heath invited TLC members to a first read-through of Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss at the Vortex Theatre.

Sunday September 13, the Adobe Theater and director Martin Epstein invited TLC members to attend a cue-to-cue rehearsal (Q2Q) for A Crack in the Wall.

Saturday August 15, TLC and ATG members and friends took a ride with Shakespeare on the Rail, which included a trip to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner, 3 short Shakespeare scenes on board (from The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Comedy of Errors), dinner, and sightseeing or shopping in Santa Fe.

Saturday August 8, TLC members were invited to sit in on auditions for The Adobe Theater’s The Miss Firecracker Contest, directed by Philip J. Shortell.

Friday August 7, TLC members were exclusively invited to observe a CNM acting class conducted by Instructor Joe Damour.

Wednesday July 15, TLC members attended a blocking rehearsal of Picnic at the Adobe Theater.

TLC members got to see how Picnic was blocked by director Daryl Streeter, left.

Monday July 13, TLC members were invited to attend the first read-through of the Vortex Theatre’s Sex With Strangers.

Sunday July 12, TLC members got a doubled discount and an exclusive talkback with director Terry Davis and cast members of Musical Theatre Southwest’s Once Upon A Mattress.

Cast members of Once Upon A Mattress discuss the show for TLC members, left. Director Terry Davis listens to Musical Director Elliot Smith talk about the full a cappella production, right.

Tuesday July 7, TLC members attended a rehearsal and talkback of Camino Real Productions’ (with The Dolls) Aye, No! at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

TLC members enjoyed a lively discussion with Nik Hoover and Ken Ansloan of The Dolls and Director Valli Marie Rivera during the rehearsal of Aye, No! Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

Thursday July 2, TLC members were invited to attend the designers’ run-through of Landmark Musicals’ The Music Man.

Friday June 19,  TLC members were invited to attend the sitzprobe of Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill’s Nunsense.

The TLC audience enjoyed observing the sitzprobe as the cast of Nunsense sang for the first time with live musicians. Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

Sunday June 14, TLC members were invited to attend a “wet tech” rehearsal of The Sunshine Boys at the Adobe Theater.

Monday June 1, Joint Oasis/TLC program by Jane Ellen on Johnny Cash (one of the subjects of Million Dollar Quartet.

Monday May 18, Oasis, TLC and Popejoy Presents offered a joint program on the Broadway hit, Million Dollar Quartet, coming to Popejoy Hall in June, featuring a multi-media talk by award-winning broadcaster Paul Ingles about the real-life back story of the 1956 studio session that brought together Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Playing excerpts from the actual session, he discussed each artist’s background and his lasting impact on the history of rock ‘n’ roll. This was a free event for TLC members and Popejoy subscribers.

Wednesday May 6, TLC members were invited to attend a rehearsal of Nine (The musical in concert) by MTS and The Growing Stage.

The TLC audience enjoyed the rehearsal as the cast of Nine (The musical in concert) received instructions from Director Hal Simons (in orange shirt). Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

Monday May 4, TLC members were invited to attend a rehearsal of Curtains at the Adobe Theater.

The cast of Curtains warming up and rehearsing while the TLC audience looked on (with Stage Manager Ludwig Puchmayer, in red shirt at left). Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

Friday March 27, TLC members and guests attended Foul Play Cafe’s The Game Show Murders at a generous discount.

Wednesday March 18, TLC members were invited to a rehearsal of Musical Theatre Southwest’s The Addams Family.

The Addams Family director David Bryant gives notes to the cast, left, and the TLC audience clearly enjoyed discussing the production during a break, right. Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

Wednesday February 25, TLC and Popejoy Presents had an exciting program on Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. Russ Sype presented a special talk as a preview to the lecture he has been invited to deliver for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, UK, entitled “Pinafore in America.” His talk focused on the innumerable and entertaining ways that Pinafore fever affected Americans in the last part of the 19th century, and included photos of Pinafore-related souvenirs and advertisements from his own extensive collection.

Russ Sype presented his H.M.S. Pinafore collection materials to an eraptured audience. Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

Monday February 23, Jane Ellen presented a joint Oasis/Theatre Lovers Community program on Lerner and Lowe. Among other projects, they wrote the music for Camelot, which came to Popejoy Hall in March.

Jane Ellen’s presentations on theatre history are always very popular.

Sunday February 15, TLC members were delighted to see a rehearsal of Souvenir at the Adobe Theater. It’s a true story of a singer who can’t sing but ends up in Carnegie Hall.

The TLC audience enjoyed the dress rehearsal performances of Philip J. Shortell and Lorri Layle Oliver in Souvenir.

Sunday February 8, TLC members were invited to an early rehearsal of Landmark Musicals’ A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Saturday February 7, TLC members were invited to attend auditions for Noises Off at Albuquerque Little Theatre.

Tuesday January 27, TLC and Oasis jointly sponsored a program featuring Lou Ann Graham, the sister of Vivian Vance, whose career started in Albuquerque theatre. Vivian Vance had a stellar stage career before she became Ethel Mertz, the constant sidekick to Lucille Ball’s zany character on the hit 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Vance’s career started here at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. Folks were so impressed, they got together and sent her to New York, where her career took off. Lou Ann showed us clips from her big sister’s stage and television shows and told inside stories that only a sister would know.

An attentive audience enjoyed Lou Ann Graham’s presentation on Vivian Vance.

Friday January 16, elite Dance and Theatre invited TLC members to a rehearsal of their new show, The Shoe Room, which was performed at the North 4th Theater.

Rehearsing The Shoe Room.

Monday January 5, TLC members were invited to the initial read-through of the Vortex Theatre’s The Whipping Man.

Director Barbara Geary shows a model of the set for The Whipping Man, and an attentive audience of TLC members listen to the cast’s read-through.

Saturday January 3, TLC in a joint offering with Popejoy Presents had a special program on the Broadway hit Chicago. Prominent choreographer Donna Scheer and Popejoy’s Terry Davis discussed Bob Fosse’s choreography style, and Donna offered a demonstration involving the audience that helped us to understand how meticulous Fosse’s choreography was.

A large audience attended the
Chicago presentation. Photographs by TLC Member George Abernathy.

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Join the TLC!

Join TLC by clicking here to visit the new TLC Membership website.
Or click here to download an application form that can be mailed in.

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.


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”¯ 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.

If you have questions or need more information, write to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Join TLC by clicking here to visit the new TLC Membership website.
Or click here to download an application form that can be mailed in.

Come play with us!

This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the
Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

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