TLC - The Theatre Lovers Community of the ATG
TLC founder Kay Grant talks about TLC with the hosts of KASA-TV’s New Mexico Style. Click here to view the video clip.
TLC Offers Discount Memberships and Special Holiday Gift!
Since July 1, 2013, TLC members have received discount offers from various Albuquerque theatres totalling $83, were invited to 7 exclusive rehearsals and auditions, and attended 3 exclusive talks on theatre.
TLC membership is a thoughtful gift for a theatre-loving friend. Eliminate the crowds, shopping woes, gift wrapping, overspending, and the horrors of having to exchange that itchy sweater.
TLC membership is a bargain!
50% membership discount—for just $17.50 or $15.00 (full-time students and those over 62), treat a friend or yourself to six-months of membership in TLC (January 1 through June 30, 2014). And, in the spirit of holiday giving, buy two gift memberships and TLC will cut the price to just $27.00 for the two!
The 50% discount is for NEW TLC members only, but we haven’t forgotten our former members. They can take advantage of the 2 for $27 offer if the second person is a NEW member.
Send a check (made out to TLC), along with the names, addresses, phones, and e-mail contacts of the lucky recipients and we’ll send a membership card and a seasonal greeting from you, or we can send the membership card to you for personal delivery. TLC will send the gift recipient’s membership card in December to use as soon as it is received—a bonus of up to four weeks of membership at no additional membership cost!
Download the six-month membership form here and come play with us!
...On the Twelve Days of Christmas, TLC gave to me:
- 12 months of discounts and enhanced theatrical experiences.
- 11 (actually 29) theatre discounts (worth more than $135 in the last six months)!
- 10 (actually 40+) wonderful local theatres to enjoy.
- 9 (times 10) other theatre lovers to meet.
- 8 rehearsals, auditions, and talkbacks not open to the public.
- 7 (times 2) Taste of Theatre programs from the ATG.
- 6 months left on your TLC membership (to June 30)—or join now for 6 months at half price.
- 5 free or lower admissions to events for self and guests.
- 4 TLC special productions.
- 3 (or more) hours to chat with many theatres, actors, directors, about their productions at the ATG/TLC Theatre Fair.
- 2 TLC six-month memberships for just $27! A great gift idea for the holidays.
- 1 complimentary pre-show reception with food & beverages.
TLC Benefits and Events
Coming Events, 2013:
- November 23 through December 8, TLC members receive a $2 discount (in addition to the Senior discount, if eligible) for Landmark Musical’s Man of La Mancha at UNM’s Rodey Theatre by presenting their TLC membership card.
- December 6-22, TLC members receive a $2 discount for Up (The Man in the Flying Chair) at the MTS Center for Theatre by presenting their TLC membership card.
- December 6-22, TLC members receive a $2 discount for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Adobe Theater by presenting their TLC membership card.
- December 6-22, TLC members receive a $3 discount for Holiday Festival! at the Vortex Theatre by presenting their TLC membership card.
- December 6-22, TLC members receive a $2 discount for Barnum at the African American Performing Arts Center by presenting their TLC membership card.
Coming Events, 2014:
- Thursday January 16, 6:30 pm, Carolyn Hogan, Albuquerque Little Theatre historian, talks about ALT history, their John Gaw Meem building, and more. Albuquerque Little Theatre has the longest history of presenting quality live theatre in Albuquerque. Established in 1930, it has showcased many performers who have gone on to careers in show business. Vivian Vance got her start right here. Don Knotts, Bill Daily, and Maureen O’Sullivan are some others whose names became familiar to wide audiences. Reservations required. TLC members $5.00, non-members $10.00. Light snack provided. Please send your check (made out to TLC) to:
P. O. Box 20307
Albuquerque, NM 87154-0307
- Saturday January 25, 1:30-3:30 pm, Adobe Theater: Panel presentation and discussion by talented, notable local Stage Managers. Discover how they learned their craft, their experiences, their most challenging project and worst disaster, what it is like working with actors, and more. The most powerful person when you go to see a play is not the lead actor, nor the director, nor the Box Office manager—it’s the Stage Manager. You may never actually see that person, but she (or he) is the one in charge. But just what does a Stage Manager do? You’ll find out that and more when you come to TLC’s special panel of Stage Managers. Reservations are recommended. TLC and ATG members $5.00, non-members $10.00 if payment received by January 4. After January 4 and at the door (space permitting), TLC and ATG members $6.00, non-members $15.00. Please send your check (made out to Theatre Lovers Community) to:
TLC-Stage Manager Panel
P. O. Box 20307
Albuquerque, NM 87154-0307
- Friday January 31, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Jane Ellen discusses the Genesis of American Musical Theatre.
- Sunday February 9, Dinner and a Show: Rainbow Studio Theatre’s The Wiz with dinner following.
Provide your name, telephone number, and e-mail address for confirmation (which will be sent after 1/20), and indicate the names and categories (TLC member, ATG member) for each person in your party.
Past Events, 2013:
November 8 through December 1, TLC members received a $3 discount for Good People at the Vortex Theatre by presenting their TLC membership card.
November 8 through December 1, TLC members received a $3 discount for Boeing Boeing at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill by presenting their TLC membership card.
Saturday November 23, TLC members received a $3 discount for Love, Loss and What I Wore—Encore #3 at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill by presenting their TLC membership card.
Friday November 22, TLC members received an $8 discount off the general admission ticket price for this performance only of Dogfight at the Desert Rose Playhouse by presenting their TLC membership card.
November 1-24, TLC members received a $5 discount off the general admission ticket price for Dogfight at the Desert Rose Playhouse by presenting their TLC membership card.
Sunday November 17, TLC was invited by Landmark Musicals to observe the sitzprobe of Man of La Mancha, the first time the vocalists and orchestra, which had been rehearsing separately, were together. This was another unique opportunity for us to learn what it takes to put a show together.
Left, TLC members enjoying, center, the orchestra, and right, cast members rehearsing with the orchestra, at the sitzprobe of Man of La Mancha.
October 25 through November 17, TLC members received a $2 discount for the world premiere run of Lost Letter at the Adobe Theater by presenting their TLC membership card.
October 18 through November 10, TLC members received a $2 discount for Musical Theatre Southwest’s Sweeney Todd at the MTS Black Box by presenting their TLC membership card.
Saturday November 9, Explora, Albuquerque’s premiere science museum, invited TLC members to meet Georgia O’Keeffe at their one-act Sincerely Yours, Georgia O’Keeffe show. Cyndy Noll portrayed Ms. O’Keeffe in a biographical snapshot of the famous artist. Admission to the museum and show was free for TLC members on this date by showing the TLC membership card at the admissions desk.
Thursday November 7, Lou Ann Graham, sister of Vivian Vance, whose career started in Albuquerque theatre, talked to TLC about her sister. 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.
Lou Ann Graham, sister of Vivian Vance, tells TLC about her famous sister.
Saturday October 26, TLC members received a $3 discount for the 2:00 pm matinee performance of Love, Loss and What I Wore at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill by presenting their TLC membership card.
Wednesday October 23, TLC members receivee a 25% discount on tickets, for this performance only, of Opera Southwest’s Don Giovanni at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre by presenting their TLC membership card.
September 27 through October 20, TLC members received a $3 discount for the Vortex Theatre’s Curse of the Starving Class by presenting their TLC membership card.
Saturday October 12, TLC members received a $10 discount for the Foul Play Cafe’s Virginia Jones and the Inca Revenge, including a discount for guests, with their pre-paid reservations.
Saturday September 28, TLC members were invited to the first public reading of Richard Atkins’ new play, DeliKateSSen, at the Vortex Theatre.
September 13 through October 6, TLC members received a $2 discount for Is He Dead? at the Adobe Theater by presenting their TLC membership card.
September 6-29, TLC members received a $2 discount for Mother Road Theatre Company’s production of The Illusion at the MTS Center for Theatre Black Box by presenting their TLC membership card.
Saturday September 21, TLC and ATG sponsored the ATG/TLC Theatre Fair at Coronado Mall.
Photos taken at the 2013 ATG/TLC Theatre Fair at Coronado Mall.
Friday September 20, TLC members and non-members dined at the El Pinto restaurant with director Brian Hansen and then saw Is He Dead? (a “new” comedy by Mark Twain) at the Adobe Theater.
August 23 through September 15, TLC members received a $3 discount for The Seven Year Itch at the Vortex Theatre by presenting their TLC membership card.
Sunday September 8, Tom Tkach, Director of Popejoy Hall, gave a presentation to TLC about the current and upcoming Broadway season in the Big Apple. Tom recently went to New York, where he was able to indulge in one of his favorite duties, previewing Broadway shows and considering them for Popejoy Hall. In addition to giving us the latest scoop from New York, Tom told us about the steps necessary to bring the Broadway touring shows to Albuquerque. Tom is a Tony Awards voter and explained how that works, also. Tom grew up outside of Manhattan, has a Master of Arts in Arts Management from City University, London, and has worked in arts management in New Jersey. During his more than 15 years at Popejoy Hall, the number of annual subscribers has increased tenfold and the Broadway touring shows are very popular. This presentation was free to TLC members and open to non-members for a $10.00 fee.
Tuesday August 27, Mother Road Theatre Company invited TLC members to an exclusive program, a production meeting for their upcoming show The Illusion, where designers and director Julia Thudium discussed costuming, props, lighting, etc.—a great opportunity to learn more about theatre. A rehearsal followed the meeting. This was a perk for TLC members only.
Left to right, “The Illusion” director Julia Thudium, the costume designs, and cast members rehearsing.
August 9 through September 1, TLC members received a $2 discount for Pump Boys & Dinettes at the Adobe Theater by presenting their TLC membership card.
August 9 through September 1, TLC members receive a $3 discount for Hedda Gabler at the Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill by presenting their TLC membership card.
July 26 through August 18, TLC members received a $2 discount for The Pajama Game at the MTS Center for Theatre Black Box by presenting their TLC membership card.
July 25 through August 11, TLC members were offered a generous $5 discount for Secret Things at the National Hispanic Cultural Center by presenting their TLC membership card.
July 18 through August 4, TLC members received a $3 discount for Macbeth at the Vortex Theatre by presenting their TLC membership card.
Thursday July 25, TLC members were invited to a private opening night reception at the world premiere of Camino Real Productions’ Secret Things at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council. Following the reception was a special pre-show talk.
Saturday July 20, TLC members met and ate at the Olympia Café in between the two performances on that day of Landmark Musicals’ Carousel.
Wednesday July 17, Musical Theatre Southwest invited TLC members to a rehearsal of The Pajama Game and a talk at 6:30 pm. Our friend, The Pajama Game director Terry Davis, talked with TLC members first and then we watched them rehearse selected scenes and/or dance numbers! This was for TLC members only (no guests)—a perk of membership.
Left to right, “The Pajama Game” director Terry Davis explaining the rehearsal process, cast members rehearsing a musical number, and TLC members enjoying the spectacle.
Sunday July 14, The Rio Grande Players invited TLC members to a special presentation after their 2:00 pm matinee of The Golden Age of Radio about the process of recreating popular radio episodes.
Rio Grande Players Yolanda Day, Cyndy Noll, and Rick Huff.
Sunday July 7, Special TLC program: The challenges of mounting Shakespeare on the stage by noted Albuquerque actor, director, and teacher Paul Ford, at the Vortex Theatre. Ford covered his personal journey through the world of Shakespeare.
Paul Ford speaking about Shakespeare to an appreciative audience.
Monday June 24, TLC members were invited to observe a music rehearsal of Pump Boys and Dinettes.
Left to right: Director Daryl Streeter and some cast members of “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” TLC members entranced by the music rehearsal, and Musical Director Loretta Robinson and cast.
Sunday May 19, Director Denise Schulz invited TLC members to attend the first read-through of Measure For Measure, which will play at the Vortex Theatre from June 27 to July 14 as part of Will Power 4: The Vortex Summer Shakespeare Festival. A first read-through is when the actors get together for the first time to read their lines.
TLC members observing Director Denise Schultz, standing, and cast members of “Measure For Measure” during the read-through
Monday May 6, Terry Davis, who did a great job telling us about The Lion King, did it again—this time The Untold Jersey Boys Story—telling us how the hit Broadway musical was conceived, born, and developed. With slides, audio, and video, he explained how the story of four young men from the wrong side of the
tracks—Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons—became the smash-hit Broadway musical.
Saturday April 27, Foul Play Café invited TLC to this showing of The Art of Murder at a terrific discount. Plus, as a special bonus Terry Davis, the author of the The Art of Murder, joined TLC at this performance. Exclusively for TLC members and their guests, Terry and the cast presented a talkback after the show.
April 11-13, New Mexico Young Actors extended a generous 50% discount to TLC members for three specific shows of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. at the KiMo Theatre.
Saturday April 13, Dinner-and-a-Show. Aux Dog’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron were paired with dinner at La Provence. (TLC members got a discount at Aux Dog Theatre and at La Provence.)
Tuesday April 16, TLC members were invited to attend that day’s rehearsal of The Front Page at the Vortex Theatre.
Monday April 1, TLC members were invited to attend that day’s rehearsal of The Front Page at the Vortex Theatre.
March 15-30, TLC members received a $2 discount for Landmark Musical’s Hello Dolly at UNM’s Rodey Theatre. (Note that this discount was in addition to the regular senior discount for this show!)
Sunday March 10, TLC members were invited to Albuquerque Theatre Guild’s Schtik It To Me: A Celebration of Live Theatre party.
Friday March 8, Popejoy Hall: Classic Albums Live: The Beatles’ Abbey Road. TLC presented a pre-show talk by a journalist who traveled with the Beatles when they took America by storm. Art Schreiber was one of only two American reporters who traveled with The Beatles on their first U.S. tour in 1964, and he told stories and played audio clips from that trip. Presented jointly by Popejoy and TLC, Schreiber’s talk gave patrons an insight into the Fab Four and the frenzy that surrounded them. Schreiber spent more than 50 years in broadcast journalism covering many of the major American stories of the 1960s and 1970s and is the only American we know to have played Monopoly with John Lennon and George Harrison.
Sunday March 3, director Jim Cady and cast gave a talkback to TLC members after the 2:00 pm matinee performance of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Adobe Theater.
February 22-March 10, TLC members got a $2 discount for Explora Theater’s production of Proof by David Auburn.
Saturday February 16, we had such a good time previously at Foul Play Café that we went back for Murder at Café Noir. They gave a generous $10 discount to TLC members on this night.
TLC members and guests enjoying dinner, and a murder mystery, at Foul Play Café
Sunday February 10, TLC arranged for a talkback after the 2:00 pm matinee performance of tick, tick…Boom! at the Aux Dog Theatre. The director, Scott Schuster, musical director Jonathan Gallegos, and cast members Jason Adam Cox, Brittany Reinholz, and Gilbert Sanchez participated.
Saturday February 2, TLC presented a panel of theatre costumers discussing what were their inspirations, what goes into creating the perfect look for a play, and more, at the MTS Black Box Theatre.
The Costuming Panel presentation.
Costumer Joe Moncada displays a custom design, and costumer Barbara Bock demonstrating a hat she made.
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Join the TLC!
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.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN TLC?
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”ť 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.