Alpine Theatre Project
|Address||PO Box 1959, Whitefish, Montana, 59937
Alpine Theatre Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theatre company based in Whitefish, Montana. It presents musicals, plays and concerts. It also provides education and outreach to students in Montana's Flathead Valley.
- 1 About the Company
- 2 Programs
- 3 Education & Outreach
- 4 Production history
- 5 External links
About the Company
ATP was formed in December, 2004 by actors David Ackroyd, Betsi Morrison and Luke Walrath. All three actors moved to Montana's Flathead Valley after sustaining successful careers on stage, in film and on television. Alpine Theatre Project was formed with the vision of creating a professional regional theatre within the outdoor recreational environment of Northwest Montana.
Alpine Theatre Project is governed by a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors. It is managed by a full-time staff of 3. It hires full-time seasonal staff for its operations throughout the year.
Alpine Theatre Project operates mainly out of the newly renovated Whitefish Performing Art Center. The 454 seat auditorium is housed in the Whitefish Middle School and is owned by the Whitefish School District. The $5.5 million renovation was funded through private community donations.
ATP operates under contract agreements with the following professional theatrical unions:
- Actors Equity Association - the national labor union for professional stage actors and managers
- United Scenic Artists - the national labor union for theatrical designers and scenic artists
- Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
Alpine Theatre Project produces the bulk of its shows during the summer months. Currently, it runs two musicals and one play during the summer. Each production runs 6 performances per week for 2–3 weeks.
ATP produces the Yuletide Affair every December. This annual holiday concerts changes format from year to year and features holiday songs and skits with a roster of ATP recurring artists.
Onstage with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale
In January, 2007, ATP began collaborating with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale in presenting classic musicals in concert with a full symphony orchestra.
Alpine Theatre Project also produces other concerts and fundraisers throughout the year. These concerts vary in content and format, and take place in various communities around the Flathead Valley.
Education & Outreach
The ATP Internship program was begun in 2005 to offer theatre students in high-school and college a practical arts education. Interns work alongside ATP professionals during the summer seasonin every production department, including administrative. Students are eligible for college credit.
Alpine Kids! Theatre Project (AKTP)
In 2008, ATP began offering theatre education to youth in the Flathead Valley. The after-school program offers education through performance, taught by ATP's company of artists. In Fall, 2008, AKTP will begin incorporating these classes into work on a full production for kids, by kids.
- Yuletide Affair 1
- The Sound of Music with the Glacier Symphony & Chorale
- I Love You, You're, Perfect, Now Change
- Moonlight & Magnolias
- Yuletide Affair 4
- West Side Story with the Glacier Symphony & Chorale
- The Full Monty
- Pete 'n' Keely
- Another Side of the Island starring Olympia Dukakis
- Yuletide Affair 5