LALT Receives Donation From Longer Estate

John Longer from the melodrama ‘Curse of an Aching Heart’, January 2004. Courtesy/LALT

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre has announced it has received a generous donation from the estate of John Longer.

Longer was a longtime LALT member who passed away in 2006.

“John produced and appeared in many of our melodramas over the years,” LALT Board member Paul Lewis said. “He was also instrumental in a number of building improvements, including our bathroom renovations and light booth construction.”

Longer also helped build the sets for numerous shows, assisted with house management and ushering, and even served as a bouncer during LALT’s wild-and-wooly past. He served on LALT’s Board of Directors numerous times.

Board member Gracie Cainelli recalled that Longer once transported the set for LALT’s entry in a regional competition to Oklahoma City on his trailer.

“He drove for 12 hours in the pouring rain. When he got there he had to rebuild the set overnight because the rain had ruined it,” Cainelli said.

“LALT thrives because of the involvement and generosity of our members,” LALT Board President John Cullinan said. “We are grateful to John Longer and his family for their support.”

The 2018-19 LALT season now underway represents the theatre’s 75th year of operation. LALT currently manages and presents theatrical productions in Los Alamos County’s Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

Los Alamos Little Theatre is a member-driven, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has been presenting community theatre since 1943 for the entertainment and engagement of Northern New Mexico audiences. Information about our season is available at, where you can also sign up for email notices of readings, auditions, performances and special events.