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At first, there were not enough people in the theater to even qualify as a handful. A couple had the front section to themselves, while the upper half was completely vacant. The scarce attendance did not seem like a good sign, and the reason appeared mysterious because other Los Alamos Little Theater’s (LALT) productions usually attract a full house.
More seats filled as the ceiling lights flashed, signaling the start of “8 x 10 Again,” the local theater company’s newest production, but it was still not filled. What was going on? Was there football game or a major election debate on television? Why aren’t people supporting the local arts?
But when the lights blinked off for good and the actors took the stage, it became clearer public support for the arts had in fact filled the room.
The performers and their work were showered not just with applause but also with the audience’s admiration for what LALT had created.
With enthusiasm and gusto, everyone booed and hissed at the villain while cheering for the hero and the heroine in “Melodrama: A Short Stretch in Aspen or The Lay of the Land.”
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