With the generous help of the Lineberry Foundation, the Play-Dates program continues this year with ATG member theatres providing FREE tickets to middle and high school students so they can enjoy and learn about live theatre.  A Play-Date Host, someone knowledgeable about the show they're going to see, welcomes them to the show, tells them about it and what they can expect, answers questions, and, in short, does everything to help make this a memorable theatre experience for them. 


(recommended for a high school audience and older)
presented by elite Dance & Theatre
Saturday, September 7, 2019
VSA North Fourth Theatre
7:00 p.m.

Dracula is a story of love, courage, friendship, faithfulness and sacrifice in the face of great evil. elite Dance & Theatre creates a hauntingly beautiful retelling of the original story by Bram Stoker. Jonathon Harker and his friends are in a deadly battle. Count Dracula’s malice is a game in which our heroes are caught like pawns in a chess match. They will risk all to save those they love.

Ali Baba
presented by Opera Southwest
Sunday, October 20, 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center
2:00 p.m.  

With a libretto based on “Alì Babà and the Forty Thieves,” the well-known and lively story from One Thousand and One Nights,  Alì Babà was composed by Giovanni Bottesini, an Italian composer and double bass virtuoso, known as the “Paganini of the bass.”

The opera was premiered in 1871 in London, receiving considerable acclaim and numerous performances. However, later the score was lost and the opera has not been heard in well over a century. As with Opera Southwest’s Amleto (Hamlet) project, Maestro Anthony Barrese has reconstructed the score from the composer’s original manuscript, and Opera Southwest will give the work its modern American premiere.

Mama Mia
presented by Albuquerque Little Theatre
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Albuquerque Little Theatre
2:00 p.m.

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Pure, unadulterated joy that will have you dancing in the aisles!

Under Milk Wood
(recommended for a high school audience and older)
presented by West End Productions
Sunday, November 10, 2019
VSA North 4th Theatre
2:00 p.m.

We begin in the dreams of a town, just before dawn. Winding through its streets, we continue, visiting its sleeping denizens one by one in the darkness before the sunrise. As the cock crows, and the sleepers awaken, we watch the town awaken and go through one day, following each person, and the town itself, until the sun sets again, and they go off to another night.

Originally commissioned by the BBC as a radio drama (or a “play with voices”) in 1954, Under Milk Wood has survived as one of Dylan Thomas’ most well-known and highly acclaimed works. It has had many high profile theatrical stagings, as well as having been made into a film in 1974 starring Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O Toole, Glynis Johns, Vivien Merchant, and other well-known actors.

Come experience the yearning of young love, the foibles of marriage, the ghosts of drowned sailors, and the games of little children through an evening of live music coupled with this beautiful play by the troubled, brilliant Dylan Thomas.

 Heathers The Musical
(recommended for high school audience and older)
presented by UNM Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Sunday, November 17, 2019
2:00 p.m.

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under.


The Albuquerque Theatre Guild and The Lineberry Foundation