Friends of the Atlas

May 16, 2020

Dear Friends of the Atlas.

When theatres raise the performance curtain, the audience is asked to suspend belief and enter a fantasy world that can entertain, challenge, and delight the mind. Who could imagine two months ago that a strange new virus could thrust us into a real world where we wear masks, avoid close encounters, and deny ours.elves access to our normal daily routines? Am we traveling through our own unscripted Melodrama?

Despite the current chaos, some things do not change. You remain our Friends and Heroes. We remain grateful for your past support. FOTA remains committed to restore, preserve, and sustain the Atlas Theatre. We owe you an update on what the Friends of the Atlas are up to.

  • Our strategic visioning sessions to shape the use of the currently unused Atlas upper floors will berescheduled.
  • Unfortunately, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players' 2019-2020 performance season was ended prematurely. We will update the fence banner performance schedule located across the street from the Atlas.
  • We continue to plan to expand the Atlas footprint by purchasing the building to the west. This would address current needs for an expanded lobby, modem restrooms, ADA compliance, elevator and other patron and performer amenities.
  • We were awarded a Wyoming Main Street Historic Architecture Assistance Fund grant to assess the structural and architectural systems of the Atlas and the adjacent building to the west and how they might be connected.
  • Our Atlas Endowment continues to  grow to  over $30,000. Thank you for yoµr commitment to this long-term investment to ensure our historic Atlas Theatre does not become history.

Finally, for 90 years the volunteers of the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players have shared their time and talents to celebrate creativity and enrich the community through theatrical productions. They proudly own and operate the Mary Godfrey Playhouse and the Historic Atlas Theatre. It is a critical time for this cultural non-profit. Despite zero performance revenue, CLTP continues to have fixed costs like utilities, insurance, a mortgage and preparing to make things safe for the return of our audiences.

Cheyenne Little Theatre Players has served Cheyenne well over tile decades. They now need our help. Without a vibrant CLTP, Cheyenne not only loses its community theatre, but the great stewardship of the Historic Atlas Theatre.May 16, 2020

Alane West and Wayne Hansen

Co-Chairs:  Friends of The Atlas

Friends of the Atlas is an ad hoc committee of the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players.
PO Box 2989, Cheyenne, WY, 82003-2989
For more information, contact: (307)-638-6543 or atlas@cheyennelittletheatre.org