New Auditorium Curtain Dedicated to Charles Altman
The Ellis School was delighted to officially dedicate the new curtain in the Auditorium to Charles Altman, former Theatre Director and Performing Arts faculty member, on December 14. Charles’ unwavering dedication to the performing arts at Ellis began in 1981 and spanned over three decades until his retirement in 2013.
A stalwart supporter of Ellis and a staple in the community, Charles and his wife Liz ALTMAN ’70, former Director of Alumnae Engagement, are the proud parents of Sarah ALTMAN Bumstead ’95 and grandparents of current Ellis students Kit, Class of 2029, and Annie, Class of 2027. The initiative was led by alumna Shanan GUINN ’93 who garnered support from fellow alumnae and friends of the School to raise funds in honor of Charles' lasting legacy at Ellis.
Ellis alumna Beth HORN ’95 shared, “Charles, the world you opened my mind and heart to in the Ellis theater fundamentally changed the course of my life. From learning the St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V for speech class—I can still recite it word for word, 25+ years later—and a few lines in a truly hideous blue leisure suit in Greater Tuna to taping sides to every flat surface on the set when I took over as Truvy in Steel Magnolias 72 hours before opening and the amazing experience working on Kiss Me, Kate, this place, and your tutelage, changed me, molded me, opened me up, and brought me immeasurable joy. My humbly expressed gratitude can never be enough to repay this incalculable debt, but gratitude is always a very good place to start, so from the bottom of my heart—thank you.”
The curtain will officially make its public debut this week at the Lower School musical performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.