All Press Releases for January 30, 2023

Kevin Frakes has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry

A well-known actor and director, Mr. Kevin Frakes is artistic director of Alton Little Theater

His hard work has been recognized with a number of awards, including Best Play, Best Set, Best Lighting Design and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    ALTON, IL, January 30, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Kevin Frakes has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Drawing on more than 50 years of experience in the theater, Mr. Frakes is recognized for his visionary leadership as Artistic Director of Alton Little Theater, the longest-running community theater in the state of Illinois. Deeply committed to this position for the past 11 years, Mr. Frakes has a wide range of responsibilities, including selecting the plays for each season, directing as many as four productions per year, designing and building sets, and overseeing the theater facility. Known for his exceptional work ethic, he is often found at the theater as much as 12 to 14 hours per day. His hard work has been recognized with a number of awards, including Best Play, Best Set, Best Lighting Design and a Lifetime Achievement Award, and his work has been highlighted in the Telegraph, Gazelle Magazine and

Mr. Frakes has also excelled as a Musical Entertainer and sang professionally for over 20 years. He now produces concerts with a company of young talents and performs with his wife to create additional fundraising opportunities for the Community Theater.

Kevin has been passionate about the theater since he was a child; to him, the experience of seeing a play is similar to storytelling at its best and he thrives on sharing favorite tales with an audience and eliciting their emotional reactions. He takes deep pride in the productions he has been part of, especially "CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD," a sold out run that explored the theme of understanding individuals with disabilities. Especially fulfilling to Mr. Frakes is creating opportunities for learning with his audience members; for example, during a recent production, the cast visited residents of a local nursing home for talkback sessions because it was a learning experience for everyone involved.

While Mr. Frakes has been working full-time as Alton Little Theater's Artistic Director for 11 years, he has been acting since the age of 15 and has now been involved with the theater in various capacities for half a century. In other career-related endeavors, he has held positions as a police officer and carpenter, and he was involved in the construction of the Build-A-Bear company's many stores. He graduated from high school in 1975. Outside of the theater, he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his family, including his spouse, two children and four grandchildren. He hopes to retire in the next five years, yet he holds onto his guiding principle – "When everything around you is falling apart, the best thing to do is still (and always) to do the right thing."

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