Experience a Taste of the Spencer

Experience a Taste of the Spencer

It has been said that we are defined as a culture by our artistic achievements. However, whether or not you agree or disagree with this statement one may look back at some of the great empires of the past, including the U.S. since its inception, for validity of that claim. It is with that assertion that the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, a non-profit 501(C)(3) entity, rises majestically on a mesa between two mountain ranges surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest in Alto, N.M. Since its inception (Oct. 3, 1997), this premier Lincoln County major attraction has continuously presented the area with first-rate entertainment. In addition to fostering the humanities, the  theater has state-of-the-art clothing and accessories. All the while, providing an enriched art curriculum for students.

The charm and fascination of this iconic landmark is an exceptional asset to the community, the region, the state of New Mexico and brings added financial and artistic inclusion to the area. Its consistent popularity benefits one and all, in multiple ways. That prestigious acclaim requires a concentrated effort by the staff of the Spencer Theater (and its many volunteers) to continuously present outstanding offerings. Its mission statement is straightforward and noble.

“To enrich the cultural lives of community members and visitors by presenting the finest in performing arts.”

The founders of the Spencer, Dr. A.N. and Jackie Spencer had a vision of an active stage – one, which encompasses changing performance approaches, styles, genres and themes – has continued.

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The farthest seat from the 4,770-square-foot stage is 67 feet.


On Saturday, June 10, the Spencer will have the acclaimed Four Freshmen on its 514-seat stage for you listening enjoyment at 8 p.m. In 1948, four young men created an original sound that changed the way vocal jazz harmony was performed. Friday, June 23, the fabulous Red Dirt, Texas country music package of Reckless Kelly will take the stage at 8 p.m. to give you a sampling of “what country radio would sound like.”

On June 17, the renowned Alto landmark will offer the “Taste of the Spencer” fundraiser. This 10th annual affair will have gourmet food tastings, generous pours of wine and an auction of first-rate items from around the country – all collected to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Spencer. This event will take place on both levels of the Crystal Lobby. Patrons are able to savor samplings at various catering stations, while indulging red and white libations.

Supporters in attendance to experience a Taste at the Spencer may bid on items close to home (in a silent auction), such as fine art, home furnishings, golf memberships and multiple other premier contributions. In addition, they may compete for package journeys to fancy locales around the globe, outdoor adventures, old world experiences, et al. There will be 200-plus auction items. This event creates much anticipation. Participating in the event could be the highlight of your summer!

What It Takes To Plan A Show

Many guests might not know that precise and extensive planning required to plan an act. Some acts take personnel over a year to plan.

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Enjoy performances in the Spencer Theater’s intimate 514-seat capacity, state-of-the-art stage facility.

“The crowds at the Spencer Theater begin to get large in early June and escalate greatly in August,” Publicist Kathleen McDonald explained. “Ticket sales are robust then. Even pop artists you may not have heard of doesn’t mean they’re not top-notch. These are all excellent entertainers. Stay open-minded and know you will be enriched. Don’t hesitate to come. It will be a unique, intimate and immediate experience. People are glad they came. Their smiles and repeated visits tell us that. It will lift you out of your moment in time. Bring your friends.”

So for more information you may go here or call 575-336-4800. As always there is free parking. Furthermore, devoted volunteer ushers, who come from all walks of life, escorts patrons to their seats.

—Michael Curran