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      History and Stories

In the Historic 1927 Downtown Arabian Theatre -- 5th Avenue -- Laurel, Mississippi


COMING UP AT THE ARABIAN

Auditions


THE ADDAMS FAMILY


August 18-19




Our Season Opener!


THE ADDAMS FAMILY


October 16-19






RESERVATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS

Our reservations line is open only the week of each production, but it's answered 24 hours a day. Call 601.428.0140 on show weeks to make a courtesy reservation for any performance.

However, a last minute cancellation means empty seats for us! We can't fill a seat at the last second, so please call at least 24 hours in advance to release any reservations you won't be using.



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BLAST FROM
THE PAST

LLT began in 1961 and our Arabian Theatre was opened in 1927. We'll feature old photos in this section that will change frequently.

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2008-Arabian Proscenium Arch



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1907 - Laurel's First 'Electric Theatre'

Sank Taylor was Laurel's original 'theatre man' that ran both the Strand and Arabian Theatres. Back in 1907 before those were built, he hung a sheet on the back wall of a downtown building to create our very first 'electric theatre.' Thanks to Ronnie Goss of Meridian for finding this old Sanborn Fire Map showing its location on Magnolia Street.



Click here for a story on Sank and Laurel's old theatres.




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1920s
PINEHURST HOTEL

A great old post card photo of the Pinehurst Hotel from back in the 20s. This was before an addition in 1927 added extra hotel rooms over to the right along with the Arabian Theatre right behind them. The Pinehurst was demolished in 1988, but we've just kicked off our fund raiser to build our own PINEHURST ROOM addition to the Arabian--right where the old hotel used to stand. We'll even recreate the old secret side entrance that used to allow hotel guests to go straight into the theatre from right inside the hotel!




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1988
PINEHURST DEMOLITION

A photo taken from City Hall looking at the demolition of the Pinehurst Hotel and the old Arabian Theatre marquee. Our current courtyard is where that original signage used to be. The theatre is the tallest building you see on the right - behind the row of empty windows that were about to come down. The beautiful little Pinehurst Park we have today is located where the ruins remain on the left side of this photo.

Click here to see our entire collection of LLT and Arabian photos.

GOT ANY OLD PHOTOS OR STORIES OF LLT OR THE ARABIAN???

We're looking for more old pictures of the Arabian Theatre, or any of the over 200 shows we've produced at LLT over the last five decades. If you have any, you can scan and email it to us at LLTLaurelMS@aol.com, or drop a line and we'll just borrow it long enough to make a copy and return the original to you. If you have a great story you'd like to share, write it up and send it on. We'll be sharing throughout the season on our website.


OUR FIFTY-FOURTH FABULOUS SEASON



COMING UP FIRST





THE ADDAMS FAMILY
A New Musical


Directors: Wess Hughes and Frankie Bennett

October 16-19, 2014



LLT will kick off our 54th season with the new Broadway hit THE ADDAMS FAMILY - A NEW MUSICAL!

It's sure to be a fun event when Morticia & Gomez, their children Wednesday & Pugsley, and Uncle Fester, Lurch and 'Thing' all make an appearance on the Arabian stage this October - just in time to kick off the Halloween season!

Directors Wess Hughes and Frankie Bennett will need a large cast of 50 of all ages (some kids too!). Auditions will be held August 18th and 19th at the Arabian at 7pm. No preparation is necessary - just come on down and read or sing along with everyone else. Put it on your calendar!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE AUDITION INFO






LITTLE WOMEN


Directed by Lacy Cockrell

December 4-7, 2014



Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, LITTLE WOMEN, comes to life on stage as a delightful musical. Follow the adventures of the March family - sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy, as their mother, Marmee, keeps the home in order as their father serves as a Union Army chaplain in the Civil War. Grumpy Aunt Josephine, Professor Bhaer, and their loving neighbor, Laurie, all play prominent roles in the lives of the sisters. The beautiful musical score of this play is a perfect complement to this age-old story.





THE GLASS MENAGERIE


Directed by Sam Buchanan

FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 1, 2015



THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Mississippi native Tennessee Williams, is an award winning drama set in the deep South of the early 1900's. A semi-autobiographical account of a time in the author's life, the play is a fascinating character study of himself and the members of his immediate family: his mother, his sister, and her suitor. Their personal struggles are seen plainly in this poignant story of a family in crisis.






RED, WHITE AND TUNA


Directed by Catherine Nowicki

APRIL 23 - 26, 2015



RED, WHITE AND TUNA is the third in a series of comedies (preceded by GREATER TUNA and A TUNA CHRISTMAS and followed by TUNA DOES VEGAS), each set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The plays are at once an affectionate comment on small-town, Southern life and attitudes but also a withering satire of same. The plays are notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. You'll remember these crazy guys from our previous production of A TUNA CHRISTMAS.






ANNUAL LLT SUMMER KIDS' CAMP
ALADDIN JR.

Directed by Katelyn Bryant

JUNE 5 - 7, 2015



Even though our Kids' Camp Production is not a part of the regular season membership, it's always a crowd pleaser! In ALADDIN, JR., our wonderful young actors welcome you to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, and the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! Join Jasmine, the Sultan, the Genie and the rest of the kids, and they will amaze you with what they can do with only a week of rehearsals! You'll enjoy all the favorite songs, including "Arabian Nights", "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me."


Our annual Summer Kids' Camp is an intensive one week workshop where students have a memorable time learning the audition and rehearsal process and then will end the week with performances of ALADDIN JR.. Pre-registration is required early next spring since our camp sells out in advance. Make sure you're on our email newsletter list to get early notice when registration opens!


Our Kids' Camp is not part of our regular 4-punch season ticket.




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REMEMBER LLT IN YOUR GIFT GIVING

As a non-profit organization, LLT has always depended upon "the kindness of strangers." We've survived and thrived for five decades thanks to the great support of everyone in the community.

We're very proud of our historic 1927 Arabian Theatre, but we have to constantly work at keeping the facility maintained, and we have big plans to add the new Pinehurst Room extension in the next year or so. That addition will run along the south side of the Arabian exactly where the old Pinehurst Hotel stood. And, YES, ladies, there will be brand new restrooms so you won't have to stand in that long line anymore!

We'll need the help of our friends and families and even strangers to raise the funds to complete this. Remember us in your annual gift giving and in your wills and estate planning. So many of our beautiful old buildings in Downtown Laurel have disappeared - help us to ensure this one continues to thrive. We're planning a Wall of Honor in the new Pinehurst Room that will memorialize your name or the name of those you'd like to remember. Mail to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com for more info.



BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS

We're always looking for folks that would like to help backstage on sets, props and costumes. Do you sew ? Like to help slap some paint on a wall? Do a little hammering? Drop us a line.



Progress Thermometer RAISE THE ROOF!

KICKING OFF OUR MILLION DOLLAR
FUND RAISER!

Let's Build The Pinehurst Room!

Click Here For Plans, Sketches, Photos
And The Donor Form


P. O. Box 2131 Laurel, MS 39442
LLTLaurelMS@aol.com
Reservations And Ticket Info 601.428.0140
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