Leapin' Lizards!!! The sun'll come out...tomorrow!!! The musical ANNIE opened on Broadway exactly 35 years ago and swept all the Tony Awards that year and entertained audiences for 2,377 performances. To celebrate Annie's birthday, a brand new revival of the show will open in NYC this fall, and LLT has secured the rights to also bring her back to our own stage as well--just ONE DAY after it opens on Broadway!
Our previous productions in 1991 and 2005 sold out to record houses, and we expect it'll happen again as we kick off our 53rd Season this October with Annie and her dog Sandy, Daddy Warbucks and the mean Miss Hannigan and all those lovable orphans.
Join in and help Laurel Little Theatre as we embark on a major fund raiser to build the brand new Pinehurst Room and extension to our historic Arabian Theatre. This will be a huge addition running down the entire length of the south side of the theatre, exactly where the old Pinehurst Hotel originally stood from the 1920s until it was demolished in the late 1980s!
When the Arabian was built in 1927 it had two common walls with the Pinehurst and there was even a secret courtesy door that went directly from the hotel into the side of the Arabian's Lobby. We'll be recreating that entrance and building what we'll be calling the Pinehurst Room with a huge new concession and meeting room and lots of new restrooms. That's right ladies, no more long lines waiting for the loo!!!! And then further down the southern wall will be new set construction and storage areas as well as new dressing rooms and cast restrooms.
We plan to use the new Pinehurst Room to showcase tons of old photographs of the old Pinehurst Hotel and the Arabian and Strand Theatres that Sank Taylor, Charles Green and B.A. Schneider had built in Laurel back in the 1920s when the movie palaces were first popping up all over the country. If anyone has any old great photos of the hotel or the theatres or Downtown Laurel, please get in touch with us at LLTLaurelMS@aol.com so we might add to our collection.
And to remember those of you that join in with contributions to this fund raiser, there will be an entire Wall of Honor with your names engraved.
We're kicking off this fund raiser with a special return engagement of LLT's most successful production ever, ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE. This will be our fourth presentation of the musical that celebrates the life and songs of the great country singer, and it's sold out every time we've had it on our stages.
Director Wess Hughes and Music Director Michelle Howells will be back with Missy Sanderson as Patsy and Catherine Nowicki playing her funny side-kick Louise. As usual, the evening will begin with a rousin' Grand Ole Opry Talent Show featuring some of the great performers of the Pine Belt.
ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE will be a special fund raiser and not part of our regular 4-show season.
Set on a back porch in present day Chicago, the drama PROOF is the story of a guy, a girl, and a math equation. The young woman has just lost her brilliant but disturbed mathematician father, and in the wake of his death she must deal with her own volatile emotions, the arrival of her overbearing estranged sister and the attentions of the boy, a former student of her father.
After a notebook is found with an equation that might prove to be an important discovery, it's assumed her father wrote it - only in truth, she is the author and now she's wondering exactly what she inherited from her father: genius, or insanity? The 'proof' is in the viewing.
Imagine the sassy gals of Steel Magnolias, Designing Women and Golden Girls all wrapped up in one hilarious comedy and you'd have THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB! Five Southern ladies that were on their college swim team have remained life-long friends and meet every summer at a North Carolina beach cottage to get free from husbands, kids and jobs. You'll see them age through their 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s as they dish about their loves, meddle in each others lives and laugh 'til they cry.
THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB! is a deliciously funny gut-busting Southern-fried comedy. You'll laugh out loud and roar with laughter until your face hurts! Sit a spell and let the humor wash over you like an ice-cold Dr. Pepper on a hot summer day!
It was a blistering hot summer in 1776, and the nation was ready to revolt - if only our founding fathers could finally agree to it! This play with music follows argumentative John Adams, eccentric Ben Franklin, and brilliant young statesman Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the second Continental Congress to vote for signing the Declaration of Independence from the shackles of the British monarchy.
1776 portrays the founding fathers not as the legendary icons they sometimes become in history books, but as the real human beings they truly were. It's filled with history and humor and romance - an unconventional but astonishing musical that's patriotic, witty and breathtaking as it tells the 236 year old story.
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 end the week with performances of THE LITTLE MERMAID, Jr.
Disney had huge hits with both the animated movie and the Broadway production of LITTLE MERMAID, featuring the memorable characters of the mermaid Ariel, King Triton, Prince Eric and the sea witch Ursula. Our camp is open to elementary and junior high students. Pre-registration is required next spring since the camp will sell out in advance and auditions for leads will take place in early May.
Our Kids' Camp is not part of our regular 4-show season.