A little bit of music, A little bit of comedy,
A little bit of drama, A little bit of magic...
A little theatre for everyone this coming season.
COMING UP NEXT ON OUR STAGE
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
A little bit of music ...and a LOT of magic!
JULY 28-31 AUGUST 5-7, 2016
Directed by Lacy Cockrell
Disney's big hit musical, the 9th longest-running show in Broadway history, comes to our LLT stage in a full-length production with beautiful costumes, outstanding sets and a huge cast.
Based on a French fairy tale, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST tells the story of a prince who was transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle, who must see him for what he really is, and fall in love with him so that he can become human again.
The 1991 animated movie set a record as Disney's must successful, and it won a Golden Globe for Best Film as well as two Academy Awards.
Early next year, Disney will be releasing a brand new live-action feature movie with an all-star cast including Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad and Stanley Tucci. Filming is already completed and it's being edited now for a March 2017 release.
The Broadway version of the musical was Disney's first show in NYC and ran for 5,461 performances over a 13 year stretch. It’s the 9th longest running production in Broadway history.
Come "Be Our Guest" and see Gaston and the Beast fight for the attention of the beautiful Belle in this enchanting and exciting show. All your favorite characters like Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip will be there too.
Running for two weekends this summer, it’s sure to be one of our biggest season openers ever!
The LLT reservation line for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is NOW OPEN and answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140.
HIGH TEA WITH “BELLE” AND THE CAST
LLT and the YWCO are holding a “High Tea With Belle” before three of the performances. Tea Party attendees will be treated with sandwiches, sweets and tea; an enchanted rose of their own; a photo with “Belle” and a meet and greet with the cast; tickets to the show and first choice of seating at the Arabian.
The three High Teas will be pre-show on Saturday, July 30th at 6 p.m. and then twice on Saturday, August 6th - at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets are $30 (with a discounted price of $20 for LLT’s season ticket holders.) Expected to sell out - so reservations need to be made at 601.428.0140.
A little bit of comedy ...actually, a TON of comedy!
OCTOBER 20-23, 2016
Directed by Missy Sanderson
Need a little diversion from Hillary and the Donald? Well…here it is! LLT’s annual Southern comedy, only this time, a funny Southern political comedy – performed right in the very middle of this year’s election season.
The mayor of a sleepy Georgia town is once again up for re-election. For over twenty years, he’s always run unopposed, but this time he has to duke it out with his own wife on the ballot. Sparks fly and and everyone is thrown for a loop as they get down and dirty and duke it out with their political fisticuffs.
All politics are local – but especially if you live with one of your opponents – so you can bet that belly laughs will be abundant!
RUNNING MATES was the 2013 winner of the Eudora Welty New Play Award and LLT is proud to be one of the first theatre companies in the country to produce it.
Director Missy Sanderson has auditions set for August 22nd and 23rd.
Click here for audition info.
The LLT reservation line for RUNNING MATES opens on October 13th and will answer 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140.
A little bit of drama ...but what a POWERFUL drama!
MARCH 30 - APRIL 2, 2017
Directed by Sam Buchanan
The time: 1692. The place: Salem, Massachusetts. The problem: Witches!
What happened back then to the women of Salem? Or maybe the real question is, what happened to ALL the people of Salem? What could lead an entire town to turn on their own?
Based on the chillingly true-life stories of Salem’s hysterical trials, this powerful drama first appeared on Broadway in 1953 and won the Tony Award for Best Play.
Arthur Miller wrote it as a comment on the real-life witch-hunts and blacklisting that the despicable U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy was leading in our Congress that decade.
A ‘crucible’ is a container used to hold metal or glass substances while they’re subjected to super high temperatures – and explosively high heat is exactly what happened in both Salem in the 1690s and the U.S. Congress in the 1950s.
Miller is considered to be one of America’s very best playwrights and was a Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama.
THE CRUCIBLE is one of the most produced dramas of all time and is currently running on Broadway. That production just received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Play.
Director Sam Buchanan has auditions set for JANUARY 16-17, 2017.
Click here for audition info.
The LLT reservation line for THE CRUCIBLE opens on March 23rd and will answer 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140.
THE LION KING JR
A little bit of magic ...Disney’s BIGGEST hit ever!
JUNE 1-4, 2017
Directed by Katelyn Bryant
Once again, our annual summer Kids’ Camp production is included in our season so that our season ticket holders can use a punch to see it!
LLT is one of the very first community theatres from around the nation to be approved to present this junior version of THE LION KING, which is now the 3rd longest-running show in Broadway history!
Based on the hit Disney animated film, this stage musical features the beloved score by Elton John and actors in inventive costumes that includes puppets.
When it opened in NYC, it received 22 Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations and was the Tony winner for Best Musical that year.
Our annual Summer Kids' Camp is an intensive one-week workshop where over 100 students have a memorable time learning the audition and rehearsal process, and then t hey’ll end the week with five magical performances of DISNEY'S THE LION KING JR!
Pre-registration is required early next spring for the students since our camp ALWAYS sells out in advance. Camp runs for one week beginning May 25, 2017 and then the performances run the weekend of June 1-4, 2017. Make sure you're on our email newsletter list to get the first early notice when registration opens! Drop a line to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com to be added to that list.
Join Mufasa & Scar, Simba & Nala and Timon & Pumba in "The Circle of Life," and you'll see just how much the 100 kids from our annual Summer Kids’ Camp will make you smile…and laugh…and cry.
SEASON TICKET MEMBERS
SAVE UP TO 46% !!!!!!
A regular single ticket runs $17, but a 4-Punch LLT Season Ticket at either $35 (seniors or students), $40 (adults), $70 (two season tickets for a couple) or $125 (four season tickets for a family of four) makes for an average as low as seven or eight dollars per punch -
live theatre for less than the cost of a movie!
You get four punches on each season ticket - allowing you to punch once per show, or you can even use up to two of your punches on any one production and bring someone with you.
Join now as an LLT season-ticket holder - you'll see all four regular season shows for the price of only two single tickets - a 46% savings!
SOME EXCITING CHANGES THIS SEASON
After many years of requests from our audiences, the annual Kids' Camp production will once again be a part of our 4-Punch Season Ticket and not require a single ticket purchase for season members.
And...for our patrons, this coming year, instead of a one-night-only patron party that was always difficult for everyone to attend, LLT will be offering our patrons a complimentary drink (beer, wine or soft drink) at every performance they attend.
And there's another great big new perk for patrons - a section of reserved seats will be set aside at every performance that will be held just for the patrons to choose from.
BE THE FIRST TO GET THE NEWS!!
Get added to our mailing list. To receive our once a year brochure that will go out late this summer,Click --> LLTLaurelMS@aol.com and give us your address .
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.
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.