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      History and Stories

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


COMING UP AT THE ARABIAN

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
A Southern Memory Play


February 26 - March 1





RED WHITE & TUNA
A Redneck Comedy!


April 23 - 26








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 NEXT



THE GLASS MENAGERIE
A Southern Memory Play

Directed by Sam Buchanan

FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 1, 2015

THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Mississippi native Tennessee Williams, is a drama set in the deep South of the early 1900's. It was his first big successful play and he went on to become one of America's most highly regarded playwrights.

The characters and story mimic William's own family more closely than any of his other works. It's an account of a time in the author's young life when he was growing up and yearning to leave the family home and go off to become a writer. His mother, a fading Southern belle well past her prime, is obsessed with finding a suitor - a "gentleman caller" - for his shy and quiet sister.

A Broadway production of the show earlier this year received a Tony Award nomination for 'Best Revival of a Play' and it was selected as the 'Best Of The Year' by the New York Times, New York Magazine and USA Today.
A moving and memorable play full of longing and dreams - Voila - it's magic!

Our reservation line opens February 19th at 601.428.0140 and will answer 24 hours a day!

For a season brochure drop a line to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com





RED WHITE & TUNA
A Redneck Comedy!

Directed by Catherine Nowicki

APRIL 23 - 26, 2015

RED WHITE & TUNA is a side-splitting comedic tour-de-force for just two actors that play a total of 22 characters with the quickest costume changes you'll ever see on our Arabian Theatre stage. It's one of four different plays all set in the redneck town of Tuna, Texas - the "third-smallest" town in the state - where "the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies!"

We presented A TUNA CHRISTMAS just a few years ago with Stephen Nowicki and Wess Hughes speed acting thru all those characters, and these two LLT alumni return this coming season for us to see just what's up in Tuna as they all get ready for the annual 4th of July celebrations.
Don't miss it! 2 ACTORS - 22 CHARACTERS - 222 BELLY LAUGHS!






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 will welcome you to Agrabah, City of Enchantment. Jasmine, the Sultan, the Genie and all the rest of the cast of a hundred (YES...ONE HUNDRED KIDS!) will welcome you with all those favorite songs like "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 - and auditions for the lead roles will be held in early May. Make sure you're on our email newsletter list to get an early notice when registration opens! Drop a line to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com to be added to that list. Come and see how much these adorable kids can amaze you with what they'll do with just a week of rehearsals!


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 Our Plans & Sketches,
An Update On Our Progress,
The Current List Of Donors & The Donor Form



P. O. Box 2131 Laurel, MS 39442
LLTLaurelMS@aol.com
Reservations And Ticket Info 601.428.0140
(reservations taken only the week of each show)
















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