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



ANNOUNCING
LAUREL LITTLE THEATRE'S
Fifty-Sixth Fabulous Season!

"THERE'S A LITTLE THEATRE IN ALL OF US"
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 AT THE



DISNEY'S
PETER PAN JR


June 2 - 5





Registration


KIDS' CAMP 2016
Peter Pan Jr.


NOW OPEN!!

CAMP IS NOW FULL BUT YOU CAN SIGN-UP TO BE FIRST ON OUR WAIT LIST

Click Here for the Kids' Camp Online Registration.




Auditions


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


June 6 - 7



Click Here For Audition Info



56th Season Opener


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


July 28 - 31 / Aug 5 - 7








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BLAST FROM
THE PAST

PINEHURST HOTEL COLLECTION

Our million-dollar fund raiser to build the new PINEHURST ROOM addition to the Arabian is now getting close to the 25% mark! We'll break ground once we reach 50%. Please consider donating or making a pledge to be a part of this and you'll secure your own engraved tile that will be included on a wall in the new lobby extension. Drop a line to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com for more info.

A collection of old Pinehurst Hotel items will be on display in the new room. We've already collected a handful of things, and just recently, Sherry Cockerham of Back 2 Vintage at the Southern Antiques Mall in downtown Laurel donated these two pieces from the 1940s.

PINEHURST MENU
September 21, 1948
Steak or Fish for 85¢!!

Jean Holifield of our local Jones County Genealogical Organization sent us this copy of a lunch menu from the Pinehurst Hotel Coffee Shop from 1948. Can you believe a steak or seafood lunch for only 85¢ or $1 !!!


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1949 - PINEHURST DOOR HANGER

A 'housekeeping door hanger' that features a metal clock dial to set your own time for service. The Pinehurst Hotel name and manager R.H. Halbert is printed on it along with a date of 1949.


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1940s - PINEHURST SALES PAMPHLET

Also from the early 1940s is a 16-page sales pamphlet for the hotel that features stories about the city as well as ads placed by Hamilton-Graves Men's Store, Pinehurst Coffee Shop, Pearson's Ice Cream, Wallace Drugs (with ''phone number #24'' listed), Mahaffey Beauty Shop, Commerical National Bank, Office Supply Co, Sumrall Funeral Home (located next to the hotel!), Mundell's Men's Furnishings, The Fashion Shop Ladies' Ready-to-Wear, Dr. F.L. Sauls (hotel house chiropractor), Dr. W.M. Moye (house optometrist), Dr. G. Ernest Holder (house physician), C.E. Thomas' Day & Night Garage, Laurel Mayor J.C. Miller and the Laurel Country Club.

One page mentions the Pinehurst resident manager at that time was J.C. Belew, and that room rates at the Pinehurst "begin at $1.75!"

There's no exact date on the booklet, but we know that J.C. Miller was Mayor of Laurel from 1941-46, so it places it from those years. Please let us know if you have any items to add to this collection that everyone will get to enjoy seeing.



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2008-Arabian Proscenium Arch

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1920s
PINEHURST HOTEL



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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!


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-Sixth Fabulous Season
Is Coming!


Disney's
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
July 28-31 and Aug 5-7
Directed by Lacy Cockrell
A little bit of music and
a lot of magic!

Beth Kander's
RUNNING MATES
Oct 20-23, 2016
Directed by Missy Sanderson
A little bit of comedy - actually,
a LOT of southern comedy!

Arthur Miller's
THE CRUCIBLE
March 30 - April 2, 2017
Directed by Sam Buchanan
A little bit of drama - but it's a BIG classic drama!
Disney's
THE LION KING JR
June 1-4, 2017
Directed by Katelyn Bryant
A little bit of Disney's biggest
hit EVER!


OUR PRODUCTIONS COMING UP



PETER PAN JR
THE THRILLING DISNEY MUSICAL!

CAMP
REGISTRATION
NOW OPEN!

Click Here for the Kids' Camp Online Registration.




CAMP IS NOW FULL BUT YOU CAN SIGN-UP TO BE FIRST ON OUR WAIT LIST


June 2-3, 2016 at 730PM
June 4, 2016 at 4PM and 730PM
June 5, 2016 at 2PM

Directed by Brenda Shows

For years our audiences have asked us to return the annual Kids' Camp production to our 4-Punch Season Ticket - and this year it will once more be part of our main season!

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 they'll end the week with five THRILLING performances of DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR!

Using J.M. Barrie's enchanting play about the boy who just "won't grow up," this stage version is based on the Disney animated film that featured the memorable songs "Second Star To The Right," "You Can Fly" and "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me."

You'll meet Peter and all his Lost Boys as he takes Wendy, Michael and John off to Never Land. On their exciting adventure they meet mermaids and Indians, and even the infamous Captain Hook and his Pirates!

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 26, 2016 and then there's performances the weekend of June 2-5, 2016. Make sure you're on our email newsletter list to get the first early notice when registration opens in March! Drop a line to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com to be added to that list.

Come and see just how much all those adorable kids can amaze you with what they do with just a week of rehearsals!

The LLT reservation line for PETER PAN JR will open May 26th and answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140.

Click here for Cast List

SEASON TICKET MEMBERS
SAVE UP TO 49% !!!!!!

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 49% 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.



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


OUR 55TH SEASON PRODUCTION SPONSOR



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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