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      History and Stories

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







Aug. 1-4, 2014 September 13-15, 2013 Feb 13-16, 2014 Feb 13-16, 2014 May 16-19, & 25-26, 2013 Kids Summer Theater Camp - July 2013

COMING UP AT THE ARABIAN

9 To 5


The Musical


APRIL 24-27 & MAY 2-3




Cinderella


The Musical


JUNE 6-7-8






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.



NEW SHOWTIMES!!!

You asked for it--You got it! After many years of requests for an earlier curtain, and many years of discussions, we've decided to finally do it!

We'll start all of our evening performances this season at 7:30PM instead of the old 8:00PM start time. Sunday matinees will still begin at 2PM.

As always, the auditorium opens a half hour before each performance.



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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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2013 - Up To The
Arabian Attic


Most folks don't realize that the chandeliers in the Arabian are the original 1927 fixtures. To change the bulbs, someone has to go up in the attic and roll the chandeliers all the way down to the floor level of the auditorium. We have to do that every few years, and this spring when it was time for a new set of bulbs, LLT volunteers Matt McCool and Darrell Braddock took pictures of their journey so everyone can see just what's up there.

Click here to see the entire album of their treacherous trip!




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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.


TRAVEL WITH LLT ON OUR 53RD SEASON

...from the pyramids of EGYPT to the beaches of NORTH CAROLINA
...from a castle in TRANSYLVANIA to a KINGDOM FAR FAR AWAY
...from the old south of ATLANTA to the musical mind of DOLLY PARTON

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See ALL FOUR regular season shows FOR THE PRICE OF TWO!
Live theatre for less than the cost of a movie!

ANNOUNCING OUR 4 SHOW SEASON

AND 2 SPECIAL PRODUCTIONS

AN ELTON JOHN MUSICAL!     A DOLLY PARTON MUSICAL!
TWO SOUTHERN COMEDIES!     A FAVORITE KIDS' MUSICAL!
A DRACULA HALLOWEEN PRODUCTION!

A Total of 4 Tony Awards! 3 Outer Critics Awards! 5 National Tour Awards!
3 Grammy Awards! 1 Pulitzer Prize for Drama! 4 Academy Awards!
3 Golden Globes! 1 People's Choice Award!




COMING UP NEXT AT THE ARABIAN






9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL!


4 Tony Award Nominations
15 Drama Desk Award Nominations
2 Grammy Awards
1 Academy Award Nomination

Directed by Frankie Bennett & Wess Hughes

April 24-27 and May 2-3, 2014



We wrap up our regular season traveling to a 1970's corporate office in the fun Dolly Parton musical 9 TO 5. Its first appearance was the hit 1980 movie that Dolly wrote the theme song for and starred in. Just a couple years ago, she penned an entirely new country-flavored pop score for a hilarious Broadway production that is just now starting to appear at community theatres around the country. For a fun twist, Dolly herself appears in the production to narrate the story. Join Violet, Doralee and Judy as they deal with their male chauvinist boss and put him in his place - literally!

Performances April 24-25-26, May 2-3 at 7:30PM and April 27 at 2PM




ANNUAL LLT SUMMER KIDS' CAMP
CINDERELLA


9 Tony Award Nominations
9 Emmy Award Nominations
5 Drama Desk Award Nominations

May 29 - June 8, 2014



Our annual Kids' Camp will take us to a kingdom far, far away. A brand new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is running on Broadway right now, and our local kids will also get the chance to work on this show in a ten day summer workshop. It's the story that's so well known from the TV versions that starred Julie Andrews in the 1950s, Lesley Anne Warren in the 1960's and Mississippi born singer Brandy along with Whoopi Goldberg and Whitney Houston in the 1990's version.

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 CINDERELLA. Pre-registration is required early next spring since our camp sells out in advance and auditions for leads will take place in late April. Make sure you're on our email newsletter list to get early notice when registration opens!

Click here for audition information.

Performances June 6 at 7:30PM, June 7 at 4PM & 7:30PM and June 8 at 2PM

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

Click here to download the registration form for Kids' Camp



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

OUR 53RD SEASON PRODUCTION SPONSOR

OUR 53RD SEASON CORPORATE SPONSORS





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