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 season.
COMING UP NEXT ON OUR STAGE
A little bit of drama...but POWERFUL drama!
MARCH 30 - 31 and APRIL 1 at 7:30 PM
APRIL 2 at 2 PM
Directed by Sam Buchanan
The Time: 1692.
The Place: Salem, Mass.
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.
The LLT reservation line for THE CRUCIBLE is NOW OPEN and answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140.
Laurel’s historic downtown Arabian Theatre opened its doors and showed its first feature back in April 1927. After five decades of presenting movies, it closed in 1976 and was dark for just a year before LLT bought the building and built out a stage and made it our own home base.
To celebrate the Arabian’s 90th Birthday, we’re holding a grand party on Saturday, April 8th as a Pinehurst Room Fundraiser.
This will be a fun 1920’s costume party (costumes optional, of course) with drinks and hors d’oeuvres along with a showing of the very first film shown on the Arabian screen back in 1927.
That feature was titled “It” and starred the top box office actress of the day, Clara Bow. That silent movie further solidified her fame, and afterwards, she was always called “the IT GIRL.” It’s a romantic comedy that tells the story of a shop girl that has set her sights on her wealthy boss.
All prints of that movie were lost for many years, but after decades, a single nitrate film of it was discovered in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. It was restored, and we’ll be showing “It” during the upcoming party.
LLT is in the middle of a million dollar fundraiser to build a new Pinehurst Room on the side of the Arabian - exactly where the old Pinehurst Hotel stood from 1922 until 1988. This event will go towards that fund.
In honor of the 90th Birthday, donations are $90 per couple ($45 a person) and you can R.S.V.P. at 601.428.0140 or LLTLaurelMS@aol.com
The event is being co-chaired by Robin Robinson, Sanderson Farm’s Director of Organization Development and Corporate Communications, and her husband, Public Service Commissioner, Sam Britton.
Questions about the party details can be mailed to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com
THE LION KING JR
A little bit of magic...Disney’s BIGGEST hit ever!
JUNE 1-2 at 7:30 PM
JUNE 3 at 4PM and 7:30PM
JUNE 4 at 2 PM
Directed by Katelyn Bryant
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
Camp is limited to only the first
100 kids and always fills quickly
Registration is Already 96% Full!
Click here for online sign-up
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
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.
OUR 57th SEASON OPENER JUST ANNOUNCED!
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's
JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
AUGUST 3-4-5 at 730PM
AUGUST 6 at 2PM
AUGUST 11-12 at 730PM
AUGUST 13 at 2PM
Directed by Wess Hughes
We'll open our 57th season this coming summer with a return of one of our biggest hits ever! We first presented JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT back in 1995 and then revived it in 2009 with both productions selling out to full houses.
Long-time LLT alumni Wess Hughes will be back once again to direct this spectacular musical, and Jonathan McKenzie will also be returning for his third run in the title role of 'Joseph'
Auditions for all other parts will be held at our downtown Arabian Theatre on June 5-6 at 7pm, and rehearsals will run three nights a week in June and four nights a week in July.
The production will feature a huge cast of 30 adults (with high school and college ages included in the adult roles) and 30 students (of elementary and junior high ages).
Shane Cockrell will be the musical director and Laura Cooley will be the assistant director.
Click here for audition info.
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.