NEXT UP ON OUR STAGE
OUR 61st SEASON OPENER!
BIG FISH - A NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
August 6-7 & 13-14 at 730pm
August 8 & 15 at 2pm
Reservation line is OPEN NOW and answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140
Directed by Will Hodges - Music Direction by Sue Bush
BIG FISH - THE MUSICAL is based on the hit novel and popular movie about an Alabama man that always thinks of himself as the ‘Big Fish’ in town - and he’s known for the tall-tales he tells his son as he’s growing up. Witches, Giants and a Mermaid all show up in his stories. Mythical? Or were they actually real folks???
His wife was always amused by his storytelling, but while his son might have been entertained by them as a little boy, he’s now grown up and about to have a child of his own – and he just wants to know the truth behind his dad’s epic tales.
Overflowing with heart and humor and a rich score full of beautiful songs, this will be a fantastical ‘whopper’ of a show you’ll long remember.
BIG FISH reminds us of why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and more extraordinary than life itself!
The huge cast features LLT faves Jonathan McKenzie, Holly Wansley and Jay Baggett in the lead roles.
THE HIT CLASSIC!
September 24-25 & October 1-2 at 730pm
September 26 & October 3 at 2pm
Reservation line opens September 17 and answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140
Directed by Lacy Cockrell
Our FIRST Southern comedy will be the hilarious and moving classic, STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Director Lacy Cockrell’s cast of ladies that are "as delicate as magnolia flowers, but as tough as steel" will fill you with good ole belly laughs and bring some tears to your eyes.
Picture it: Truvy’s Beauty Spot in Chinquapin, Louisiana – the salon where "anybody who is anybody" comes to get their hair done – and….to talk about everybody else!
We’ve remembered these characters forever – Truvy and her assistant Annelle, and the ladies of the town: M’Lynn and daughter Shelby, and Ouiser and her friend Clairee.
It’s full of hilarious repartee, biting one-liners that you still hear your friends repeat over and over, and the strength and love of a mother-daughter relationship.
What a lot of folks don’t know is that the story is based on a true-life story in the author’s life!
The original hit NYC stage play ran for three years in the late 1980s with over 1,000 performances. In 2005, there was also a successful Broadway revival.
The 1989 Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated movie version starred Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts. It became a top-ten film of the year and remains an all-time American favorite.
A SOUTHERN COMEDY!
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
February 11-12 & 18-19 at 730pm
February 20 at 2pm
Reservation line opens February 4 and answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140
Directed by Rick Youngblood
AUDITIONS November 15 & 16 - CLICK HERE For Info
A SECOND sweet and touching Southern comedy for our season! Written by the same author as DRIVING MISS DAISY, so you know it’s clever!
The story? It’s 1939, and Atlanta, Georgia, is all abuzz about the upcoming world premiere of “Gone With The Wind” – but the real big social event for many is the annual lavish ‘Ballyhoo Ball’ – a country club cotillion where the ladies ‘coming of age’ are presented with the eligible bachelors.
The posh Levy family is trying to find a date for their daughter to the Ballyhoo Ball, but Mom just doesn’t quite approve of ANYONE. Regardless of their social standing, they’re just like most every other Southern family - they bicker and they laugh, and they cry, and then they laugh some more!
It premiered in Atlanta at the 1996 Olympics Arts Festival, and then moved on to Broadway for a successful two year run.
It got 10 major nominations for the Pulitzer Prize and Tony, Outer Critics and Drama Desk Awards, winning the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. A New York Times review said that it recalls a vintage episode of ‘Designing Women,’ the TV sitcom!
ANOTHER NEW MUSICAL!
MATILDA – THE MUSICAL
June 2 & 3 at 730pm
June 4 at both 2pm and 730pm
June 5 at 2pm
Reservation line opens May 26 and answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140
Directed by Lacy Cockrell – Musical Direction by Shane Cockrell
In our "Season of Southern Stories" we've been in Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia in our first three productions. Now we wrap up the year by 'jumping the pond' to MATILDA's small village in southern England.
Many kids grew up reading the book and loving the movie version about the precocious little five-year-old Matilda Wormwood as she and her fellow students deal with their vicious school headmistress, Miss Agatha Trunchbull, and their lovely teacher, Miss Honey.
Matilda is an extraordinary young girl with a love of books, a vivid imagination and a sharp mind. It’s a scrappy story full of heart as she leads her classmates to change their destiny and see just how different life can be when you take a stand for your future.
Written by the same author as WILLY WONKA, this musical won London’s Best Musical Olivier Award as well as five of Broadway’s Tony Awards. A new Netflix movie is currently in the works.
Our annual Kids’ Camp is open to students entering 1st thru 10th grade in fall 2022.
Camp registration begins in March and usually runs just two weeks until it’s filled – so make sure you’re on our mailing list to get advance notice of registration dates. Drop us a line at LLTLaurelMS@aol.com to be added.
The camp starts on May 26th – just as school ends for the summer. There’s one week of afternoon workshops and rehearsals, and then it ends with a weekend of performances. Come see these 100 lovable young actors as they totally AMAZE us every year.
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A regular single ticket runs $17, but get an LLT 4-Punch Season Ticket at either $50 (seniors or students), $55 (adults), $100 (two season tickets for a couple) or $190 (four season tickets for a family of four).
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 an average price that's as low as $11 - $12 per punch - live theatre for less than the cost of a movie!
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As a non-profit organization, LLT has always depended upon "the kindness of strangers." We survived and thrived for almost six 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 at LLTLaurelMS@aol.com.