Tickets on sale for our next show.
     Written by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trcinski and directed for JLT by Tegan Whited, this high energy, powerful play is a combination of drama, much comic relief and exposing the reality of a situation where men are forced together in extremely unpleasant situations.  This is a story of a group of American servicemen in a
German prison camp during World War II.  The prisoners are constantly
trying to escape, much to the embarrassment and irritation of their captors. 
While there are undertones of deceit and sabotage, the dominant tone of the play is lusty comedy, combined at all times with the excitement and
tension of the most holding sort of suspense. 
Caution:  minimal strong language.
    STALAG 17 
production dates:  March 27-31, 2019

Tickets available by calling the JLT boxoffice
during regular office hours or
online at
Adults: $18; Seniors (55/up & students) $15;
Children 12 and under $8 (parental discretion)
Due to the intense nature of the play,  it is not recommended for children

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Director Tegan Whited announces the following people have been cast for STALAG 17:
      Rory Ellington – 1st Guard
     Shaun Conroy – Stosh
     Matthew Parrot – Harry Shapiro
     Joe Slade – Price
     Jakob Butler – Herb Gordon
     Greg Swartz – Hoffman
                                                                 Sam Hydar – Sefton
                                                                Allen Johnson – Duke
                                                                Jesse McCormick – McCarthy
                                                                 Michael Flowers – Horney
                                                                Angel Hernandez – Marko
                                                               Greg Green – Cpl. Shultz
                                                               Tiffer Andrew – Dunbar
                                                               Jakob Hubbs – Reed
                                                                Elijah Brown – Peterson
                                                               Isaiah “Izzy” Wallace – Red-dog
                                                              Chris  Doyle – S.S.  Captain
                                                              Shelby Horn – Geneva Man
                                                              Jake Murdock – Witherspoon

Tickets are on sale for STALAG 17.  Performance dates:  March 27-31.  Call the JLT box-office, 417 623-3638 or reserve online  Adults-$18; Seniors (55/up) and Students-$15.  This is a story about a prison camp during World War II and not recommended for children.

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The work on our stage is finished!!  All new rigging, fly system – even to new curtains courtesy of Angel Guild.  We are in the process of moving everything from the trailers, outside the loading door, back into the backstage area.  This was big job initially, getting everything out – now bringing it back in is even more so as everything will be catalogued, photographed, labeled and filed.  
     So, we are back in operation.  Auditions were held for STALAG 17; rehearsals are being held for the upcoming Valentine Show, which will be performed Sunday, February 17.
     Don’t miss any of the happenings at Joplin Little Theatre!


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The Grand Drape, Legs, Travelers, etc. were hung
yesterday and today.  It’s beginning to look like “our” stage
again.  Next will come hanging the light fixtures that
Jessie Smith and her team have refurbished and made
ready for use.  AND we get to move everything that was taken
out six weeks ago and stored in the two trailers at the back
of the theatre.  It all has to be put back into place – cataloged,
photographed and put in order for the next show coming up.
WHICH IS:  February 4 & 5 – Auditions for STALAG 17;
then our Valentine concert on February 17.
Stay with us.  There are WONDERFUL things happening at

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Directed by Tegan Whited
Auditions:  Monday and Tuesday, February 4-5,
7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre.
Needed:  21 males, ages 18 and up
No advance preparation required; cold readings from the script
Knowledge of German a plus as several characters speak German and
several characters speak with a German accent.
One character does impressions of famous movie actors of the time:
Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant,
Gary Cooper, Clark Gable.
Synopsis:  This turbulent and gutsy play by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski tells the story of a group of American prisoners who embarrass and irritate their captors as they try to escape from a German prison camp.  The plot revolves around the escape of an American who will face serious punishment for sabotaging a train, as will his fellow prisoners who hide him.  The prisoners at last learn which of them has been all the while a stooge for the Germans, for which he pays the ultimate price.  The dominant tone of the play is lusty comedy, but it is ingeniously combined at all times with excitement and tension of the most holding sort of suspense.
Performance dates:  March 27-31, 2019
For full information call the JLT office, 417 623-3638, during regular office hours.

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The construction work on stage is moving forward and is about at the half-way mark towards completion.  Even though the stage cannot be used, preparations are under way for upcoming productions.
     Carolyn McGowan is preparing her biennial production honoring Valentine’s Day.  This will occur on February 17, 2:30pm performance, featuring area singers and dancers performing music of Rodgers and Hart.  Tickets on sale soon.
      Director Tegan Whited is already hard at work for the upcoming Stalag 17, opening Wednesday, March 27 running through Sunday, March 31.  Auditions will be Monday and Tuesday, February 4 & 5.  Full information is available by clicking on AUDITIONS at the top of this page.  Tickets are on sale now for this production.
     Keep checking this page for further updates.

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A lot of activity going on at JLT through December and January.  It became necessary, for the safety of all concerned working onstage at JLT, that the entire rigging system be replaced.  This project has been in the works for over a year and has finally come to the point that the workmen are here and doing all necessary to give us a safe and secure place to prepare the great shows our audiences expect from us.  This final preparation required that the stage be COMPLETELY emptied to the bare walls and ceiling.  Many people have been involved in accomplishing this amazing feat – but it has been accomplished and is on its way.  This has also required raising funds to cover the costs.  As everyone well knows, the best estimates always go over the amount anticipated.  We will still gratefully accept any donation you may wish to make to help us out.
            Because of the necessity of this work, we have had to reschedule LOST IN YONKERS, which was originally set for January 30-February 3, 2019.  The new production dates are July 24-28, 2019, with auditions being June 3 & 4, 2019.  We are hoping this doesn’t inconvenience anyone – we had no choice.
           All season ticket holders will have the same seats as originally reserved – just at a different date.  If there are any problems or questions, please don’t hesitate to call Cecie at the JLT office – 417 623-3638.  We will work out anything that may be needed.

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A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS was a HUGE success.  Sold out four out of five performances!!  A big thank you goes to Director Breana Clark and the fabulous cast and crew that put this Christmas Musical Revue together.  All the Christmas classic songs were presented in a very entertaining and professional manner.  Thank you, again!

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♦ Individual shows – $18/$15/$8
♦Three Flex Pass $51/$42;   ♦Five Flex Pass $80/$70
(View all ticket information and policies
by clicking TICKETS at the top of the home page)
Audition information is given by clicking on
AUDITIONS 2018-29 
on the menu at top of home page.

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 Individual show tickets may be purchased.

Directed by Becki Arnall
Oct. 3-7, 2018
With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, this popular musical brings familiar songs and high-energy production numbers to our JLT stage.  The story concerns madcap antics aboard a luxury ocean liner sailing from New York to London.  A hilarious shipboard romp full of music, dance, laughs and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl.


Directed by Breana Clark
Dec. 5-9, 2018
A high-energy, toe-tapping musical revue of all the best Christmas songs from the 40’s and 50’s.  You’ll be transported back to the good old days with these beautiful melodies and classic songs.  Complete with exciting dancing, this show is sure to fill you with Christmas spirit!  Auditions scheduled for Oct. 8 & 9, 2018.


Directed by Tegan Whited
Mar. 27-31, 2019
A comedy-drama telling the story of a group of American airmen held in a German prison camp during World War II.  The prisoners have organized to combat isolation, low morale and boredom.  The camaraderie and easy bantering between the men fill the play with comic relief, but there is also the serious side about the effects of war and imprisonment.  Auditions scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5, 2019.


9 TO 5
Directed by James Boone
May 29-June 2, 2019

9 to 5, The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.  Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.  Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.  In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot!  While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.  Hey a girl can scheme can’t she?  This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast, but also has opportunities for talented male dancers.  With its jubilant score and easily reliable characters, 9 to 5 is the perfect show for community theatres.  Auditions  scheduled for April 1 & 2.

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Directed by Greg Swartz
July 24-28, 2019

Written by Neil Simon, this play is considered one of is best.  Jay Kurnitz, a 16-year-old boy is living with his grandmother and helping to raise his younger brother Arty.  Although surrounded by extended family, they are a dysfunctional bunch, providing little support for the boys.
(This show was originally scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2019.  Due to work on the rigging and fly system on the JLT stage it was necessary to move the show to this present date.)
Auditions scheduled for June 3 & 4.

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