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.
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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The Joplin Little Theatre office will be closed during the holidays.
It will re-open Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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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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Dec. 5-9, 2018
Directed by Breana Clark

At a Jazz  Club in the 1950’s, a group of performers
and their friends get together to celebrate
the holidays in the only way they know how –
by enjoying the best Christmas music together.

A cast of over 25 features singers, dancers and actors.
Songs such as White Christmas, Baby It’s Cold Outside,
Santa Claus is Coming to Town,  Jingle Bells,
All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,
The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, It’s a Marshmallow World 

and more and more and more!

Tickets on sale now.  Reservations are highly recommended.
Adults $18; Seniors (55/up) and Students (Any) $15;
Children 12 and under $8
Call the JLT box office, 417 623-3638 or
click on the blue “Buy Tickets” box in upper right
for online purchases.


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A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS is a  musical revue directed by Breana Clark.  Auditions were held October 8 & 9 with the following people cast:

Emma Boulware, Saige Boulware, Gianna Burkhart, Gracie Burkhart, Sam Burnside, Angela Capehart, Dale Clark, jr., Jeannine Crawford, Spencer Dawson, Via Dennis, Biz Kingery, Mike Kross, Liz Langley, Emma Miller, Joseph Miller, Tanner Munson, Zoe Musick, Amelia Parker, Elliott Parker,  Mary Parker, Truly Prater, Ella Schwab, Kennedy Schwab, Belle St. Clair, Justice Stiffler, Adeline Sullivan, Kylee Van Horn, Dean Velasco, Molly Wemlinger, Anne Marie Wright.

With this cast of 30 the songs, dances and holiday revelry will have you clapping, singing along and just enjoying every minute.

Tickets are on sale now by clicking the blue “Buy Tickets” box in the upper right area.  Or call the JLT box office at 417 623-3638.  Tickets go fast for our holiday shows so don’t delay.

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If you miss this show you will have missed one of JLT’s best.
The wonderful Cole Porter music with great performers makes it an evening worth being there.  Playing through  Sunday, Oct. 7.  Tickets at 417 623-3638 or online at



Auditions Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 8 & 9, 7:00pm at JLT.
Click on ‘AUDITIONS”  in the menu at top of page for complete details.  Come be a part of JLT – you will LOVE it!!!



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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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