directed by Jade Nicholas
Monday and Tuesday, April 3 and 4
at Joplin Little Theatre
Join in the fun of this rollicking rock musical
Fourteen plus roles available for men and women ages 16-45.
Auditions will consist of singing, dancing and readings from the script.
Prepare and bring 32 bars of a musical number
++ accompaniment will be provided  ++
Wear clothing you can dance in.
We will need any conflicts you may have during the rehearsal process.
Production dates:  May 24-28, 2017

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       Opening Wednesday, March 29, this classic, farcical comedy has been a long-time favorite on the stage and was a very successful movie directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant.  The plot centers around Mortimer Brewster, who is living a happy life:  he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he has just become engaged and he gets to visit his sweet, spinster aunts to announce the engagement.
        Mortimer always knew his family was a bit eccentric – his brother believes himself to be President Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians – but his world is turned upside-down when he realizes his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch” of cyanide.  Then Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury their newest victim in the cellar (with a smile on his face).
          Mortimer must rally to help them and protect his fiancé – all while trying to keep his own sanity.
        Sam Hydar will be portraying the confused Mortimer, with Molly Burkhart and Carolyn McGowan appearing as the lovable, ditsy aunts.  Drew Girouard is a menacing Jonathan and Ashley Trotnic plays the ever-trusting finance, Elaine.  A very strong supporting cast rounds out this group:  Daniel Pool, Jeremy Wolfe, William Roehling, Rich Roberts, Jakob Butler, James Boone, Andy Denoon, Zach Bradley, Shelby Horn, Jude Wolfe.
       They will all keep you laughing and wondering what will happen next.  Since this is a comedy, it is considered a family-friendly show.
        Tickets are on sale at the box office and on-line.  Adults – $13.00; Seniors (55 and up) and students – $11.00; children 12 and under $5.00. 

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This is the third time JLT has produced Arsenic and Old Lace – 1967, 1985, 2017.  Gary Roney, who is directing this 2017 production, made his JLT stage debut in the 1967 production (50 years ago!) playing Officer Klein.  Actor Bill Roehling has appeared in all three JLT productions – 1967 as Mortimer Brewster, 1985 as Mr. Witherspoon, 2017 as Mr. Gibbs.
This tells you how devoted many people become to Joplin Little Theatre once they get started.

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Announcing the Cast of “Arsenic and Old Lace”

Joplin Little Theatre is proud to announce the cast of our next production, “Arsenic and Old Lace”!

The Rev. Dr. Harper, RICH ROBERTS
Teddy Brewster, DANIEL POOL
Officer Brophy, ZAQ EZELL
Officer Klein, ANDY DENOON
Martha Brewster, CAROLYN McGOWAN
Mortimer Brewster, SAM HYDAR
Jonathan Brewster, DREW GIROUARD
Officer O’Hara, KOBY LEVIN
Lieutenant Rooney, ZACH BRADLEY
Mr. Witherspoon, SHELBY HORN

ALL CAST READ-THROUGH: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7 p.m. at Joplin Little Theatre. Everyone please bring a notepad and pencil. A preliminary rehearsal schedule will be discussed and any scheduling conflicts will be resolved in order to accommodate all cast members.

CONGRATULATIONS! We are looking forward to a very productive and enjoyable experience with this classic play as our cast members develop their character roles.
Gary D. Roney, Director
Tegan Whited, Assistant Director and Stage Manager

Make reservations for Joplin Little Theatre’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” online at, or by calling the Box Office during operating hours at 417*623*3638.cast

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Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace”


Auditions for Joplin Little Theatre’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th at 7pm.
Directed by Gary Roney, “Arsenic and Old Lace” tells the darkly comedic story of Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who learns his family is comprised of lunatics and homicidal maniacs. Needed are 3 women and 11 men, aged 18-80.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of date conflicts through the beginning of April. Show dates are March 29-April 2nd.

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