Auditions for J. R. Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities”, directed by Greg Swartz

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Other Desert Cities

a play by Jon Robin Baitz

Directed by Greg Swartz

February 8 & 9, 7:00p.m. Joplin Little Theatre

In this searing comedy-drama, writer Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her famous and politically-connected parents, her brother and her aunt. When she announces her plans to publish a tell-all memoir of crucial events in the family’s past, she brings to light old wounds and family secrets. This riveting and scathingly funny play was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.
“One of the best new plays of the decade.” The New York Times


BROOKE (mid 30’s – mid 40’s) A successful writer. Highly intelligent and deeply troubled by her family’s history. Recently hospitalized due to a mental breakdown. “An attractive and dry woman.” (JRBaitz)

POLLY (late 50’s – 70’s) Graceful and acerbic matriarch. Friend of Nancy Reagan. Devoted to the preservation of her family’s social standing. Doesn’t suffer fools gladly. “Elegant, forthright and whip-smart.” (JRBaitz)

LYMAN (late 50’s – 70’s) Solid, yet gentle father. Has a sense of humor about himself and deep love for his family. Former B-movie actor and Republican party leader. “He is sturdy in the way of old Californians of a particular type.” (JR Baitz)

TRIP (20’s -early 30’s) Brooke’s younger brother. Witty and self-effacing. A reality TV producer. Easy-going, but has troubles of his own. Loves his family. Devoted to his sister. “A bright, funny man.” (JRBaitz)

SILDA (50’s – 70’s) Polly’s sister and former writing partner. Wise-cracking and fresh out of rehab. Savvy, yet reckless and fragile. Unafraid to speak her mind. “A mess. No makeup, hair disheveled. She wears a muumuu and carries a pill case marked with the days of the week.” (JRBaitz)




Actors selected for the above roles do not necessarily have to fall within these suggested age ranges – they are presented here as a guideline. Casting will be strongly dependent on how well actors pair with each other.

Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. No prepared pieces necessary.
This show contains Adult Content and Language.
Show dates: March 30 – April 3, 2016

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“Seven Keys to Baldpate” debuts February 3rd

Seven Keys to Baldpate was written by Earl Derr Biggers, the creator of Charlie Chan. The novel was an immediate success. George M. Cohan, composer of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Over There”, quickly penned a dramatic adaptation to capitalize on its popularity. We are delighted to be bringing his version to you.

Young William Magee, author of sensational crime novels, has made a bet that he can write an entire book in twenty-four hours. To ensure seclusion and privacy, he retires to the Baldpate Inn, closed for the season, to which he has the only key. It is not long before he is joined by a crooked politician, a corrupt businessman, an assortment of shady characters, and a newspaper reporter – all of whom have keys!?! What’s going on here??

Our ensemble includes talented players familiar to JLT audiences along with some terrific newcomers. Join us for an evening of mystery and fun.

Plenty of twists, plenty of turns, plenty of keys! Don’t miss it!


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2016-2017 Audience Choice Season Survey

I am happy to announce that the Top Twenty List is here!  It was tough for us to narrow the nominations down, but I am excited about the wonderful lists we came up with:
White Christmas
The Producers                           
Little Shop of Horrors
Pump Boys and Dinettes           
A Christmas Story 
Reefer Madness
The Last Five Years

Noises Off
The Dining Room
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf
Sordid Lives                                        
Arsenic and Old Lace
August Osage County
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
A Piece of my Heart
Blithe Spirit
You Can’t Take it With You
Now, is your chance to vote!  Please, take our survey to vote on which shows you’d like for JLT’s 2016-2017 season.  Your votes will choose our next season so please vote, share this survey, and tell your friends!!!
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued participation – I look forward to a great 2016-2017 season!
C. Jade Nicholas
Chairman of the Directing Staff


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Cast List for “Seven Keys to Baldpate”

Here’s what we have so far:

Elijah Quimby . . . Wally Bloss

Mrs. Quimby . . . Leecia Bloss

William Magee . . . Todd Manley

John Bland . . . Steve LeMaster

Mary Norton . . . Elizabeth Booth

Mrs. Rhodes . . . Kendra Goepfert

Peters . . . Skylar Walton

Myra Thornhill . . . Sherry Noller

Lou Max

Jim Cargan

Thomas Hayden

Jiggs Kennedy . . . Paul Noller

The Owner of Baldpate . . . Michelle Jamison


Many thanks to you all.

As you can see, there are three good roles as yet uncast. Let me know if someone you know might be interested @ (show_people null@null yahoo

We will have a read-thru at the theatre on Wednesday, 30 December, at 7 pm. See you then.

Merry Christmas.


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New Office Personnel


If you’ve been to JLT recently, you might have noticed a new face in the office. Joplin Little Theatre would like to welcome Skylar Walton to our staff!

Skylar has appeared in several productions on the JLT stage during our 75th Season, and is excited to be working with us!

“I live, breath, and am enveloped by art. I understand the pressures and sacrifices that go in to a production from an artist’s perspective, but I also give great consideration to the term “show business”. It’s important to me to allow JLT to be a haven for those who have passion for the theater and the craft, so every show, every performance, and every special event will get my fullest attention to detail.
I have found a community I love and a theater where I feel at home. Everything I have experienced and learned from, the failures and the triumphs, the knowledge I’ve gained, the talents I’ve developed, and the bridges I’ve built have all led me to this. “

Welcome Skylar!

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