2019-2020 80th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

JOPLIN LITTLE THEATRE
80th ANNIVERSARY
2019-2020 SEASON

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

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XANADU, THE MUSICAL
Directed by James Boone
We follow the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, CA in 1980.  She comes on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest feat of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO (Hey – it’s 1980!)  But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.  With music & lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar and book by Douglas Carter Beane, this show, full of high-energy songs and dances, is a sensational opener for our 80th season!  
PERFORMANCE DATES:  SEPTEMBER 25-29, 2019

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 RETURN OF THE CHRISTMAS KID
Directed by James Boone
The Toy Box owner, Calvin, is visited by two angels that take him on a ride through Christmases of yesteryear and present, to show him what he’s lost in his life.  Come see this hybrid of A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and It’s A Wonderful Life!  This show will make you laugh, cry and remember why we celebrate Christmas.  It takes place in The Toy Box and this is your chance to give back.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy and put it on the stage.  After the production, all of the toys will be donated to The Salvation Army, to help brighten a child’s Christmas.
PERFORMANCE DATES:  December 4-8, 2019

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DEATHTRAP
Directed by Ashley Trotnic
Written by Ira Levin, Deathtrap holds the record for the longest running comedy/thriller on Broadway and was nominated for four Tony Awards.  It provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment.  The subsequent 1982 movie starred Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon.  May not be interesting to young children.
PERFORMANCE DATES: January 29-February 2, 2020

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 ENTER LAUGHING
Directed by Lisa Olliges Green
A comedy, written by Joseph Stein, Enter Laughing is loosely based on the life of actor, comedian, writer, producer, director Carl Reiner.  The action centers on the journey of young, aspiring actor David Kolowitz, as he tries to extricate himself from overly protective parents (who want him to be a married pharmacist), and two too many girlfriends, while struggling to meet the challenge of his lack of talent
in the 1930’s New York City arena of show business.
PERFORMANCE DATES:  March 25-29, 2020

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BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE MUSICAL
Directed by Becki Arnall
With music by Frank Weldhorn, lyrics by Don Black and book by Ivan Menchell, this production centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression.  The music is described as a “non-traditional score, combining rock-a-billy, blues and gospel.”  Parental discretion advised.
PERFORMANCE DATES:  May 27-31, 2020

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2019-2020 SEASON TICKETS on sale by calling the JLT box-office,
417 623-3638 or online, www.joplinlittletheatre.org.  
Adults:  $75.00; Seniors (55/up) and Students (Any) $65.00
Patrons: $125.00 (includes name listing in program)
Life memberships:  $1500.00 (includes two tickets for life, name
listing in program.  Life members still must reserve their seats
for each season)

 

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