2019-2020 SEASON


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Directed by Bill Perry & 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!  

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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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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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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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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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JULY 29 & 30 – 7:00PM AT JLT
Directed by James Boone
XANADU follows the journey of a magical, beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, CA in 1980, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation 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.
Needed:  5 women, 4 men – ages older teen and up
3 female and 2 male characters MUST roller skate!
1 male character MUST tap dance!
Complete information website: www.justthemix.com
Production dates:  September 25-29, 2019


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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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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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It’s the day of the show, ya’ll

Being a part of community is something that we all are, whether we know it or not. And for 76 years now the 4-State community has supported the ongoing efforts of Joplin Little Theatre.

Our 75th season was a roaring success, with an opening show boasting 50+ cast members, to ending the season with the show that started it all! We celebrate those whose past efforts have made this theatre what it is, by restoring the lobby floor to the design honoring donors from 1992. We will soon begin creating new ways to thank people and shows, with the placement of a beautiful tile mural on our lobby wall. Thank you to all of you who were involved in this past season, one way or another. We couldn’t have done it without! Much love and gratitude to you all!

Looking ahead to our 76th season is thrilling, as we begin a new chapter in Joplin Little Theatre history. Our directors are excited to be offering shows that have never graced the stage at Joplin Little Theatre. We can barely wait for The Full Monty! It opens our season with gusto and there are still tickets available! You do not want to miss this jaw dropping performance.

From classics like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest to new kids on the block like Other Desert Cities, this will be an astonishing season of firsts gracing the J.L.T stage. Thank you for coming along on the ride with us and if not for your support and applause, none of this would be possible.

We want everyone in the community to “COME OUT & PLAY”!


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RE:Theatre | The Full Monty


A very wise 13 year old told me the most important thing in blogging, is to blog about what you love. I love theatre, so here we go.

I’ve been involved in almost every aspect of putting a show together. from performing, to hair and makeup design and execution, running crew, light ops, and stage managing. I love everything that goes into doing a show. But, rarely, do I sit back and look at the big picture. It is so easy to get tunnel vision when you are focusing on the one area that you are tasked with.

So, when I attended a rehearsal of the upcoming “Full Monty” I got a bird’s eye view of how everything works in a somewhat harmonious manner to produce the end result of a memorable musical.

When I entered the backdoor of the theater, the first thing I heard was an uproar of laughter. Music to my ears! I crept around the corner to find five very confident men preparing to strip down to their undies!! The laughter wasn’t because they thought the men would be humiliated, it was a supportive “You got this, bro” laughter. It was very clear that the entire cast truly enjoyed being there. soon, the intro into a song began, and out of these men’s mouths came an amazing blend of harmonies, the likes of which can only be heard when you see this show!

The song drew to a close and soon (co -director) Lisa Wood and crew appeared, and began shifting set pieces in preparation for the next scene. Jade Nicholas, answered blocking questions from the cast, and musical questions from Clint Ne​​wby. How she listened and answered everything quickly and efficiently left me speechless.

I sat in wonder watching how these two directors ran this well oiled machine. Complimenting each others directing abilities, having a shared vision of how they wanted the show to look, (the set is astonishing!) how the actors would enter, exit, and dance their way across a scene, and how the lighting  enhanced the mood of each scene, left me in complete awe.

The combination of talented actors, musicians, stage crew, lighting designers and light board operators, and choreographers will no doubt bring an excellent and memorable time the the J.L.T stage.


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