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HEATHERS:  THE MUSICAL – Based on the classic 1989 film.  Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunch-wearing junta:  Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.  But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under!  Writers Kevin Murphy, Laurence O’Keefe and Andy Fickman bring us his moving love story with laugh-out-loud comedy.  PG-13 – parental guidance recommended for young children.
Directed by Becky Arnall    ~~   OCTOBER 25-29, 2017

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – Set in 1941 this is the story of the faith of a family and a nation on the brink of WWII.  The music highlights the sounds of the 40’s, including swing, big band songs and lush ballads, with re-enactments of radio broadcasts of that time.  Book is by Deborah Craig-Claar with music by Mark Hayes.  This show is recommended for all ages.    Directed by Chet Fritz  ~~  DECEMBER 13-17, 2017

STEEL MAGNOLIAS – A comedy/drama about the bond that six women share in thishilarious and heart-warming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana town.  Written by Robert Harling, the title suggests the characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower and as tough as steel.  Recommended for all ages; however, small children may not find interesting.      
Directed by Tegan Whited  ~~  FEBRUARY 14-18, 2018

GREATER TUNA –  The hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.  The eclectic band of citizens that  make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals.  Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard.  Recommended for all ages.
Directed by Lisa Green  ~~  MARCH 21-25, 2018

 – Make room for the Ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in this colorful, song-filled Tony Award-winning musical based on the
hit movie.                      
  It tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wisecracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess, and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. Written by Jeanine Tesoro and David Lindsay-Abaire.  Recommended for all ages. 
Directed by James Boone  ~~  MAY 30-JUNE 3, 2018


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A musical spoof on the classic story

Monday and Tuesday, June 5 and 6, 7:00pm
at Joplin Little Theatre
For boys and girls ages 5-16
There are also roles for adults
Auditions will consist of singing and dancing
and some selected dialogue
A Fundraiser for Joplin Little Theatre
directed by Jon and Angela Lowe

Performance dates:  July 26-30, 2017
For further information call the
theatre during regular office hours.



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we have been unable to post information and up-dates.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We will make every effort to keep you informed as to what
is happening at JLT.
Thanks for being with us!!

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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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Joplin Little Theatre presents “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney

Instead of a Valentine Concert this year, Director Carolyn McGowan has chosen to reprise this beautiful play by A. R. Gurney about love letters written during the lifetime of a man and woman beginning in kindergarten. It’s her third direction of “Love Letters” at JLT and this time it will be performed by Duane and Gwen Hunt who perform it every ten years either on tour or at MSSU where they both taught theatre until their retirement. It contains adult language and content and is not recommended for children. So we have scheduled it as a Saturday “date night” for adults, high school and college couples. Single Seniors are welcome, but we may pair you up. It includes a musical preshow arranged by Cecie Fritz and performed by Andrew McGowan and Sam Burnside which includes “Love Letters in the Sand”, “Love Letters Straight from your Heart” and an updated comedic version of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter.” Tickets are $10 for all, but for an additional $5, you may write a love letter to someone you love and it will appear in the Love Letter’s program if your letter has been submitted by January 31st.
Purchase tickets for Joplin Little Theatre’s production of “Love Letters” online at or by calling the box office during operating hours at (417) 623-3638.

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