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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This show is sure to be a sell-out

May 24-28, 2017
Directed by Jade Nicholas

Little Shop of Horrors, written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, is a campy and deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical and has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.  Ashman and Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind the popular show featuring jazzy tunes, early rock, doo-wop and Motown.  Frank Oz of Sesame Street  and Muppet fame was the director of the movie.

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Caleb Freeman) pines for co-worker Audrey (Allison Dodge).  During a total eclipse, Seymour discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II (Molly Burkhart/Ashley Trotter) which feeds only on human flesh and blood.  The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store,  and the potty-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it.  Over time though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s intentions toward global domination!

The strong cast brings this fun and popular musical to life:  Caleb Freeman, Allison Dodge,  Greg Swartz,, Molly Burkhart, Ashley Trotter, Del Stanley, Stephanie Marsh, Hank Boulanger, Michael Johnson, Shelbi Miller, Jamie Strong, Rhonda Childers, Kipper Kesler, Jack Briggs, Ethan Settle, Charlotte  Worden, DeeDee Wells, Betsy Stone, Annette Nethery.  And don’t miss the Doo-Wop girls:  Lorenzo M.R, Jocelyn Donegan, Bethany Newsom.

Wednesday thru Sunday, May 24-28.  7:30 curtain evenings, 2:30pm Sunday matinee.
Tickets are on sale:  JLT box-office during regular office hours, 417 623-3638
and online. (From the Home page click on GET TICKETS)

Little Shop of Horrors is rated PG-13.  Contains
comic horror violence, mild language and sexual references.
Parental guidance suggested for children under age 10.


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Children’s Workshop 2017



This year’s workshop, under the direction of Tegan Whited, will offer two separate weeks of fun, training and good memories for children ages K-12.  Morning and afternoon sessions give everyone opportunities to take part. 

     Week #1:  June 26-30 – Peace/Hippies Week.
                        Morning:  9:00-12:00n
                        Afternoon:  1:00pm-4:00
      Week #2:  July 10-14 – Video Games Week
                        Morning:  9:00-12:00n
                        Afternoon:  1:00pm-4:00pm

Each day will consist of hands-on sessions on topics such as costuming/costume design, prop building, set building, make-up, choreography and acting.  There will be guest speakers throughout the weeks that will discuss light design, set design, auditioning and various other topics pertaining to theater production.  A short program will be performed on the final day (for friends and family) that showcases what the students learned during the week.  The costume pieces and props used in the program are all made by the students and they get to take the projects home.  They also get a workshop T-shirt.
Cost for each session is $65.00. 
A pre-enrollment fee of $60.00 is available for those enrolling by May 31, 2017.

Enrollment may be made by
clicking the “Buy tickets” box at the top of this page,
by calling 417 623-3638 during regular office hours
or by coming by JLT during regular office hours. 


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Due to gremlins and trolls in our computer system
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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