Joplin Little Theatre Spotlight for April 2021

Meet Ann Lile

JLT’s New Office Manager

Beginning sometime around the middle of May. Ann will take charge of the duties of the Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) office/box office. Cecie Fritz is retiring and looking forward to Ann’s great attitude toward JLT and her theater background knowledge that will bring in some great new ideas.

Ann is delighted to join JLT in the capacity of Office Manager. She recently retired from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) where she was an Associate Professor of Theatre. During her tenure at Sothern, she directed plays and musicals, performed, and supervised the front of house operations in addition to “appearing daily in the classroom.” Some of her directing credits for MSSU are Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Veronica’s Room. Ann is involved with MOShakes, the annual Missouri Shakespeare Festival, where she played Maria in Twelfth Night and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. She has appeared on the MSSU stage as Mary in Communion and Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie.

Ann has been involved in JLT since 2005, where she last performed as Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias. You might remember her from other JLT productions, including Mattie Fae in August, Osage County, The Mother Superior in Nunsesnse, Agnes in An O. Henry Christmas, and The All-Night Strut. She has also directed numerous productions for JLT, including The Good Doctor, Annie Get Your Gun, The Robber Bridegroom, and Over the River and Through the Woods.

As Rick Blaine says to Louie at the end of Casablanca (with a minor change) “This is the continuation of a beautiful friendship.”

See you at the theatre!

Upcoming 20212022 Season

JTL will announce the 2021-2022 season in their May Spotlight. Season tickets will go on sale on June 1.

After being shut own for over one year, JLT is very anxious to get back to presenting quality, entertaining shows for its patrons.

Announcing the 20212022 JLT Board of Directors

Joplin Little Theatre couldn’t function without a strong and interested board to keep day-to-day operations going. We are happy to announce the 20212022 Board of Directors:

  • Angela Lowe, President
  • Bryan White, 1st Vice President
  • Jessie Smith, 2nd Vice President
  • Chelsey Davenport, Secretary
  • Gina Robbins, Treasurer
  • Shaun Conroy
  • Cleo Copeland
  • Chet Fritz
  • Greg Green
  • Sharon Holtland
  • Maridan Kassob
  • Josh Shackles
  • Carolyn McGowan, Chairman of Directing Staff
  • Wally Bloss, Ex-Officio

Please don’t hesitate to relay any suggestions or concerns to these members.

Contacting Us

The JLT office is not open for regular hours. Mail and messages are checked periodically. If needed, please call us, leave your name and number, and your call will be returned.


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