This month, Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) has a new production premiering this month as well as information on their 2023 Summer Workshops. Find all the details for their events below!
Upcoming Show: Funny Girl
JLT is proud to present Funny Girl, based on the book by Isobel Lennart with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill.
In Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films, and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. With humor, talent, and chutzpah, young Fanny, an awkward Jewish girl who “isn’t pretty,” defies the odds to become one of the greatest stars of her generation. Fanny’s rise to super-stardom and her turbulent romance with gambler Nick Arnstein are explored through Styne and Merrill’s unforgettable score, which includes songs like “People,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” and “You Are Woman, I Am Man.”
The cast is as follows:
- Fanny Brice — played by Michaela West
- Stage Manager — played by Marie Montclair
- Emma — Lauren Loving
- Mrs. Brice — Lisa Olliges-Green
- Mrs. Strakosh — Shannon Wendt
- Mrs. Meeker — Karen Porte
- Tom Keeney — Greg Green
- Eddie Ryan — Preston Hamilton
- Nick Arnstein —Logan Carnes
- Florenz Ziegfeld — J.D. Dunn
- Vera — Sophie Stoebel
- Jenny — Bethany Newsom
- Jody — Sariah Wertman
- Polly — Angela Beal
- Grace — Chelsie Bennett
- Mrs. Vance — Alexis Barnett
- Mrs. Winston — Hayden Wyrick
- Opal — Beverly Weaver
Performances will run from May 17 to May 20, at 7:30 pm, with a matinee showing on May 21 at 2:30 pm. To purchase your tickets, please call 417.623.3638 or visit joplinlittletheatre.org.
Upcoming Children’s Theater Workshop
If you have kiddos who are interested in acting, consider signing them up for JLT’s summer Children’s Theater Workshop! Each week has two themes, which include the following:
Week 1: Game Night
Held from July 10 – 14, 2023, this week focuses on Monopoly, a board game that can be dangerous to play if you have brothers or sisters. One tip of the kitchen table can send pieces flying, never to be found again. After a family game night goes mildly violent, the board games are left to pick up the pieces…literally!
Week 2: Summer Camp Gone Wrong
The second week of the workshop will run from July 17 – 21 and will feature the theme of summer camp. Ah, summer camp. Bug bites, bad food, and making life-long friends. But so many things can go wrong! The counselors want campers to put on a talent show, and the neighboring camp keeps sabotaging things. And one group of campers is just at camp to hunt for Sasquatch. Join us at Camp Wannagohome and see how summer camp goes wrong!
Interested in Becoming Part of JLT?
If you’re interested in signing up to be involved with JLT, now is your chance! They are seeking ushers, house managers, and box office helpers.
Those interested should call JLT at 417.623.3638 for more information and to sign up.
The JLT office has regular office hours each week, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. If no one answers the phone, please leave a message and your call will be returned.
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