Joplin Little Theatre’s Spotlight for May 2024

This month, Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) has information about this month’s shows and auditions as well as details on their 2024 Children’s Theatre Workshop! Read more from their e-newsletter below.

JLT Presents Promises, Promises

Join JLT for a scathing and hilarious satire of the corporate world in Promises, Promises. This exuberant musical adaptation of Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning film “The Apartment” is set in New York City in the mid-60s and focuses on an ambitious accountant named Chuck Baxter, who works for a New York insurance company and climbs the corporate ladder by allowing the firm’s executives to use his midtown apartment for love affairs. Trouble occurs when Chuck discovers that the object of his own love, Fran Kubelik, is having rendezvous at his place with Chuck’s manager, J.D. Sheldrake.

The show will run from Wednesday, May 15 to Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm nightly with a Sunday matinee on May 19 at 2:30 pm. You can purchase tickets online here or by calling the box office at 417.623.3638.

2024 Children’s Theatre Workshop

It’s almost summertime, which means it’s nearly time for JLT’s Children’s Theatre Workshop! Sign up your young thespian for one or both weeks as they learn about theatre through fun activities. The cost to attend is $75 per child per session and registration opens on May 28 at 9:00 am.

Week One: This Book Needs a Hook

Choose between two sessions: July 8 to 12 @ 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

A freshly printed book is ready to go out into the world. There’s only one problem: How will it find its audience? The new book decides the best thing would be to ask for advice. It asks different genres of books how they find their hook. Kiddos in this workshop will find out if the new book has what it takes to become a classic!

Week Two: JLT Survivor

Choose between two sessions: July 15 to 19 @ 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Can you out-sing, out-dance, and out-act?

Teams will compete to see who can become the sole Joplin Little Theatre Workshop Survivor. Artists challenges and physical challenges of skill combine in this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event. Your kids won’t want to miss it!

JLT Announces Auditions for 2024–25 Opener Billy Elliot the Musical

JLT is excited to announce their 2024–2025 season opener, Billy Elliot the Musical. Directed by Carolyn McGowan and assistant director, Brianna Daniel, the performance will take place on August 7 to 10 at 7:30 pm nightly with a Sunday matinee on August 11 at 2:30 pm. The show features choreography by Angela Lowe and Melissa Holt-Nance as well as vocal music by Nick Kubicek and Matthew Holt.

Winner of ten Tony Awards (including Best Musical), Billy Elliot the Musical is a spectacular show with heart, humor, and passion and was named TIME Magazine’s Best Musical of the Decade!

Based on the international smash-hit film, and featuring a score by music legend Elton John, Billy Elliot is an astonishing theatrical experience that will stay with viewers forever. Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miner’s strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever.

With a powerful storyline, rousing songs and opportunities for sensational choreography, Billy Elliot is the perfect opportunity to feature dance programs in your area and let your talent shine! Auditions are from May 20 to 21 at 7:00 pm and will consist of cold readings from the script, a vocal portion of the finale and dance.

Please bring shoes that are suitable for dance (no tennis shoes or flip flops). To help prepare for auditions, please email Carolyn McGowan at for finale music, a list of characters with required vocal ranges, and dance level.

Auditions for Once Upon a Crime: The Trial of Goldilocks

JLT is excited to announce their all-kids show, Once Upon a Crime: The Trial of Goldilocks!

Directed by Bethany Newsom, this hilarious fairy-tale courtroom play is packed with characters we all know and love. Goldilocks is the defendant, on trail for breaking and entering. And the plaintiffs are — you guessed it — the three bears. Is Goldilocks guilty or innocent? With multiple endings to cover each outcome, the audience decides her ultimate fate in this fun comedy!

Kids have two options to participate in the production of this play:

  • Kids in grades second through ninth can bring a character to life!
    • Seven actors
    • Six actresses
    • Some roles are flexible
    • Participants can expect cold readings from the script as well as a group scene.
  • Kids in grades fifth through ninth can also work backstage with a pro!
    • Learn to run sound or design lights.
    • Help build sets and prepare props for the show.
    • Discover how things run backstage.

Auditions will take place on May 22 and 23 at 6:00 pm and the show dates are June 22 at 7:00 pm and June 23 at 2:30 pm. Rehearsals will be held on weekday evenings and some weekends. Guardians will need to consent for their child(ren) to be part of the show. Adult volunteers are also appreciated!

Contacting Us

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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