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A bimonthly newsletter for Rome Little Theatre members and contributors

great stars as William Shatner and Walter Matthau,” details Bob. With such a grand, but small show casting is crucial! “I have eight of the most talented people I have ever worked with in this show. Every one of them brings something wonderful and unique to their characters,” Bob details. This is the second show Bob has directed in his theatrical career. His first was last season’s Twelve Angry Men, ANG!!! A Shot in the Dark, a witty which won the Roman award for best noncomic mystery by Marcel Achard, is musical. He has been involved with RLT for coming to the Rome Little Theatre close to five years. “I first auditioned for the stage this February! The maid, Josefa role of Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, Latenay (played by got it, and now just Savannah Ruth), is try to get rid of me. hauled before the My favorite role that I magistrate, Paul have gotten to play Sevinge (played by was my turn as R.H. Ben Peck), on a Macy in Here’s charge of murder, Love,” Bob explains. having been found The set, costumes, unconscious, nude, and make-up will and clutching a gun, help to enhance the with her lover dead performances of the beside her. The actors onstage. “We investigation expands are going for a to include her minimalist set, just a aristocratic employer, desk, a chair, and a Benjamin Beaurevers table to suggest (played by Ed Baker), Sevinge’s office. We and his wife, are not even going to Dominique Beaurevers have walls! All the (played by Virginia costumes, however McChesney). Sevinge, will be full period, new in town with his early 1960s. Makewife, Antoinette up will also be (played by Desiree Cox), is instructed how particularly simple, just basic stage makeinvestigations are carried out in Paris by his up.” clarifies Bob. clerk, Morestan (played by Daniel Overall, A Shot in the Dark promises to Murchland), his boss, Leblache (played by be funny and entertaining show filled with Bruce Watson), and aided by his Guard fantastic, comic performances, and side(played by Don Schlitz). Will Sevigne be splitting dialogue. When I asked Bob why able to crack the case and determine the he wanted to direct this show he quipped, true killer? “Oh I will do anything to get out of the “This is not the 1964 film A Shot in the house! This show is just a fun comedy, a Dark starring Peter Sellers, the second great evening of entertainment, plus it’s a installment in the Pink Panther series,” good thing to laugh.” « explains Director Bob Moulard. “This is a classic comedy that originally starred such



Contents Cast of Shot in the Dark ..... 2 2011-2012 Season Directors and Producers .… 2 Beyond the RLT .................. 3 Annie Photo Gallery ............ 4 HDTF Update........................ 5 RLT Members ..……………..... 6 Joseph Auditions …………... 8

Show Dates

February 4 - 13, 2011

Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm

Non-show weeks: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Show weeks: Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sunday 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

706-295-7171 BACKSTAGE PASS MAY/JUNE 2010

Paul Sevigne - Ben Peck Morestan - Daniel Murchland Lablache - Bruce Watson Antoinette Sevigne - Desiree Cox Josefa Lantenay - Savannah Ruth Guard - Don Schlitz Dominique Beaurevers Virginia M. McChesney Benjamin Beaurevers - Ed Baker


Board of Directors Officers President Jason Fordham VP Of Membership Megan Keating

Director - Bob Moulard Producer - Angela Jones

VP of Production Chuck Morris VP of Public Relations Mary Walker VP of Communication Suzanne Clonts Treasurer Wayne Jones Secretary Pam Shoemaker Past President Paul Griffin

2011-2012 Season

Members at Large Greg Asbury John Barnett Neal Brackett Jim Curry Tiff Magruder Dave Willis

Director: Wayne Jones, Producer: Angela Jones

Consultant Joe Mazzola

Director: Holly Moore, Producer: Carol Murchland

Parliamentarian Carol Murchland

December 2 - December 11, 2011

Office Manager Mary Ortwein Rome Little Theatre At the historic DeSoto Theatre 530 Broad St. Rome GA 30161 Mailing Address: PO Box 1063 Rome GA 30162 Rome Little Theatre on Facebook Backstage Pass Is published bimonthly and is free to Rome Little Theatre and Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation members and Contributors. Newsletter Design provided by: Keating Design Works

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he Rome Little Theatre Board of Directors selected the directors and producers for next season at their January board meeting. The decisions were very difficult due to a large group of good applicants. Congratulations to the following:

Charlotte's Web August 26 - September 4, 2011

Dracula October 21 - October 30, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life Director: Wendell Barnes, Jr

The Man Who Came to Dinner February 10 - February 19, 2012

Director: Virginia M McChesney, Producer: Neal Brackett

The Glass Menagerie April 20 - April 29, 2012

Director: Gail Deschamps

The Sound of Music June 1 - June 10, 2012

Director: Danny Price, Producer: Suzanne Clonts All shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.


with Wendell Barnes


fter you have laughed with the wonderful cast of "A Shot in the Dark," you are sure to be seeking even more theatre events to entertain you. Opening the same weekend as "ASITD," across the street at Rome City Auditorium, is the 2011 version of the Junior Service League Follies, this time entitled "A Forties Follies Anniversary," or "Tanks for the Memories," featuring lots of wonderful music and dancing from my favorite decade, and featuring yours truly, too! The show will have two performances only, Feb. 4th and 5th, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and the proceeds will benefit another organization close to my heart, The Open Door Children's Home, where I just began working part-time last fall! Please come and support the Follies this year. I promise you will have a ball! Also locally this month, the time has finally arrived for the sumptuous production by the Darlington Players of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast." This favorite show will run also at the Rome City Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 18th and Saturday, Feb. 19th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20th at 2:30 p.m. You can order your tickets now online at and follow the prompts. Tickets are only $1015 for this family favorite. Don't miss it! Both colleges have productions of classic plays this month. Berry College Theatre Company at the E.H. Young Theatre will present "That's Absurd! Absurdist dramas by Eugene Ionesco: 'The Bald Soprano' and 'The Lesson'." The unique opportunity for seeing these plays will be Feb. 17th - 23rd. Call BCTC at 706-236-2263 for reservations. Shorter University will be presenting the classic Greek drama, Euripides' "The Trojan Women" on the same dates, Feb. 17th 23rd. Remember that the Callaway Theatre is very small and usually sells out, so phone them now at 706-233-7288 for reservations and to purchase tickets.

Archived by Wendell

Grease Sept. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 1999 CAST Miss Lynch – Christina Tarry Alumni Patty Simcox – Penne Morgan Alumni Eugene Florczyk – Les Miller Jan – Leslie Dunham Marty – Tina Jordan Betty Rizzo – Marlanna Johnson Doody – Jamie Potts Roger – Keenan Burton Kenickie – Trip Barnes Sonny LaTierri – Ryan Knowles Frenchy – Annie Mink Patty Simcox – Melissa Gamble Sandy Dumbrowski – Rebekah Tippen Danny Zuko –Joseph Baer Eugene Florczyk – Charles Conner Vince Fontaine – Tony Wright Johnny Casino – Jason Wilkes Cha-Cha DiGregorio – Melody Barker Teen Angel – Charles Conner Beauty School Dropouts – Katie Bischof, Katie Chesnut, Alison Karch, Elizabeth Mangham & Brittany Wilson Ensemble – Pat Canada, Sam Craw, Janice Gavern, Karen Hayes, Ben Johnson, Holly Kastanias, Jamie Kleist, Kathrine Magruder, Elizabeth





McDonald, Susan Odle, Mary Ortwein, Trenance Perkins, Brittany Pittman, Juanita Reeps, Melissa Robertson, JoAnna Rusaw, Brannon Shaw, Brittany Smith, Liz Tierney, Derrick Vanmeter, Claire Vaughn, Denton Waits, Beth Watson PRODUCTION CREW Director – Sidney Guy Johnston Assistant Director – Sandy Davis Musical Director – Kevin Moore Ast Musical Director – Ryan Zwemke Choreographer – Meredith McClain Producer – Norris Gamble Stage Manager – Stan Dawson Stage Crew – Reuben Santiago, Heather Carswell, Cecelia Dawson Set Design – Becky Magruder Set Construction – Hershel Johnson; George Kastanias Set Decoration – Becky Magruder, Gail Alexander, Mary Ortwein, Tiff Magruder Costumes – Brenda Myers, Jane McDonald, Karla Myers, Teddi Dunham Make-Up – Renae Phillips Publicity – Sandy Davis Program – Amy Knowles Box Office – Becca Maddox;


The Calhoun Little Theatre has scrapped their plan to produce the musical "Radio Gals," this spring because the organization is in transition right now and they just could not take on another musical, but they are hopeful to mount that production this summer. But they are soldiering on and have replaced it with Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, "Rumors." They are casting as I type this. I will let you know the progress of this and the production dates as soon as they are announced and will post that in the next newsletter. You can check their progress at, and click on "Programs" and then "Little Theatre." As always, there is a lot going on at the Pumphouse Players in Cartersville, performing at the Legion Theatre downtown on Main Street. Next up is Theresa Rebeck's hilarious one-woman show, "Bad Dates," running Feb. 18th - March 5th. They are always auditioning for the next show and always have rehearsals going on, so check them out at You might be interested in an upcoming concert at the Cedartown Civic Auditorium on March 11th for one night only, "In the Mood." This is billed as a "big band theatrical swing revue," and will have lots of big band songs, instrumental playing and dancing, if you didn't get enough of that at the Junior Service League Follies in February! Get more information at Things have really been jumping at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Peachtree this month and will continue in the next several weeks. If you read this in time, you might be able to catch the national tour of "West Side Story," the new production that just closed on Broadway a few weeks ago. This is the production that has the Hispanic characters singing some of the original songs in Spanish! This show opens on January 25th and runs through the 30th, so hope you get this in time! Next up at the Fox is the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Feb. 10th - 13th in their annual visit to Atlanta with new and familiar modern dance pieces. "Stomp!" will return to Atlanta at the Fox March 2nd - 6th, and I usually see this entertaining show every time it comes! March 22nd - 27th will showcase another dance show, this time ballroom dancing, called "Burn the Floor," which ran on Broadway and usually features some of the professionals from television's "Dancing with the Stars." And get ready for "Shrek the Musical," which will play at the Fox the end of April and will be covered in the next newsletter. (Continued on page 7)

1999-2000 SEASON Part 1of 3

Marlene Millard House – Virginia M. McChesney Props and Set Dressing – Sharon Vaughn; Jennifer Dewey Lighting – Hershel Johnson Poster Design – Amy Knowles T-shirt Sales – Joan Lynch Cast Photographer – Randy Davis Casting – Sidney Guy Johnston, Norris Gamble, Sandy Davis, Joan Lynch, Bryan Shealy, and consultants Kevin Moore and Meredith McClain

Trick or Treat October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 1999 CAST Endecott – Wil Nix Skelton Snuggs – Devlin English Hildegarde Putnam – Kristina Wilder Johnathan Putnam – Jason Fordham Hephzibah Bradwick – Jean Gates Fred Hawkins/Killer Gleason – Don Rusaw Sheriff Otillie Pinduster – Virginia M. McChesney Dorothy Talby – Mary Ortwein Becky Pratt – Renea Phillips Wilma Merridew – Julie Wright Torchy Blaze – Becky Magruder

Florence Kellaway – Mary Doster Trick-or-Treaters – Chip Byars; Ashley Rusaw Halloween Guests – April Knowles, Les Miller, Penne Morgan, Melissa Robertson, Liz Tierney PRODUCTION CREW Director – Jim Curry Producer – Debby Brown Stage Manager – Patricia Edwards Set Design – Chip Tilly Set Construction – Chip Tilly, Tiff Magruder, Wil Nix, Gordon Leiter Set Decorator – Therese Cox Properties – Jan Gavern Costumes – Jane McDonald Make-up – Penne Morgan, Renea Phillips, Abbie Snyder Lighting – Gordon Leiter Sound – Laura Turner House – Joan Lynch Box Office – Becca Maddox; Marlene Millard Photographer – Therese Cox Program – Amy Knowles

Next Issue: 1999-2000 season, part 2

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Photos by Megan Keating

Photo Gallery

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Thank you to our Friends of the DeSoto Members Medallion ($1000 & up) Bobby Lee Cook Dr. James L Curry, Evie McNiece, Mr & Mrs William Sparks, J.T. Watters, Rome Little Theatre Bricks and Mortar ($500) Barbara & Jim Austin, Dr. & Mrs. Hector Picon Foundation ($250) Mr. & Mrs. RH Arnold, Dr. & Mrs. Jim Bradshaw,

Peter & Suzy Gilbert, Greater Rome Board of Realtors, Paul Griffin, Jim Powell, Greg Price, Suzanne Scott, Ground Breaker ($50-$100) Gena & Clinton Agnew, John & Kay Barnett, Charlene & Alan Bowen, Melanie Caldwell,


ith the generous donations of our Friends of the DeSoto, we have been able to work on projects such as improved lighting and sound, in addition to repairing the ornate plasterwork in the vestibule and remodeling the beautiful upstairs banquet rooms. Our Programming and Fundraising Committees have been busy hosting several events, raising money while attracting hundreds of new patrons and exposing them to the beauty of the DeSoto Theatre.


Vonnell Cescutti, Ouida Dickey, Tesa & Bill Dupre, Jason Fordham, Leo & Carol Grajzar, Greater Rome Bank, Diane & Bannister Harbin, Rex & Marge Hauser, Al & Cheryl Hodges, Shelley & Greg Hopkins, Sue Hamler Lee, Gordon & Peggy Leiter, Jane & Pete McDonald,

Chuck Morris & Megan & Grayson Keating, Jean Palmer, Brian & Teresa Resch Charles & Sharon Reichel, Irma Garcia Rose, Dorothy Stevens - in honor of Jim & Cathy Powell, Lisa Smith - Rome Tourism, Melissa Threadgill, Joel & Lynn Todino, Joe & Martha Walstad

Our next project is very exciting and will be very visible to the community: the long-awaited painting of the DeSoto’s façade and ticket booth area should start soon! Although much has been done, many more restoration projects are needed. Please return the below form and join our Friends of the DeSoto, with your donation so we may continue our work. Thank you! «

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Thank you to our RLT Members and Contributors As a non-profit community organization, we depend on your membership and contributions as our primary financial support.

Tooken Richardson Cade, Honorary Lifetime Melanie Caldwell, Members Barry, Tammy & Paul Beyer, Abigail Childers, Debby Brown, Ouida Dickey, Mary Doster, Joel & Jean Fletcher, Jason Fordham, B Keith & Betty Finley, Dan & Donna Griesemer, Norris & Cornelia Stephen & Lucy Hale, Gamble, Betty Karasch, Jeanne Holt, Mike Keating, Joel & Joan Jones, Norm & Colleen Marks, Pete & Arlene Mumber, Gordon & Peggy Leiter, Becky & Tiff Magruder, B Raymond & Wanda Murphy, John & Rebecca Pillsbury, Virginia M. McChesney, Sharon Reichel, Marlene Millard, Frank Romano, Don Rusaw Matthew, Pam & Lisa Shoemaker, B Platinum ($1500 & up) Heyman Family Foundation, Jane & George Slickman, in memory of Jo Heyman, Lisa Smith,

Gold ($1000-$1499) Dr Jim Curry, B Bronze ($500 - $749) Greg, Mary, James & Eliza Asbury, B Barbara & Jim Austin, Dr Ralph Helser Star ($250 - $499) Mary & Tommy Ortwein, Reed & Susi Edwards, Joel & Lynn Todino Roman ($100 - $249) Janice Brown, Paul & Shari Culotta, Sandy Davis, Sylvia & Randy Eidson, Leo & Carol Grajzar, Dianne & Bannester Harbin, Rex & Marge Hauser, Diane Hix, Mike, Rainey & Connor Lancaster, Virginia M McChesney, Joan Mulrennan, Dr William Robison, III, Dedee Sanderson Don & Gerry Schllitz, Virginia & Sam Spector, Judge & Mrs Robert Walther, Tom & Joni Wannamaker Friend ($50—$99) Barbara & Jim Austin, Wendell Barnes, Jim & Paula Bowers & Anna Loyd, Page 6

in honor of Gordon Leiter, Bill & Virginia Steinhauer, Alan & Diane Vary, Helga Waechtler, Jane Wentworth Season Ticket Holders Frank & Kathy Adams, Greg, Mary, James & Eliza Asbury, B Ed Baker & Theresa Baker, Edith Baker, Charlotte Ball, Wendell Barnes, Dr John & Kay Barnett, B Anna Barnett, Nash Williams, Carol Blair, Robert & Liesl Bold, Jim & Paula Bowers & Anna Loyd, Karen & Ernie Bowling, Melissa, Gene & Glenn Bowman, Neal, Kim, Evan, Chase & Isaac Brackett, B Rob & Tina Brinson, Debby Brown, Janice Brown, Vickie Brown, Nancy Bryan, Holly & Chuck Bryant, Sara & Jim Burdette, Leigha & Sam Burnham, Tooken Richardson Cade, Joanne Campbell, Tony & Angela Cargle, Ann Casto, Judith & Larry Caywood, Jonathan Chisolm, Shelby & Jim Christie, David & Suzanne Clonts, B Katherine & Elizabeth Clonts, Kathleen & Michael Colvin,

Gary Cordle, Charlene Covington, Allison Cox, Larry & Cheryl Cox, Amanda Hunter, Therese D Cox Paul & Shari Culotta, Dr Jim Curry, B Sandy Davis, Ouida Dickey, Mrs Mary Doster, Kathleen Doettl, Brittney Henry, William Henry, Mark Earwood, Barbara Edes, Reed & Susi Edwards, Sylvia & Randy Eidson, Keith & Betty Finley, Christine, David & Haley Fisher, Jack & Sallie Floyd, Jason Fordham, B Linda C Fox, Norris & Cornelia Gamble, Branson & Margaret Gayler, Sims & Adele Gordon, Sr, Leo & Carol Grajzar, Dan & Donna Griesemer, Thomas H & Eleanor Hamby, Diane & Bannester Harbin, Jr, Alvin & Ann Hardin, Stephanie Hart, Dr Ralph Helser, Jim & Anne Henry, Lyons Heyman, Heyman Family Foundation, Diane Hightower, Dianne Hix, Jeanne Holt, Gayle Hopkins, Hilde Hudson, William, Allison & Elizabeth Hunter, Louise Jackson, Kitty & Wayne Johnston, Joel & Joan Jones, Tom & Margaret Jones, Wayne Jones B George & Bonnie Joyner Betty Karasch, Chuck Morris & Megan & Grayson Keating, B B Tracy & Andy Kight, Bob Killcreas, Fran Kirtland, Keith & Betty Kottwitz, Mike, Rainey & Connor Lancaster, Mr & Mrs Richard Landry, Gordon & Peggy Leiter, Ramona Leiter, Tiff & Becky Magruder, B Carolyn Mayo, Joe, Debbie, Jonathan & Sam Mazzola, B Eddie & Joy McAfee, Virginia M McChesney,

Kim McCoy, Louise Michielsen, Marlene Millard, Mr & Mrs J.B. Milner, James & Amanda Morgan, Opal Morris, Chris Motes, Pete & Arlene Mumber, Raymond & Wanda Murphy, Tommy & Mary Ortwein, OM Ladonna Padgett, Connie & Steve Patrick, Ben Peck & Coni Jo Carey, Janet Peterson, John & Rebecca Pillsbury, Ed Poe, Catherine & David Price, Danny, Tammi, Katie Price, Sharon Reichel, Rose Remington, Madeleine, Martin & Julia Rhiner, Dr William Robison, III, Frank Romano, Don Rusaw, Mrs. Rebecca Russell, Judge Larry Salmon, Dedee Sanderson, Angela Sanford, Don & Gerry Schlitz, Jackie Scott, Faye Self, James & Marion Sender, Patty, Terry & Carrie Shaw, Terrell & Sheila Shaw, Matthew, Pam & Lisa Shoemaker, B Rebecca Sidwell & Ansley Thompson Earl & Joyce Skeen, Vivian Skeggs, Jane & George Slickman, Mr & Mrs William D Sparks, Bill & Virginia Steinhauer, Martha & Jack Summerbell, Margaret & Robert Swanson, Martha L Tapia, Joel & Lynn Todino Robert & Kelly Torline, Elsie Jo Trawick, Kip & DeAnne VanRiper, Alan & Diane Vary, Helga Waechtler, L.F. Walker, Lori & Lance Walker, Bruce Watson, Jane Wentworth, Anne Westfield, Ralph L White, Gail Wilkes, Tara Williams, Dave & Peggy Willis, B Shirl Willis, Robert & Melissa Witsell, Michelle, Terry, Chandler & Tyler Woodard Buster Young


Beyond the RLT (Continued from page 3) As always, go to for a complete schedule and how to order tickets. And look for me in the lobby – I will soon be joining the house staff at the Fox in the next few weeks, working mostly on the weekends, continuing to do what I have done for the past 33 years as a volunteer! The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center on Peachtree has two stages that both are in full force with their next productions. First up is a world premiere musical, "Bring It On," based on the popular series of movies about high school cheerleaders. Several current Broadway superstars have been involved in this new production. ("Premiere "and "Pulitzer Prize-winning" are the buzz words this season in Atlanta, as you will see.) This show opened on Jan. 15th but will run on the Alliance stage through Feb. 20th. Downstairs in the smaller black box Hertz Theatre, a new production called "Carapace" will open Feb. 11th and run through March 6th. This is the story of a flawed man on a collision course with fate on a bitter Minneapolis night, and is an award-winning world premiere. Next up by the Alliance Centerstage for families is the hilarious musical, "Honk!" based on the story of "The Ugly Duckling." I saw this show at Shorter a few years ago and everyone in the family will have so much fun at this show. "Honk!" will run from March 5th - 20th on the Alliance Stage. And before the next newsletter, the Hertz Stage at the Alliance will present another finalist in the Kendeda Playwriting Competition, "Spoon Lake Blues," in its world premiere. This is the story of two burglars who just can't seem to get it together, and is sure to be a hit. For more information and even video about all of the Alliance productions, go to The Balzer Theatre at the former Herren's Restaurant location downtown on Luckie Street is the home of Theatrical Outfit, a company that produces "stories to stir the soul" in their goal to become the "theatre of record for the American South." January 26th-Feb. 20th will see their production of Horton Foote's 1995 Pulitzer Prize winning play, "The Young Man from Atlanta," starring TO founder and artistic director Tom Key. This play had a very successful run on Broadway in 1997 and is an Atlanta premiere. Next up at the TO will be a world premiere musical celebration about the African-American spirit in music, words and dance, “Travelin’ Black,” and the musical, "Caroline, or Change," which was to be produced in this time slot will be put into next year's season. Check out the progress of this new production and information about TO at The Rialto Theatre in the same block as the Balzer will host the musical satirical political revue, "Capitol Steps," in its return to Atlanta on Jan. 29th at 7:30 p.m. for one night only. True Colors Theatre Company sometimes shares the Balzer Stage with TO, but their next production, "Broke-ology" will be presented at their home, the Southwest Arts Center in southwest Atlanta. "Broke-ology" is a comic drama of a family and their sacrifices, stars Jasmine Guy, and is directed by TCTC founder and former Artistic Director at the Alliance, Kenny Leon. The show runs Jan. 28th-Feb. 20th. Next up for TCTC is "The Colored Museum," to be performed at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur, and this time, directed by Jasmine Guy. More information on TCTC is available at The always edgy and surprising Horizon Theatre Company has just announced its 2011 season, and it's a goodie! First up is a one-weekend performance by the Apprentice Company, "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein," Jan. 28th - 30th. Then the season kicks off with Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright (for "August: Osage County," to be presented by the Alliance in late spring) Tracy Lett’s latest drama, "Superior Donuts," which will kick off their season Feb. 25th-March 27th. This production will star acclaimed Atlanta actor Chris Kayser, of Scrooge fame in the annual Alliance Theatre production of "A Christmas Carol." Probably prior to the next newsletter, the second production of the Horizon season will be "Legacy of Light," a new play about time travel, which will run April 8th-May 8th. For more information about all of these wonderful Horizon shows, visit The Georgia Shakespeare Festival at Oglethorpe University is dark until summer, but an exciting season is planned which will be addressed later in the year. As usual, the many excellent theatres in nearby Marietta have started off 2011 with a bang. At the beautiful Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts, first up is the national tour of an exciting new production of the family favorite, "The Wizard of Oz," Feb. 3rd - 6th. This is the stage production that closely follows the script of the well-known movie. The Atlanta Ballet is up next with their production of Tchiakovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" Feb. 11th - 13th. CEPAC's other resident company, the Atlanta Opera, will open their production of Gerswin's classic "Porgy & Bess" on February 26th, running for four performances through March 6th. Next is Shen Yun Performing Arts March 8th - 10th, a display of Asian dance arts, to be followed soon after by the national tour of the PulitzerBACKSTAGE PASS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011

prize winning "A Chorus Line" March 17th - 20th. The Atlanta Ballet returns to CEPAC on March 25th - 27th with "Fusion." And just about the time the next newsletter comes out, the Atlanta Opera will return April 9th-17th for four performances of Mozart's brilliant comic opera, "Cosi fan tutte." The web site is On the square in Marietta, Theatre in the Square is presenting the fouractor tour-de-force comic mystery, based on the Aldred Hitchbock movie, "The 39 Steps.” Four actors play approximately 150 roles in a breakneck pace. "The 39 Steps" will run from January 19th - Feb. 20th (a closing night for many productions!) Next up for Theatre in the Square is Lillian Hellman's classic, The Little Foxes." This show will run from March 9thApril 10th. More information can be obtained at Also on the square, the delightful Atlanta Lyric Theatre at the Strand Theatre will be presenting the hit off-Broadway musical, "Leader of the Pack," a jukebox musical Feb. 18th - March 6th which celebrates the life of rock and roll hit-maker Ellie Greenwich. After this, the Lyric will return to its Southeastern Savoyard roots with a Gilbert and Sullivan blockbuster, "The Mikado," set to run April 15th - May 1st. Their web site is Another metro Atlanta favorite theatre, the Aurora Theatre in downtown Lawrenceville, has just opened with "Sirens," a premiere new comedy about an older couple on a cruise of the Greek islands. This show opened on Jan. 13th and is set to run through Feb. 6th, so hurry if you want to catch this one. Next up at the Aurora is the new musical, "Academy," about young men coming of age in a boy's boarding school, that was a recent award-winner at the New York Theatre Festival, and I am really looking forward to this one, set to run from March 17th - April 10th. More about Aurora productions can be found at Don't forget that you can find out about these and many other theatre offerings in the metro area at A little further out in northeast Georgia, the Holly Theater in Dahlonega will be presenting the farcical and classic black comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," running January 27th through Feb. 13th. No word yet on what's next, but you can keep checking their web site at (note spelling of "theater.”) This was a change from the originally announced production of "Kiss Me, Kate." The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is offering two plays in repertory in February with similar themes, Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel" and Carl Sternheim's hilarious play adapted by Steve Martin, "The Underpants." They will play between Feb. 8th and 19th, alternating every other day, but you can see both on either of the Saturdays with "Intimate Apparel" on the Saturday matinees and "The Underpants" on Saturday evenings. Both plays will play in the Hosch Theatre on the Brenau University campus. Coming up next is their production of Shakespeare's favorite comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream, playing April 12th - 23rd. Contact GTA at One of our favorite out of state theatres, the Greenville Little Theatre in the beautiful city of Greenville, SC will open their next production, the classic Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," Feb. 25th - March 12th. Spring is a beautiful time to visit the city, and you might want to take in their next show, Larry Shue's "The Foreigner," April 8th-23rd, and compare it to our hilarious production here at RLT two years earlier. Their web site is And of course the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville Tennessee always has a plethora of theatre options to choose from. Playing now through May 12th is their touching show that opens their 2011 season, "Tuesdays with Morrie." Even if you've read the book, you need to see this show onstage. Feb. 12th - March 12th will see their children's group's live stage production of the popular Disney movie, "Camp Rock, the Musical." Feb. 22 - April 15th. CC Playhouse will revive their sold-out former productions of "The Silver Whistle," a comedy about a retirement community. March 17th - April 1st, their children's group will perform again in "The Perils of Pinocchio." And coming up April 7th - June 9th is the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, "My Fair Lady," which is sure to be as good as the recent RLT production. Go have a theatre weekend in Tennessee! Check out the schedule and order tickets at Remember that if you are reading this on the RLT web site, you can conveniently click on the buttons that Jason has provided at the top to access all of these theatres. And it's in color there too! See you at "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in April at RLT, and I may just see you at other theatres "Beyond the RLT!"

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Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage


P.O. Box 1063 Rome, GA 30162-1063 706-295-7171

Rome, GA 30161 Permit No. 99 Return Service Requested

2010-2011 Season Peter Pan August 13-22, 2010 Clue, the Musical September 24-October 3, 2010 Annie November 12-21, 2010 A Shot in the Dark February 4-13, 2011 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat April 8-17, 2011 And Then There Were None June 3-12, 2011 All shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Musical ticket prices are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.


at the DeSoto

AUDITIONS Children's auditions will be Saturday, January 29 from 10 to 1 and/or Sunday, January 30 from 1 to 3. All children must be singers. Adult auditions age 16 and above will be Saturday, January 29 from 1 to 4 and/or Sunday, January 30 from 3 to 5.


There are many roles for males and females who need to be talented singers AND dancers. There are four chorus parts for non-dancers. There is one adult female role for a non-singer.

Saturday, February 19, 2011 7:30pm $20 in advance $25 at the door

The Dream Choir kids will be limited to singers only between and including ages 8-12, boys or girls. The adult auditions will be limited to male and female ages mature 16 and above.

January 29 & 30, 2011 Check for more details

Proceeds go to support the William S Davies Shelter

MISSION STATEMENT The purpose of this organization is to present amateur theatrical productions, encourage interest in drama, and contribute to the cultural and educational life of the community. The Rome Little Theatre, Inc. is an active supporter of the arts in Rome and Floyd County. ÂŤ

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