Welcome to the Little Theatre Website!

The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County is a non-profit community theatre dedicated to providing live theatre to the people of Tuscarawas County and beyond. The Little Theatre has a rich history of high quality performances featuring talented actors, actresses, directors, and support staff from right here in the Tuscarawas County area.

The Little Theatre is a member of the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA), and we participate regularly is OCTA activities and competitions.


August 27, 2014

Thank you very much to every one who auditioned for The Crucible this past week!

We had a total of 43 audition for this drama, which made casting extremely difficult. Director Don Irven has been truly appreciative of everyone's patience this past week. Thank you again to all of the talented men and women and girls who auditioned. Bravo!


Belle Fockler
Jonathan Midday
Makaya Sherrill
Amanda Larkin
Brianna Swinford
Michelle Hartz
Richard L. Goranson
Adriana Daniels
Elle Zumbach
Heather Luxemburg
Alexandria Roberts
Lauren Ferguson
Scott Daniels
Roxie Long
Shawn Clay
Josh Larkin
Kirsten Koenig
Mike Taylor
Alex Walker
Elizabeth Thomakos
Mark Perry
Dave Cleveland
Bart Herman
Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman

June 11, 2014

We Are Now Accepting Registrations for the Children's Summer Workshop!

The Little Theatre is excited to announce the return of the Summer Theatre Workshop! We will once again be offering specific, hands on instruction in many areas of the theatre.

Led by veteran director, actor, and teacher, Pat Potter, the workshop will be broken into two sessions, one for those in Grades 1-5 and another for Grades 6-12. The each Workshop Session will cost $50.00 per attendee and includes a Workshop T-Shirt. Each session is limited to 40 participants, and registration is first come first serve. Registration will not be complete until payment is received.

StarLight!, for those entering Grades 1-5 in the fall, will be held July 28th through August 1st from 6:30pm to 9:00pm each night, culminating in a performance on Saturday, August 2nd at 11:00am. This week of classes wil focus on all aspects of "being on stage." Students will be instructed in improvisation, characterizations, singing, dancing, make-up, props, voice, and movement. This is a program designed for students of all abilities.

StarWorks!, for those entering Grades 6-12 in the fall, will be held August 4th through August 8th from 6:30pm ro 9:30pm, culminating in a performance on Saturday, August 9th at 7:00pm. This will be an active and exciting class of teens that will include the study of acting, dialects, improvisation, lighting, make-up, sound, and costume design, as well as dance and vocal auditions. Students of any experience level are encouraged to attend. Students will develop the ability to create characterizations through body movement and vocal techniques.

Download the registration form here and return, with a check for $50.00, to Pat Potter in order to complete your registration. Please make checks payable to The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County. Click Here to Download The Registration Form Now

June 3, 2014

The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County will present an open house and season preview at the theatre on Sunday June 8 at 2pm. The event will help kick off the 2014-2015 Season with information on the return of the Summer Children's Theatre Workshop to be held the end of July and beginning of August.

“We are thrilled to be hosting our first ever season unveiling and open house at the theatre this Sunday,” states Josh Larkin, board member. “It is a free event, and we will be providing food, family fun and games for all ages. We are also announcing some new events this year, including the children’s theatre workshop and a special performance at the KSU Performing Arts Center in the fall!”

The open house will include tours of the theatre facility, backstage area, set workshop, and green room, in addition to demonstrations of the magic of theatre. Those attending will be able to see the effort and technical skill that is needed in lighting and set design and how sound effects and music can enhance a live performance.

The exciting 2014-2015 season will be revealed, with a short description provided for each show by some of the directors. The dates and times of the all new Summer Theatre Workshop will also be announced. Prizes, such as season tickets, a pedicure from Mark's Place, and original artwork by Candice McMath, will be raffled off along with many other exciting items. There will also be free food with family fun and games for all ages.

Theatre memberships, patronages and season tickets will also be discussed and available. Many theatre representatives will be on hand to answer questions about how to get involved with the Little Theatre.

The Current 2013-2014 Season will conclude this summer with the area premiere of the hit comedy - 9 to 5: the Musical. A large cast of over 30 actors will be featured in this fun and exciting show. Directed by Tom Morris, 9 to 5: The Musical will open for a 3 weekend run on Friday, June 27.

The open house will be held this Sunday, June 8 beginning at 2:00pm, culminating in the announcement of the upcoming season and raffle winners at 4:00pm. The theater is located at 466 Carrie Ave NW in New Philadelphia. For questions, please contact Josh Larkin at joshuatlarkin@yahoo.com.

May 29, 2014
Thank you so much to everyone who came out for auditions for our summer production of "9 to 5: The Musical", directed by Tom Morris. The fantastic turnout made casting very difficult, but we are excited to announce the cast for this fun-filled and entertaining show.


Wendy Schanz
Allison Morris
Amanda Larkin
Larry Sams
Alex Walker
Candace McMath
Elyse Bois-Jobidon
Michelle Gooding
Sarah Jane Spies
Megan Dennison
Jeremy Brinkman
Jared Cochran
Josh Larkin
Daniel Leone
Steve Long
Dillon Limbaugh
Hayden West
Jade Weaver
Zach Brinkman
Abby Helbling, Andy Potts, Brenda Schreffler, Conner Limbaugh, Courtney Douglas, Emily Eggan, Jennica Fenton, Josie Waugh, Kelsey Laizure, Logan Bond, Megan Dennison, Nathan McCutcheon, Rachel Dummermuth, Tamara Benson, and Zachary Dozier

Thank you again to all who auditioned, and please watch our website and Facebook pages for future auditions and opportunities to be involved! We hope to see you at the show this summer!

April 22, 2014

The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County announces auditions for its summer production, 9 to 5: The Musical. Auditions for the show will be held on Sunday, April 27th & Monday, April 28th beginning at 6:30PM each night. All auditions will be held at The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, 466 Carrie Ave. NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

9 to 5: The Musical is based on the 1980 hit movie, which starred Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton. The book is by Patricia Resnick and Parton wrote the music and lyrics, including the title song. Set in the late 1970s, this high energy show is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge about teaming up and taking care of business. The show opened on Broadway in 2009. It was nominated for four tony awards and 15 Drama Desk Awards, the most received by a production in a single year.

The show performance dates are June 27, 28, 29, and July 5, 6, 10, 11, & 12.

The cast calls for three strong female actors and a large ensemble of roles. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a short selection of a standard Broadway musical number. An accompanist will be provided, and no acapella singing will be permitted. Please come dressed to move for a dance audition.

For questions or more information on the auditions, please contact Tom Morris at morrist1966@gmail.com.

April 8, 2014

The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County will open the Cole Porter Tony award winning musical Anything Goes on Friday, April 18 for a run of 8 performances. This classic musical comedy is being presented under the direction of Bart Herman and will run from April 18 through May 4.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be directing this amazing show once again,” states director Bart Herman. Herman, who portrays David Zeisberger during the summer months in Trumpet in the Land, has directed over 50 shows, which includes 12 years of directing at The Little Theatre. “It is a great time to come see this exciting show and also to sit in one of our new seats provided to us through a generous grant from the Reeves Foundation.”

Anything Goes, the long running and Tony award winning musical hit, tells the story of the hilarious antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Reno Sweeney, a night club singer, and a gangster plot to help Billy in his quest to win over Hope. This 1934 musical originally starred Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney and introduced such songs as Anything Goes, You’re the Top, and I Get a Kick Out of You. In 2011 the musical was revived on Broadway featuring Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney.

Featured in the cast of 24 are Heidi Swinford as Reno Sweeney; Jake Armstrong as Billy Crocker; Elizabeth Holmes as Hope Harcourt; Alex Walker as Moonface Martin; Larry Sams as Sir Evelyn; Megan Sams as Bonnie; and Lora Cotton as Mrs. Harcourt. Others in the ensemble include Joe Compton, David Taylor, Mike Taylor, David Haverfield, Don Irven, Corey Zickel, Missy Zickel, Allison Morris, Chloe Hanenkrat, Jennifer Proctor, Sydney Banks, Michele House, Sarah Spies, Mega Snyder, Zach Dozier, Michael Antonelli, Jeremy Brinkman, Jared Cochran, Megan Dennison and Brandon Mariela.

Staffing the production are Bart Herman, stage and music director/choreographer; Lisa M. Sommers, assistant director; Don Irven, set and lighting design; Pam Douglas, props; Hallie Holmes, master carpenter; Debi Devore, make up; Beth Blickensderfer, stage manager; Pam Douglas, assistant stage manager; Will Haverfield and Anastasia Merritt, lighting; Kathy Blair, producer. The stage and set crew include Trish Green, Trisha Kosmides, Sami Burrell, Robin Monticelli, Evan Monticelli, Hart Main, Dave Duncan, Dave Taylor, Anastasia Merritt, Larry Sams, Sherrel Rieger, Corey Zickel, and Jane Deitrick.

Performances are April 18 & 19, 25-27 and May 2-4. All Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm, with the Sunday April 27th and May 4th matinee performances at 2:30pm. All tickets are $13 and are now available.

March 1, 2014

Each year, The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County Community chooses to honor one of it's longtime members as the Marquee Member of the Year. In order to do so, the Board of Trustees asks for nominations from our members and friends of individuals that they feel are deserving of this recognition.

If you feel that you know someone who should be considered for this honor this year, please email your nominations to Board President Roxie Long at longroxie@yahoo.com with the nominee's name and a brief description of why you feel they should be honored as our Marquee Member this year. We cannot make this decision without you, and would love to hear your nominations! Thank you!

February 27, 2014

Thank you to all who auditioned for our next production, Anything Goes! You made this very difficult. Please e-mail Director Bart Herman at hermanb265@gmail.com to accept your role in this production. He will be scheduling a read through this weekend, and will let you know time and day tomorrow. A facebook page is also being created for the cast. Thank you again, and congratulations to all those cast!! Please keep your eyes on our Facebook and Website for upcoming auditions and opportunities to get involved.

STEWARD – Mike Taylor
HOPE HARCOURT – Elizabeth Lawson Holmes
BISHOP HENRY T. DOBSON – David Haverfield
RENO SWEENEY – Heidi Swinford
BILLY CROCKER – Jake Armstrong
CHING – Aric Bird
PURSER – Joe Compton
BONNIE – Megan Sams
CAPTAIN – David Taylor
CHASTITY (ANGEL) – Chloe Hanenkrat
PURITY (ANGEL) – Jennifer Proctor
VIRTUE (ANGEL) – Allison Morris
CHARITY (ANGEL) – Sydney Banks
SAILORS AND OTHER PASSENGERS ABOARD THE USS AMERICAN – Jared Cochran, Mega Snyder, Chelsea Dendler, Megan Dennison, Sarah Spies, Brooke Sommers, Camryn Main

February 25, 2014

The box office is still open for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and time is running out to see the show! Tickets are going fast, and the show SOLD OUT two showings this past weekend. Call the box office at 330.343.4012 for tickets, or order tickets online at the link below!

Click here to see the wonderful article about the show in The Bargain Hunter.

December 1, 2013

The box office is now open for A Christmas Story! Call the box office at 330.343.4012 for tickets, or order tickets online at the link below!

Click here to see the wonderful article about the show in The Times Reporter.

November 27, 2013

Thank you to EVERYONE who auditioned for Willy Wonka. This was a very difficult show to cast. We had over 100 talented people audition. If you were not cast in this production, please come back to The Little Theatre and audition again. There are so many things a director looks at when casting. Please don’t be discouraged. Keep your eye on our web site and FB page for upcoming auditions!

WILLY WONKA – Tom Morris
MR. BUCKET – Jacob Masters
MRS. BUCKET – Kathy Blair
GRANDPA JOE – Jonathon Miday
CANDY MAN – Kenn Holmes
PHINEOUS TROUT – Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman
MATILDA – Elizabeth Baio
JAMES – Bert Main
AUGUSTUS – Cameron Thomakos
MRS. GLOOP – Elyse Bois-Jobidon
VIOLET – Natalie Bond
MRS. BEAUREGARDE – Allison Morris
VERUCA – Camryn Main
MR. SALT – David Taylor
MIKE – Noah Morris
MRS. TEAVEE – Christa Roberts
OOMPA LOOMPAS – Will Haverfield, Levi Rubio, Braylen Novak, Trenton Huff, Alyssa Feller, Belle Fockler, Breanna Taylor, Morgandy Dennison, Grace Pauley, Isabella Drummer
COOKS – Sydney Lorentz, Felicity Ankrom, Brandon Mariea, Evan Monticelli, Sarah Spies, Adele Pruni
CANDY MAN KIDS – Chloe Martin, Meg O’Donnell, Grace Williams, Dylan DeMonte, Luke Morris, Colin Roberts, Danielle Blair, Joci Huff, Carley Huff

October 31, 2013
Congratulations to everyone that auditioned for our next production at The Little Theatre, A Christmas Story! The cast for the production is as follows:

RALPH - Dave Osso
THE OLD MAN - Frank Huff
MOTHER - Melanie Slabaugh
RANDY - Seth Krocker
MISS SHIELDS - Patti Feller
MRS. SCHWARTZ and OTHERS - Lorri Pilcher
FLICK - Will Haverfield
SCHWARTZ - Dylan DeMonte
SCUT FARKUS - Nick Hughes
ESTHER JANE - Lauren Ferguson, Joci Huff
HELEN WEATHERS - Belle Fockler, Alyssa Feller
DESPERADO TWO - Evan Monticelli

October 12, 2013
The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County will hold auditions for the holiday comedy A Christmas Story on Sunday, October 20 beginning at 6:00pm and Tuesday, October 22 beginning at 7:00pm.

Based on the holiday classic movie or the same name, A Christmas Story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are in the show, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.

Roles are available for 5 Adults (3 men & 2 women), 3-5 Boys (age range 8-12), and 2 Girls (age range 8-12). Please see the character descriptions below. The show runs the December 5-15.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please come prepared with a list of conflict dates you are not able to rehearse.

A detailed list of character descriptions can be found on our AUDITIONS page. For additional information regarding auditions and any additional questions, please contact Don Irven, the director, on Facebook or email him at dj301309@gmail.com.

October 5, 2013
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens next weekend! Check out this great article about the show in the Times Reporter with photo by Jim Cummings.

October 4, 2013
Tickets go on sale today for our next production, the hilarious musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! Call the box office at 330.343.4012 to order tickets, or visit the link below to order your tickets online!

August 29, 2013
Congratulations to everyone that auditioned for our next production at The Little Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! The cast for the production is as follows:

RONA - Larissa Carrick
PANCH - Alex Allesandri-Bruce
OLIVE - Erika Butler
CONEYBEAR - Tom Morris
MARCI - Megan Sams
CHIP - Chad S . Roberts
LOGAINE - Allison Morris

August 17, 2013
Season Subscription Packages are now available for our upcoming 2013-2014 season. This is a great way to get tickets for the entire season or half of the season and enjoy discounted tickets. We have three packages to choose from:

Full Season - $66

Half Season A - $36

Half Season B - $36

Performance dates must be chosen at the time of purchase, but subscribers can exchange their tickets for a different performance date at any time for no charge.

August 16, 2013
The Little Theatre Box Office opens tonight as we prepare to open our first show of the 2013-2014 season, A Streetcar Named Desire.

In this classic play by Tennessee Williams, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella, in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski, not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she's holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella. On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew. Attracted to Stanley's friend Mitch, she glosses over the less savory incidents in her past, but she soon discovers that she cannot outrun that past, and the stage is set for her final, brutal confrontation with her brother-in-law.

The show will run for two weekends with performances on August 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, & September 1. Performances are at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets are $13.

We now have three ways to purchase tickets:

August 15, 2013
Each year, we rely on contributions from individuals and businesses to sustain our theatre today and to ensure our future. By becoming a Patron, you will be helping to bring our shows to life and keeping community theatre alive in Tuscarawas County! Patron packages start at just $50, and there are some great benefits to being a Patron! Please visit our PATRONS page to find out more!

July 30, 2013
The 2012-2013 season has come to a close. So, what was your favorite show from the season? Let us know by answering this 1 question survey. Click here!

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