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.
The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County‘s Winter production of A Year with Frog and Toad will open on February 12th at 8 pm. Tickets will go onsale for members and patrons on Wednesday, February 3rd, and for the general public on Friday, February 5th.
A Year with Frog and Toad, based on the acclaimed children's books by Arnold Loebel, is about the relationship and adventures of the lean, reasonably reasonable Frog, portrayed by Sonny Sonnhalter of New Philadelphia, and that sometimes-lazy but good-hearted worrywart, Toad, portrayed by Bart Herman of Dover.
Through a year that begins and ends with hibernation, Toad becomes an impatient gardener; Frog sends him a letter delivered by a snail; the two go for a swim; Frog goes off to be alone on a rock and a concerned Toad takes him a picnic lunch; Toad bakes some irresistible cookies; the friends go kite flying; they rake each other's autumn leaves; Frog tells a scary story; they go sledding; and they celebrate Christmas at Toad's place. The musical possesses deeply human and engaging characters, clever and whimsical dialogue, and songs that stay with you.These elements have won the show a Best Musical Tony nomination. But perhaps the show's most impressive quality is its remarkable appeal to audiences of all ages. The infectious score, clever and sophisticated lyrics, and gentle story add up to a perfect family entertainment for the middle of winter. Others in the cast include: Bethany and Felicity Ankrom of Baltic; Halle Holmes of Dennison and Erika Butler, Nancy DeFlippo, Judy Johnson, Diane Marshall, Bennett Triplett and Missy Zickel of New Philadelphia. The show is directed by Rich Jagunic of New Philadelphia, with music direction by Debra Burkhart of Dover. Sonnhalter is also serving as assistant director and choreographer.
A Year with Frog and Toad will also run February 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 and 27. Performances on the 14th and 21st will be at 2:30 pm. All other performances will be at 8 pm.
Tickets go on sale Friday for the 2015-2016 Season Christmas Production! The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townwomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of "A Christmas Carol" carries on the yearly tradition of offering a hilarious, festive event for the entire family. For more ticketing information, click the BUY TICKETS button below.
In this delightful Holiday Comedy, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren't), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and a real Farndale first rap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show stopping songs.
Kathy Blair-Bergstrom & Anastasia Merritt
L. Tom Albury
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Rex & Karen Huffman and Tom Albury
Tickets are still available for the final three performances of our season opening musical, Once Upon a Mattress. This wonderful musical is fun for the whole family, and there is a beautiful quilt being raffled off over the course of the show. The quilt was donated by the Tuscarawas Valley Quilting Guild and is of a $500.00 value.
Get your tickets now for this great performance!
Kicking off the 2015-2016 season is Once Upon a Mattress, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hilarious musical version of the beloved fairy tale, Princess and the Pea. As the story goes, a curse on the kingdom is keeping the knights and ladies from getting wed. No one can marry until young Prince Dauntless, the Drab marries a true princess.
Queen Agravain, wanting to hold on to her darling “baby” arranges tests for potential brides, but always secretly includes something in the test that causes the princesses to fail. It looks like Dauntless will never get married, and neither will anyone else. Then, Sir Harry brings Princess Winnifred the Woebegone, a true princess from the swamps, to the castle. The queen tests her by placing a single pea beneath 20 mattresses because, as she says, a true princess will be so bothered by the lump in the bed, she won’t be able to sleep. Winnifred passes the test, and the rest is history.
A large cast of highly talented singers and actors is working hard to be prepared for the Fri., Oct. 2 opening. Cast members include: Kate Johnson, Princess Winnifred; Chester Boffo, Prince Dauntless; Wendy Schanz, Queen Agravain; Tom Morris, King Septimus; Larissa Carrick, Lady Larken; Larry Sams, Sir Harry; Dave Cleveland and Mike Taylor, the Wizard; Megan Sams, the Jester; Sean Schultz, the Minstrel; Pat Potter, the Nightingale; Kathy Blair, Lady Lucille; Traci Hohman, Princess # 12 and Maybelle; Roxie Long, Lady Merrill; Melanie Slabaugh, Lady Rowena; Alexis Long, Emily and the Kitchen Wench; Steve Long Jack Pottmeyer, Sir Studley, and Spencer Stanley, Knight # 1. Ensemble members include: Danielle Blair, Joey Miller, Zach Coblentz, Belle Fockler, Sara Hohman, Jaylynn Huff, Judy Johnson, Cinda Pottmeyer, and Jack Pottmeyer.
The staff is comprised of: Lee Elliott, Artistic Director; Rex Huffman, Assistant Director; Karen Huffman, Music Director; Linda France, Accompanist; Teresa Moore, Choreographer; Pam Douglas, Stage Manager and Props Mistress; Beth Blickensderfer and Kathy Cummings, Stage Crew; Kenn Holmes, Set Design and Construction; Jack Pottmeyer, Artistic Set Painting; Tom Albury, Lighting Design; Rex & Karen Huffman, Costume Directors; Kathy Blair, Posters, Programs and Banners; Debi Devore, Hair and Makeup; Rod Sommers, Producer; Allison Morris, Photography, and Megan Miller, Secretary.
Two exciting events will be held in conjunction with the opening production. The first of what will hopefully be a tradition of 5K runs and 1.5 walks, will be held Saturday, Sept. 19. Race chairman is Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. Registration Forms can be dowloaded by clicking here for the 2015 5K Registration Form.
A breakfast for young boys and girls interested in meeting the prince and princess and other cast members, will be held Oct. 10 at the Marlite Center. More information is forthcoming. Both events encourage dressing in costume; a character from your favorite fairy tale for the race, and as a prince or princess for the breakfast.
DON’T MISS THIS SHOW. THE MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL, THE CHARACTERS DELIGHTFUL AND THE ENTIRE SHOW FILLED WITH FUN.
It's that time of year once again! Registration is now open for the 2015 Summer Youth Workshops! Check out the attached Registration Form to get signed up!
Classes will be taught by experienced theatre professionals. Complete the registration form and make a check payable to The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County for $55.00.Mail check and registration to Pat Potter, 1462 Pleasant Hill Rd NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663. Registration fee includes workshop tee shirt.
StarLight! for those entering 1-5 grades in the fall, will be held from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm on August 3- August 7. This class is for students who want to focus on all aspects of “being on stage”. During the course of this program, students will be instructed in improvisation, stage combat, memorization, characterizations, singing, dance, make-up, props, and voice and movement. The program is designed to benefit children of all abilities and experience levels. Students must have basic reading skills. Studies will culminate in a performance for family and friends Saturday, August 8th at 11:00 am.
SpotLight! for those entering 6-12 grades in the fall, will be held from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm on August 10- August 14. An active and exciting class for teens to study acting, improvisation, lighting, make-up, sound design, stage combat, dance and vocal audition techniques. Students of any experience level are encouraged to attend. Students will develop the ability to create characterizations through various body and vocal techniques. Studies will culminate in a final performance of monologues and skits for family and friends Saturday, August 15th at 3:00 pm.
Contact Workshop Director Pat Potter for questions, at 330-268-3703. Checks must be received before registration is complete. Click Here to Download the 2015 Theatre Workshop Registration Form Today!
A HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us for our Second Annual Open House and Season Announcement! We hope you all enjoyed the food and fellowship!The 2015-2016 Season:
The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County is excited to announce that it will be holding auditions for the musical comedy Two by Two, based on the play The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets. This is the story of Noah and the Ark, and Noah's trials and tribulations between God, his family, and himself. Two by Two will open for a nine performance run in May, with performances being presented May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 ,10, 15, 16, & 17.
Auditions will be held at the Little Theatre Saturday, February 28th and Sunday, March 1st from 4:00- 6:30pm on both dates. Registration begins at 3:30.
Please bring 32 bars of a showtune. An accompanist will be provided. CD player and MP3 hookup will be available. No acapella auditions. Auditions will also consist of reading from the script and a small "movement" audition. Those auditioning for the role of Noah or asked to read for the role will also be reading a monologue from the script. Those individuals have the option of preparing a one minute monologue instead, from a show of their choice.
There are roles available for 4 men (17- 50) and 4 women (17+). The roles are for Noah, his wife, their 3 sons, and their wives-to-be. Director is considering non-traditional casting.
Any questions can be submitted to the director, Kenn Holmes at email@example.com
Darkside tells the fictional story of the 1973 mission of Apollo 18 which is met with a crisis when the lunar module rocket fails to ignite, stranding two astronauts on the surface of the moon, leaving a third in solo orbit. As the astronauts work with ground control toward rescue, flashbacks reveal their individual stories.
L. Thomas Albury
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Auditons for adult roles will be held on Sunday, January 4th & Monday, January 5th at The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County. Registration will begin at 6:00pm both nights, with auditions beginning at 6:30pm. Additionally, auditons for the role of Young Patrick will be held Saturday, January 1st at 1:00pm. All auditions will be held at The Little Theatre.
Mame, the 1966 multiple Tony Award winning musical, is based on the biographical novel Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Dennis and subsequent play and film Auntie Mame by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Mame is a wonderful, warm, and witty show with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The story evovles around the Bohemian Mame Dennis, a larger-than-life personality living in New York City during the Great Depression. Mame has a collection of eccentric, wealthy society friends and her life is one endless party; that is until her young nephew Patrick walks into her life.
The cast calls for two strong female actor/singers and a large ensemble of strong dancing, singing and non singing roles, with all roles available. Those auditioning are asked to prepare 32 bars of a classic broadway musical number. An accompanist will be provided, and no acapella singing will be permitted. Please come dressed to move for a dance audition. Call backs will be held at a later date.
Mame will be the 250th Production at The Little Theatre, and will be directed by Bart Herman. Herman most recently directed The Little theatre's production of Anything Goes last year. For more information on the auditions or additional questions, please contact Director Bart Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much to every one who auditioned for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever this past week!
We had over 60 people audition, and casting was difficult due to all of the great talent. We are proud to announce that 18 people who were cast are new to the Little Theatre Stage.
Please check back for future auditions and opportunities to get involved at The Little Theatre!
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Rory Chismar, Will Hammerstorm, Skyler Byers, & Trenton Huff
Addie Steed, Mary Pilcher, Alyssa Feller, Norah Chismar, & Brynn Blickensderfer
Claire Giesey, Sophie Troyer, & Emilyn Feller
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!
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|MRS. ANN PUTNAM||
Richard L. Goranson
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|DEPUTY GOVERNOR DANFORTH||
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
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 email@example.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.
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Sarah Jane Spies
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.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!
Thank you to all who auditioned for our next production, Anything Goes! You made this very difficult. Please e-mail Director Bart Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
ELISHA J. WHITNEY - Don Irven
STEWARD – Mike Taylor
SIR EVELYN OAKLEIGH – Larry Sams
MRS. WADSWORTH T. HARCOURT – Sherrel Rieger
HOPE HARCOURT – Elizabeth Lawson Holmes
BISHOP HENRY T. DOBSON – David Haverfield
RENO SWEENEY – Heidi Swinford
BILLY CROCKER – Jake Armstrong
MOONFACE MARTIN – Alex Walker
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
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