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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.


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!

July 2, 2013
Tickets are still on sale for the hilarious musical Urinetown which opened last weekend at The Little Theatre. Tickets are still available for performances on July 5, 6, 7, 12, & 13. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at The Little Theatre Box Office at 330.343.4012. Tickets for this show can also be purchased online by clicking here:

We will also be selling tickets for this show at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling 330.308.6400. Performing Arts Center box office hours are Monday through Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

July 1, 2013
Congratulations to everyone that auditioned for our next production at The Little Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire! The cast for the production is as follows:

BLANCHE DUBOIS - Elizabeth Lawson Holmes
EUNICE HUBBELL - Kaitlin Gallagher-Wilsterman
A WOMAN - Pam Douglas
A FLOWER WOMAN - Farrah Derr
A NURSE - Aubrey Gealsha

June 30, 2013
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Love Letters on their extremely successful performance at the Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) Southeast Regional Festival on June 29. Actors Don Irven and Roxie Long were recognized with awards of Excellent for Acting, and the ensemble was recognized with Excellent for Ensemble. The show director, Lee Elliott, was awarded Merit for Directing. The show was selected as an alternate to the State OCTA Festival this fall.

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