That unexplained noise in the balcony. A moving shadow seen out of the corner of your eye. The sudden breeze that passes through, when you’re standing still on stage. To many, such creepy occurrences instill the fears associated with malevolent spirits. However, for the resident artists at the DeSoto Theatre, these are simply reminders that Ruby, the impish ghost that shares our love of the performing arts, is watching over our work.
At Rome Little Theatre, many of our performers and volunteers have their own “Ruby stories,” as we are accustomed to sharing the stage with this spirited soul. As a part of the HDTF’s Name a Seat Campaign, the first row of the balcony – the site of Ruby’s final matinee – may soon be christened “Ruby’s Row.” As a fund-raising project for RLT members and friends, donors have the opportunity to permanently ensure that the legend of Ruby will endure.
For a contribution as small as $50, donors can participate in RLT’s first crowdfunding campaign. Donors will receive a commemorative Ruby’s Row t-shirt, recognition on a plaque displayed at the DeSoto, and an invitation to a special storytelling event. More importantly, when we reach our goal of raising $10,000, the name plate on each seat in the first row of the balcony will read “Ruby’s Row.”
To make a donation to Ruby’s Row, please click the red button on the left or click HERE.
The Legend of Ruby
as told by Debby Brown
During the Depression, there was a little girl who lived off of South Broad named Ruby. She was one of 4 or 5 children. They did not have much money, only enough for the oldest to go to the “picture show.” She was 9 or 10. She would come on the streetcar and watch the movie over and over as much as she could before she caught the streetcar to go home where she would tell her younger siblings all the wonderful things she had seen. In spite of all the troubles and cares of her world, she could forget it all once she walked past the “Dragons” as she called them that stood guard over the glass doors as you entered her “magic land” – the theater. On this particular day as she stepped off the streetcar, something went wrong, no one knows what, but somehow she was hit by a car right in front of the theater. As the child lay motionless on the pavement, a small crowd gathered round, all sure the little girl was dead. Read more »
RLT 2014-2015 Season Schedule
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – August 22 – August 31, 2014
School Shows: Tuesday, August 26, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June, 2, 3, 4, 2014
The Rocky Horror Show – October 24 – November 2, 2014
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 19, 20, 21, 2014
The Nutcracker – December 5 – December 14, 2014
School Shows: Tuesday, December 9, Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 25, 26, 27, 2014
The Outsiders – January 30 – February 8, 2015
School Shows: Tuesday, February 3, Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, October 27, 28, 29, 2014
Spamalot – March 20 – March 29, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, December 15,16,17, 2014
Bleacher Bums – May 29 – June 7, 2015
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, February 21, 22, 23, 2015
RLT 2014-2015 Non-Season Schedule
RLT Young Actor’s Winter Workshop – February 17, 2014
Little Mermaid, Jr.– April 11 – April 19, 2014
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 3,4,5 2014
RLT Young Actor’s Audition Workshop - May 31, 2014
RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshop – June 9 – June 13, 2014 & June 16 – June 20, 2014
RLT Summer Stock
RLT Annual Gala 2014 - June 28, 2014
Legally Blonde– July 11- July 20, 2014
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday February 15, 16,17, 2014
And, we are taking applications for directors and producers.
Please click HERE for more information and applications.
By Barbara Robinson
Mother is challenged to direct this year’s Church Christmas
Pageant, but all the kids are dropping out when the evil
Herdman kids show up to audition. What will Mother do with a
cast made up of future inmates?
Director: Mandy Maloney. Producer: Suzanne Clonts.
December 6 – December 15, 2013
For tickets, please click HERE
All aboard the Polar Express!
Hardy Realty presents
The Polar Express Pajama Party at the DeSoto Theatre!
Children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas
and bring the entire family along for a night of Christmas magic!
Enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, milk and cookies, a Christmas craft, and a memorable reading of The Polar Express by Storyteller Bob Harris
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
6:30 PM – 8 PM
$7 per child
1 FREE ADULT with each child
Advance tickets are required
TICKETS: Please click HERE to buy your tickets online
or call 706-295-7171
Or stop by the DeSoto Theatre – 530 Broad St
Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Or Hardy Realty – 1609 Martha Berry Blvd
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Domino’s Pizza and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation will present our Annual Christmas Parade Party on Tuesday, December 3, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Take a break from the cold weather and enjoy food and refreshments donated by local restaurants in the renovated upstairs Reception Hall overlooking Broad Street.
Live video of the Parade will be showing on a large screen.
Limited seats available, make your reservations early.
$15 – Adults, $8 – Children under 12, Children under 2 – FREE!
Please click HERE for tickets, call 706-295-7171 or stop by the DeSoto Theatre’s Box Office, Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
By Wendell Barnes
Now that RLT has finally produced the wonderful and heartwarming comedy “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on our stage, there are lots of other holiday shows to get you in the spirit of the season! So after you’ve seen all six performances, hop in Santa’s sleigh and let him drop you off at some of the other holiday offerings in store!
I hope you’re not too late to catch Shorter University Theatre Department’s wonderful musical, “Little Women,” starring RLT’s own Roman Award winning Jonathan Chisolm. The show runs Nov. 21st-25th, a very brief weekend run, at 7:30 each night with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Call the Shorter Box Office at 706-233-7288 and remember that the Callaway Theatre seats less than 100 people so make your reservation now. I can guarantee you will enjoy the musical adaptation of this beloved story. Berry College Theatre Company is presenting a special holiday show to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” for all of you who wondered what happened to Marley after he visited Scrooge that fateful night. This show will run after Thanksgiving , but also one weekend only, Dec. 5th-8th, with two shows on Saturday , one a matinee at 2:00, and another matinee at 2:00 on Sunday. Evening shows are at 7:30. Call their box office for reservations at 706-236-2263, or email RLT Roman Award winner Richard Bristow at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Read more »
Rome Little Theatre is now taking applications for directors and producers for the 2014-2014 season.
Directors and producers should have some theatre or theatre-related directing or producing experience. Prospective directors must have assistant directed or directed (for RLT or other similar organizations) in order to be eligible to direct a production at RLT.
Please go to romelittletheatre.com for applications. Please fill out online, save and attach to an email to email@example.com.
You may also submit your application to the theatre office by dropping it off,
or mailing it to: Rome Little Theatre,P.O. Box 1063, Rome, GA 30162-1063
Please call 706-295-7171 if you have any questions.
Volunteers play an extremely important part in the success of Rome Little Theatre. Season shows and special events are a part of the volunteer experience. If you are interested, please click the link below to fill out a volunteer application.
Why become a Rome Little Theatre Volunteer?
Learn new skills
Meet new people and make new friends
Discover career interests
Know that you are helping your community
Free admission to productions when working the box office,
selling concessions, ushering or taking tickets
Other great opportunities and surprises throughout the year
Back of House
The show cannot go on without the work of stagehands and crew behind the curtain. Their tasks range from scenery moving, looking after props during a performance and assisting performers. We also have opportunities for Directors, Producers, Stage Managers and light and sound technicians.
Front of House
These folks can be found greeting theatre-goers at the entrance, handing out programs, taking tickets and helping people to locate the correct seat. There are also opportunities in the concession area selling refreshments and merchandise.
Opportunities exist for volunteers to do a number of tasks centered around administration, marketing, community development and communications. These people assist with newsletters and other mailouts, updating displays, distributing posters and contributing ideas to promote the theatre and its events.
These volunteers assist in the planning of receptions, fundraising projects, and special events presented by the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.
How much time does this involve?
The time you commit is up to you, according to your availability and interest. Some volunteers work a few events per year, while others participate in several shows a month.
How will I know what to do?
Orientation and training is arranged in the area that appeals to you before working your first show. Theatre staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to help you become confident in your role.
Who chooses which shows I work?
You decide which shows to volunteer for by signing up at the RLT Box Office. You may also be called when extra help is needed, but the choice is always yours.
What do I wear?
Appropriate dress is required. Front of house volunteers should wear black pants and a nice white shirt. Please, no jeans or flip flops. Each volunteer will be provided with a Rome Little Theatre vest and volunteer badge which should be returned at the end of the volunteer session.