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A Letter from the RLT President regarding the 2014 Nominating Committee

Chucks Letter to membership regarding board members solicitations


To: Members of the Rome Little Theatre
From: Chuck Morris, President
RE: 2014 Nominating Committee
Date: April 13, 2014

In accordance with Article V, Section 2 of the By-Laws for Rome Little Theatre, please be advised that the members of the nominating committee for 2014 are as follows:
Wayne Jones – Chairman
Chuck Morris
Tammy Childers
Chip Rogers
Mary Ortwein
The committee is now accepting recommendations for candidates for officers and members of the Board of Directors. You may contact any member of the Board of Directors, or the Rome Little Theatre office, to suggest candidates for nomination.
Thank you.

Please enjoy the playbill for Grease

Grease Program Cover Image


Congratulations to the Cast of Grease!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came to auditions! The casting committee had a very hard job. We are going to have a great show, an amazing cast, and we can’t wait to get started. Please make sure you email the producer Mandy Maloney at mrs.maloney@gmail.com to accept or decline your role as soon as possible. Rehearsal schedule and further information will come once the cast list is confirmed.

To those not cast, please know that we thank you as well, and that auditioning is always a great way to hone your skills.  We had lots of new and old faces, and wish there was a place for everyone. We would love to see you at the show and future RLT auditions.

Regards, David Clonts, Director Continue reading

Today! Auditions for The Dixie Swim Club!

Dixie Swim Club Audition Poster

Rome Little Theatre announces auditions for The Dixie Swim Club, which will be held Sunday and Monday, March 2 and 3, 2014 at 6pm at the DeSoto Theatre.

Auditions will be open to all ladies aged 30 and up. Show dates are May 30 – June 8, 2014.

Directed by Virginia M McChesney and produced by Neal Brackett.


Show Synopsis Continue reading

Beyond the RLT – March/April 2014

Beyond the RLT Logo

By Wendell Barnes

Well, “Grease” may be the word, and it is the word and the show that first got our family involved in RLT in 1999.  So when you’ve seen all six performances of the 2014 edition, (as we did in back then since our son Trip played Kenickie!—see memorabilia in the display case on Broad Street), it’s time to explore some other fun theatre in the surrounding area.  Come with me on a brief journey to other theatres “Beyond the RLT!”

Continue reading

Announcing the 2014-2015 Directors and Producers

r logo for signatureCongratulations to the directors and producers selected for the 2014-2015 season and extra-season shows. We look forward to working with all of you.

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 – November 21, 22, 23, 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: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 14, 15, 16, 2014


Bleacher Bums – May 29 – June 7, 2015
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, February 21, 22, 23, 2015


RLT 2014-2015 Extra-Season Schedule

RLT Junior

The Little Mermaid, Jr.– April 11 – April 19, 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

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.– December 5 – December 14, 2014
School Shows: Tuesday, August 26, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 25, 26, 27, 2014


RLT Summer Stock

Legally Blonde the Musical– July 11- July 20, 2014

Announcing RLT’s first official softball team!

RLT Softball Team


Announcing RLT’s first official softball team!

We are looking for at least 15 players (co-ed) for RLT’s first official softball team. Season runs from April 7 to May 8. Cost is $40 a player ($20 player fee plus team fee). Please contact Chris Parker by March 27 at parkerchris42@gmail.com.

Rome Little Theatre announces our 2014-2015 season and extra shows!

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 – November 21, 22, 23, 2014
School Shows: Tuesday, December 9, Wednesday, December 10, 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 Extra-Season Schedule

RLT Junior

RLT Young Actor’s Winter Workshop – March 8, 2014

The 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 the Musical– July 11- July 20, 2014
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday February 15, 16,17, 2014



Backstage Pass Feb/March 2014 Online Version

Feb March 2014 Newsletter Cover



Pinocchio! at the DeSoto: Your family will love it…and that’s no lie!

HDTF Pinocchio!

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2pm

$11/ kid’s ticket, includes puppet craft


family discount $25


Pinocchio is a story we all know, the story of  the lovable wooden boy whose nose grows when he tells a lie.

With the staging this month of one of the world’s oldest puppet stories, the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation is excited to bring Pinocchio to the minds and hearts of all that come to see him.

Atlanta puppeteer Lee Bryant, That Puppet Guy, adapted Pinocchio! and performs it as a one-man show.

Pinocchio! is a frenetic, fantastic odyssey in which baskets become crickets, pans become foxes and puppets just might turn into real live boys!” says Bryant of his light and humorous play, a comedic “tour-de-farce” which also includes the use of masks, Italian music and plenty of audience participation.

Bryant’s Pinocchio! has a repurpose and recycle message. The puppets are made from “found objects” which the puppeteer crafts into lively characters.  Children will  have fun learning from Bryant how to create their own puppets at home, giving life to objects they find around the house such as kitchen utensils, baskets and tennis rackets.  At the end of the show they will be able to create their own “found object puppet” made out of a wooden spoon, fabric, ribbon, yarn, fur, and anything  else their imagination wants. ReRe, the mascot from the Recycling Center, will be a guest at the  show and will be available for pictures with the children.

For more information: www.puppetguy.com


Date change: RLT Young Actor’s Winter Workshop – March 8

Winter Workshop March 8 Poster

Due to the recent winter weather, Rome City Schools and Floyd County Schools will be holding classes this Monday, February 17, rather than observing the Presidents’ Day holiday. Unfortunately, this means that Rome Little Theatre must reschedule the RLT Young Actor’s Winter Workshop. After conferring with our instructors, we have changed the date for the RLT Young Actor’s Winter Workshop to Saturday, March 8, from 9 am to 3 pm. 

The workshop is filling up fast, but we still have several openings available.

Students will have a fun-filled, educational day learning
about what it takes to be involved in Theatre.

We will have 2 classes, with one for students ages 6 to 9
and one for students ages 10 to 18.

The fee is just $25 per student.

Our instructors, Michael Hillman, Mandy Maloney and Chris Parker are veteran actors and teachers.


or call 706-295-7171

RLT 2013-2014 Season

2013 – 2014 Season

The Three Little Pigs/The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf
August 23 – September 1, 2013

Director–Wayne Jones
Producer–Angela Jones

October 25 – November 3, 2013

Director–Holly Moore & Michael Hillman
Producer–Carol Murchland

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 6 – Dec 15, 2013

Director–Mandy Maloney
Producer–Suzanne Clonts

A Few Good Men
January 31, 2014 – February 9, 2014

Director–Chuck Morris
Producer–Tracy Hellriegel

March 21 – March 30, 2014

Director–David Clonts
Producer–Mandy Maloney

The Dixie Swim Club
May 30 -June 8, 2014

Director–Virginia M. McChesney
Producer–Neal Brackett

Congratulations to the Cast of The Little Mermaid, Jr.

The casting committee for The Little Mermaid, Jr. wants to thank everyone that came out for auditions! We had such a hard time making these decisions. Please, please, please remember our pledge! We really enjoyed getting to know each of you. If you didn’t make it this time, please come back again. We had over 120 kids to choose from so you guys did not make it easy.

Ariel- Bailey Camp

Prince Eric- Chase Brackett

Sebastian- Ryan Acree

Flounder-Gary Jones, III

King Triton- Tyler Dobson

Mersisters/Princesses-Aja Stanton, Aggie Mayberry, Autumn Leroy, Eliza Witsell, Abigail Childers, Abbey Williams

Ursula- Natalee Castro

Flotsam and Jetsam- Molly Finnegan, Peyton Christen

Scuttle- John Owens

Gulls- Wells Hernandez, Ross Edwards, Luke Naddy

Grimsby- Dalton Urda

Chef Louis- Zac Mitchell

Chefs/Sailors-Wells Hernandez, Ross Edwards, Luke Naddy, Rolando Cruz, Kade Pajor, Jon Caruvana, Joseph Faile, Nash Williams, Evan Lambert,  Isaac Brackett

Carlotta- Joy Christie

Pilot- Ian Van Riper

Seahorse- Reed Castrejon

Sea Chorus- Gloria Murray, Olivia Parker, Hayley Arthur, Anna Kate Graham, Jordan Koenig, Alexis Arthur

Sea Creatures/Merfolk/Lagoon Animals- Davis Owens, Orrin Scarborough, Jonah Norris, Camile Conway, Ella Mckerrocher, Liz Suffill, Maggie Brinson, Savannah Griffin, Anslee Abrams, Natalia Jones, Millie Maloney, Avery McChargue, Julia Beauchamp

Our first meeting will be this Sunday the 9th at 6 pm in the large meeting room upstairs at the theater. Please email mrs.maloney@gmail.com to accept or decline your role within 48 hours. Please list your name, and your character’s name in your email.

Again- thank you so so much to everyone who came to auditions and the parents/supporters that sat and waited patiently. A special thanks to the casting committee. This was a very hard job.


Mandy Maloney, Director

A Rome Little Theatre Show- What Am I Signing Up For?

by Mandy Maloney

r logo for signatureEver find yourself a part of an event, organization or gathering and think to yourself “I DID NOT sign up for this!”

If you are reading this, you may have asked yourself, “Why am I here? Do I really have time for this?” or even thought, “Okay, if I just don’t make eye contact with the producer, I won’t have to do anything extra.” At RLT, we know your time and money are valuable. We are not interested in harassing people into tasks they aren’t interested in.

We also have a job to do. We love theater. LOVE IT. You have to be a special kind of crazy to spend as much time, energy and money as RLT folks do, working on something that is torn down and wiped clean a week after the show opens. Most of us know we are crazy, and we own it. Nay- we rock it. Putting on the best show possible is what we live for. And it takes a lot of hands.

So here’s the deal. Continue reading

Callbacks for The Little Mermaid

The casting committee for The Little Mermaid, Junior would like to see the following actors back on Wednesday evening the 5th at 6 pm sharp.

Please remember, if you are not on this list, it does not mean you have not been cast.

Wells Hernandez

Catie Schutz

Anslee Abrams

Liz Sufill

Reed Castrejon

Luke Naddy

Ross Edwards.

Ryan Acree

Zac Mitchell

John Owens

Gary Jones, III

Tyler Dobson

Ian VanRiper

Chase Brackett

Dalton Urda

Aja Stanton

Bailey Camp

Lizzy Morang

Natalee Castro

Please enjoy the playbill for A Few Good Men

AFGM Program Cover


Open casting call for Grease

The production team for Grease is looking for a dancer/actress to fill the role of “Cha Cha” in our upcoming production. For various reasons, and through a series of circumstances, this role has not been yet been filled. If you’re interested in being considered, please send a brief video of yourself dancing to mrs.maloney@gmail.com. You may perform whatever type dance you would like for the video, or use existing video from a receital or performance. Please keep it brief, and appropriate.

Our team is looking for someone who can be believable as “the best dancer at St. Bernadettes”. So please make sure your confidence shines through! While the play version of Grease is different from the movie version, the character of Cha Cha is similar in both, so feel free to use the movie as inspiration.

Please include your name, email address and cell number, as well your conflicts. Rehearsals for Cha Cha will be limited until closer to show time, but knowing conflicts in advance will be helpful.

Please submit by Wednesday February 5 at 9 am. You will be notified by 5pm as to whether you were selected or not.

The person chosen is asked to attend a dance rehearsal on Thursday, February 6th at 630 pm, (location is TBD) as well as a choreography session on Saturday February 8th from 9 to 11 am at DanceWorks on Broad Street. Further rehearsals will be outlined at the time of casting.

Questions can be emailed to Mandy Maloney, Producer, at the above email address. Thank you for your interest!

Update to The Little Mermaid

I wanted to give a quick update in regard to rehearsal times. It was originally posted that rehearsals would be from 4-6pm, however we will be able to rehearse from 5-7 pm now. A big thanks to David Clonts, Director, and the entire cast of Grease for sharing their space! Auditions are approaching fast! I look forward to seeing you there!


Office Offerings – February/March 2014

Office Offerings Logo

Happy New Year, everyone! May this year be full of good times!

Our best wishes  go out to Allison and Will Dolbeer as they get ready to welcome their new  baby in the next few months.

 A FEW GOOD MEN (AND WOMEN!)  have been working hard, during and after the holidays, to give us a great show.  Let your family and friends know that the show opens January 31.


Ruby’s Row Fund  has $993!!!!  We’re well on the way to  our $10,000 goal, the amount we need to purchase the 1st row of seats behind the upstairs railing.  HDTF continues to collect Name a Seat contributions for individual seats. We have added about 20 seats in the auditorium, so we can now have a full house of 500 patrons in the DeSoto.


Renovations  to the building  have  halted for now.  The new red seats have really increased the beauty of our auditorium, and new carpeting is in the works. RLT’S office space has been upgraded, and we’re hoping to have a second box office open window sometime soon.

Two new shows  have been added to our schedule: LITTLE MERMAID, Jr. (April) and LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL (July). Auditions are being held in February. Young Actors Workshops are scheduled for February 17, May 31 and June 9 – 20.


Reading  Committee  has been reading, reading, reading the scripts that have been suggested for the 2015-16 season. They will present their recommendations to the Board  soon. People interested in directing or producing next season have been submitting applications, and the Board will be reviewing them after the January 31 deadline..

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

Deadline extended: RLT is accepting Director’s and Producer’s applications for the 2014-2015 season

RLT taking directors producers applications

Rome Little Theatre is now taking applications for directors and producers for the 2014-2015 season. The deadline has been extended to January 31, 2014.

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.


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, Aug 25, 26, 27, 2014

The Outsiders – January 30 – February 8, 2015
School Shows: Tuesday, February 3, Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oct 27, 28, 29, 2014

Spamalot – March 20 – March 29, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Dec 15,16,17, 2014

Bleacher Bums – May 29 – June 7, 2015
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Feb 21, 22, 23, 2015

Audition Information for The Little Mermaid, Jr.

From Mandy Maloney, Director of The Little Mermaid, Jr.

Little Mermaid Jr Audition Poster

On behalf of Rome Little Theatre and the entire production team for The Little Mermaid, thank you for your interest in our show! Continue reading

Beyond the RLT – January/February 2014

Beyond the RLT Logo

By Wendell Barnes

After you have seen the trials (and tribulations!) of “A Few Good Men” all six performances, and have determined that there actually more than a few good actors in the latest production, you might want to search out more theatre goings on in warm venues all over the state and “Beyond the RLT.”  Here’s a few suggestions:

Locally, at Shorter University, the next production is Shakespeare’s brilliant comedy, one I have never seen, “The Merchant of Venice,” which will run from February 20th-23rd and on February 25th.  That’s Thursday through Sunday and the following Tuesday.  Evening performances are at 7:30 and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30.  Remember that the Callaway Theatre is very small, so it would be wise to make your reservations early by calling the box office at 706-233-7288.  The next production at Berry College is the hilarious and scary musical comedy, “Little Shop of Horrors,” running February 13th-23rd, with Thursday-Saturday performances at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:00.  Best way to be sure you get into this is to email our friend, Roman Award winner and Berry College drama faculty member Richard Bristow at  rbristow@berry.edu  and let him make your reservation for you.  I saw this show when it was on Broadway, and have seen it several times before and since then, and you will have a rockin’ great time!  Continue reading

EarthWorks Pottery RLT Mugs have arrived!


A new shipment of our beautiful EarthWorks Pottery mugs have finally arrived and they are stunning! What a great Valentine’s Day gift they would make, at $20.

Each one is hand-thrown and unique. Please stop by the RLT box office to pick up yours, or pay for it HERE, and pick it up at the Theatre.

Announcing a new RLT Member Project: Ruby’s Row

Ruby's Row Logo

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. Continue reading

Important: Rome Little Theatre Ticket Update

Best Christmas Pageant Ever Poster

As you may know, the DeSoto Theatre now has wonderful, new, comfy seats. Although the location of your seat has not changed, the seat number has.

If you purchased tickets to any RLT production before November 20, and printed them at home, they will need to be reprinted. If you would like to do this yourself, please email us at romelittletheatre@gmail.com, and we will send you a link to your tickets. You can then print at home, or exchange them.

This is something we will also be happy to do for you. If you like, we will print your tickets and have them waiting for you in Will-Call, or you can pick them up at the DeSoto Theatre Box Office. Please call 706-295-7171, or email us at romelittletheatre@gmail.com.

If you have not yet bought your tickets to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, well now is the time! Please click HERE, to go to our online ticketing system.


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