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Please enjoy the playbill for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer Program Cover


Opening Night for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is just days away!

Tom Sawyer Poster Letter


August 22 – August 31, 2014

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2:30pm

School Shows: Tuesday, August 26, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tom Sawyer is known around his small town in Missouri as a playful troublemaker. Tom and his friend, Huck Finn, enjoy plotting adventures that often leave them in danger. One night, when Tom and Huck journey to the town graveyard, the two boys witness a murder. The boys agree to keep quiet, but grow uncomfortable when a suspect is wrongly accused and the real murderer walks free. Meanwhile, Tom falls out of favor with his sweetheart, Becky, when she learns he was “engaged” to someone else before her. Can Tom win her over? Will he and Huck come forward about the graveyard happenings or let the murderer walk free?

Director–Michael Hillman
Producer–Neal Brackett

Office Offerings by MaryO – Aug/Sept2014

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We sadly say “Bye!”  to our Berry  intern, Grace McMullen, who has taken on all kinds of jobs for us this summer.  You may have talked with her on the phone, seen her working in box office, or received an email from her. She taught the musical theatre class for our summer workshop, and completed a variety of projects for us.  We greatly appreciate all of her hard work and cheerful spirit.

Our 2014-15 season  is  off  to  a  great  start!  THE ADVENTURES of TOM SAWYER runs August 22 thru Labor Day weekend. TICKETS HERE

Our congratulations go out to Mollie Brown (one of our  RLT kids) and Josh Jarrell on their marriage (September 20th).  Mollie’s Mom, Debby Brown, “approved” Josh as Mollie’s boyfriend a couple of years ago, so I’m sure she’s celebrating their wedding now. May they have many years of happiness together!

Ruby’s Row Fund  has $2230!!!  Now we only need $7770 more to purchase the 1st row of seats in the center section of the balcony. For anyone who doesn’t know who Ruby is, she’s RLT’s resident ghost (a mischievous little girl who loves the DeSoto Theatre). We’ve heard that she used to like sitting up in the balcony. If you would like to donate to Ruby’s Row, please give us a call at 706-295-7171.

There has been a recent electrical  problem  in  the Historic DeSoto building.  It has left the new concessions area and Tiff’s office without power for several weeks, but we hope to have the problems resolved soon. For the duration we’ve moved our concessions area across the hall to the Cathy Greer Gallery.

The  Reading Committee  has started looking at suggestions for 2016-17.  If you have a show you’d like to see at RLT, please submit your suggestion for them to consider. SUBMIT HERE

We thank local artists, Siri Selle and Scott Wingard, for sharing their artwork with us.at the DeSoto. Their paintings were on display during the summer, and many patrons enjoyed

See you at the Theatre!

Beyond the RLT – August/Sept 2014

Beyond the RLT Logo

By Wendell Barnes

Ding dong! (No, the witch is not dead, but school bells are ringing,) and with that comes the new theatre seasons all around our area.  So after you have seen all of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” for all six performances (plus school shows!), you might want to try out some of the other shows within driving distance.  Perhaps if Tom had been in a theatre instead of fooling around with his adventures, he might not have gotten into so much trouble!  So come with me on a journey “Beyond the RLT!”

Hurry, hurry, hurry if you want to see the Cedartown Theatrical Performers Company’s production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” because it will only run this weekend, August 15th at 7:30 and August 16th at 2:30 and 7:30 at the Cedartown Performing Arts Center.  This will be the full production, and their performances are usually this time annually, but since they do not get a lot of local publicity, sometimes we miss them!  I’ve seen most of the productions of this company, founded by Chuck Morris, Bill and Catherine Lundy, and these local young people do a terrific job and it’s worth the drive.  Don’t miss it!

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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, 2014
Auditions: Wednesday, Thursday, August 27, 28, 2014
School Shows: Friday, November 21, 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:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 2, 3, 4, 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

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.– December 5 – December 14, 2014
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 25, 26, 27, 2014
School Shows: Tuesday, December 9, Wednesday, December 10, 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

RLT Black Box Benefit Series

Always… Patsy Cline – September 12, 13, 2014



Announcing Auditions for Beauty and the Beast, Jr

Beauty and the Beast Audition Poster

RLT jr announces auditions for Beauty and the Beast, Jr

Monday, August 25 @ 6 pm
Tuesday, August 26 @ 6 pm
Call backs: Wednesday, August 27 @ 6 pm

Registration begins at 5:30pm

“Be our guest” and step into the enchanted world of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Featuring songs from the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, yearns for something more than her provincial life. When her father Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to present his latest invention at a local fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle but is soon taken captive by the master of the house, a horrible Beast. Belle surrenders her freedom to save his life and, by taming the Beast, teaches him the meaning of love.

Show dates are December 5 – December 14, 2014

School Shows: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9 and 10, 2014


For those aged 6 – 18 interested in auditioning for Beauty and the Beast, Jr, please click HERE to safely and easily submit your registration form online.



The production team for Beauty and the Beast is excited for upcoming auditions! We hope to answer many of your questions in the post below, so make sure you read it all the way through.

Auditions are open to actors ages 6-18 by the time of the first show. Meaning, as long as you turn 6 on or before the first show (December 5, 2014) you are welcome to audition. If you turn 19, on or after December 6, you are welcome to audition.

Auditions will be conducted a bit differently than they were for our last RLT, Jr Musical- The Little Mermaid, Jr. Continue reading

Announcing Auditions for The Nutcracker!

The Nutcracker Auditions Poster

August 27 & 28, 2014

SHOW DATES: November 21 & 22, 2014
Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2:30pm and 8pm
SCHOOL SHOWS: November 20, 2014
9am and 10:45am

In collaboration with R.O.M.E. (Rome’s Own Musical Ensembles), Berry College and several local dance studios, Rome Little Theatre presents The Nutcracker Ballet, which is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. It is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

Tchaikovsky’s magical music will be performed by the Chamber Players of the South, a 30-member professional orchestra. 

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Field Trip Opportunities!

RLT 2014-2015 School Shows


Hello teachers!

Please join us for our 2014-2015 Season daytime school show performances of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Beauty and the Beast, Jr and The Outsiders.

Our daytime performance dates are August 26 and 27, 2014 for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, December 9 and 10, 2014 for Beauty and the Beast, Jr and February 3 and 4, 2015 for The Outsiders with shows beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Ticket costs are $5 per student, and one teacher or chaperone is admitted free, with each ten students.

For group reservations, please call 706-295-7171. Home schools welcome!

These are filling up fast, so please call soon!

The 5th Annual Battle of the Bands, to benefit Cancer Navigators, is coming to the DeSoto Theatre!



95.7 The Ridge, Rome News-Tribune and the 

Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation are proud to present the 

5th Annual Battle of the Bands

at the historic DeSoto Theatre

August 9, 2014


The top 4 finalists — bands receiving the most online votes — will perform and compete live before a panel of judges and a live audience beginning at 7 p.m.

The seven remaining bands in this year’s Battle of the Bands are presented HERE with a bio, band photo, and an mp3 of a songs they submitted for the contest. To vote for your favorite band, simply click on the DONATE button, and then follow the PayPal prompts. $1.00 equals 1 vote. (Reminder: 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to Cancer Navigators.)

The “Final Four” bands will perform at the DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome, for the titles of People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice Winners. Voting to determine the “Final Four” will end on Friday, August 1, 2014 at midnight.

Online voting for the People’s Choice Award winner will continue until 12-noon on August 9, 2014. After online voting closes on the day of the event, you will still have the opportunity to vote for your favorite band at the event. The People’s Choice winner will not be determined until the end of the show. You can also vote for you by sending a check by mail to Cancer Navigators, or you can drop money off at the front desk (Please remember to put in the memo of the check the name of the band). The address is listed below:

Cancer Navigators
310 W 10th St.
Rome, GA 30165

Let the battle begin!





Announcing show and audition dates for the Rome Little Theatre 2015-2016 season


We are very excited to announce the show and audition dates for the Rome Little Theatre 2015-2016 season!

Drinking Habits
August 21 – August 30, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 1, 2, 3, 2015

Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on the trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Addams Family the Musical
October 23 – November 1, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 20, 21, 22, 2015

The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams, must do something he has never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

White Christmas the Musical
December 4- December 13, 2015
School Shows: Tuesday, Wednesday, December 8, December 9, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 24, 25, 26, 2015

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander.

The Secret Garden
January 29 – February 7, 2016
School Shows: Tuesday, Wednesday, February 2, February 3, 2016
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, October 26, 27, 28, 2015

This joyous story about the growth and blossoming of the earth and the human spirit is a garden of delight for the ears and the imagination. Mary and Colin, whose natures have been badly warped, thrive with the discovery that selflessness opens a secret door to happiness. They are encouraged by the warmhearted Yorkshire maid, Martha and her brother Dickon, who understands the language of birds, animals and flowers; the crusty gardener, Ben Weatherstaff; and, of course, the robin who leads Mary to the garden that changes her life. Colin’s reunion with his father touches all of us deeply.

Noises Off
April 1 – April 10, 2016
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, December 7, 8, 9, 2015

Noises Off, Michael Frayn’s Tony award winning comic masterpiece is not one play, but two. The hilariously horrible, British sex farce, Nothing On, and the comedic nightmare that ensues backstage.

Second Samuel
June 3 – June 12, 2016
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 1, 2, 3, 2016

It was a simpler time in the late 1940s, especially in South Georgia and specifically in a sleepy little town called Second Samuel. What had been called the Great Depression was quickly fading into memory. The war had been won, the election was now over, and “Give’em Hell Harry was still president. It had been an exciting time for sure, but folks in Second Samuel were ready for things to settle down and get back to normal. Except – this was the summer Miss Gertrude passed away, and deep dark secrets were about to be revealed. Nobody could have imagined how the death of one sweet little old lady would turn the entire town upside down, leaving everybody in Second Samuel wondering if anything would ever be normal again!

RLT 2015-2016 Extra-Season Schedule
(Not included in the Subscription fees)

RLT Junior

Aladdin, Jr
July 17 – July 26, 2015
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, April 18, 19, 20, 2015

Disney’s ALADDIN JR.’s tuneful, accessible Academy award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me,” will send audiences soaring.

RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshop



Announcing Rocky Horror Callbacks


Rocky Horror Graphic

Thank you to everyone who came out and auditioned for Rocky Horror! We had a fantastic turnout and we are so excited to finish up casting.

If you have not been called back it does not mean that you have not been cast. We were able to cast many roles without a call back. 

Please check the final cast list on the forum tomorrow night after 9pm. 

We would like to call back the following people on Monday, July 21st at 7pm:

Bill Wear
Austen Earp
Brendan Earp
Marc Bynum
Todd Williams
Jackson Williamson
Alex McDermott
Russell Evans
Alexis Robinson
Audrey Roberts
Emily Tumlin
Tracy Hellriegel, Director

Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation Gifted with $100,000 Endowment Fund

Jason Endowment Fund

We are very pleased to announce the creation of the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund.

Gifted by an individual who asked not to be identified, the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund was established to honor the memory of Jason Fordham, who passed away September 24, 2013, following a 4-year battle with cancer.

Jason was a supporter of the arts in Rome and Floyd County, Georgia, particularly related to theatre and the preservation of the Historic DeSoto Theatre and was a member of both the Rome Little Theatre Board of Directors and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation Board, serving as president of the Rome Little Theatre Board of Directors from 2009-2011.

The designated purposes of the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund are:

(a) to honor Jason Fordham’s contributions to theatre;

(b) to serve as Jason Fordham’s legacy; and

(c) to provide on-going support for Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.

The income from the investment of monies in the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund will be equally divided between Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation to be used in whatever manner the individual organizations deem appropriate in support of the arts in Rome and Floyd County, Georgia.

In addition to the $100,000.00 initial donation to establish the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund, both Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation gladly accept donations to the Endowment Fund to honor Jason’s legacy and his many contributions to theatre as well as provide on-going support for Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.

Donations earmarked for the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund may be safely made  HERE or mailed to the Historic DeSoto Theatre, 530 Broad Street, Rome, Georgia 30161.

Donate Jasons Fund



Now Playing! Legally Blonde the Musical!


 Legally Blonde Poster

Legally Blonde the Musical

July 11 – July 20, 2014

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2:30pm


Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Director–Karen Bowling
Producers–Becky Magruder, Carol Murchland

Please enjoy the playbill for Legally Blonde the Musical


Legally Blonde Cover


Join us, or renew your RLT membership, for Real Live Theatre

RLT 2014-2015 Season Full Page Ad

Don’t forget to renew your RLT membership soon!

Membership benefits include:

  • tickets to all season shows
  • 20% discount on all RLT Extra-Season productions
  • discounts for certain DeSoto Theatre events
  • surprise offers throughout the season
  • a bimonthly newsletter
  • an invitation to the annual Awards Gala
  • voting rights for the Roman Awards
  • free Notary Public Service
  • opportunity to participate in RLT leadership

To join online, click HERE or call 706-295-7171

The Reading Committee is now accepting Plays and Musicals for consideration for the 2016-2017 Season

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The RLT Reading Committee is eager to get back to work and is now accepting submissions for our 2016-2017 season. We are also accepting applications to direct, along with your show submission.

So, if you have felt passionate about seeing or directing that certain show, now is your opportunity to let us know. Please click the link below to submit your ideas and apply to direct.

Deadline for play and musical submissions: July 15, 2014.

Deadline for submissions and applications to direct: September 1, 2014.


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

Submitted by Mandy Maloney

Ever 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. If you are considering auditioning for a show at RLT, there are some things you can help with. If you are not actually the one auditioning, but you transport, gave birth to, provide food and shelter, or just generally take care of one who is, this applies to you as well. None of them are mandatory. All of them are welcomed, appreciated and a definite need. Cast members are asked certain things, parents and family members are asked others. We want to be up front about our expectations, and make sure that you understand all that’s involved in creating a successful show.

Below are some of the areas in which we could use your help.
● Working house (meaning usher/take tickets/sell concessions)
● Asking your friends and family to buy a business or personal ad in the program
● Promoting our show to your circle of influence by inviting them to come!
● Assisting with strike (meaning rolling up your sleeves and helping clean/tear down at the end)
● Assisting with set build/painting (most often this is adults only for safety)
● Donate snacks for the cast/crew
● Pay a production fee
● Buy a show t-shirt and then wear it to support our show!
● Participate in outside events that promote our show/theater
● Attend all rehearsals/performances. Be here on time. Always.
● Possibly provide readily available costume pieces (ie: shoes, socks, white shirt, etc)
● Communicate with Director and Producer any areas you want to help with!

This list is just a start of some of the things that have to happen before the curtain goes up, and before the next show can take the stage. If you are reading the above and thinking, “I DID NOT sign up for this!” we understand! Partaking in an RLT show is a definite time commitment. Each member of the cast, crew and “fan base” is crucial to the success of any show. If this isn’t for you it’s completely fine for you to let us know NOW. Otherwise… we are assuming you are willing to do any of the above! You’ve been warned!

The 2014 Rome Little Theatre Annual Gala: And the Roman Award goes to….


RLT 2014 Gala SlideWhat a truly exciting evening at the 2014 Rome Little Theatre Annual Awards Gala last night! Congratulations to all who were nominated! We are so proud of you all!


And the 2014 Roman Award recipients are:

Lighting Designer: Chuck Morris – Frankenstein

Sound Designer: Greg Asbury Frankenstein

Set Designer: Tiff Magruder, Becky Magruder - Frankenstein

Hair/Makeup Designer: Beckie Gurley – Frankenstein

Costume Designer: Mandy Maloney – The Little Mermaid Jr

Stage Manager: Suzanne Clonts – Grease

Young Female Showstopper: Liz Suffill-“Gladys Herdman” - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Young Male Showstopper: Zac Mitchell-“Chef Louis”- The Little Mermaid Jr

Young Supporting Actress: Hayley Arthur -“Alice Wendleken”- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Young Supporting Actor: Gary Jones- “Flounder”- The Little Mermaid Jr

Young Lead Actress: Natalee Castro- “Ursula”- The Little Mermaid Jr

Young Lead Actor: Ryan Acree - “Sebastian”- The Little Mermaid Jr

Teen Female Showstopper: Abigail Childers – “Patty Simcox” – Grease

Teen Male Showstopper: Alex McDermont-“Roger”- Grease

Teen Supporting Actress: Elizabeth Clonts-“Marty”- Grease

Teen Supporting Actor: Nick Ehmann-“Doody”- Grease

Teen Lead Actress: Bre Lieberman-“Imogene Herdman”- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Teen Lead Actor: Alex McDermont – “Wallington W Wolf III”- 3 Little Pigs/Trial of Big Bad Wolf

Adult Female Showstopper: Marie Kindred – “Vernadette”- The Dixie Swim Club

Adult Male Showstopper: Chris Parker-“The Creature”- Frankenstein

Adult Supporting Actress: Donna Riordan – Dinah”- The Dixie Swim Club

Adult Supporting Actor: Chris Parker -“Jessep” - A Few Good Men

Adult Lead Actress: Susanna Brown-“Rizzo”- Grease

Adult Lead Actor: James Swendsen – “Kaffee” - A Few Good Men

Producer: Neal Brackett - The Dixie Swim Club

Director: Virginia M McChesney The Dixie Swim Club

Best Musical: Grease

Best Play: A Few Good Men

Best Overall Show: A Few Good Men

The RLT Annual Gala “From Broadway to Broad Street” will be here before you know it! Tickets are now available!

You are cordially invited to the

Rome Little Theatre Annual Gala

From Broadway to Broad Street

2014 Gala Invitation

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Jason Fordham’s debut of Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone

The debut of Jason Fordham’s

Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone


Many of you knew Jason Fordham, a long-time Rome Little Theatre and Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation Board member and past president of RLT, who passed away this past September following a four-year battle with cancer. Over the years, you were able to witness first-hand how talented Jason was when it came to acting, directing, and producing shows.

What you may not know is how talented Jason was as a game designer and writer. To his credit, Jason designed two games, which were circulated world-wide via Kickstarter.com, and he wrote both a novella, Bastard’s Persecution, available as a Kindle download on Amazon, and a full-length novel, Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone, a fantasy adventure novel set in the time of castles, horse-drawn carts, and creatures that only exist in Jason’s book. Continue reading

What a very exciting 2014-2015 season we have coming!

RLT 2014-2015 Season Brochure
Now is the time to renew your Rome Little Theatre subscription (or get a new one)!

Because the costs of producing high quality shows are rising, we will be slightly increasing the prices of tickets and subscriptions next season.

However, we are offering “Early Bird” deals if you join us before June 30, 2014.

Season Subscription entitles you to:
⇒ Tickets to all season shows
⇒ 20% discount on all RLT Extra-Season productions
⇒ Discounts for certain DeSoto Theatre events
⇒ Surprise offers throughout the season
⇒ A bimonthly newsletter
⇒ An invitation to the annual Awards Gala
⇒ Voting rights for the Roman Awards
⇒ Free Notary Public Service
⇒ Free WiFi

“Early Bird” RLT 2014-2015 Season Subscription Prices: Continue reading

RLT Jr Announces Auditions for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer Audition Poster


announces auditions for

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Monday and Tuesday, June 2 and 3 at 7pm 

at the DeSoto Theatre

with call backs on  Wednesday, June 

Auditions are open to ages 10 to 19.

Tom Sawyer is known around his small town in Missouri as a playful troublemaker. Tom and his friend, Huck Finn, enjoy plotting adventures that often leave them in danger. One night, when Tom and Huck journey to the town graveyard, the two boys witness a murder. The boys agree to keep quiet, but grow uncomfortable when a suspect is wrongly accused and the real murderer walks free. Meanwhile, Tom falls out of favor with his sweetheart, Becky, when she learns he was “engaged” to someone else before her. Can Tom win her over? Will he and Huck come forward about the graveyard happenings or let the murderer walk free?

Director–Michael Hillman
Producer–Neal Brackett

For more information and a rehearsal schedule,
please visit the RLT Forum HERE.
Show dates are August 22 – August 31, 2014.
School Shows: Tuesday, August 26, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Office Offerings – April/May 2014

Office Offerings Logo

Where, oh where, has this season gone? Our final production, The Dixie Swim Club, will open on Thursday, May 29th, with a Ladies Night Out event,  BUY TICKETS  and run until June 8th. BUY TICKETS. Before we know it, we’ll be celebrating “From Broadway to Broad Street” at the Gala on Saturday, June 28. BUY TICKETS.  Look for more information soon.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mary Doster, who passed away in April. Mary was an active RLT actress and volunteer for many years. Several years ago she moved closer to her son in Loganville, but kept in touch through our newsletters. Mary had celebrated her 90th birthday with her family in December, before she came down with pneumonia. Sad to say she never completely recovered from that illness. This is a comment that was made during Mary’s funeral service: When the angels looked down to earth on the day Mary was born, they yelled, “Watch out below!!!!” If you knew Mary Doster, then you can understand what it means… Rest in Peace, Mary.

Ruby’s Row Fund has $1533! We’re well on the way to our $10,000 goal, the amount we need to purchase the first row of seats upstairs behind the railing. HDTF continues to collect Name a Seat contributions for individual seats. We have added about 20 seats in the auditorium, so we now have a full house of 500 in the DeSoto. DONATE TO RUBY’S ROW

Renovations to the building have slowed 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 have a second box office window open during shows. We’re hearing lots of praise for the improved restrooms, gallery and concessions area.

Two new shows have been added to our schedule: Legally Blonde the Musical (July 11- 20) BUY TICKETS and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (December 5 -14) BUY TICKETS. The Nutcracker will perform at the City Auditorium (November 21- 22). BUY TICKETS. RLT Young Actor’s Audition Workshop is scheduled for May 31, and RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshops will be held June 9-13 and 16- 20. Plans for some adult classes are in the works.  WORKSHOPS


The Reading Committee has been reading, reading, reading the scripts that have been suggested for the 2015-16 season. We will know the results of their hard work and be able to vote for our favorites soon. The Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee have also been working hard for us.

See you at the Theatre!

Backstage Pass April/May 2014 Online Version

Backstage Pass April May 2014 Cover


Beyond the RLT – May/June2014

Beyond the RLT Logo

By Wendell Barnes

It’s summer time again, and what better way to start the summer that spending six nights or so with “The Dixie Swim Club!”  I’m so glad to finally get to see a production of this comedy by my favorite comedy writers, Jones-Hope-Wooten, and just wish that my summer schedule allowed me to see every performance.  And if your schedule does allow it, I’m sure you will see all six performances because the laughs will abound!  But just in case you are looking for some more theatre to entertain you and to get you out of the humidity and you need a dark, cool place to rest, come with me on a journey to some other theatres “Beyond the RLT” and find out what they have to offer.

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