The new RLT 15-16 Season Brochures are on their way!


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The new RLT 15-16 Season Brochures are on their way! Get a sneak peek now, and be sure to renew your membership today! We have some exciting new packages to choose from this year. For more info and to subscribe safely online, click HERE

Definition of a Voting Member: A Rome Little Theatre patron who subscribes to 4 or more shows per season.

Season Subscription Package Holders/Voting Members are entitled to: Continue reading

Announcing the Nominees for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors


Congratulations to those nominated to serve on the Rome Little Theatre 2015-2016 Board of Directors. We are looking forward to working with this great group of people. Below is the letter from the President.Nominations Letter to members 2015

To: Members of Rome Little Theatre
From: Chuck Morris
RE: Nominations for Officers and Directors for 2015-2016
Date: May 21, 2015

In accordance with the Rome Little Theatre By-laws, the following persons were selected by the Nominating Committee, and approved by the Board of Directors, as candidates for the following positions: Continue reading

Proudly presenting the Starting Lineup for Bleacher Bums!


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May 29 – June 7, 2015

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

In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. The Cubs inevitably blow it in the ninth and the villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs figuring he can’t lose, cleans up. The bleacher bums remain undaunted they will be back tomorrow to root for the home team.

Join us for

Chicago Night

Saturday, May 30

featuring the Georgia Blues Brothers,

after the show!

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Announcing Auditions for The Addams Family, A Musical!


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Announcing auditions for the musical comedy, The Addams Family, A Musical, in just a few weeks! Monday & Tuesday, June 22 & 23, 2015. Registration at 6:00 pm and auditions beginning at  6:30 pm each day.

Director: Karen Bowling
Producer: Carol Murchland
Show dates: October 16 – November 1, 2015

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..

To easily and safely submit your audition registration form online, please click HERE

Bleacher Bums opening weekend to feature GA Blues Brothers 


Rome Little Theatre teams up with Blues Brothers act for “Chicago Night” at the DeSoto

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GEORGIA BLUES BROTHERS

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Anyone familiar with the long, harrowed history of the Chicago Cubs knows those fans have got the blues.

So there’s no better way to wrap up a comedic portrayal of Cubs game than having the Blues Brothers take the stage, making for a night jam-packed with comedy.

The Rome Little Theatre’s production of Bleacher Bums runs May 29 – Junes 7 at the Historic DeSoto Theatre on Broad Street. Baseball, blues and theater fans can come together on Saturday, May 30 for “Chicago Night,” when the North Georgia Blues Brothers give a free concert for show-goers immediately following the production. The one-time appearance is sponsored by the Atlanta Postal Credit Union. Continue reading

Announcing Auditions for Drinking Habits


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Announcing auditions for the hysterical comedy farce, Drinking Habits, less than 2 weeks from today! Monday & Tuesday, June 1 & 2, 2015. Registration: 6:00 pm • Auditions: 6:30 pm each day.

Director: Virginia M McChesney
Producer: Neal Brackett
Show dates: August 21 – August 30, 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.

To easily and safely submit your audition registration form online, please click HERE

Enrolling now for RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshop!


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We are now enrolling for our RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshop!

Rome Little Theatre is offering classes in our Young Actor’s Workshop Series during the Summer break at the historic DeSoto Theatre.


June 8 – 12, 2015

Rising Grades 4-12
Monday – Friday ~ 9am to 2pm

Instructors: Chris Parker, Michael Hillman, Angela McRee and Lacey Pinson

Students will explore the basic skills of a well-rounded actor: improvisation, scripted material, dance, movement, and singing. All skill levels welcome.

Students should bring a lunch and a full water bottle

Fee: $190
Includes t-shirt

Maximum enrollment: 50, Minimum: 36


June 22 – 26, 2015

Rising Grades 1-3
Monday – Friday ~ 9:30am to 1:30pm

Instructor: Mandy Maloney

Students will explore creative dramatics, storytelling, improvisation, simple scripted material, and artwork. No experience necessary.

Students should bring a lunch and a full water bottle

Fee: $160
Includes snack, t-shirt, and materials

Maximum enrollment: 15, Minimum: 8


Please click this link to register for the workshops online:
Enroll in the RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshop

or call 706-295-7171.

Coming soon: Bleacher Bums!


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May 29 – June 7, 2015

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

In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. The Cubs inevitably blow it in the ninth and the villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs figuring he can’t lose, cleans up. The bleacher bums remain undaunted they will be back tomorrow to root for the home team.

Join us for

Chicago Night

Saturday, May 30

featuring the Georgia Blues Brothers,

after the show!

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DIRECTOR: Chris Parker
PRODUCER: Chuck Morris

Cast List: Continue reading

You are cordially invited to the Rome Little Theatre Annual Gala, Night Under the Stars!


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You are cordially invited to the
Rome Little Theatre Annual Gala!

Saturday, June twenty seventh
Two Thousand Fifteen
Six o’clock in the evening
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Enjoy the latest installment of Beyond the RLT with Wendell Barnes!


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May and Summer, 2015

By Wendell Barnes

RLT’s closing show this season is the hilarious baseball comedy, “Bleacher Bums,” and after you have laughed through this ensemble’s six performances, you are either sure to want to go see a baseball game, or perhaps hide out in a darkened theatre where it’s cool to see even more joy.  There is lots going on all around us “Beyond the RLT!”

 

But before we go beyond, for sure you don’t want to miss the other two shows that will be performed this summer AT the RLT, the production by RLT Jr. of “Disney’s Aladdin” and the production of the Upstagers Theatre Company of “Cats,” for its third visit to the DeSoto.  “Cats” will be up first, the weekend of June 12th and 13th in Cedartown at 8:00 p.m. at the Cedartown Civic Auditorium, and then the company will move to the DeSoto where they will have three performances the next weekend on June 19th and 20th at 8:00 and June 21st at 2:30.  This is the third time RLT veteran and Honorary Lifetime Member Don Rusaw has helmed the production at the DeSoto, and this cast has been working for months to perfect the show.  The RLT Jr.’s production of “Disney’s Aladdin” will run for two weekends on the usual RLT schedule, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:30 from July 17th-26th.  Call 706-295-7171 for more information and reservations for both of these wonderful shows. Continue reading

Enjoy a Bleacher Bums Trailer!


Coming soon to Rome Little Theatre at the DeSoto Theatre, Bleacher Bums!

Created by Lauren Jones and Eliot Rutledge.

In the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. The Cubs inevitably blow it in the ninth and the villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs figuring he can’t lose, cleans up. The bleacher bums remain undaunted they will be back tomorrow to root for the home team.

DIRECTOR: Chris Parker
PRODUCER: Chuck Morris

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Cast List:  Continue reading

It is about time to renew your RLT membership, or become a new member!


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We are very excited to offer new subscription packages for the 2015-2016 season, which will provide huge savings! This coming season, we are presenting 8 productions, with opportunities to subscribe to 4, 6 or all 8, for individuals or families. The more shows you see, the more you save; up to 45% off tickets prices! Please click HERE for more info and to safely subscribe online.

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



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

BECOME A SEASON SUBSCRIBER

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Congratulations to the RLT 2015-2016 Season Directors and Producers!


Congratulations to the RLT 2015-2016 Season Directors and Producers. As always, the selection process is incredibly difficult because we have so many good applicants. We will be conducting interviews for the remaining productions that are yet to be determined. Thanks to all who applied and good luck!

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Aladdin, Jr, A Musical 

July 17 – July 26, 2015
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, April 18, 19, 2015

DIRECTOR: TRACY HELLRIEGEL, PRODUCER: SYLVIA CARUVANA

All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more – are here in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. MORE INFO

ONLINE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM 

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Congratulations to the Cast of Aladdin, Jr!


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What a talented group of kids who came to audition for Aladdin, Jr.  Thank you so much for coming out and auditioning!  The Casting Committee would like to encourage you, if you were not cast, to come to the RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshop and then come back and audition at Rome Little Theatre again.  Please know that we took a lot of things into consideration, including conflicts, when we made this list.

 

Congratulations to the Cast of Aladdin, Jr!

Save the date for the Rome Little Theatre Annual Roman Awards Gala, “Night Under the Stars”!


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Save the Date! You are invited to the Rome Little Theatre Annual Roman Awards Gala, “Night Under the Stars” on June 27, 2015, at the historic DeSoto Theatre. More exciting details to come soon!

RLT Board of Directors Open for Applications and Nominations


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Interested in the leadership of Rome Little Theatre? Or know of someone you think would be a great leader at RLT? We are now seeking qualified candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. The RLT Nominating Committee is preparing to meet and would love to hear from you.

Positions open this year are: Continue reading

Rome Little Theatre: Making an Impact on Rome, by Gloria Murray


Editor’s Note: Gloria Murray, a veteran RLT Young Actor, wrote this speech for her Oratorical Assignment. Great job, Gloria!

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Murray, Gloria  I think we have all had some experience with community theatre. If it is either acting or watching it, we know that it is something very interesting and enjoyable. I am going to tell you about a local landmark called Rome Little Theatre. Rome Little Theatre is such a great place for people to learn about its history, its importance to the community, and its ability to “wow” them with its beautiful characteristics.

When you step onto the sidewalk of 530 Broad Street of Rome, Georgia, take a deep breath, and when you look up, there is a beautiful building in front of you. It is the historic Desoto Theatre. If you take a few steps up and look directly above, you will find the famous marquee, and imagine it flashing “Desoto” wherever the eyes can see.  Walking through the gallery doors is like taking a step back in time. To your left is a small gallery area where you can sit in comfort. To your right is another gallery area with concessions and bathrooms. Now, let me take you up and into the theatre itself. In front of you are three sections of beautiful red velvet seats that were put in last year, and if you turn around and look up behind you, you will find three more sections of red seats that were also put in last year. Rome Little Theatre, 7 Hills Fellowship, and people from the community came and took out the old blue seats and replaced them with the beautiful red ones. Additional renovation have been done just last year to the gallery, office, bathrooms, and the theatre. Having originally been constructed as one of Georgia’s first movie theatres, changes needed to be made to the theatre to accommodate stage shows. The first ten rows of seats were removed to make a longer stage and a new orchestra pit. The original paint and color scheme was still visible and an artist was hired to help with restoration accuracy. As you see, there are some red seats in front of you, why don’t you come and find a seat with a friend and get comfortable while I tell you more about this beautiful landmark. Continue reading

Happy Birthmonth, Jason Fordham!


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While donations to the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund are accepted and appreciated anytime, the month of April is being recognized as a special time for giving to the Endowment Fund, as April is the month in which Jason was born.

Whether you are a first-time giver or have given before, we ask that you honor Jason with a gift to the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund during the month of April. And, please consider making this an annual tax-deductible donation in support of Rome Little Theatre and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation.

Donations to the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund may be made online HERE or by mail to Rome Little Theatre, 530 Broad Street, Rome, Georgia 30161.

Thanks so much for honoring Jason’s memory with your donation to the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund.

RLT Patron Feedback


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Hello Rome Little Theatre Patrons!

We appreciate your recent attendance at a performance of RLT and care about your opinion. Please take this 5 minute survey so that we may learn about ways to improve your future experiences at the Theatre. If you complete this survey, and provide your name and email address, we will provide you with a single-ticket voucher to attend a future performance for FREE. Or, you may remain completely anonymous. To complete the survey, please click HERE  

New Online Volunteer Program!


Hello RLT volunteers and future volunteers!

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We are incredibly excited to announce that we are implementing new online software for you!

You can now easily sign up, view your schedule, request additional shifts, request automatic email and text reminders and update your profile over the internet.

Check it out HERE!

If you are already an RLT volunteer, please take a few minutes to update your profile, and if you are not an RLT volunteer, but were thinking about it, well now is the perfect time!

 

Congratulations to the Bleacher Bums Cast!


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The casting committee and production team of Bleacher Bums would like to thank all of those who auditioned. Your enthusiasm made our evenings easy but our choices hard. Those of you cast, please email our producer, Chuck Morris, at bleacherbumsrlt@gmail.com to accept or decline your role within the next 24 hours. Ensemble members will find out understudy roles at our first read-through on Wednesday, February 11th at 6:30 pm at the RLT Annex. To those of you who were not cast, we have some special assignments in mind for several of you.  Please check your email over the next few weeks.

Seriously though, you folks made this a tough one.  We were climbing the ivy, we were so frustrated.

Sincerely,
Chris Parker, Director

Cast List: Continue reading

Let’s rally for the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund!


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LET”S RALLY!

The Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund was established following Jason’s death on September 24, 2013. He was 39 at the time of his death. Almost 4-years earlier, Jason had been diagnosed with an inoperable malignant tumor, and every treatment used over that 4-year period proved unsuccessful in reducing or treating the cancer.

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

In addition to his love of theatre as an actor, director, and producer, Jason was also an avid reader, game designer, singer, and writer. The two organizations to which he was so dedicated continue to miss his creative and intellectual abilities.

The Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund was established to not only honor Jason’s contributions to theatre and serve as his legacy, but it will also provide on-going support for Rome Little Theatre, Inc. and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation, Inc., both of which are 501(c)(3) organizations.

Your donation to the Jason G. Fordham Memorial Endowment Fund will be held in trust to generate interest and dividends for equal distribution to Rome Little Theatre, Inc. and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation, Inc. to be used in whatever manner each organization deems appropriate to advance the arts in Rome and Floyd County.

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.

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