Coming soon: Shrek the Musical, Jr!


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April 29 – May 8, 2016
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm


Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and Lyrics by  David Lindsay-Abaire. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

It’s a “big bright beautiful world” for everyone’s favorite ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show for the whole family.

Director– Mandy Maloney
Producer – Tina Brinson 
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Proudly Introducing the cast of Shrek the Musical, Jr!

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Hear it from the characters themselves: Shrek, Jr, coming soon!

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Now registering for RLT Academy’s Summer Workshops! Sign up early and save!

RLT Academy Summer Workshops 2016

We are very excited to announce we are now accepting students for our RLT Academy 2016 Summer Workshops! Continue reading

Proudly presenting the RLT 2016-2017 Season Schedule


2016-2017 Season Schedule


Flexible Season Subscription Passes for our 2016-2017 season are now available!


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The Nominating Committee for Rome Little Theatre is now accepting applications!

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The Nominating Committee for Rome Little Theatre is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 RLT Board of Directors.

Board members volunteer their time throughout the year and attend monthly board meetings. They gladly represent RLT to the community and assist in promotion and fundraising as needed.

If you are interesting in serving on the RLT Board of Directors,
please submit THIS FORM.

For detailed information on the positions available,
please contact our Executive Director, Hannah Cook, at or 770-295-7171.

All applications are requested before April 1, 2016.

Coming Soon: Second Samuel!

Second Samuel Show Poster


June 3 – June 12, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2:30pm

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!

Director– Wendell Barnes
Producer– Carol Murchland

Historic DeSoto Theatre
530 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161

Ticket Prices:
$14 Students/Seniors
$16 Adults
Price includes processing fee and DeSoto Theatre Restoration fee


RLT Academy Spring 2016 Schedule Announced!

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Rome Little Theatre Academy is pleased to announce the Spring 2016 class schedule, and there’s something for everyone! 

Our classes are for beginners and veterans, kids and adults alike.

Whether you are interested in being on stage, backstage, or just learning something new, there is a class for you! For more information and instructions about how to register online, please click HERE

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

Jason Endowment Fund


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.

 Noises Off Archives Entry

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Noises Off Cast

Noises Off Archives Entry

compiled by Wendell Barnes

“Noises Off”
Michael Frayn

April 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 2016

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., New York, NY


This 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. Slamming doors, flying props, prat falls, sardines and two-story revolving sets(!) abound as we see the first act of Nothing On presented three times, once in each act of Noises Off. The first time, it is midnight at the final dress rehearsal and the company is struggling to get the drastically under-rehearsed show ready. Second time, Act Two, it’s one month later, and again we see Act One of Nothing On but this time from backstage. The rapidly deteriorating relationships cause mass hysteria and make for some hysterical comedy both backstage and on. By the third time, we are at the end of Nothing On’s twelve-week touring run and witnessing the action from the front again. By now the show has sublimely deconstructed into a mess of ad-libbing, set mishaps and the actors seeking revenge upon each other. The more they work to control the situation the funnier and more out of control it gets. Noises Off is written with a wit and heart that allows it to transcend its medium and become so much more than a mere farce or parody of a farce. It speaks to what we love about theatre and makes us laugh at our dramas, both onstage and off.


Dotty Otley/Mrs. Clackett…Julia Chambers
Lloyd Dallas…Chuck Morris
Garry Lejeune/Roger Tramplemain…Eliot Rutledge
Frederick Fellowes/Philip Brent…Daniel Murchland
Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent…Maegan Williams
Brooke Ashton/Vicki…Abby Huffstetler
Poppy Norton-Taylor…Carrie Shaw
Tim Allgood…Brendon Earp
Selsdon Mowbray/Burglar…Jim Curry


Director…Gail Deschamps
Producer..Tracy Hellreigel
Stage Manager/Assistant Director..Lillian Shaw
Sound Design…Sam Kohler
Lighting Design…Chuck Morris
Set Design…Gail Deschamps; David Clonts
Set Construction…David Clonts, Milton Chambers, Jim Hellreigel, Patrick Jones, Chuck Morris, Evan Brackett, Sam Kohler
Set Painting…Tracy Hellreigel, Becky Magruder, Kelly Hill, Heather Hapner, Libby Hayes
Costume Design…Gail Deschamps; Tracy Hellreigel
Properties…Daphne Arthur, Mary Ortwein, Michael Murray, Tracy Hellreigel, Kelly Hill
Lighting/Sound Operator…Sam Kohler
Graphic Design–Megan Keating
William Graves
Publicity…Lauren Jones; Lillian Shaw
Stage Crew…Patrick Jones, Jim Hellreigel, Evan Brackett, Mary Ortwein, Kelly Hill, Libby Hayes, Eric Eaton, Sarah Ozment, Jeff Ward, Jenny Wear
House Managers…Suzanne Fischer, Wendell Barnes, Ashley Woodall

Enjoy the Latest Installment of Beyond the RLT with Wendell Barnes!

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By Wendell Barnes

APRIL 2016

If you’ve been able to recover from the laughter invoked by the hilarious cast of “Noises Off,” you may want to look for even more excellent theatrical endeavors beyond the RLT! I’m sure you probably saw our last show multiple times, but there’s even more to enjoy not very far away. And don’t forget our last two shows of the season, “Shrek Jr. the Musical” and the heartwarming comedy “Second Samuel,” which I have the pleasure of directing right now. Continue reading

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Noises Off for an incredible run!

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