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    TICKET PRICES:
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    Senior: $13
    Student: $13
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    Student: $15

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Proudly Introducing the Cast of Spamalot!


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Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni.

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PG-13, Parents strongly cautioned: Spamalot is peppered with salty language and gestures, comedic violence, and situations that some might consider offensive. It’s not recommended for children under 13, or for those who are easily offended.

Coming Soon: Spamalot!


Coming soon: Spamalot!

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. However, diverting a bit from the true story, this hilarious musical features such oddities as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Outside there is plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine. Throughout the show Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad. Besides the rabbits and farting Frenchman, they meet such characters as the Lady of the Lake, Prince Herbert, Tim the Enchanter, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight and the Knights who say Ni.

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PG-13, Parents strongly cautioned: Spamalot is peppered with salty language and gestures, comedic violence, and situations that some might consider offensive. It’s not recommended for children under 13, or for those who are easily offended.

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Announcing Auditions for Disney’s Aladdin, Jr!


 

We proudly announce auditions for Disney’s Aladdin, Jr., on

Saturday, April 18 from 9am to noon, and

Sunday April 19, from 1pm to 5pm,

with callbacks on Monday, April 20.

Auditions are open to 18 and under.

Show dates are July 17 – July 26, 2015.

The director is Tracy Hellriegel and

the producers are Sylvia Caruvana and Tammy Childers.

Easily and safely submit your audition registration form HERE.

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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 (Extra-Season Show)

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

DIRECTOR: TRACY HELLRIEGEL, PRODUCERS: SYLVIA CARUVANA, TAMMY CHILDERS

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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Coming soon, the smash Broadway Musical, Always… Patsy Cline!


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We are very excited to announce our performance of Always… Patsy Cline, coming to the DeSoto Theatre April 24 and 25!

Based on the true story of Patsy Cline and her fan turned friend Louise Serger, the audience will spend an intimate night in a black box setting, singing, laughing and crying along with the music and story of one of the most talented and influential artists yet to be seen. No matter what your taste in music, Patsy Cline has influenced it all. There is something for everyone with this show!

VIP patrons will sit onstage, enjoy dinner and drinks and be a part of the performance. (Don’t worry- you don’t have to sing or dance or do anything embarrassing. That is, unless you really want to!) Fans and friends of RLT are encouraged to attend and bring someone new with you! Help us introduce RLT and our mission to our community. Proceeds from the event will go directly to RLT and be used in updating, upgrading and purchasing production equipment and supplies. Get your tickets fast! We will sell out!

Thank you for your support of Rome Little Theatre and community arts organizations. It’s going to be an experience you won’t forget!

Featuring Susanna Brown as Patsy Cline
and Mandy Maloney as Louise

For more information and tickets, 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!

 

Carpet Installation Day!


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What an exciting day at the DeSoto! It’s new carpet day!

Special thank you to JT Watters and Manassas Textiles for the beautiful custom-made carpet they donated to the historic DeSoto Theatre.

Thank you to Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation Board members, Michelle Picon and David Clonts for moving this much-awaited project forward.

And, thank you to our DeSoto Theatre friends, for your excitement and support. If you would like to help us defray the cost of installation and maintenance of the carpet, you can do so by clicking HERE

Rome Little Theatre presents Monty Python’s Spamalot!


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Hold on to your coconuts! The madcap musical Spamalot is coming to Rome Little Theatre on March 20!
 
Monty Python’s Spamalot, written by Monty Python’s own Eric Idle and John DuPrez, won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and is lovingly ripped from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, the musical is a silly and irreverent spoof of the legend of King Arthur and his knights.

Spamalot follows King Arthur (Brian Hales) and his trusty servant Patsy (James Swendsen) as they recruit knights for their quest to find the Holy Grail. Along the way, they encounter the Lady of the Lake (Mandy Maloney), French taunters, a flying cow, and even a killer rabbit. The cast features Bill Wear as Robin, Danny Price as Galahad, Jackson Williamson as Lancelot, Russell Evans as the Historian, and newcomer Andrew Bearden* as Bedevere. Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Andrew Bressette*, Lee Castro*, Chris Cole, Vini Febus*, Tracy Hellriegel, Lauren Jones, Justin Karch*, Jamie Landers, Eric McDowell*, Lillian Shaw, Jenny Wear, and Emily Williams*.

Spamalot is directed by Chris Davidson and produced by Guy Chambless, with choreography by Lacey Pinson and musical direction by James Willis.

Spamalot runs March 20-29, 2015 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online HERE, by phone, or in person at the RLT box office located at the historic DeSoto Theatre on Broad Street in downtown Rome.

Please note, Spamalot is peppered with salty language and gestures, comedic violence, and situations that some might consider offensive. It’s not recommended for children under 12, or for those who are easily offended.

*denotes RLT newcomer

Coosa Middle School’s Zac Mitchell takes Floyd spelling title


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Zac Mitchell, an eighth-grader at Coosa Middle School, used his theater experience to control his nerves and confidently spell “haiku” and “expertise” to take the spelling championship at the 2015 Floyd County Schools Spelling Bee, The system’s annual spell-off was held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Floyd County Schools central office. Hayden Dancause, an eighth-grader at Model Middle School, was the runner-up in the competition.

Mitchell holds the distinction of having won his school spelling bee each time he was eligible from fourth grade to eighth grade and he has participated in the system final for five consecutive years. “I guess all of those other times were practice rounds for me,” laughed Mitchell. He credited his success to controlling his nerves by tapping into his theater experience. Mitchell has appeared in several productions of Rome Little Theatre. He said, “When I was at the microphone spelling, I was not nervous – that came as I was sitting and waiting for the next word.”

Mitchell is from a family of educators as both his parents teach in Floyd County Schools. He planned to make his parents a big part of his preparation for the District Spelling Bee. “I am sure we will spend a lot of time with my parents calling out words to me,” Mitchell said.

As the winner of the spelling title, Mitchell received a plaque and certificate recognizing his accomplishment. He will represent Floyd County Schools in the District Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, February 28 at 10 a.m. at the Floyd County Schools central office. Dancause will serve as an alternate.

School spelling champions participating in the Floyd County Spelling Bee were: Alto Park, Julia Haynes; Armuchee Elementary, Joshua Hash; Armuchee Middle, Maura Duke; Cave Spring Elementary, Anna Kapustay; Coosa Middle, Zac Mitchell; Garden Lakes Elementary, Jay Gordon; Johnson Elementary, Leah Bartleson; Model Elementary, Aaliyah Ely; Model Middle, Hayden Dancause; Pepperell Elementary, Elijah Bentley and Pepperell Middle, Daniel Johnson.

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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

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Presenting the 2014-2015 Season


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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
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL HILLMAN, PRODUCER: NEAL BRACKETT

 

The Rocky Horror Show – October 24 – November 1, 2014
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 19, 20, 21, 2014
DIRECTOR: TRACY HELLRIEGEL, PRODUCER: PAM SHOEMAKER

 

The Nutcracker – November 21, 22, 23, 2014
DIRECTOR: SAM BALTZER, LESLIE PEARSON, JEANNE SCHULL, PRODUCER: ROME LITTLE THEATRE

 

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
DIRECTOR: VIRGINIA M McCHESNEY, PRODUCER: NEAL BRACKETT

 

Spamalot – March 20 – March 29, 2015
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday, Monday,  November 15, 16, 17, 2014
DIRECTOR: CHRIS DAVIDSON, PRODUCER: GUY CHAMBLESS

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Bleacher Bums – May 29 – June 7, 2015
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, February 2, 3, 4, 2015
DIRECTOR: CHRIS PARKER, PRODUCER: CHUCK MORRIS

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RLT 2014-2015 Extra-Season Schedule

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The Little Mermaid, Jr.– April 11 – April 19, 2014
DIRECTOR: MANDY MALONEY, PRODUCER: TINA BRINSON

RLT Young Actor’s Audition Workshop – May 31, 2014
TEACHERS: MICHAEL HILLMAN, CHRIS PARKER

RLT Young Actor’s Summer Workshop – June 9 – June 13, 2014 & June 16 – June 20, 2014
TEACHERS: MICHAEL HILLMAN, MANDY MALONEY, CHRIS PARKER, CHRIS DAVIDSON

Beauty and the Beast, Jr.– December 5 – December 14, 2014
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm
Auditions: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 25, 26 and 27, 2014
School Shows: Tuesday, Wednesday, December 9 and 10, 2014
DIRECTOR: MANDY MALONEY, PRODUCER: TINA BRINSON

Aladdin, Jr.– July 17 – July 26, 2015
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm
Auditions: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 18, 19 and 20, 2015
DIRECTOR: TRACY HELLRIEGEL, PRODUCER: SYLVIA CARUVANA, TAMMY CHILDERS

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Legally Blonde the Musical– July 11- July 20, 2014
DIRECTOR: KAREN BOWLING, PRODUCERS: BECKY MAGRUDER, CAROL MURCHLAND

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!

Aladdin, Jr, A Musical (Not included in the Subscription fees)
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. MORE INFO

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ONLINE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM 

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. MORE INFO

ONLINE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM 

The Addams Family A 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. MORE INFO

ONLINE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM 

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. MORE INFO

ONLINE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM 

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 enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers”, spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal..  MORE INFO

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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. MORE INFO

ONLINE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM 

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! MORE INFO

ONLINE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM 

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Congratulations to the cast of Spamalot!


 

We are happy to announce the cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot.  What a tremendously talented group of actors and what a challenging task it was to select the cast.  My sincere thanks to everyone who auditioned.  Details about our first two meetings will be emailed. ~Chris

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King Arthur:  Brian Hales
Patsy: James Swendsen
Galahad:  Danny Price
Robin:  Bill Wear
Lancelot:  Jackson Williamson
Bedevere: Andrew Bearden*
Historian:  Russell Evans
Lady of the Lake:  Mandy Maloney
Ensemble:  Andrew Bressette*
Lee Castro*
Chris Cole
Vini Febus*
Tracy Hellriegel
Lauren Jones
Justin Karch*
Jamie Landers
Eric McDowell*
Lillian Shaw
Jenny Wear
Emily Williams*
Dance Captains: Vini Febus*, Lauren Jones
*Indicates RLT Newcomer

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


Jason Endowment Fund

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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