Natchez Little Theatre
319 Linton Avenue at Maple Street
Natchez Little Theatre is America's most active non-profit volunteer community theatre and the oldest in Mississippi, entertaining the Miss-Lou since 1932. Celebrating 80 years, over 23,000 patrons from around the world visit Natchez Little Theatre during its 12 month season of over 100 performances.
The Lion King 2018Thursday, June 28, 2018 thru Sunday, July 1, 2018
RAFIKI gathers the ANIMALS of the Pridelands to welcome the newborn cub of King MUFASA and Queen SARABI ("Circle of Life with Nants' Ingonyama"). The king's jealous brother, SCAR, no longer heir to the throne, skips the ceremony, upsetting Mufasa. Time passes ("Grasslands Chant") and YOUNG SIMBA grows into a curious young lion. Mufasa explains the circle of life and that Young Simba will one day be king of the Pridelands. Young Simba shares this news with Scar, who encourages his nephew to visit the forbidden Elephant Graveyard. Young Simba finds his best friend, YOUNG NALA, hunting with SARAFINA and the LIONESSES ("The Lioness Hunt") and invites her on his adventure. Once they ditch their overbearing babysitter, ZAZU ("I Just Can't Wait to Be King"), the cubs encounter the ravenous SHENZI, BANZAI and ED in the graveyard. Mufasa arrives and pummels the hyenas then takes the cubs home. Scar emerges from the darkness to recruit the HYENAS in his murderous plan to become king ("Be Prepared"). Back in the Pridelands, Mufasa reprimands Young Simba then shares the guidance of their ancestors, up among the stars ("They Live in You").
Enacting his plan, Scar leaves Young Simba alone in the gorge and signals the hyenas to scare a herd of wildebeest ("The Stampede"). Scar alerts Mufasa, who leaps into the stampede to save his son. Mufasa rescues Young Simba, but Scar pushes his brother back into the gorge, where he is trampled. Scar blames Young Simba for the king's death and tells him to run away and never return. As Sarabi, Young Nala, Rafiki and the lionesses mourn the loss of Mufasa and Young Simba ("The Mourning"), Scar assumes the throne, uniting lions and hyenas under his dark reign. Lost in the desert, Young Simba meets TIMON and PUMBAA, who take him to their "worry-free" jungle home ("Hakuna Matata").
Under Scar's reign, the Pridelands are nearly destroyed. Now grown, NALA decides to leave and seek help ("Shadowland"). To her delight, she finds SIMBA alive in the jungle ("Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). Nala urges him to take his rightful place as king but, still ashamed, Simba refuses. Rafiki appears and helps Simba remember his father ("He Lives in You"). With newfound courage, Simba agrees to return to the Pridelands. Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas ("Luau Hawaiian Treat") while Nala rallies the lionesses. Simba confronts his uncle, the truth of Mufasa's murder is revealed and Scar runs away, pursued by angry hyenas. With peace restored in the Pridelands, Simba takes his place as king and the circle of life continues ("Finale").
Death on the NileThursday, August 16, 2018 thru Saturday, August 19, 2018
Based on the Agatha Christie novel, our favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is on a tranquil cruise up the Nile. He is surrounded by an interesting assortment of characters, including a wealthy heiress and her husband, on their honeymoon. It appears that everyone hates the heiress...Almost everyone on the S.S.Karnak, cruising the Nile, has a reason to want heiress Linnet Ridgeway dead. Her jewels are coveted by elderly Mrs. van Schuyler, her maid is upset because Linnet won't give her a promised dowry, writer Salome Otterbourne is facing a libel suit brought by Linnet, Salome's daughter Rosalie wants to protect her mother, American Andrew Pennington has been embezzling from the Ridgeway family, and former friend Jacqueline de Bellefort is upset that Linnet stole her fiance, Simon, away from her. Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot must unravel the mystery when guests on board turn up dead. Yet in this exotic setting nothing is ever quite what it seems.
Death on the Nile is among Agatha Christie’s best-loved and most famous works and is a sweeping mystery of love, jealously and betrayal. Agatha Christie drew inspiration from her travels in Egypt, picking up geographically and historical details throughout her time there.
BellesFriday and Saturday, September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00pm Matinee only and Last Performance
This delightfully funny and endearing play in "two acts and forty-one calls" visits six eccentric southern women seeking to bridge emotional and physical distance via telephone and come to terms with their shattered family history. Only Peggy remains in Natchez caring for their mother and is phoning her sisters with the latest about "Mama"...whether they want to hear it or not!
The CrucibleThursday, November 8, 2018 thru Sunday, November 11, 2018
The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692/93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government ostracized people for being communists. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.
The play was first performed at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway on January 22, 1953, starring E. G. Marshall, Beatrice Straight and Madeleine Sherwood. Miller felt that this production was too stylized and cold and the reviews for it were largely hostile (although The New York Times noted "a powerful play [in a] driving performance"). Nonetheless, the production won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. A year later a new production succeeded and the play became a classic. It is regarded as a central work in the canon of American drama.
A Christmas CarolFriday, December 7 thru Sunday, December 23rd
Friday's and Saturday's at 7:30 pm and Sunday's at 2:00 pm
Adapted by Layne Taylor based on a story by Charles Dickens
Jacob Marley died seven years ago and left his home and his half of the business to his partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. Marley was a stingy old man, and Scrooge happily carries on the tradition. Scrooge is a hard, cold miser who spends his days counting his profits and wishing the world would leave him alone. He doesn’t believe in charity, and he is certain that those who do are just lazy bums looking for a handout. Scrooge’s entire life is his Natchez cotton brokerage and bank and he shuts out his nephew who is the only relative he has. Bob Cratchit, his loyal employee, is a free man of color who supports his growing family on Scrooge’s meager wages. Once prosperous Natchez planters and merchants are down on their luck after the War of Recent Unpleasantness and compete with carpet baggers and newly freed slaves for income. Scrooge has profited greatly by repossessing plantations and business alike; putting out war widows and orphans; and taking advantage of newly freed slaves. But Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him that if he continues to live his life in such an unchristian way, he will spend all eternity trying to make up for it. Three more ghosts visit Scrooge and show him the errors of his ways. Because of what he sees and learns, Scrooge opens his heart to the people around him and learns charity and love and saves himself from the doom of which Marley warned him. "A Natchez Christmas Carol" is an original family holiday musical featuring beloved Christmas Carols and 19th century costumes.