MLT Celebrates 75th Season with Music

By: Chris Whited Email
By: Chris Whited Email

Voted the "Best Live Theatre" by Mississippi Magazine for the last two years, the Meridian Little Theatre is turning 75 years old. The theatre has been "moving", literally, since its start at Highland Park to its current home on Highway 39 north.

"The Little Theatre started in Highland Park in 1932 under an oak tree and moved to different places in town and ended up at the playhouse on 52nd Street that we rebuilt. It burned in the seventies and we built this playhouse right here," said resident director Jimmy Pigford.

Over the years many actors have graced its stage in a number of shows like "Affairs of State" and "Oklahoma" to what Pigford says was the most popular, yet controversial show, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

This year, the theatre's two thousand members were asked to vote on what they would like to see for this special anniversary season And the answer was musicals. Three are scheduled for this season.

"The Sound of Music" and "Always Patsy Cline" and going into "Grease!", and so it's the first time we've done three musicals all in the same season and we have a comedy thrown in at Christmas time," Pigford said.

The MLT's youth theatre will bring "Peter Pan" back to the stage in early 2008. The new season kicks off Oct. 4 with "The Sound of Music."

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