Arts News (June 9–15)


Joplin Little Theatre 75th Anniversary JLT IN CONCERT — A Musical Revue
September 24-28, 2014
An original concept. Directed by Bill Perry. Celebrating JLTʼs 75th Anniversary with a special tribute to the musicals presented at JLT since the first musical production in 1950. Featuring an all-star cast of past and present performers, JLT in Concert will perform highlights from many of its most popular musicals. With direction by Bill Perry, assisted by Carolyn McGowan, musical direction and arrangements by Cecie Fritz and choreography by Angela Lowe and Heather Briley, this is sure to be a spectacular production.

December 10-14, 2014
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book and has become a holiday staple for theatres across the United States. It features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas carols and a lot of laughs! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was last presented on the JLT stage in 2006 and received very enthusiastic responses.

January 28-February 1, 2015
Written by Lee Blessing. Directed by Tim Klein. The play probes into the delicate relations ships of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie, who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artieʼs daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect and sensitivity whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. “A nuanced character study.”

March 25-29, 2015
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones; Music by Harvey Schmidt. Directed by Kevin Babbitt. A funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and girl fall in love, grow apart and finally, with El Galloʼs guidance, find their way back to each other, despite the meddling of the two fathers. The Fantasticks is the worldʼs longest running musical – 52 years. It appeared on the JLT stage in 1967 and 1988.

May 27-31, 2015
Written by Charles George. Directed by Jim Lile.. Continuing the celebration of JLTʼs 75th Anniversary, we are repeating the first show presented at Joplin Little Theatre in November, 1939. Synopsis: Filled with the raging conflict between “Good” and “Evil”, this is an absolutely hilarious melodrama about Desperate Daniel Desmond and his vile attempts to betray Bertha, the beautiful typewriter girl. Every possible angle of the old-time melodrama is incorporated: stolen diamonds, a vengeful scheme, manly heroism and the pure and noble actions of our hero and heroine, who unflinchingly face almost insurmountable odds!

Auditions for JLT IN CONCERT will be July 7 & 8, 7:00pm and July 12 & 13, 2:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Needed are children age 6 and up, singers and dancers for solo and ensemble work. Singers bring a prepared song. An accompanist will be available, or an accompaniment CD may be used. Dancers bring appropriate shoes – no tennis shoes or flip-flops.

Season tickets may be purchased after Friday, June 13, at the JLT box office, or online at Patron $75; Adults $65; Seniors/Students $55



Amber Mintert Screen Printing at Spiva Center for the Arts“Join us THIS Saturday afternoon for a RARE opportunity for a SCREEN PRINTING class. This is going to be so much fun, for ages 14-114. You will get to print your own tote bag. If you want to do a couple t-shirts, you will need to bring those. Everything else is provided. Our teacher is Amber Mintert – Amber has been teaching at Webb City High School for 10 years and Crowder College for five. Her credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Art Education K-12 from MSU, a Masters in Secondary Education from PSU, an associates degree from University of Maryland in General Studies.” — Karalee McDonald, Education Coordinator for Spiva Center for the Arts

A few spots are left in this awesome class that only costs $30! Call Spiva at 417-623-0183 to reserve. 

Click here to see a video produced by The Joplin Globe’s Joe Hadsall featuring Mintert. Click here for their story in Thursday’s issue of The Joplin Globe



Phoenix Fired Art MuralCome watch “The Rise of the Phoenix” Triptych Ceramic Mural’s installation! Click here for more information about this mural in Joplin’s Public Art Directory!

“This is wonderful free event for the community. Created in April of 2013 “The Rise of the Phoenix” Ceramic Tryptic Mural will be installed June 13th–June 15th, 2014. We’ll have a tent up for shade and some folding chairs as well.” – Heather Grills, Owner & Founder. 



“Shakespeare’s plays are as entertaining and as relevant as they ever were. Across the nation, people of all ages respond to their clever plots, engaging characters, and timeless themes. We hope to become an annual event that will draw people to our area and so take our place among the region’s cultural offerings. MOShakes aims to offer the plays of William Shakespeare in productions that are insightful, exciting, and entertaining. In other words, we are not mounting a museum display but are, rather, seeking to bring these plays to our community with vitality and currency.


Shakespeare is forever. He is always in fashion. His work is encountered anew by each generation. His use of language, his marvelous plots, and the power of his characters still offer a unique choice among entertainment options. Join with us and be a part of the Missouri Shakespeare Festival! To volunteer your time or make a financial contribution, please call 417-625-9656 or visit

Their performance of Twelfth Night is right around the corner! Click here for more info.
June 19–21 at 7:30pm
June 22 at 2:30pm
June 26–28 at 7:30pm

Performances will be held at the Bud Walton Theatre at Missouri Southern State University. All seats are $10. For reservations call 417-625-3190 or 417-625-9393. To purchase tickets online, click here. 

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