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‘Something Rotten’ starts this weekend at the Laurel Little Theatre

Laurel Little Theatre opens its 62nd Season with the musical, “SOMETHING ROTTEN.”  Evening performances are July 29-30 and August 5-6 at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees on July 31 and August 7 are at 2 PM.

The recent Broadway hit got multiple Tony Award nominations including “Best Musical.”  It features a great score, funny script, big dance numbers and spectacular costumes.

Set in 1595 during the height of Shakespearean times, a pair of brothers producing theatre shows never seem to have the hits their arch enemy has – the swashbuckler ladies man, William Shakespeare.

So they have a clever idea – why not put words to music to bring in a crowd – creating the world’s first “musical comedy.”

It’s super funny as every song spoofs something from our modern shows like “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA,” “LES MISERABLES,” “A CHORUS LINE,” “OKLAHOMA,” and even “ANNIE.”  

There’s one big number that has riffs off two dozen different musicals from the last four decades in just one five-minute song.

Director Frankie Bennett, music director Dr. Susan Smith and choreographer Coco Caldwell have a huge cast and crew of over 50 that’s been in rehearsals the last two months.

Playing the Shakespeare role is long time LLT alumni Jay Baggett.  The two brothers that are his competitors are cast with Reagan Arnold and Dallen Boutwell.

Other lead roles are played by Scottie Corley, Tara Hall, Michaela Lin, Anthony Nix, Tyrone Rogers, Tommy Smith and Katelyn Welch.

The show includes cast members from seven different counties around the Pine Belt area.

Jones College is highly represented in the show.  Music director Dr. Susan Smith is an instructor of music at JC and choreographer Coco Caldwell is a graduate and former Jones OnStage performer.  Other JC alumni in the musical include Reagan Arnold, Josh Crosby and Nathaniel Gamblin.  Cast member Kody Loper is a current JC student.

Call in reservations in advance to have your space held and then ticketing is done at the theatre when you attend.

Single tickets are $17 with seniors/students at $15.  Appropriate for teens and up, anyone attending must have their own ticket regardless of age.

The very best deal for tickets is LLT’s 4-Punch Season ticket.  There are single, couple and family packages that can save 17%-24% off single ticket prices.

Gold Patron level includes season tickets, name in show programs, complimentary drinks, and a choice of seats from the reserved Gold Patron section.

LLT’s reservation line for “SOMETHING ROTTEN” answers 24 hours a day at 601.428.0140.  For more information, drop a line to LLTLaurelMS@aol.com.

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