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The Raleigh Little Theatre 2010-2011 Season

Seventy-Five Years of Live Theatre

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Sutton Series

Special Shows

Youth Series


Sutton Series

The best of the new and the classics. Five shows with reserved seating performed in the Cantey V. Sutton Main Stage Theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (musical)

Tickets: Adult $22, Senior/Student $18
AUGUST 6 - 29, 2010

The word for this new show, direct from Broadway, is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! The musical comedy centers around a fictional Spelling Bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grownups. Nominated for six 2005 Tony Awards, winning two awards, including Best Book of a Musical. Music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin. Suitable for teen and adult audiences.

Go to the Spelling Bee show page.

The Piano Lesson

Tickets: Adult $20, Senior/Student $16
OCTOBER 8 - 24, 2010

This drama, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990, is part of August Wilson's "Century Cycle" about African-American life in the 20th century. Set in 1936, a sister and brother fight over a piano that has been in the family for three generations, creating a remarkable drama that embodies the painful past and expectant future of black Americans. Contains strong language.

Go to the Piano Lesson show page.

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Tickets: Adult $20, Senior/Student $16
FEBRUARY 11 - 27, 2011

A comedy in three acts by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. This hilarious satire, first produced in 1941 by RLT, contains a whirling vortex of one liners, frequent and speedy entrances and exits, pratfalls, putdowns and come-uppances. The telling of this classic play gives a new generation the rare pleasure of high farce, underlined with wit and intelligence. Suitable for everyone with a sense of humor.

Go to the Man Who Came to Dinner show page

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Tickets: Adult $20, Senior/Student $16
APRIL 8 - 24, 2011

By Alfred Uhry. This charming and bittersweet comedy-drama examines matters of assimilation and prejudice, identity and romance in a rich portrait of a family struggling to know its place in southern society. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play and the 1997 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play. Contains strong language.

Go to the Ballyhoo show page.

The Threepenny Opera 

Tickets: Adult $22, Senior/Student $18
JUNE 3 - 19, 2011

The exotic musical saga of the villainous but irresistible Mack the Knife and his marauding band of beggars. A revolutionary musical theater piece that inspired such hits as Cabaret, Chicago, and Urinetown. An opera in name only, composer Kurt Weill created the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and playwright Bertolt Brecht created its book that, 82 years after its premiere, remains an outrageous and cunning satire of society. Contains some adult subject matter and language. Suggested for ages 17 and older.

Special Shows

And The Winner Is

Tickets: Adult $15, Senior/Student $12
SEPTEMBER 10 - 26, 2010

Co-Produced with Actors Comedy Lab A quirky, heartfelt and slightly wicked tale of life, death and sacrifice with plenty of digs at Hollywood, lengthy awards shows and celebrity egos. And The Winner Is has all the charm of It's A Wonderful Life for life in the fast lane. Playwright Mitch Albom uses humor as a window into the human heart. Performed in the Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre.

Go to the Winner show page.

Cinderella (musical)

All Tickets: $25
DECEMBER 10 - 19, 2010

Our 27th annual production returns to the Cantey V. Sutton Main Stage Theatre. This musical comedy is a holiday sugarplum for the whole family. Join Cinderella and her Prince Charming as they come once again to magical life. Based on a fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Adaptation and Lyrics by Jim Eiler. Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.

Go to the Cinderella show page.

Youth Series

Unique family theatre entertainment for adults, children and teen audiences. Four shows performed in the intimate Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.

Tickets: Child $9, Teen/Adult $13

The Great Cross-Country Race

or The Hare and the Tortoise

JULY 16 - 25, 2010
Performed by RLT's Teens On Stage.

"Slow but steady wins the race!" Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most celebrated of all competitions, the race between the slow-moving Tortoise and the scatter-brained boastful Hare as the two contestants dash through a world of confusing, comical and unintelligible humans. Adapted by Alan Broadhurst.

Go to the Cross-Country Race show page.


NOVEMBER 5 - 21, 2010

Edward Mast wrote Jungalbook, his first play for young audiences, in 1982 because he loved Kipling's stories about loyalty, adventure, and betrayal. This play, freely adapted from various Mowgli stories and poems in both of Kipling's Jungle Books, won a Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in 1991.

Go to the Jungalbook show page.

Really Rosie (musical)

MARCH 11 - 27, 2011

Conceived in 1975 when Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) combined two of his books, The Sign on Rosie's Door and The Nutshell Library, and invited Carole King (Tapestry) to put his lyrics to music. As the story unfolds, Rosie succeeds in defeating summer boredom by entertaining herself and her friends through her wonderful imagination and dramatic play.

Go to the Really Rosie show page.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

MAY 6 - 22, 2011

John Olive has compiled the best scenes from Louis Sachar's award-winning Wayside School series and compressed them into a clever children's play that captures the wacky playfulness of the award-winning books. A fun, intelligent play for children but also a guilty pleasure for adults and teens.

Go to the Sideways show page.


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