HCLT would like to thank you all for your support this season and through the years. We've been around for a long time! Please visit our facebook page and share your memories of productions or experiences in theater with us. We love to hear your stories.
As we plan for our 61st season, we look forward to bringing you stories that make you laugh, make you think, touch your heart, and make you want to tap your feet or get up and dance! If you have a suggestion for us, send it to us via Facebook and we'll consider it.
Shrek The Musical, Four Little Girls, and A Christmas Carol were huge undertakings, and we had to really work as a team to bring those stories to our community. We are grateful for the help of every single person who worked so diligently with us either onstage or behind the scenes this season, and for the support of our season members, contributors, and to Halifax County, the Town of South Boston, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts for their financial support.
It's time to say goodbye to several board members who have helped us to produce some really outstanding productions over the past several years. Devin Hall, Cyndi Overby, Catherine Glass, LaTonya Sadler and Lisa Roach: we'll miss you, and we wish you well. We welcome the creative talents of Amanda Shepherd, Kelly Crawford, Lisa Burton and Jennifer Sydnor to our board.
Our Current HCLT Board:
President: Sandy Slayton
Treasurer: Becky Donner
Secretary: Ashley Smith
Board Members: Amanda Sheppherd, Greg Donner, Jennifer Sydnor, Kasey Rising, Kelly Crawford, Sarah Mandel, Kenny Carr, Lisa Burton, Sharon Brogden, Shane Brogden
Our 60th Anniversary Season!
Our 60th Season Directors: Becky Donner, Kasey Rising, and Chris Jones
Halifax County Little Theatre is 60 years strong! Since 1955, HCLT has been a vital part of our community, performing in elementary school gyms, the high school auditorium, various outdoor locations, restaurants, and for the past 10 years in the beautiful Chastain Theatre at The Prizery. For its 2015-2016 season, we showcased the Power of Theater with three productions that educated, enlightened, and entertained.
The November season opener was a joint production with The Prizery in honor of The Prizery’s 10th Anniversary. HCLT and The Prizery worked together to bring back the first show produced in the theater: Alan Menken's musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This holiday classic was a must-see tradition with a large cast, haunting music, and a story that inspired. Veteran Director Chris Jones took charge of this production.
In February, Becky Donner directed a powerful piece that showcased a turbulent moment in American history. Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 brought into focus the realities of the Civil Rights movement by telling the stories of the four girls America mourned. As these four girls shared their everyday lives, the audience came to know these girls as young people with hopes and dreams and names. This moving drama was very well received by audiences who were touched by their story and were very grateful that we brought this story to our community. All four lead roles were played by young girls who had never performed with us, but we hope to see them back on stage soon! All in all, this show was seen by over 2,000 people!
Finally, for HCLT's spring production, we tackled the huge undertaking of bringing SHREK THE MUSICAL to the stage! Directed by Kasey Rising, this Broadway adaptation will brought great entertainment for the entire community. Adapted from the movie version, this play had all the fantastic characters remembered from the movie: Lord Farquad, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Pinocchio, The Gingerbread Man, and many more. Everyone loved our ogre! The music was joyous, and the jokes will kept the theatre full of laughter. The set was beautiful, the cast was outstanding, and we shared this live theatre experience with almost 1,000 elementary school students during 2 days of daytime performances.
HCLT is proud to have been a part of Halifax County life for 60 years. We look forward to many more years of fostering a love for the arts, providing creative opportunities for young and old, and bringing great stories to life on stage. Community support is vital to these efforts in the form of volunteers, financial contributions, and attendance at productions. Season brochures will be available in September. If you'd like to be added to the HCLT mailing list, send your information to
. Brochures will also be available at The Prizery, the Halifax County Visitor Center, and the public libraries.