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Community Theatre Programs and Playbills

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM19-26

Form of Material

Programs and playbills from Laurel, Mississippi area and beyond.


  • 1975-2018

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Laurel Community Concert Association

Jones County Community College

The Fine Arts Division of Jones County Junior College performs events through the year in the community.

Laurel Little Theatre

Laurel Little Theatre was organized back in August 1961 when four local theatre lovers first got together at the old bowling alley that used to be next door to the Leader-Call newspaper. Marda Kaiser Burton, Mary Anne Sumrall, Ernest Graves and Gene Gandrau hashed out their ideas and quickly called for an official organizational meeting at the old Pinehurst Hotel Coffee Shop. Some of the group that joined in with them at the Pinehurst were well known Laurel names like Jim Gibbon, Annie Ruth Grim, Page Jones Harris, Billy Howard Jr, Billy Lightsey, Ruth Tomlinson, Dot Traweek and Granville Walters.

Their goal was to present Laurel citizens with entertainment and to give would-be thespians a chance to get up on a stage and ham it up for their friends and family. Now five decades later, that's still our main goal at the theatre. Little did those founders know in 1961 that one day that very group they organized would be performing in the old Arabian movie house just right next door to the Pinehurst Coffee Shop where they were meeting to form the group.

StageStruck Performance Studio

StageStruck, a values driven children's theater program in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is dedicated to the development of life skills through the performing arts.


27 Items : 302A.B15.Y1

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Given By: Cathy Merrikin

Date of Receipt: January 16, 2019

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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001