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March 9, 2014

‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Spelling Bee’ slated for MLT’s 82nd season

MERIDIAN —     Meridian Little Theatre’s 2014-15 "Dream Season" celebrates the 82nd year the Highway 39 North playhouse has continually provided quality entertainment for East Mississippi and West Alabama.

    “Our upcoming 2014-15 lineup is filled with some great recent Broadway hits and traditional entertainment for the entire family,” says MLT Director Ronnie Miller.

    The season begins Oct 2-8 with a five-time Tony Award winning musical, including Best Musical in 2005, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

    Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. The show is pure fun with clever music and lyrics and also features audience participation.

    Dec. 11-17, MLT celebrates the holiday season with the Irvin Berlin’s classic musical, "White Christmas." Based on the beloved timeless film, this heart-warming musical adaption of the 1954 movie with Bing Crosby features 17 Irvin Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “How Deep Is the Ocean,” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”

    The third show, Feb. 26-March 4, is the hilarious Broadway hit comedy, "Moonlight and Magnolias." The story is an affectionate portrait of the legendary movie producer David O. Selznick and his collaborators as they are forced to rewrite the movie script of Gone With the Wind in 5 days locked in Selznick’s office and given nothing but bananas and peanut butter to eat until they finish. Variety Magazine says about the show. "Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play,”

    MLT closes its “Dream Season” May 7-13 with the -six-time Tony Award winning musical "DREAMGIRLS." The play is about a time in American musical history when what was called rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music and we were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles.

    The show is a toe-tapping, hand clapping musical that will delight those who remember the music and those who will gain a new appreciation of that Motown  sound that swept the nation in the '50s and '60s.

    “We have chosen a season that has something for everyone,” says Miller. “In a recent survey of MLT members, we found that the majority of our audience enjoys musicals and comedy as their first choices. I think it a dynamite package that offers what our members want.”

    Patron and Season memberships go on sale online and at the MLT box office June 2.

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