Reno Little Theater Opens New Theater and Season with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

By: Nancy Podewils Email
By: Nancy Podewils Email

Reno Little Theater, one of the oldest community theaters in the country, had its own theater on N. Sierra Street for over 50 years, but lost it in 1996, when Circus Circus needed the land to expand its parking.

RLT continued to perform in a variety of community venues--most recently at Hug HS and Laxalt Auditorium--but always dreamed of having its own space again, where it could resume children's theater classes, workshops, competitions, original play readings, etc.

Thanks to generous donations from individuals, foundations, and grants, RLT has built a new state-of-the-art black box theater with flexible space to accommodate a variety of performance styles, as well as community events. The theater will be available for rent by community groups, will have a rotating artists' gallery, and eventually will have a classroom and members' lounge.

The mission of Reno Little Theater is to produce high-quality theatrical experiences that inspire, entertain, and enrich our diverse community; as Nevada's longest-running community theater, RLT honors tradition while encouraging innovation, creativity, and community participation in the magic of theater.

RLT's new theater and 2012 season will open with a beloved powerhouse: Tennessee Williams' classic drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", directed by Doug A. Mishler. Poetic language and brilliant characters combine in a story about a family finally confronting the mountain of lies they have told themselves and others for years. This play and the remainder of the season ("Leading Ladies" by Ken Ludwig, "August, Osage County" by Tracy Letts, "Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure" by A. Conan Doyle with adaptation by Steven Dietz, and "Private Lives" by Noel Coward) reflect the diversity of genres and commitment to excellence that RLT represents; the actual selection was done by a committee of community members, with approval by RLT's Board of Directors.

Season tickets are now available via the website or by calling 775-813-4981.

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