Lucille Ball Little Theatre Celebrates 80 Wonderful Years

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Jamestown Gazette Staff

If history is an arrow aimed at the future, the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown is right on target for another 80 great years. Decades of actors, directors and talented crews have delighted audiences with more than 400 of America’s favorite, most successful and inspirational musicals, dramas and comedies.

An Anniversary to Remember
The Lucille Ball Little Theater will celebrate their amazing 80 year tradition on Saturday night, June 10, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. with its The 80th Anniversary Celebration of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre, a review of some of the theatre’s most notable history, performances and memories and an inspiring look forward toward its future.

Helen and Norm Merrill

More than 30 stars of the Little Theatre stage will join special guests, radio personality Dennis Webster, and the Jr. Guilders on a spoken and musical journey through 80 years of wonderful memories!

Few people in the long history of the Little Theater have given as much in time, love and dedication as the well known theatrical husband and wife team of Helen and Norm Merrill. Saturday night will include a special celebration staged in honor of the 50 plus years they have devoted to the theatre in acting, directing and set design and construction. The Merrills have tirelessly volunteered their time backstage and onstage, building sets, and designing and sewing costumes and props and have given uncountable hours to making everything run the way a great theater company should.

Without Norm, the 1968 restoration of one of Jamestown’s historic old buildings might well have been impossible. With his direction the company built an entirely new theatre inside the shell of the old one and reopened it in 1969 with a seating capacity of 402, a full stage, backstage and lobby.

Jamestown’s Jr. Guilders also owe their creation and long years of success to Helen Merrill.

The generosity, talent and wisdom of Helen and Norm Merrill have strengthened the foundation of the Little Theater for more than five decades. They created a legacy unlikely to be matched and never to be forgotten through the next 80 years of the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown.

Seating will be limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or by calling (716) 483-1095

General Admission tickets will be $15 per person for this Special Event (not included in the 2016-2017 Season Tickets)

As a thank you, the organizers of this event ask patrons to please consider making a donation to the Lucille Ball Little Theatre in honor of Helen and Norm.