Neuse Little Theatre

Neuse Little Theatre Founded in 1974. Completely volunteer workforce has provided over 45 seasons of live theatre to the Smithfield & Johnston County communities.
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We welcome everyone to come out and audition, work behind the scenes, and enjoy our shows. Street & lot parking. The little log cabin by the Town Commons on the Neuse River... we came to have our home in the late 1980s and became the sole occupants in the mid-to-late 1990s. Few small communities have experienced the quality of local theatre that has graced Johnston Countyโ€™s stages. From its foundi

ng in 1974, the Neuse Little Theatre has maintained the highest standards of quality. From Neil Simon to Rogers & Hammerstein; from Spoon River Anthology to Wizard of Oz, NLT has strived to delight young and old alike. After years of traveling from pillar to post in search of a home, the Neuse Little Theatre found a place to call its own. โ€œThe Hutโ€, as it is affectionately known, is NLTโ€™s home. Originally the American Legion Log Cabin, Neuse Little Theatre has worked hard at upkeep of the building while making it work as a live performance space. With only 100 seats, the Hut provides ample seating while maintaining the intimate theatrical experience that our audiences enjoy. Come see a show and see what NLT can do! See you at the theater!

We are going to be a stop along the Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk this year! Friday, April 26 starting at 5pm (or whenev...
04/18/2024

We are going to be a stop along the Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk this year! Friday, April 26 starting at 5pm (or whenever you can get there) and going until 9pm. Go online and get your tickets so you don't miss out on this fun event. Come see us, fingers crossed we get good weather and a tasty wine. :) We will have merchandise available, but we'd love to see everyone come see us. It is a fun night, and you'll get your steps in walking around enjoying the wonderful spring evening and seeing all the great businesses that are downtown. You'll find lots of fantastic things right here in your own backyard!

Thank you to all who came out last Monday & Tuesday to audition for Angel Street.  We are so glad we've had so many peop...
04/15/2024

Thank you to all who came out last Monday & Tuesday to audition for Angel Street. We are so glad we've had so many people interested in our little theatre and hope we get lots of folks for our next season show line up as well! Keep us on your calendar.

The cast list for Angel Street (Gaslight):

04/15/2024
And with that Unnecessary Farce has played the last notes on the bagpipes.  Thank you to everyone who came out to see ou...
04/14/2024

And with that Unnecessary Farce has played the last notes on the bagpipes. Thank you to everyone who came out to see our silliest show to date. ๐Ÿ˜ Those who suffered through our phone issues, the lag in the relaunch of our new website, and all the other technical issues that all wanted to hit at one time.

Our next show is starting rehearsals soon (no rest for the wicked) and our phone lines should be back up and running soon. "Angel Street" will be our final show of the 49th Season and will run May 24 & 25 at 8pm, May 26 at 3pm, and May 31 & June 1 at 8pm. It is a thriller set in Victorian London and tells the tale of a young woman slowly being driven mad, enter a police detective who believes her illness is being deliberately forced on her, but will the culprit be discovered or will evil win the day? Many may know the story by its 1944 movie title "Gaslight", starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton and Angela Lansbury.

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"Hello? I'm looking for my husband..."  Come out for one more chance to see Unnecessary Farce and find out if Mrs. Meekl...
04/13/2024

"Hello? I'm looking for my husband..." Come out for one more chance to see Unnecessary Farce and find out if Mrs. Meekly ever finds her husband. Tonight, Saturday April 13 at 8pm is our final performance. The phone lines are still down, so you can email us ([email protected]) or come to the box office and purchase tickets. We will honor the $15 ticket price since the issue with reservations is on our end.

For the first time, the Smithfield Wine Walk will not be on a show night, so we will be serving as one of the stops on the wine walk. Get your tickets for the wine walk and come down to see us on the night. We will also have NLT merchandise to sell as well.
It is always a good time. Try some new wines and get to visit some of the local shops and restaurants downtown.
https://www.downtownsmithfield.com/events/527-2024-downtown-smithfield-wine-walk-2

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ANGEL STREET AUDITIONS tonight and tomorrow!  April 8 & 9 at 7pm. CAST:  2m/3w/2 either (7 total)All roles are open - Ca...
04/08/2024

ANGEL STREET AUDITIONS tonight and tomorrow! April 8 & 9 at 7pm.

CAST: 2m/3w/2 either (7 total)
All roles are open - Casting is open to everyone and newcomers are especially welcomed and encouraged. Crew volunteers are also needed. Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script. Please come prepared to tell of any conflict dates you have from auditions to final show date. Ages are relative, and should not discourage anyone from auditioning.

Mr. Jack Manningham (male, 40s) โ€” tall, good-looking, suave and authoritative. Subtly sinister. A narcissist and smooth talker.

Mrs. Bella Manningham (female, 30s) โ€” trusting woman from a good family, almost a beauty-. but now has a haggard, frightened air, from sleepless nights and worse.

Elizabeth (female, 50s) โ€” kind and reliable housekeeper, torn between duty and devotion.

Nancy (female, 19) โ€” Servant. pretty, opportunistic, cheeky girl of nineteen.

Rough (male, 50s) โ€” brusque & friendly, has a low, warm chuckle and completely dominates the scene from the beginning.

Police Officers โ€” Two police officers who arrive at the end. No lines. May be handled by stage crew.

Show Dates:
May 24, 25, 2024โ€”8PM
May 26, 2024โ€”3PM
May 31 & June 1, 2024โ€”8PM

I dinna nay wit is gonna ohn here... but Unnecessary Farce continues! We are still having phone issues so we cannot take...
04/07/2024

I dinna nay wit is gonna ohn here... but Unnecessary Farce continues!

We are still having phone issues so we cannot take reservations via phone. Today's matinee was full before the technical problem, but the rest of the run has available seats so come to the box office on show night and pay at the door. Tickets are $15. April 12 & 13 at 8pm.

Auditions for Angel Street (Gaslight) are Monday and Tuesday (April 8 & 9) at 7pm. Come fill out a form and have a fun night. Angel Street is a psychological thriller set in Victorian London where a young married woman may be slowly going insane... and her husband may be the mastermind behind it. Enter Inspector Rough who thinks he knows what's going on. With a cast of 2 men/3 women (and possible 2 nonspeaking roles) it is going to be a suspenseful ride!

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Unnecessary Farce continues tonight! (and our phone issues continue as well... ugh) so if you want to see the show, come...
04/06/2024

Unnecessary Farce continues tonight! (and our phone issues continue as well... ugh) so if you want to see the show, come down to the Hut and pay at the door (we are unable to take phone reservations, but we will honor the $15 price). Sunday is full so you may not be able to get in but there are seats available tonight April 6 at 8pm, and next weekend April 12 & 13 at 8pm. Don't make us give you "the finger"!

Be aware, there's a lot of running around, slamming of doors, and people in their underwear in this show so it is quite the experience. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Auditions for Angel Street (Gaslight) are Monday & Tuesday (April 8 & 9) at 7pm. It is going to be a great show so come out and audition for a thriller set in Victorian London.

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04/05/2024

Just an FYI, our phone answering system may not be working at the moment. We are aware and hope to have it corrected quickly. Sorry for the inconvenience.

UPDATE: We are having issues with our phone messaging system. Sunday's matinee is full and we cannot take anyone else, b...
04/05/2024

UPDATE: We are having issues with our phone messaging system. Sunday's matinee is full and we cannot take anyone else, but the other nights just come to the door (if we can not get messages working before then) and we will honor the reserved price.

It's the day of the show, y'all! Unnecessary Farce opens tonight, and we have a new podcast with the cast! The cast of the zany comedy Unnecessary Farce stop by to chat about bittersweet farewells, small words, copious amounts of doors and a brief foray into meat. Enjoy. Show runs April 5 & 6 at 8pm, April 7 at 3pm (full), and April 12 & 13 at 8pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets. $15 if you call and reserve, $15 if you just show up (and may not have tickets available).

Auditions for Angel Street (Gaslight) are Monday & Tuesday (April 8 & 9) at 7pm so come out and try out for our final show of the 49th Season. It's got some really great parts and we need a wide range of ages! See our event page for more information.

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Wanna know what has Sheridan and Dwyer so worried?  Unnecessary Farce  opens Friday, come see for yourself!  Show runs A...
04/04/2024

Wanna know what has Sheridan and Dwyer so worried? Unnecessary Farce opens Friday, come see for yourself! Show runs April 5 & 6 at 8pm, April 7 at 3pm and April 12 & 13 at 8pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets, $15 with reservations, $18 without.

Auditions: Angel Street (aka Gaslight) are Monday and Tuesday, April 8 & 9 at 7pm. We need folks to come out for a Victorian thriller.


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We open Unnecessary Farce Friday!  Come see the silliness when you have 2 cops, desperate to prove themselves, a city ac...
04/02/2024

We open Unnecessary Farce Friday! Come see the silliness when you have 2 cops, desperate to prove themselves, a city accountant helping the sting to bring down a "dirty" mayor, the mayor's wife searching for her husband, and ... a Scottish assassin?! Show runs April 5 & 6 at 8pm, April 7 at 3pm, and April 12 & 13 at 8pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets. We'll leave the light on for you!

Auditions: Angel Street (aka Gaslight) are Monday & Tuesday, April 8 & 9 at 7pm. We need lots of folks to come out show us what you got! Come join us for a lot of fun.

https://mailchi.mp/f0b892915d6d/april-2024-newsletter Upcoming at NLT
04/01/2024

https://mailchi.mp/f0b892915d6d/april-2024-newsletter
Upcoming at NLT

Neuse Little Theatre is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization and an Affiliate of the Johnston County Arts Council. NLT is a grassroots organization and supported by the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that...

Gorgeous day to be down by the river.  Sun is shining and a nice breeze is blowing! We are putting the finishing touches...
03/30/2024

Gorgeous day to be down by the river. Sun is shining and a nice breeze is blowing!
We are putting the finishing touches on our next production, Unnecessary Farce, which opens Friday. Show runs April 5 & 6 at 8pm, April 7 at 3pm, and April 12 & 13 at 8pm. Going to be a very funny show!

Also upcoming Auditions: Angel Street (aka Gaslight) are April 8 & 9 at 7pm (Monday & Tuesday). Come be part of a suspenseful thriller set in Victorian London.

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Our next production will hold the record of most doors used on our stage!  Come see how we fit two adjoining hotel rooms...
03/24/2024

Our next production will hold the record of most doors used on our stage! Come see how we fit two adjoining hotel rooms in our intimate space. Unnecessary Farce is a very funny show about some very quirky people... the mayor and his accountant are in one room making a corrupt deal, while the police department's "finest" goof-offs in the other trying to catch it all on video. Add the mayor's wife, the bodyguard and a Scottish assassin, and you have high jinks overload. Come see how it all works out and if anyone actually gets caught.

Show dates are April 5 & 6 at 8pm, April 7 at 3pm, and April 12 & 13 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 with reservations, $18 without (if available). Just call (919) 934-1873 and leave a message to reserve. Pay at the door when you check in on show night.

Just a heads up, we have merchandise available! We have t-shirts (long-sleeve [$20} and short-sleeve [$15]) and hoodies [a limited number, $35]). We also have gel pens, phone ring stands, baseball caps and beanies, all with our logo so you can show your support!

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Rehearsals for our next production, Unnecessary Farce, are in full swing! Eight doors, seven characters, two hotel rooms...
03/20/2024

Rehearsals for our next production, Unnecessary Farce, are in full swing! Eight doors, seven characters, two hotel rooms, and a surveillance camera in a pear tree.... come see a very funny production. Show dates are April 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13. Call 919-934-1873 to make your reservations, $15 with reservation/$18 without (if available).

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We are proud to announce our 50th Anniversary season lineup!  Chosen from shows we've done over the 5 decades the theatr...
03/16/2024

We are proud to announce our 50th Anniversary season lineup! Chosen from shows we've done over the 5 decades the theatre has been around, and voted on by our membership...

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Want to know the lineup for our 50th anniversary season?!?!  Listen to the podcast to find out before we post the announ...
03/15/2024

Want to know the lineup for our 50th anniversary season?!?! Listen to the podcast to find out before we post the announcement tomorrow! We are super excited and hope everyone else is as well!

Listen wherever you listen to podcasts.

Come listen to the history of Neuse Little Theatre as well as onstage/backstage stories from the people who were there. We look forward to bringing new content and helping folks learn a little more about the theater while maybe taking a walk down memory lane. We hope you enjoy it. Credits are:...

While you're waiting for the official announcement of our 50th anniversary lineup, we wanted to let everyone know we hav...
03/13/2024

While you're waiting for the official announcement of our 50th anniversary lineup, we wanted to let everyone know we have merch! We have some items that are not 50th specific that are available now, but we'll have a lot more items mentioning 50th anniversary and/or 50 years coming this summer. We have hats, blankets, die-cut stickers, and phone ring stands with our logo. Keep an eye out as we get closer to our celebration!

The hat is modeled by our student rep Ava Wilson, and the back by our stage manager/jack of all trades Stephen Roberts. Just so you know that turning the hat around doesn't turn you into an old man. ๐Ÿ˜

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Wanna play a game?  We have hints about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Season!  We have 5 wonderful shows picked by the m...
03/13/2024

Wanna play a game? We have hints about our upcoming 50th Anniversary Season! We have 5 wonderful shows picked by the membership from a select number of past shows. We chose options from each decade the theatre has been around (if it was done more than once we used the original date as our "official" date).

Guess away! I'm sure folks will have no problem decifering them, they are all shows that you know! :)

Keep an eye out for the official announcement with all the answers at the end of the week.

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Latest podcast is up.  We discuss some of the big Oscar nominated movies and our thoughts on them.While the next show re...
03/09/2024

Latest podcast is up. We discuss some of the big Oscar nominated movies and our thoughts on them.

While the next show rehearses we take it off-stage and onto the silver screen. Abby, Justin, Tamara and Matt talk about some of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2023. Movies discussed include: Oppenheimer, Barbie, Poor Things, Maestro and The Holdovers.

Check it out wherever you listen to podcasts. See the link for some options.

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We have just gotten word that 2024  summer camp is full.  They are starting a wait list, but as of now we are at capacit...
03/09/2024

We have just gotten word that 2024 summer camp is full. They are starting a wait list, but as of now we are at capacity. We are so excited that our summer program is so popular, and we are happy to instill the love of theatre into more young people.
The summer camp will be performing Madagascar Jr. in June.
Many other area theatre also have summer programs, so check them out as well.
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Official Poster
03/08/2024

Official Poster

Please keep a look out for our announcement of our 50th Anniversary Season!  We hope to be ready to announce next week. ...
03/07/2024

Please keep a look out for our announcement of our 50th Anniversary Season! We hope to be ready to announce next week. We are excited to bring 5 previous shows back by "popular demand". We narrowed down 50 years of shows to a handful of each decade and had our membership vote for their favorites that they wished to see again. It is sure to be a fun filled season. We are also working on some special surprises and events to make our Golden Anniversary season one to remember!
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And just like that, the Plantagenets are done fighting... or maybe they go on fighting.  Thank you to all our wonderful ...
02/25/2024

And just like that, the Plantagenets are done fighting... or maybe they go on fighting. Thank you to all our wonderful audiences who came to see The Lion in Winter. We hope everyone enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed performing it.
Our next show, Unnecessary Farce. is already cast and will start rehearsals soon, show dates will be April 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13. Hope to see you there!

One last chance to see one of two shows in the area, Benson Little Theatre final performance of the comedy Southern Fried Nuptials is today at 3pm at the WJ Barefoot auditorium. And Center Stage Theatre will be performing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest one last time at 3pm at the Wayne County Museum. A fun comedy or a drama about mental illness... something for whatever mood you might be in.

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"What family doesn't have its ups and downs?"One last chance to see the Plantagenet family plot, scheme, and backstab to...
02/24/2024

"What family doesn't have its ups and downs?"
One last chance to see the Plantagenet family plot, scheme, and backstab to gain the upper hand and win the crown. With the sharp verbal barbs thrown around, it is sure to be an entertaining evening. Final performance begins at 8pm tonight (Feb. 24). Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve your tickets, $15 with reservation, $18 walkup (if available). Box office opens at 7pm, seating begins at 7:30pm. All seating is general admission.

Also, two chances to see Southern Fried Nuptials at Benson Little Theatre, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in Goldsboro with Center Stage Theatre. Both groups have a Saturday 7:30 performance, and a 3pm Sunday matinee. Lots of theatre to see!

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"He married out of love, a woman out of legend. Not in Alexandria, or Rome, or Camelot has there been such a queen. She ...
02/23/2024

"He married out of love, a woman out of legend. Not in Alexandria, or Rome, or Camelot has there been such a queen. She bore him many children... but no sons. King Henry had no sons. He had three whiskered things but he disowned them."

Come see all the family disfunction as we continue The Lion in Winter tonight (Friday, Feb. 23) and tomorrow night (Saturday, Feb. 24) at 8pm. Lying, scheming, backstabbing are the words of the night. Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve your tickets, $15 with reservation, $18 without (if available). Pay at the box office when you check in.

Also Center Stage Theatre in Goldsboro is performing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next this weekend, and Benson Little Theatre continues Southern Fried Nuptials this weekend as well! Three very different shows, but all going to be great. Go get your tickets!

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The little log cabin by the Town Commons on the Neuse River... we came to have our home in the late 1980s and became the sole occupants in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Few small communities have experienced the quality of local theatre that has graced Johnston Countyโ€™s stages. From its founding in 1974, the Neuse Little Theatre has maintained the highest standards of quality. From Neil Simon to Rogers & Hammerstein; from Spoon River Anthology to Wizard of Oz, NLT has strived to delight young and old alike.

After years of traveling from pillar to post in search of a home, the Neuse Little Theatre found a place to call its own. โ€œThe Hutโ€, as it is affectionately known, is NLTโ€™s home. Originally the American Legion Log Cabin, Neuse Little Theatre has worked hard at upkeep of the building while making it work as a live performance space. With only 100 seats, the Hut provides ample seating while maintaining the intimate theatrical experience that our audiences enjoy.

Come see a show and see what NLT can do! See you at the theater!


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