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Neuse Little Theatre

Neuse Little Theatre Founded in 1974. Completely volunteer workforce has provided over 45 seasons of live theatre to the 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 County’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 o

Few small communities have experienced the quality of local theatre that has graced Johnston County’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 o

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It's all about the time tables!  You understand, right?  And our time table says you better call to reserve your tickets...
10/26/2022

It's all about the time tables! You understand, right? And our time table says you better call to reserve your tickets to ✈️. It is going to be a fun ride! Call 919-934-1873 to reserve, $13 with reservation, $15 if you walk up without one. Pay when you check in on show night (cash or check only). 🎭

No see in Wisconsin they always call ahead and reserve their tickets to see BOEING BOEING!  Opening in just over 2 weeks...
10/25/2022

No see in Wisconsin they always call ahead and reserve their tickets to see BOEING BOEING! Opening in just over 2 weeks, you don't want to miss you chance to see this VERY funny comedy about a man who "may" have bitten off more than he can handle by juggling 3 fiances! Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve. November 11 & 12 at 8pm, November 13 at 3pm, and November 18 & 19 at 8pm. Tickets are $13 with advance reservations/$15 walkup at the door.

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10/18/2022
Today (Sunday) at 3pm is your last chance to see Center Stage Theatre's season opener, The Addams Family, a new musical!...
10/16/2022

Today (Sunday) at 3pm is your last chance to see Center Stage Theatre's season opener, The Addams Family, a new musical! Be sure to head down to Goldsboro and don't miss it! Some familiar faces to be seen in this very sweet and funny production, with just enough darkness to make it an Addams Family tradition! 🎭☠️💡🔪⚰️🪦🌙💥

We are waiting for you! Come see the final performance of The Addams Family today at 3!
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True on many accounts, I was a shy girl just out of college but NLT gave me a passion, a confidence, and so many friends...
10/16/2022
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True on many accounts, I was a shy girl just out of college but NLT gave me a passion, a confidence, and so many friends I never would have otherwise. The lessons learned inside the theatre cannot be found other places. We need more young people to join theater groups and find their voice and inner light in this dark world. The support of our audiences keeps community theatre going and we appreciate all of you. -Meta Toole (NLT Board President)

“Having been involved in community theatre for over 40 years…yes, I admit it and do it proudly….I have personally seen this wonderful genre from multiple sides. As an actor, producer, stage manager, director….I have seen it. And the benefits that have been reaped have contributed to many asp...

Congrats to our friends down in Goldsboro for their season opener, The Addams Family, a new musical.  We hear it is fabu...
10/15/2022

Congrats to our friends down in Goldsboro for their season opener, The Addams Family, a new musical. We hear it is fabulous and tickets are going fast! Be sure to get yours! Tickets are available online or by calling the Paramount Theater in downtown Goldsboro.

Break a leg to the cast and crew, and "do what Addams do"! 💀 💡 🌙 ⚰️

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While we are working on our next production, the very funny farce Boeing Boeing, the area has some great theatre events ...
10/05/2022

While we are working on our next production, the very funny farce Boeing Boeing, the area has some great theatre events coming up.

This weekend, Benson Little Theatre will be holding auditions for their entire upcoming season! Head down to BLT on Oct. 7th, 8th, and/or 9th to audition for 4 great shows. They look like they are all going to be great!

ACT! for Youth and Wilson Arts is doing Les Miserables (school edition)! A wonderful show done by young actors. This weekend and next, October 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16 at the Edna Boykin Center in downtown Wilson. Tickets can be purchased online.

And next weekend Center Stage in Goldsboro will be performing their season opener, the musical The Adams Family! It is a fun and touching show with all your favorite Adams family members. Wednesday is all grown up and fallen in love... with a "normal" boy. Show will be at the Paramount Theatre downtown Goldsboro. Tickets can be purchased online.

So much theatre! So much fun!

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Working on our set for the next production!  BOEING BOEING will be in November and the cast and crew are already hard at...
10/01/2022

Working on our set for the next production! BOEING BOEING will be in November and the cast and crew are already hard at work. Going to be a funny, fast-paced ride so be sure to call and reserve your tickets! Don't miss it!

Want to help out? Email us and let us know. We can always use help somewhere.

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And with that the final murder has been solved.  Thank you to everyone who came to help us kick off our 48th Season with...
09/25/2022

And with that the final murder has been solved. Thank you to everyone who came to help us kick off our 48th Season with a bang. Full houses make us very happy, and we are sad to see it go, but on to the next production! BOEING BOEING will open in November. It's going to be a funny one so mark your calendars!

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We are excited to announce our cast for our upcoming production of BOEING BOEING in November.  It is a farce, so it will...
09/21/2022

We are excited to announce our cast for our upcoming production of BOEING BOEING in November. It is a farce, so it will be a quick paced comedy. Unfortunately, not everyone can be cast but we encourage everyone to come back for the next auditions. They will need 2 men and 4 women for Monte Carlo.

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09/21/2022

Thanks to everyone who came out to audition for Boeing Boeing. Now the director gets to do the hard part of putting together a cast. We will announce it as soon as we have any information.

Next auditions are for Monte Carlo in December!

09/20/2022

Second night of auditions.... still time to come out and throw your hat into the ring!

Wanna see the way the actors see you?  Come out TONIGHT (September 20) to AUDITION for our next production, BOEING BOEIN...
09/20/2022

Wanna see the way the actors see you? Come out TONIGHT (September 20) to AUDITION for our next production, BOEING BOEING. We need 4 ladies and 2 men, for this high energy farce about a man who thinks 3 fiancés is actually sustainable.

See our audition information on our website or Facebook even page. Fun show with foreign accents, hijinks, and fun sleek 60s costumes. Hope to see everything there!
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Also, A Murder Is Announced continues for 2 more performances Friday and Saturday (Sept. 23 & 24) at 8pm. Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve your tickets or you might miss out on Agatha Christie's head scratching mystery.

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09/19/2022

Come on out for auditions! We need people.... where are all the ladies at?

AUDITIONS tonight and tomorrow night (Monday & Tuesday, September 19 & 20) at 7pm!We are looking for 4 women and 2 men f...
09/19/2022

AUDITIONS tonight and tomorrow night (Monday & Tuesday, September 19 & 20) at 7pm!

We are looking for 4 women and 2 men for a very funny farce. Bernard is an American architect living in Paris, who sees himself as quite the ladies' man. He has 3 fiancés, an American, an Italian, and a German... all stewardesses on different airlines. He has all their visits planned to the minute, but his long-lost friend from the States drops in unexpectedly, a major weather event, and the new faster Boeing jet may just derail the best laid plans. With 7 doors and 1960s fashion, it is going to be a fun show to be involved with.

Visit our Facebook event page for more information!
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A Murder Is Announced continues this weekend (Sept. 23 & 24) at 8pm. With 3 nearly sold-out performances the first weekend, we recommend calling and reserving your seats!

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Miss Marple wanted to thank everyone who came out for opening night of A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED.  We had a nice almost full...
09/17/2022

Miss Marple wanted to thank everyone who came out for opening night of A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED. We had a nice almost full house. Still some tickets available for the rest of the run. Sept. 17 at 8pm, Sept. 18 at 3pm, Sept. 23 & 24 at 8pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets. Pay with cash or check (no credit/debit cards).

Auditions for our next production, Boeing Boeing, are Monday & Tuesday Sept. 19 & 20 at 7pm. Come out and join the fun!

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It's the day of the show, y'all!  Agatha Christie's A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED opens tonight!  Show runs September 16 & 17 at...
09/16/2022

It's the day of the show, y'all! Agatha Christie's A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED opens tonight! Show runs September 16 & 17 at 8pm, September 18 at 3pm, September 23 & 24 at 8pm. So call (919) 934-1873, and reserve your tickets if you haven't yet! You will leave a message with your name, phone number, day & date you want to attend, and any other important information (season tickets, need special seating, etc). Then show up on show night, check in with the box office and pay cash or check (no credit/debit cards).

Then auditions for Boeing Boeing on Monday and Tuesday... come out and be part of a very funny show about hubris and the circumstances that converge to humble.


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It has come to our attention that today (Sept. 15) is Agatha Christie's birthday (her 132nd) so we are excited to open o...
09/15/2022

It has come to our attention that today (Sept. 15) is Agatha Christie's birthday (her 132nd) so we are excited to open our production this weekend! Thanks for the info, Abigail Jordan. We hope everyone gets a chance to have a little cake to celebrate.


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Anyone else having some serious fashion flashbacks?  Only one more day before we open our 48th Season with .  Call (919)...
09/15/2022

Anyone else having some serious fashion flashbacks?

Only one more day before we open our 48th Season with . Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve your tickets. Leave a message on the machine with your name, phone number, day & date you wish to attend, and any other information that would be important (season tix holder, wheelchair in party, unable to navigate steps, etc). The box office will only call back if there is an issue with your reservation. Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3pm is sold out but seats are still available for Sept. 16, 17, 23 & 24 at 8pm.
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Yes, Inspector... it says here that some people haven't made their reservations for  yet.  If only they could deduce tha...
09/14/2022

Yes, Inspector... it says here that some people haven't made their reservations for yet. If only they could deduce that they can call (919) 934-1873 to reserve tickets by leaving a message and paying cash or check (no credit/debit cards accepted) when they check into the box office on show night!

With Sunday's performance being sold out, they will need to reserve for Sept. 16, 17, 23, or 24 (at 8pm). It's not too much of a mystery.

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We open FRIDAY!!  runs Sept. 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 8pm (the Sept. 18 matinee is sold out).  Call 919-934-1873 to reserve t...
09/14/2022

We open FRIDAY!! runs Sept. 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 8pm (the Sept. 18 matinee is sold out). Call 919-934-1873 to reserve tickets. Pay cash or check on show night when you check in (no credit/debit cards accepted).
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Only a few days away from our Season 48 opener,  Sunday, Sept 18, matinee is sold out but we have tickets available for ...
09/13/2022

Only a few days away from our Season 48 opener,
Sunday, Sept 18, matinee is sold out but we have tickets available for Sept. 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 8pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets, and pay cash/check (no credit/debit cards) when you check in at the box office on show night.

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Wildlife spotted at the Hut....Seems everyone is excited about our Season 48 opener, A Murder is Announced!  Call today ...
09/11/2022

Wildlife spotted at the Hut....

Seems everyone is excited about our Season 48 opener, A Murder is Announced! Call today to reserve your tickets.

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We open our new season Friday!    🎭 🔪
09/11/2022

We open our new season Friday!

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Our upcoming production opens September 16, so we are just over a week away from our first show of 2022-2023.  Season ti...
09/05/2022

Our upcoming production opens September 16, so we are just over a week away from our first show of 2022-2023. Season tickets are available for sale, and you can find the order form in our brochures at the Hut or online. Also, you can call and reserve you seat and purchase them before checking into the box office on the night you come to see the show. Flex tickets are available as well. Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve and then pay cash or check when you check in on show night.
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08/16/2022

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New podcast has posted.Come listen to our conversation with DH Johnson as we talk about what’s in store next season at B...
08/13/2022

New podcast has posted.

Come listen to our conversation with DH Johnson as we talk about what’s in store next season at Benson Little Theatre. Then we talk about older movies based on plays with a brief foray into a discussion of the pros and cons of method acting.

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for our season opener, A Murder Is Announced.  We had about 40 people audition for ...
08/05/2022

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for our season opener, A Murder Is Announced. We had about 40 people audition for 12 roles. The director had a hard decision, but we are able to announce the cast list. For those cast, you will have the first meeting and read thru on Saturday, August 6 at 2pm at the Hut.

Mark your calendars for our next auditions: Boeing Boeing (a farce set in the 1960s Paris). Some really good comedic roles and high energy antics. September 19 & 20 at 7pm.
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THANK YOU to everyone that came out for auditions for our season opener... A Murder Is Announced.  The director was over...
08/03/2022

THANK YOU to everyone that came out for auditions for our season opener... A Murder Is Announced. The director was overwhelmed at the amount of talent he gets to choose from. Now the hard part begins, so please be patient. We will announce the cast list as soon as he is able to make his very difficult decision.

Mark your calendars for the show, and our next auditions (Boeing, Boeing). We hope you come out for the next one. We like when the directors leave auditions with too many choices. :)

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Our latest podcast is posted.  We reached 50!  For our 50th episode we welcome back our first guests. Darius and Theress...
07/30/2022
Neuse Little Podcast

Our latest podcast is posted. We reached 50! For our 50th episode we welcome back our first guests. Darius and Theressa Rose return to talk the state of NLT and 50th anniversary ideas. We hope you enjoy.

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:Host &...

07/28/2022

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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 County’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. “The Hut”, as it is affectionately known, is NLT’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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With school finally out for the summer, there are several programs happening throughout the summer downtown that both children and adults can take advantage of!

The Howell Theatre - Downtown Smithfield NC’s
Summer Movie Program offers $1 tickets for everyone to kid-friendly movies at 10am Tuesday-Thursday, as well as a $2 drink and popcorn special! Visit https://www.howellmovies.com for more information and to see showtimes for their other movies as well!

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield’s Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities” offers a variety of programming for elementary aged children throughout June and July. The Library also has events planned for teens, as well as an adult book club. For more information, visit https://www.pljcs.org.

Neuse Little Theatre’s Summer Drama Program is back June 13-24, and registration is open for ages 8-18. Students will learn acting techniques, theatre terminology, and everything it takes to create the theatre experience. At the end of the 2-week session, the attendees will perform the show they have been working on and demonstrate what they've learned. For more information or to register, visit http://neuselittletheatre.org.

Johnston County Arts Council’s Music for the Lunch Bunch returns beginning with a June 8 performance from Neuse Little Theatre. Since 1985, Music for the Lunch Bunch has provided a series of free summer concerts held every Wednesday. Each concert begins at 12:15pm at First Presbyterian Church Smithfield and features local artists performing a variety of music. Enjoy the wonderful music then head to one of our downtown restaurants for lunch!
Neuse Little Theatre’s The Trip to Bountiful opens tonight! Call (919) 934-1873 to make your reservation to watch as Mrs. Carrie Watts as she tries to return to her hometown of Bountiful, restore a little of her dignity, and find some peace that she has been missing since moving to the big city.

Show dates are May 27 & 28 at 8pm, May 29 at 3pm, and June 3 & 4 at 8pm. Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve your tickets. $13 with reservation/$15 walkup at the door. Pay cash when you check in at the box office on show night (no credit or debit cards accepted).
Johnston County Arts Council’s Music for the Lunch Bunch is back in Downtown Smithfield starting with June 8’s performance from Neuse Little Theatre! Since 1985, Music for the Lunch Bunch has provided a series of free summer concerts held every Wednesday. Each concert begins at 12:15pm at First Presbyterian Church Smithfield and features local artists performing a variety of music.

You’ll want to put all of these dates on your calendar so you don’t miss these very talented musicians!
A couple of our downtown restaurants are offering special menus this Saturday, February 26!

The Gilded Pear Brew House is doing a special menu inspired by Neuse Little Theatre’s The Outsiders! Dine in or take out from 5-7:30, then catch the show at 8 (reserve your theatre tickets by calling 919-934-1873)!

Under the Oak Restaurant is hosting a Steakhouse Dinner! This three-course meal features a classic caesar salad, pan roasted 14 oz ribeye or pan seared NC market catch served with a twice baked potato, and creme brûlée. Make your reservations at https://undertheoakgrocery.square.site/shop/76.
A couple of our downtown restaurants are offering special menus this Saturday, February 26!

The Gilded Pear Brew House is doing a special menu inspired by Neuse Little Theatre’s The Outsiders! Dine in or take out from 5-7:30, then catch the show at 8 (reserve your theatre tickets by calling 919-934-1873)!

Under the Oak Restaurant is hosting a Steakhouse Dinner! This three-course meal features a classic caesar salad, pan roasted 14 oz ribeye or pan seared NC market catch served with a twice baked potato, and creme brûlée. Make your reservations at https://undertheoakgrocery.square.site/shop/76.
A couple of our downtown restaurants are offering special menus this Saturday, February 26!

The Gilded Pear Brew House is doing a special menu inspired by Neuse Little Theatre’s The Outsiders! Dine in or take out from 5-7:30, then catch the show at 8 (reserve your theatre tickets by calling 919-934-1873)!

Under the Oak Restaurant is hosting a Steakhouse Dinner! This three-course meal features a classic caesar salad, pan roasted 14 oz ribeye or pan seared NC market catch served with a twice baked potato, and creme brûlée. Make your reservations at https://undertheoakgrocery.square.site/shop/76.
Help make Smithfield more pedestrian friendly, sign the kids up for softball, baseball and t-ball at Smithfield Parks and Recreation, and join us at the Neuse Little Theatre this weekend!
TELL US TUESDAY! We are so fortunate to have wonderful community theatre in Downtown Smithfield! Have you been to one of Neuse Little Theatre’s shows? Which one has been your favorite?

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The Outsiders opens this Friday! Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your ticket!
We spotted some families taking advantage of the hills by the Neuse Little Theatre this morning! Are you doing some sledding with your family? Have some great pictures to share? We'd love to see 'em. Post your pics in the comments below or use .
~A Message From the Wayne County Museum~
The New Year will bring lots of new exhibits, events, and surprises! Our first event of the year will be Great Expectations at the Wayne County Museum on Jan. 5th-8th. The reader's theater "Radio show" style performances will feature a special voice actor that you all know and love, Wayne Alley. This beloved former voice of WBGR will be our new voice of WCMR (Wayne County Museum Radio). We are so excited that he is joining us for this production, it has been a real community project featuring actors from Center Stage Theatre StageStruck: The Young People's Own Theatre Neuse Little Theatre The Child of the Promise (Goldsboro). We are grateful to have so much talent making "Great Expectations" come to life as an innovative fundraiser. Tickets are only $10 and the proceeds benefit the Wayne County Museum.
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2022 will bring lots of new exhibits, events, and surprises to the museum. Our first event of the year is Great Expectations at the Wayne County Museum. The reader's theater "Radio show" style performances will feature a special voice actor that you all know and love, Mr. Wayne Alley. This beloved former voice of WBGR will be our new voice of WCMR (Wayne County Museum Radio). We are so excited that he is joining us for this production, it has been a real community project featuring actors from Center Stage Theatre StageStruck: The Young People's Own Theatre Neuse Little Theatre and The Child of the Promise (Goldsboro) We are grateful to have so much talent making "Great Expectations" come to life as an innovative fundraiser. Tickets are only $10 and the proceeds benefit the Wayne County Museum.
We are SO excited for the return of the Third StrEATery tonight! It looks like it will be a gorgeous night to enjoy being out and about in our downtown! Here’s a lineup of what’s going on tonight. We can’t wait to see YOU downtown tonight!

6-9pm: Music from Nate Browns Rhythms Of Soul
6-9pm: Free 9-Hole Miniature Golf
6-9pm Free Carriage Rides (reservations required)
6-8pm: Lobster Rolls from The Gilded Pear Brew House
6-7pm: Redneck Nachos from Under the Oak Restaurant and Market
8pm: Neuse Little Theatre’s Almost Maine

All night:
- Shopping on Third Street at Oak City Collection and The Southern Bostonian
- great movies at the Howell Theatre - Downtown Smithfield NC - The Dry, Scoob!, Spiral from the Book of Saw, and Wrath of Man
- buy beer and wine from the Howell, SoDoSoPa, and Under the Oak to enjoy with your meal as you listen to the music
- wonderful food from our downtown restaurants: The Chicken Barn, Last Call Smithfield, Sami’s Pizza and Pasta, Simple Twist, SoDoSoPa, The Gilded Pear, and Under the Oak
- late night drinks at Last Call, Little Brown Jug, and Saddle Up Saloon
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