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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 Smithfield & Johnston County communities.

We welcome everyone to come out and audition, work behind the scenes, and enjoy our shows. Street & lot parking. Completely volunteer workforce has provided over 40 seasons of live theatre to the Smithfield & Johnston County communities. Questions? Email us at [email protected]

We welcome everyone to come out and audition, work behind the scenes, and enjoy our shows. Street & lot parking. Completely volunteer workforce has provided over 40 seasons of live theatre to the Smithfield & Johnston County communities. Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Operating as usual

Looking for a show to go see... Benson Little Theatre performs THE FOREIGNER this weekend and next. In order to ensure h...
03/03/2022

Looking for a show to go see... Benson Little Theatre performs THE FOREIGNER this weekend and next.
In order to ensure his privacy while vacationing at a Georgia resort, Charlie pretends to be an exotic foreigner who speaks no English. Once alone, he overhears many private and damaging revelations made by the locals with the thought that Charlie can’t understand a word. Nonstop hilarity ensues in this hit comedy by Larry Shue.
Dylan Atwood (seen in NLT's production of The Explorers Club, Last Train to Nibroc, and Mamma Mia) plays Ellard, the kind, simple man who takes it upon himself to teach Charlie English. Don't miss this very funny show.

This coming weekend! tix at www.bensonlittletheater.com

February 18 & 19, 2022—8PMFebruary 20, 2022—3PMFebruary 25 & 26, 2022—8PMAdapted by Christopher Sergel, from the book of...
03/01/2022

February 18 & 19, 2022—8PM
February 20, 2022—3PM
February 25 & 26, 2022—8PM

Adapted by Christopher Sergel, from the book of S.E. Hinton

This stage adaptation deals with real people, seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life, caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids—the Socs—and his tough, underprivileged "greaser" family and friends. While the Socs appear to have everything, the only thing a Greaser has is his friends. As these young people try to find themselves and each other, as the sadness of sophistication begins to reach them and their battles and relationships reach a resolution. This is a play about young people who are not yet hopeless about latent decency in the midst of struggle.

For folks (ladies) looking for their next opportunity on stage... Our friends down at Center Stage Theatre in Goldsboro ...
02/28/2022
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For folks (ladies) looking for their next opportunity on stage... Our friends down at Center Stage Theatre in Goldsboro are auditioning for their next production tonight and Wednesday (Feb. 28 & March 2). NUNSENSE is a fun musical about the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have to raise money after the cook poisoned most of the order. If you love to sing, interact with the audience, and do some improve... THIS is your show!

#breakaleg 🎭

And that is it folks... #TheOutsidersNLT had it's final performance.  Set has been struck, tears wept, goodbyes said.  T...
02/28/2022

And that is it folks... #TheOutsidersNLT had it's final performance. Set has been struck, tears wept, goodbyes said. Thank you to all who made this show a wonderful success.

Next up is #TilBethDoUsPart and we are looking forward to what they are planning.

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

Today's (Feb. 27) 3pm matinee is the final chance to see #TheOutsidersNLT.  We've been so appreciative of the amazing tu...
02/27/2022

Today's (Feb. 27) 3pm matinee is the final chance to see #TheOutsidersNLT. We've been so appreciative of the amazing turn out for this show. We hope you have enjoyed watching it as much as they have enjoyed performing it. It has been a blast and the energy this young cast has brought to the stage has been wonderful.

Because there is no rest for the wicked, be sure to look out for more information about our next production, #TilBethDoUsPart, a Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy (the playwrights of Savannah Sipping Society and Doublewide Texas).

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭
#StayGold ✨

02/26/2022

#TheOutsidersNLT continues its sold out audience streak tonight, but there are tickets available for Sunday (Feb 27) at 3pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve. Tickets are going fast!

Reminder: The Gilded Pear is having a special dinner menu from 5-7pm. So come out have some tasty food before the show. #SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

02/25/2022

We are excited to announce the cast for the next production, 'Til Beth Do Us Part! Thanks to everyone for trying out and making the decision so difficult. Mark you calendars for this very funny comedy by Jones/Hope/Wooten (the playwriters who penned The Red Velvet Cake War, Always A Bridesmaid, The Savannah Sipping Society, etc)

SUSANNAH - Laurie Evans
GIBBY - Curtis West
BETH - Elizabeth Lovett
MARGO - Bethany Ruffino
HANK - Rick Herndon
CELIA - Joyce Kilpatrick-Jordan

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭
#TilBethDoUsPartNLT 💍

#TheOutsidersNLT continues this weekend!  Friday's (Feb. 25) performance is sold out, but there are still tickets availa...
02/25/2022

#TheOutsidersNLT continues this weekend! Friday's (Feb. 25) performance is sold out, but there are still tickets available for Saturday (Feb. 26) at 8pm, and Sunday (Feb. 27) at 3pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets and pay cash or check at the door when you check in on show night (we cannot accept credit or debit cards).

Also remember The Gilded Pear, on Market Street in Smithfield, will be having a special Outsiders themed dinner menu on Saturday night from 5pm-7pm. Go show some love to a locally owned business before coming to see the show (or if you've already seen the show, just go have some tasty food).

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

02/23/2022

Come on out and audition!!! Til Beth Do Us Part is holding auditions right now so come on out. We would love to have you!

Come out tonight (Feb 21) or tomorrow night (Feb 22) and audition for #TilBethDoUsPartNLT. It is a Jones/Hope/Wooten com...
02/21/2022

Come out tonight (Feb 21) or tomorrow night (Feb 22) and audition for #TilBethDoUsPartNLT. It is a Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy, the playwrites behind The Dixie Swim Club, The Red Velvet Cake War, The Savannah Sipping Society, Doublewide Texas (just to name a few). It is easy to audition and a lot of fun!

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

Ever wanted to be on stage?  We have auditions tonight and tomorrow (February 21 & 22) at 7pm.  Come in, fill out a form...
02/21/2022

Ever wanted to be on stage? We have auditions tonight and tomorrow (February 21 & 22) at 7pm. Come in, fill out a form, and read a little from the script. It is easy (but everyone is nervous so don't let that deter you). See our event page for more information: https://fb.me/e/33SXGn2D6

#TheOutsidersNLT continues this weekend, Feb. 25 & 26 at 8pm, and Feb. 27 at 3pm. Call to reserve your tickets or you may miss out seeing this wonderful show full of young actors.

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

Our matinee today for #TheOutsidersNLT is sold out, but that's no reason to get angry...  We have 3 shows next weekend, ...
02/20/2022

Our matinee today for #TheOutsidersNLT is sold out, but that's no reason to get angry... We have 3 shows next weekend, Feb. 25 & 26 at 8pm, and Feb. 27 at 3pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve so you don't miss out on this classic coming-of-age story.
(We do ask that you be patient with our box office staff, sell out shows are great except that it creates a little chaos with paperwork. We are all volunteers here.)

Monday & Tuesday (Feb. 21 & 22) at 7pm are auditions for TIL BETH DO US PART. See our event page or go to our website for audition information. It is a Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy so it will have plenty of laughs.

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭
#TilBethDoUsPartNLT 💍

The Curtis brothers can get through anything as long as they stick together.  Come see how their lives play out in #TheO...
02/19/2022

The Curtis brothers can get through anything as long as they stick together. Come see how their lives play out in #TheOutsidersNLT. Tickets are going fast so call 919-934-1873 to reserve. Call, leave a message with your name, phone number, day & date you wish to attend, how many tickets you need, and if anyone in your party has a special need (cannot handle steps, need hearing loop, etc). They won't call you back unless there is an issue. Show up on show night, check in at the box office and pay cash or check (no credit or debit cards). Easy.
#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

It's the day of the show, y'all! #TheOutsidersNLT opens tonight!  We are SOLD OUT for opening night and our Sunday manti...
02/18/2022

It's the day of the show, y'all!
#TheOutsidersNLT opens tonight! We are SOLD OUT for opening night and our Sunday mantinee! Tickets are still available for Saturday 2/19, and next weekend, Friday & Saturday, 2/25 & 26, all at 8pm. So call (919) 934-1873 to reserve soon or you may miss out on getting tickets to one of the performances.
On closing night (2/26), The Gilded Pear Brew House in downtown Smithfield is having a special dinner menu in honor of the show, so plan to come down and have some show-inspired, incredibly tasty food before coming to see the show (or just come for the food is ok too).
#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

Latest podcast episode is live!  This week we talk to a small portion of The Outsiders cast. Grace, Jack and Bo take us ...
02/18/2022
Neuse Little Podcast

Latest podcast episode is live!

This week we talk to a small portion of The Outsiders cast. Grace, Jack and Bo take us through the rehearsal process and tell us what to expect from the 169th NLT production.

Host and Creator: Matt Gore *
Producer: Meta Toole *
Music by: Cody Walker *
Guests: Grace D’Entremont, Jack D’Entremont, Bowen Thomson

Listen here on Facebook, or visit the link page for other options (Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, YouTube... and just about anywhere you listen to podcasts)

https://neuselittletheatre.buzzsprout.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCTjOsjVolXmUsMIrBJFFxg

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...

Find yourself someone who looks at you the way Johnny looks at a sunrise. ❤️#TheOutsidersNLT opens tomorrow!  Show runs ...
02/17/2022

Find yourself someone who looks at you the way Johnny looks at a sunrise. ❤️
#TheOutsidersNLT opens tomorrow! Show runs Friday & Saturday (Feb. 18 & 19) at 8pm, Sunday (Feb. 20) at 3pm (SOLD OUT), and next week Feb. 25 & 26 at 8pm. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets or you might miss out seeing this beautiful coming of age classic on our stage. So many new faces! Tickets are $13 with reservation/$15 without. Pay cash or check at the door (we do not accept credit cards).
#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

Now, now... no need to fight!  #TheOutsidersNLT 🌅 opens Friday, and yes, SUNDAY Feb. 20 is SOLD OUT, but there are more ...
02/16/2022

Now, now... no need to fight!
#TheOutsidersNLT 🌅 opens Friday, and yes, SUNDAY Feb. 20 is SOLD OUT, but there are more performances. Call (919) 934-1873 to reserve your ticket. Seats available Friday (2/18) and Saturday (2/19) at 8pm and next weekend Friday & Saturday (2/25 & 2/26) at 8pm. Tickets are going fast so call early to make sure you get a chance to see it!
Call, leave a message with your name (spell please), phone number, the day and date you wish to attend, and the # of tickets you need. You will check in on your show night and pay cash or check at the door (we do not take credit/debit cards).

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

We are so excited that The Guilded Pear will be having a special dinner menu on closing night of THE OUTSIDERS. If you a...
02/15/2022

We are so excited that The Guilded Pear will be having a special dinner menu on closing night of THE OUTSIDERS. If you are coming to see the show (and even if you see it before then) come out on Feb 26 from 5pm-7pm. Have some yummy food and support a locally owned business! #SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭
#SeeYouAtDinner 🍜
#Yum

Dress rehearsal for #TheOutsidersNLT. Opening Friday, runs Feb. 18, 19, 20, 25 & 26.  #SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭
02/15/2022

Dress rehearsal for #TheOutsidersNLT. Opening Friday, runs Feb. 18, 19, 20, 25 & 26. #SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

#TheOutsidersNLT opens Friday!!  So excited about this literary classic coming to our stage.  Call 919-934-1873 to reser...
02/14/2022

#TheOutsidersNLT opens Friday!! So excited about this literary classic coming to our stage. Call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets. $13 reserved/$15 walk up, pay cash or check (no credit/debit cards) when you check in at the box office on show night.

#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭

Our friends at Center Stage Theatre in Goldsboro have their new show opening this weekend.  OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH T...
02/07/2022

Our friends at Center Stage Theatre in Goldsboro have their new show opening this weekend. OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, a comedy about family, responsibilities, and expectations.

Something a bit heavier for the adults, The Gilbert Theater in Fayetteville is finishing up LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT this coming weekend. It is recommended for 18+, not for all audiences.

The following weekend is the opening of THE OUTSIDERS. Lots of theatre so make your plans! #SeeYouAtTheTheatre

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait…we won’t give the ending away here.

Good news!  We are having summer camp again this June!  Patsy Castellano has graciously stepped into the director role, ...
02/05/2022

Good news! We are having summer camp again this June! Patsy Castellano has graciously stepped into the director role, and she has worked hard to put plans in place for it to run smoother and safer. Camp info and registration form are on our website.
www.neuselittletheatre.org

Rehearsals for THE OUTSIDERS is well underway and they seem to be having a great time.  Show opens in just a few weeks s...
02/02/2022

Rehearsals for THE OUTSIDERS is well underway and they seem to be having a great time. Show opens in just a few weeks so call 919-934-1873 to reserve your tickets. $13 with reservation/$15 walk up (and risk not having a seat). Pay cash or check when you arrive on show night, we DO NOT take credit or debit cards.
#SeeYouAtTheTheatre 🎭
#TheOutsidersNLT 📕

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104 S Front St
Smithfield, NC
27577

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We welcome anyone and everyone to come audtion for one of our productions, help out behind the scenes, or just come and watch. We'd love to have you!

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(919) 934-1873

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We perform 5 diverse productions a year, and the Summer Drama Program for students ages 8-18.

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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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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? Any guesses at what shows these pictures were taken? 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 #SmithfieldSnow.
~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. https://www.facebook.com/events/440795634308905?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D
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
Happy Opening to Matt Gore and Neuse Little Theatre!
Stop by for an outdoor preview of Neuse Little Theatre’s Almost, Maine!
Neuse Little Theatre will be staging “Almost Maine”- six performances, during the month of May. Be sure to check it out! There will be great performances that you will not want to miss!! Contact Neuse Little Theatre for more information.