Big Plans for the Pensacola Little Theatre
The calendar is packed with must-attend events in 2022 at the Pensacola Little Theatre
The Pensacola Little Theatre has been bringing incredible theatrical experiences to the stage for more than 80 years, and they aren’t slowing down now. Pensacola Little Theatre Executive Director Sid Williams-Heath talked with us about what to expect the rest of the season.
Q: What exciting performances does the theatre have coming up soon after the new year?
A: We’re really excited about some smaller series of shows, in particular, one called Matt & Ben. It centers on the life of these two Hollywood golden boys before all the glamour and success. It’s really a hysterical show, and it kicks off January 21—running through the 29th.
Q: The theatre is known for offering a variety of programming and literally something for everyone. Anything coming up for the kids?
A: Yes, but it’s not only for the kids. We’re really excited about what’s coming up in March: a 60-minute musical adaptation of Disney’s Moana, called Disney’s Moana Jr. The musical brings Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage, and it features all of the songs we all love from the film. It hits the stage on March 25 and runs through April 10, and it’s one that’s great for the entire family.
Q: From what I hear, there’s a pretty spectacular performance coming on the heels of Moana in May, right?
A: Yes, one of our most exciting events of the year is Cabaret, which will be held on May 14. Each year Caberet’s theme changes and this year’s will be announced soon. What I can say is that it’s going to be the ultimate celebration of art. There will be all sorts of live performances, DJs, drag queens, aerialists, singers, piano players—really every type of art in one party. It’s a huge celebration we look forward to every year.
Q: The celebration of arts continues well into the summer months—what’s upcoming this summer?
A: We definitely keep the shows coming through the summer. In June, we’ll be doing A Chorus Line, which features so many memorable musical numbers. It’s going to be an incredible time of singing, dancing and really a celebration of all types of art. It’s another one that you just don’t want to miss, and it’s held June 10 through 26. Then towards the end of July and into August, we will be performing Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. People may think of it as a kid’s musical, but it’s sure to wow everyone.
Q: And hopefully it won’t be long before these performances are hosted post-renovation of the building too.
A: Yes, we just announced during Foo Foo Festival that we’re hoping to start a complete renovation of the building in January 2013. Plans include new things like theatre chairs and lighting to opening a rooftop terrace that will include performance space while including a lounge and incredible water and downtown views. It’s a $3 million project, and we’re just over halfway to our fundraising goal. People can check out the plans and learn more at findyourcenterpensacola.com.