Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre’s 98th Season

LTWB 98th Season

KING LEAR (Jan 24-Feb 2)

Shakespeare’s oldest story, of an ancient King who invites chaos by dividing his kingdom, is also perhaps his most modern: a tale of human nature run amok that rings true in the context of current history. We set King Lear in the era of Woodstock, the dawn of the cultural division affecting us today. A theatrical feast, featuring live music, and a very new vision of a true classic.

King Lear
by William Shakespeare

The Broadway version of the touching 1998 hit movie, nominated for five Tony awards, takes everything in the fan-favorite film just a step or two farther. True love, big dreams, and the sounds of the 1980’s are well-represented in fun, heartwarming musical theatre that has toured the world.

The Wedding Singer
Book by                                                  Music by                   Lyrics by
Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy       Matthew Sklar         Chad Beguelin
Based upon the New Line Cinema film
Written by Tim Herlihy
The Wedding Singer
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).


When Neil Simon passed away in 2018, he left an unmatched legacy: 30 world-famous plays. Little Theatre has staged many. Lost in Yonkers, winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, is among his finest dramatic comedies. The poignant wartime story features the rich characters and brilliant writing we came to expect from Simon, the modern master of the play.

Lost in Yonkers
by Neil Simon

SHREK (June 19-28)

It’s hard to believe nearly twenty years have passed since the big green ogre, his sidekick Donkey, and dear Fiona stole our hearts on the silver screen. Fortunately, all the beloved characters have been brought to life onstage, along with music as magic as they are. Little Theatre takes to the swamp with Shrek. (A great show for kids—and aren’t we all kids at heart?)

Shrek the Musical
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
Book and Lyrics by   Music by
David Lindsay-Abaire  Jeanine Tesori
Origianlly produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions
Shrek the Musical
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

SHREK JR. (July 24-26)

After the grown-ups flee the swamp, our kids emerge—and we are always astonished at what they achieve onstage! Our Young Actor’s workshop began in 1986, and boasts many alumni who act, direct, and teach.  Little Theatre offers the workshop at no cost to families, and it grows every year. Join us!

Shrek the Musical Jr.
Book and Lyrics by   Music by
David Lindsay-Abaire  Jeanine Tesori
Origianlly produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions
Original Production Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford
“I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond


Our Evening of OneAct Plays ‘19 premiered new work by a local playwright. What will 2020 bring? We have no idea—and that’s fantastic. We’ll take submissions from writers and directors this winter, and bring the best to our stage in August. They could be old or new. Hey–they could be yours!

CAROUSEL (Sept 11-20)

Last produced by Little Theatre in 1966, Carousel is a return to our roots in the Golden Age of Broadway musicals. The masterpiece by the immortal Rogers and Hammerstein was Richard Rogers’ personal favorite and Time magazine’s “best musical of the 20th century.” The all-American story is literally timeless, and the beloved songs unforgettable.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
Based on Ferenc Molnar’s Play “Lilom”
As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille


Will it be different from last year? Oh, yes, darlings—it’s ALWAYS different. Little Theatre’s annual tradition adds to its reputation as the best Hallowe’en party in town: live, onstage, with requisite fishnets, corsets, chainsaws, and prop bags. We shiver with antici….pation!

Richard Obrien’s
The Rocky Horror Show
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’brien
“The Rocky Horror Show” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. a Concord Theatricals Company


The classic story of Ralphie and his pursuit of the ultimate Christmas present….a Red Ryder BB gun… comes to life this Christmas on The LTWB stage with song and dance.  It’s everything you would expect from the perennial television event with so much more.  Fun for the whole family.

A Christmas Story
Book by                           Music and Lyrics by
Johseph Robinette        Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story
distrubuted by Warner Bros., written by
Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark
and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash
written by Jean Shepherd

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