Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Steampunked Stories by Tom Howell

Tom Howell and his “Flying Capricorn”

The airship Flying Capricorn will visit Gretna August 19 & 20, at 7:30, at the Gretna Center for the Arts, for two showings of Steampunk Stories with raconteur Tom Howell.  Howell has detailed accounts of hysterical characters to entertain and elucidate in a family friendly performance that will both amuse and enlighten the audience.

Presented by Gretna Little Theatre as an alternative to commercial television, these Steampunk Stories will invite an active imagination to travel back in history to meet with legendary persons. Presented with children and youth in mind.  The program will utilize the theatre’s newly installed projection system.

Tickets are $10, general admission, $7 for students, seniors, and military personnel.  Limited seating;  concessions available during intermission.

Steampunk Stories

Friday, July 29, 2016

Stealing Home

Gretna Little Theatre, in partnership with Simpson Funeral Museum, will present Stealing Home August 5, 6, at 7:30, and a matinee on the 7th at 2:30 at the Gretna Center for the Arts, 101 Main Street. 


Stealing Home, Pat Cook’s very funny situation comedy (same playwright who gave us Those Crazy Ladies, 2014,) takes place in the reception lobby of Green Meadows Funeral Home.  Cecil and Pug manage to break into the Meadows Funeral Home one evening, only to be discovered in the act by Officer Doughberg, who happens to be sweet on the technician, Joan.  Before Doughberg can book the boys, Mama Meadows identifies Cecil as her long lost son, Jimmy.  However her three daughters refuse to acknowledge him; they want to sell the Home, and his presence upsets that plan.  The resolution turns on an event 25 years in the past.  


Matthew Pabo and Cody Jones play the culprits, with SuEllen Stracke as the Mama. Emily Carvatt, Madalyn Mohamed, and Sarah Miller are featured as the sisters, with David Keatts, Casi Price, Janet Lambert, and Debra Thompson adding to the confusion. Andy Jones is the lawyer who has the necessary ID.  Hal & Janina Shoemaker direct, Susan Hunt is stage manager, Adam Ilconich lighting.


Tickets are $15.00 general admission, $10.00 students, seniors, and military.  Seated is limited; reservations recommended. Susan Ilconich, Box Office manager.  Call 540 423 2686.

The Simpson Funeral Museum will display their 1941 Packard Hearse at the Gretna Center for the Arts during the opening day of the production. Acquired from its original owner, this hearse was in service for 66 years at a funeral home in Syracuse, NY, and has won numerous national car show awards.  It is one of the featured exhibits at the Chatham museum.  A favorite of museum visitors is a fully-restored 1876 horse-drawn hearse. Over 1100 man hours spanning two years of work went into the full restoration of the hearse, from the original silk interior to the sterling silver lamps.

The Simpson Funeral Museum serves as a historical resource to provide the public a with learning experience on the history of funeral service on the original site of the first funeral home in Chatham, Virginia, in the late 1800’s.  The embalming exhibit features a replica of a 19th century embalming room with all the equipment and surgical supplies needed for embalming in the family’s home, which was customary during that era.

The Shoemakers naturally went to Mr. Simpson to borrow props for the production.  The museum is open to the general public Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 2pm, and Saturday from 9am to noon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Coffee House series .....

Saturday, August 13, 2016

GLT is proud to present Walker Ray in concert on August 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm  in our Coffee House series. Admission is FREE and concessions are available for purchase. Doors will open at 7:00 pm but come early as seating is limited, first come basis.

Walker Ray

What is a House you may ask?   

The Coffee House Series is an irregular presentation of the Gretna Little Theatre to satisfy the hyperactive imaginations of our members and guests. Held at the Center for the Arts that is located at 101 Main St., Gretna, VA