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Helena Little Theatre was organized in 1934 by a group of people who wished to offer live entertainment to the Helena and West Helena community and, at the same time, give themselves an outlet for their creative energies. The group has remained active for well over half a century, except for two brief periods in the late 1940s and early 1960s.

In the early days only dramas, comedies, and mysteries were produced. That all changed, however, in 1968 when HLT produced its first musical, Kiss Me Kate, directed by Dr. Jean Knowlton. In 1973, My Fair Lady, directed by Eloise Kalb, was the first co-production of a musical by HLT and Phillips Community College. It was also the first such production staged in the new Lily Peter Auditorium. Since 1973, HLT and PCCUA have collaborated on numerous musicals and many dramas and comedies, including AnnieThe Wizard of OzThe King and I, South PacificCrimes of the HeartSteel Magnolias, Greater TunaThe Foreigner, Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors, and most recently, Mary Poppins. 

Blending the resources and talent of HLT and PCCUA offers a perfect combination that will guarantee continued entertaining live theatre for Phillips County and surrounding areas in seasons to come.

2020 - 2021 Board of Directors

PresidentKortni Carroll
Vice PresidentDebbie Hayes
SecretaryKaren Schwantz
TreasurerLanie Brandon
MemberCharlotte Wayman
MemberRusty Porter
MemberMary Ann Hargraves
MemberKatie Herrington
MemberMandy Chaney
MemberStephanie Cook
MemberRobert Murry
MemberJulia Staron
Ex-OfficioKirk Whiteside
Honorary Life - DeceasedEloise Kalb
Honorary Life - DeceasedDr. Jean Knowlton
Honorary Life - DeceasedMiss Lily Peter
Honorary Life - DeceasedPauline Smith
Honorary Life - DeceasedDr. Gene Weber
Honorary Life - DeceasedJoyce Bell