Hendersonville Little Theatre was born in January 1966 when a small group of theater enthusiasts met to organize a new theater with money from 54 friends who bought patron memberships on faith. HLT’s first production was William Inge’s Bus Stop. Hamming it up, a few of the people connected with the production paraded through downtown Hendersonville in their jalopies to promote the play. All three performances sold out immediately, and the show was held over.
In 1969, HLT moved to its present location: an old barn. A group of dedicated workers extensively remodeled the barn and transformed it into a comfortable theater.
For its 43rd season, HLT will offer five productions beginning with The Kitchen Witches, a comedy by Caroline Smith. Opening on March 6 and running for three weekends through March 22 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.), The Kitchen Witches tells the story of Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, two “mature” cable-access cooking-show hostesses. Starring Monica Kayne as Isobel and Cheryl Anders as Dolly, the production is directed by Sy Berg.
“The Barn” is located on State Street, between Kanuga and Willow streets. All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $8 for those under 18. The box office opens on Monday of the week prior to opening.
Publicity Director Nancy Colangione says, “What I can say about HLT is that, for me, it feels like family.” Info: 692-1082 or www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org.