about us

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 MagnoliasGreater TunaThe ForeignerNunsense, and most recently, Little Shop of Horrors, in March 2015.

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.



Upcoming Shows



2019 Christmas extravaganza

Celebrate the Christmas season with the Christmas Extravaganza presented by Warfield Concerts, PCCUA and Helena Little Theatre.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 2:30pm & 7:30pm




Past Shows



Join Helena Little Theatre


Helena Little theatre is always looking for individuals to get involved to keep theatrical arts available to our community. If you would like to get involved in any way, send us a message through our contact page and let us know your area of interest! Below are some specific areas we are consistently recruiting for!

become a Performer

Auditions for each production are announced on our website and facebook page, so giving us a “like” is the next best way to know when those are happening. All productions are auditioned with roles available for students as young as the 2nd grade all the way through adults. Veteran and new performers alike are welcome!

Help with technical aspects

Each production takes an incredible amount of technical work such as sound, lighting, and costumes. If you love theatre, but prefer to stay off the stage, this is the perfect role for you!


improve Recruitment

HLT is always looking to recruit more people to perform, assist behind the scenes, support this endeavor financially. If you have a special knack for recruitment, let us know!

assist with Fundraising

HLT exists because of our generous supporters and regular fundraising. Planning aficionados fit right in here! 




Our Team


Dana Worstell



Kirk Whiteside

artistic director


Debbie Hays

Vice President

Ann Porter


Lanie Brandon




Royce Brown

Kortni Carroll

Mandy Chaney

Stephenie Cooke

Robert murry

julia staron

tim vent







Lily Peter Auditorium

1000 Campus Road

Helena, Arkansas 72342



Dana Worstell




Kirk Whiteside