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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.

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Adults $15

Students $10

Disney on Broadway's Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins, starring Elizabeth Garcia, flies into Lily Peter Auditorium March 8-10. PCCUA and  Helena Little Theatre kick off their  2018 season with this smash Broadway hit featuring memorable songs from one of the most popular Disney films ever.  



7:30 pm

March 8, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 10, 2018

Lilly Peter Auditorium Phillips Community College
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342

All seating is reserved and you may purchase tickets by calling the box office at 870-338-6474, ext. 1373 or mailing kwhite@pccua.edu

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Fall Production

Our fall production will be announced in the summer



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! 


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Our Team


Alana Pinchback


Alana has been president of HLT since....


Kirk Whiteside

artistic director

Kirk has been with HLT as the Art Director since....


Paula Oliver

Vice President

Karen Schwantz


Lanie Brandon




Christina Crowley

Krista Fortenberry

Elizabeth Hensley

Kortni Carroll

Dana Worstell

Elizabeth Garcia

Corry Washington






Lily Peter Auditorium

1000 Campus Road

Helena, Arkansas 72342



Alana Pinchback




Kirk Whiteside