If you long to see Peter Pan fly away to Neverland, hear Sally Bowles belt her heart out in Cabaret, or see Patsy Cline come to life on stage, there’s no need to go to New York, or even Tulsa. Just head down to the new Depot District and see Muskogee’s own award-winning theatrical productions.
The Muskogee Little Theatre has been wowing theater lovers for 44 years, turning first a garage and then a former school “cafetorium” into a place where drama, musicals and arts education have made headlines. But now, MLT is about to realize a longstanding dream as it opens a state-of-the art facility that will reward years of work and planning.
MLT can point to a long list of achievements. Unafraid to tackle big dramas and splashy musicals alike, the company’s five annual productions have included everything from The Miracle Worker, in which the actress playing Helen Keller was actually blind, to It’s a Wonderful Life to Cabaret to Spamalot — all in a former school cafeteria.
Thanks to a $5.5 million grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation, and an astonishing 6-month-long campaign that raised another $1 million in matching funds, Muskogee Little Theatre welcomed patrons in fall 2016 to a new facility, kicking off with a production of Mary Poppins. She flew in, umbrella in hand, from a fly tower above the stage – an entrance that wouldn't be possible without the new facility.
The new theater includes 270 seats in its main stage theater, dressing rooms with bathrooms, a real green room where actors can relax between scenes, a catering kitchen, and a beautiful new lobby that can accommodate 150-250 people and will be available to rent for special events. The new facility also allows MLT to expand its popular summer camps.