In 1959, Bing Limbaugh ,a former Sikeston student attending college in Memphis and an active participant of the Memphis Little Theatre; met with a group of Sikeston residents interested in starting a theatre group in Sikeston. The group met , elected a board of board of directors, filed formal incorporation papers, selected the first season selection of plays and Sikeston Little Theatre, aka SLT was born. In October of 1959, Blithe Spirit was performed at the High School Gym. As the town grew, new schools were built but SLT continued to perform there for 13 years, under the names of Jr High School Gym and Middle School Auditorium. It is now part of the YMCA.
Auditions were held in Dr. offices, homes, library basement or where there was space available. Sikeston Little Theatre would eventually be performing in many different places until a place to call "Home" was built, but that would be many years down the road.
Left, Blithe Spirit 1959. Right, Old Sikeston High School
Memphis Little Theatre
In 1961, SLT performed Witness for the Prosecution at the County Courthouse in Benton, MO. Jurors were selected from the audience.
In 1964, SLT scheduled it's first Summer Workshop providing instruction in acting, directing, make-up, costumes and management with presentations by Southeast Misouri State faculty members.
In 1965, SLT performed its first musical, Sound of Music, directed by Hope Terrell and was the beginning of many more. The play was taken on the road to Kennett MO and was well received. Hopes daughter Lisa directed the first childrens musical, Cinderella in 1982. South Pacific was the third musical and was taken on the road twice, once to Kennett and then to Caruthersville MO.