Smithfield Little Theatre, Entertining Since 1962

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Smithfield Little Theatre
210 North Church Street
Smithfield, Va. 23430

Smithfield Little Theatre has 172 fixed seats and 6 removable chairs that makes the maximum seating 178 in total.

We can have up to four wheel chairs placed in the slots where the chairs are in row " A ". This fulfills the requirements of The Americans With Disabilities Act.

The theater has 10 rows of seats labeled " A " through " K ", with no "I" that could be taken for a 1.

The seats are numbered 1 through 18 when viewed from the stage.

Seating Chart



History of the Smithfield Little Theatre 2006


The Smithfield Little Theatre was organized from a group of people who had worked children's theater with the Smithfield Recreation Association. The group produced the first show " The Cat and the Canary " at the Smithfield High School in August of 1962.

From 1962 to 1966 the Theatre group produced shows at the Smithfield High School, or the Smithfield Community Hall "the present location of the Fire Department".

The old warehouse on Commerce Street, where there used to be a cotton gin, hense the name "The Cotton Gin Theatre", was leased for $1.00 a year from Howard W. Gwaltney of ITT Gwaltney. In 1973 the Cotton Gin was donated to the Smithfield Little Theatre by ITT Gwaltney Inc. thanks to the efforts of the late Howard Gwaltney Sr.

The Cotton Gin was the only building on Commerce Street not destroyed in the great fire of 1921 that burned out all of the businesses on the Pagan River, Smithfield's deep water harbour.

This is the way the Cotton Gin looked after 4 construction projects which included:

  1. adding rest rooms,
  2. adding lobby and rest rooms,
  3. adding back stage area,
  4. adding seating area. 


2004 Shows


Little Shop of Horrors

Director: Judy Winslow----434-4501

Producer: Robert Cox------357-5517

Show Dates:

November, 4,5,6,7, 11,12,13,14, 18,19,20.

Two extra performances have been added

November, 10,17.

Sunday shows November, 7,14 are matinees, and start at 2:30PM. All others are at 8:00PM.


A down and out skid row florist assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood! Soon , the plant "Audre II" grows into an ill-tempered,foul-mouthed (but not too foul mouthed!),R & B singing carnivore who offers our hero fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing a mysterious secret that could affect the whole world!

Charming, tuneful and hilarious with tongue planted firmly in cheek, "Little Shop of Horrors" never fails to entertain.


Run for Your Wife

Director: April Chapman----357-5671

Show Dates:

February, 24,25,26,27

March, 3,4,5,6, 10,11,12

Sunday shows, February, 27 and March, 6, are matinees and start at 2:30PM.

All other shows start at 8:00PM.


London cabbie John Smith has a wife in Wimbledon and a wife in Streatham, (they don't know about each other, of course). His odd working hours let him keep it that way, until a bump on his headd gets the police involved.

You'll love the nonstop shenanigans as John and his unwitting accomplices try to keep the lid on things in this classical farce by Ray Cooney, who wrote Out of Order (produced at S L T in 2001).

And the laughs just keep coming.



Over the River and Through the Woods

Director: Becky Dashiell-----357-7501

Producer: Jim Hurst---------357-5050

Show Dates:

May, 5,6,7,8, 12,13,14,15, 19,20,21.

Sunday shows are matinees and start at 2:30PM. All others start at 8:00PM.


Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That dosn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for,----marketing executive---, would take him away from his beloved, but annoying grandparents. He tells them----. Needless to say the news doesn't set so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love and move to Seattle for a job? The plan----marry him off to a local girl and he would have to stay in town.

Enter------Caitlin O'Hare.

"A hilarious family comedy". --------Back Stage 


2006 Shows





Written by L. Frank Baum

Adapted by Frank Gabrielson

With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion pictures score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

Background Music by Herbert Stothart

OCTOBER 26-29, NOV. 2-5, 9-12, 17-19 at 8pm

except for 2:30 matinees on Sundays,

Oct. 29, Nov. 5 & 12


All your favorites from the MGM movie version of The Wizard of Oz will come alive on our stage this fall... even the famed flying monkeys!

Songs include Over The Rainbow, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, If I Only Had A Brain/Heart/The Nerve, We're Off To See The Wizard, The Merry Old Land of Oz and If I Were King Of The Forest.






Written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

FEBRUARY 22 -25, MARCH 1-4, 8-10 at 8pm

except for 2:30 matinees on Sundays,

Feb. 25 & March 4


The pressure is on in this wedding day comedy by Ray Cooney and John Chapman.

Four hundred guests have been invited to Judy Westerby?s wedding at St. Barnabas. Unfortunately, Timothy, father of the bride, has botched or forgotten several important wedding-day details.

Events spin out of control as the family tries to keep a lid on things. Soon, the bride is ready to call off the wedding, her father is dancing with an imaginary 1920?s flapper, and the groom?s father is convinced he has come all the way from Australia to a mad house.

Cooney?s trademark hilarious dialog combine with fast action for an entertaining evening of theatre.





Written by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion

MAY 3-6, 10-13, 17-19 at 8pm

except for 2:30 matinees on Sunday, May 6 and Sunday, May 13


Miquel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure in his varied careers as a playwright, poet, and tax collector for the government , has been thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Inquisition for an offense against the Church. There he is before a kangaroo court of his fellow prisoners; thieves, cutthroats, and trollops who propses to confiscate his meagre possessions one of which is the uncompleted manuscript of a novel called "Don Quixote." Cervantes, seeking to save it, proposes to offer the novel defense in the form of entertainment. The court concedes and before their eyes, donning make-up and costume, Cervantes and his faithful manservant transform themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panzo. They proceed to play out the story with the participation of the prisoners as other characters.

Hit songs from the show are "The Impossible Dream," "Dulcinea," "Man of La Mancha," "The Barber Song," and others.