A record-breaking season of shows is coming to an end for Laurel Little Theater.
"We set records this year for our highest membership ever," said Wess Hughes, a member on the theater's board of directors. "We sold out all of these shows for this performance this weekend."
A packed house filed into downtown Laurel's Arabian Theater Sunday for the second to last performance of the play season. Forty actors presented the revue "Visions of Broadway" - the season's final program. The show included music from a seven-person orchestra, which helped to fill the theater with melodies from shows currently playing on Broadway, including throwbacks from Guys and Dolls, Follies, Mary Poppins and Willy Wonka.
It is a community theater so all of the talent on stage - and behind the scenes - is reason for Pine Belt pride.
"Actors are all local - everyone is," said Hughes. "Directors, set designers, house manager, everyone's local. We're all volunteers, we come in and pitch in our time just all hams at heart that love to do community theater. The actors are anywhere from little four year olds - our youngest, up to the sixties and seventies - married couples, professionals, accountants, lawyers, politicians, students, a little bit of everybody in our show. This show has a dozen high school, junior high elementary kids in it and three dozen adults in it."
Visions of Broadway is the season closer. The first show of the theater put on this season was The Wizard of Oz, which was followed by a Christmas show and then the Tennessee Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire.
Sunday was scheduled to have the last show of the season - but the Broadway revue has been so popular that a holdover show has been added, that will be Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.