Fort Smith Little Theatre

WORDS Catherine Frederick with Joanne Peterson, Board President, Fort Smith Little Theatre

Nov 1, 2023 | Featured, Non-Profits, Nonprofits

Come downtown for year-round entertainment from comedies to dramas and musicals to mysteries. The Fort Smith Little Theatre’s casual, comfortable setting is perfect for date night, a matinee with mother, or girl’s night out. Do South® reached out to Joanne Peterson, 2023 FSLT Board President, to learn more.

DS: Can FSLT offer any gift ideas?
FSLT makes shopping easy! You can buy gift certificates in any denomination online or by calling our box office – or call us, 783-2966, or email, to purchase a Season Package as a gift.

DS: Tell us about Season Packages!
Three types of packages are sold November-January. All three provide admission to six productions during the year, plus plenty of perks! Find all the details at or call to request a season brochure.

DS: Are there upcoming events our readers should know about?
To get in the holiday spirit, you’ll want to attend the inspiring classic A Christmas Carol, performed November 9-18. On December 4, auditions will be held for the musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, the first production of 2024. If you long for laughter amidst the holiday rush, don’t miss A Wacky Tacky Christmas Spectacular scheduled for December 14-16.

DS: If our readers wish to volunteer, how can they sign up?
Building sets, helping backstage, acting, ushering, making coffee at intermission – there are plenty of jobs to do and friends to be made at FSLT! Just come to auditions to discuss what interests you. Audition dates are posted at and on Facebook.

DS:  How can show tickets be purchased?
Advance tickets with assigned seating may be purchased online at or by calling our box office. Walk-ins are also welcome!

DS: How do you find actors for your performances?
Like our volunteers, our actors come from throughout River Valley and Eastern Oklahoma. FSLT provides a real showcase for local talent and an open door for involvement, so those without experience have the opportunity to learn from those with professional theatrical training.

DS:  When is FSLT open?
Show and audition dates are listed at and on social media, but rehearsals, set building, and/or performances actually occur 7 days a week, 49 weeks a year. FSLT operates year round, providing more than 70 shows and involving hundreds of volunteers annually.

DS: Tell us about Opening Nights.
Always on a Thursday, Opening Nights are special evenings that mark the first performance of each production. Attendees are offered adult beverages pre-show plus dessert and coffee at intermission. You can buy a ticket for just one opening or buy a subscription that assigns you the same seats for all six Opening Nights.

DS: We understand Fort Smith Little Theatre has a rich history. Tell us about how it began.
In 1947, the Young Ladies Guild of Sparks Hospital (now Baptist Health) produced a play as a fundraiser that literally “sparked” the beginning of our organization. For the next five years, productions were staged in school auditoriums and hotel ballrooms. Then in 1952, the group renovated an old grocery store on North O St. that was home to FSLT until 1986 when the present 200-seat downtown theatre was completed at 401 N. 6th St.

Fort Smith Little Theatre
401 North 6th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas, 72901




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