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Thursday, May 29, 2003 10:49 pm

Little isn’t always small

Sullivan’s Theatre on the Square has a big history.

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No, the Little Theatre on the Square isn't little. In fact, it's quite big, and in its heyday it had quite a few big names in show biz performing there. That includes both Broadway and Hollywood stars: Eve Arden, Alan Alda, Leonard Nimoy, Dennis Weaver, Betty Grable, Kitty Carlisle, and Mickey Rooney all worked the Little stage. It's still central Illinois' only professional summer-stock theater and has been since Guy S. Little Jr. opened the doors in 1957. This summer the little theater that could stages Oklahoma!, The Pirates of Penzance, Grease, and other musicals, including children's productions of Charlotte's Web, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin's Lamp. The Little Theatre on the Square is in Sullivan, which is southeast of Decatur on Illinois Route 121. You can get there in about an hour or so from Springfield. Call the ticket office at 728-7375, or use the toll-free line and save a dime (or two) at 1-888-261-9675. You can also consult the Web site (www.thelittletheatre.org) for show times, schedules, and other information.

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