We are currently in the middle of our 75th anniversary of serving the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and are looking forward towards our 76th Season. 

The submission period has ended for our 2020-21 Season.

Elmira Little Theatre is known for its outstanding productions, a welcoming environment, and an adherence to professionalism. If you have been a part of past production at ELT, "thank you" and we look forward to hearing from you again this year. If you are new to ELT, we can't wait to hear your vision.

Elmira Little Theatre's play selection committee reviewed over 50 shows this year before narrowing down to the following potentials. The list below are merely suggestions and it is the play selection committees intent to choice 1 show from each of the following 3 categories:


  • Big Fish the Musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by John August
    • Based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel and the 2003 film Big Fish written by John August and directed by Tim Burton, the musical is a fantastical family comedy who's protagonist at times blurs the lines between fiction and reality in the stories he tells to his son. The show is sweet and funny and truly memorable. 18 featured roles with an expandable chorus.
  • Heathers the Musical with music, lyrics and book by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy
    • This campy rock musical is based on the 1980s cult classic of the same name. High School is hell but Veronica thinks things are improving when she is invited to become part of the Heathers, the 3 most popular girls in school. However, things get turned upside down when she falls for the new kid.  (8 Males, 9 Females plus chorus)
  • Seussical the Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
    • Featuring characters from beloved author Dr. Seuss, Seussical derives much of its plot from Horton Hears a Who. This family musical features a fun score and endless production possibilities. (6 main characters, 4 featured roles, plus adult and children's chorus)


  •  Is He Dead? by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives
    • This hilarious story had been lost in archives until 2003 and received its first full fledged production in 2007. Few artists make a living while alive, so Jean-François Millet fake his death in order to save his community of artist friends all struggle to repay a debt that will have them on the street. Jean-François returns in disguise as his widowed aunt adding to the humor. (4 females, 7 males)
  • Natalie Needs a Nightie by Neil Schaffner and Caroline Shaffner
    • Tommy Briggs is expecting a visit (and promotion) from
      his boss. Tommy’s boss expects his young executives to be married so Tommy his male roommate pose as his
      wife. Adding to this confusion is a compulsive chambermaid who sneaks drinks and takes all clothing found
      on a particular chair to the cleaners including many vital articles that belong to both the boss and the plays’
      namesake, Natalie herself. (3 females, 4 males)
  • Noises Off by the Michael Frayn
    • Noises Off is a show with in a show. This witty farce starts at the final dress rehearsal of the production, Nothing On. The rehearsal doesn't go well-cues are missed, actors go missing, and love affairs are exposed. However, things only get worse as they take the show on the road and cast relations start to sour. (4 females, 5 males)


  • Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley
    • Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn are put into direct conflict when Aloysius learns from Sister James that Flynn met one-on-one with Donald Muller, St. Nicholas’ first ever African-American student. Several things lead her to believe that Flynn abused Donald. However, Donald's mother must balance the consequences of coming forward with the racial fallout she would receive. The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. (3 females, 1 male)
  • Picnic by William Inge
    • The play opens with the women of this sleepy town getting ready for the annual picnic. Enter, Hal Carter, a young stranger ripe with vitality and animal magnetism that turns this slow mid western town upside down. Picnic is really a play about longing for something you are not, or can not have. Every character is seeking something that is just beyond his or her reach. Picnic explores themes of repression, sexuality, rites of passage, youth vs aging, and disappointment. (7 females, 4 males)
  • Stranger on a Train by Craig Warner
    • Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith and film by Alfred Hitchcock. Guy Haines and Charles Bruno meet on a train and, because they are strangers, they think they can say anything while chatting. Bruno suggests that they could get away with murder-he could kill Guy's unfaithful wife while Guy could eliminate his hated father. Guy does not take him seriously, but Bruno is deadly serious. (2 females, 5 males)

We hope to choose one show from each of categories above for our three-show season.  Although depending on submissions, the committee may choice to select multiple shows from a single category  Also, you are welcome to submit a show to direct that is not on this list, but the listed shows will be given priority.

You will find a link below to take you to our online submission form. All submissions will be handled this way. The deadline for submissions is January 21, 2020.  

The play selection committee may request follow-up meetings with some directors to clarify their proposal or vision.  A final decision may not be reached until performance dates are confirmed with the Clemens Center (which may be as late as mid-April).  Also, a valid email address is required for any prospective directors to apply.

Thank you for your time and interest.  We look forward to working with you.

Elmira Little Theatre Play Selection Committee

Ann Milliken Gerould - Committee Chair

Sarah Blagg, Katie Foster, Meghan O'Toole, and Anna Beth Wheaton

Additional Materials such as a resume, past production photos, or concept sketches can be emailed to elmiralittletheatre@gmail.com

Questions? Email elmiralittletheatre@gmail.com for more information