In honor of our Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. We invite you to visit their plaques in the lobby while attending an upcoming production.
The amount that Samuel Paladino has done for the City of Jamestown and the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown is incomparable. By far, the greatest citizen and greatest patron the theater has ever had. Performing in a number of productions and leading the greatest fundraising drive in the history of the theater, to purchase the current building in which we stand as fundraising chairman, we can not thank Sam Paladino enough as his legacy speaks for himself. In March of 2010, the theater honored Sam with a Lifetime Achievement Award based on his tireless efforts to make the Lucille Ball Little Theater, the largest community theater in New York State.
His plaque reads: For a Lifelong Endeavor to give of his time and talents to perpetuate live theatre in the Greater Jamestown Area. "No greater love has a man, but that he would give of his life for his community." We love you Sam! March 6, 2010
Sam Paladino passed away on June 1, 2012. He was 88.
Born in Phoenix, NY, in 1926, Lucille has been a Jamestown resident sine 1955 and a church musician for more than 50 years. Her talents have been enjoyed by Little Theatre audiences since 1975, where she was accompanist and musical director for more than 80 musicals. She has made the theater come alive with the sounds of music in such musicals as ''Beauty and the Beast,'' ''The Wizard of Oz,'' ''Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,'' ''Oklahoma!,'' ''Guys and Dolls,'' ''Hello, Dolly,'' ''Gypsy,'' ''Annie,'' ''Annie Get Your Gun,'' ''The King and I,'' and ''White Christmas,'' to name just a few of the 80-some shows. Lucille is the co-founder and musical director for the Junior Guilders and Children Sing, where she has given her time and talents as a volunteer for 30 years. In this position, she has accompanied the Junior Guilders to such places as The White House and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Disney World in Orlando, Fla.; Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; and abroad to London and Paris. Her favorite venue is right here in our own backyard, Chautauqua Institution - where she has accompanied the Guilders on the Amphitheater stage as well as Lenna Hall. She is called ''Aunt Lucy'' by hundreds of young people who have been blessed by her friendship, leadership and support. Her plaque reads: For her unselfish dedication to the Lucille Ball Little Theatre, this loving, caring, talented woman has served as pianist extraordinaire for over 36 years. She has volunteered countless hours in 80 plays and innumerable Guilder shows. What would we do without you Lucy? God Bless You! September 9, 2011
Fredericka and Daniel Woodard
"Freddie," as Fredericka was called by most who knew her, and Dan arrived in Jamestown from Chattanooga, Tenn., in the summer of 1972. A partnership immediately formed with The Woodards' warm southern charm and Jamestown's small hometown, good neighbor attitude. To their credit, they directed a total of 71 productions, 23 of which were musicals. Their productions included "Hello, Dolly" in February 1973 and "Music Man" in 1985. Also there were such hits as, "Annie Get Your Gun" in February 1974, "Show Boat" in February 1975, "Funny Girl" in October 1975, "Fiddler on the Roof" in January 1976, "Gypsy" in October 1976, "Sound of Music" in 1978, "Mame" in 1979, and "South Pacific" in February of 1980. "Grease" was performed in February of 1982; the lead from that show, Leasen Almquist, went on to perform on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun" with Bernadette Peters. The Woodards also provided comedies that would fill attendees' hearts with joy and drama that would have the audience on the edges of their seats. These productions included comedies such as "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" in May 1973, "6 Rooms Riv Vu" in December 1974, "Opal's Baby" in May of 1976, "The Sunshine Boys," "Knock, Knock" in April 1979, "No Sex Please, We're British," "Born Yesterday" in April 1983, and "Never Too Late" in May 1985. Some of their more serious selections were "Murder Once Removed" in December 1973, "I Never Sang for My Father," "Equus" in May 1978, "The Dark at the Top of The Stairs" in March 1979, "Picnic" in April 1979, and "Foxfire" in December 1984. Freddie and Dan were willing to do whatever was wanted and needed by the Little Theatre audiences or the community.
The dedication reads: DANIEL AND FREDERICKA WOODARD LTJ’S ARTISTIC AND TECHNICAL DIRECTORS FALL 1972 TO DECEMBER 1985 DIRECTING 71 PRODUCTIONS TOGETHER
Helen and Norman Merrill
The Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown dedicated it's 77th Season to Helen and Norman Merrill "Thanks for your endless enthusiam for the Lucille Ball Little Theatre" We could not operate this theatre without you!
On June 10th, 2017 Helen and Norman Merrill were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award The Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown recognizes Helen and Norman Merrill's 50 years of selfless dedication and words cannot express the debt of gratitude owed them. Norm served as building chairman when the building first was renovated, he has maintained it ever since and has built over 100 sets for the theatre's performances. Helen has served in every capacity; Board President, membership chairperson, actress, and Artistic Director. She founded the Junior Guilders and has nurtured young people in the rudiments of live theatre. It has been said that a volunteer is not necessarily one who has the time, but rather one who has the heart. So it is with Norm and Helen Merrill.
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