Bay St. Louis, MS (WGNO) - There’s a nondescript yellow building that has quite a history behind it in Bay St. Louis.
It was built in 1920 and initially used as a grocery store before it starred alongside Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in the 1965 film This Property Is Condemned. We’re talking about the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre.
"The history of this building is really unique to any community theatre," says the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre president and director Cheryl Grace.
The movie put Mississippi on the map and one might say Bay St. Louis in particular.
But it wasn't until 2008 that the building was renovated into the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre that so many now know and love.
"You've got good appreciative audiences and the folks that I've worked with here are great people so that makes it even more fun," says local actor Barry Newman.
Newman is just one actor of many who has been in multiple stage plays here.
It's an intimate space and one that's shared among performers and audience members alike.
"I think the difference in the stage, on the stage than in a movie is you're right there with the people and you can hear them and they can hear you,” says local actor Irv Hansen.
These actors are rehearsing for the play Twelve Angry Men.
It's the show opener for the 2016 season and a theatrical experience you won't want to miss.
"You're a part of it and the more energized and the more that the audience gives, the better show they get because we're in the same room, breathing the same air, experiencing the same emotions at that moment. The resolve is amazing. The end of the play is worth the price of admission,” says Grace.