WILL show features a theater pioneer
Guy S. Little Jr., founder and producer of The Little Theatre On the Square in Sullivan, will be featured on public television station WILL Channel 12, to be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 on "Illinois Pioneers."
Little founded The Summer of Musicals at the Grand Theatre in the summer of 1957 after his graduation from the University of Miami in Florida, where he was an opera scholarship student. When he bought the theatre in the early 1960s, he changed the name to The Little Theatre-On the Square. His entrepreneurial effort dramatically changed Sullivan and a large part of Illinois and parts of the surrounding states.
Theatregoers from 1957 until he closed the theatre in the mid-'70s will surely remember "Broadway in the Cornfields," as many patrons called the venue. Much of the growth was attributed to the major attention to his attraction given by this newspaper and other area media.
As one of his best friends and his public relations man in the '60s period of explosive growth of the theatre, I urge readers to watch this program. It will bring back some of the wonderful hours that Little brought to his theatre.
This genius theatre man is now retired and lives as a gentleman farmer in his old family country home in rural Sullivan. If any readers would like to remember him with a note, his address is: P.O. Box 525, Sullivan, IL 61951-0525.