Director, actor, theatre-man-about-town Justin A. Pike has worked with just about every theatrical organization in Central Arkansas. When he is not director, choreographing, designing, producing, and/or acting in a show, he can generally be found in the audience watching one.
Currently, a production of The Rocky Horror Show, which he directed, is being performed at the Lantern Theatre in Conway. Later this week, Reefer Madness opens at The Studio Theatre in downtown Little Rock. Pike serves as the Artistic Director of that theatre.
Listing all of his roles at various Central Arkansas theatres would take much space. Among some of his more recent efforts are directing Xanadu at The Studio Theatre, starring in The Music Man for the Royal Players, directing Legally Blonde for the Royal Theatre, acting in Baby for Community Theatre of Little Rock, and directing Footloose for the Royal Players. He is equally at home working with comedies, dramas and musicals.
Little Rock connection – Little Rock native; grew up appearing at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre and Weekend Theater
Tony Awards connection – Was in original Broadway cast of Mary Poppins and appeared on Tony Awards segment
Case has appeared on Broadway and the national tour of Mary Poppins as well as dancing with Ballet Arkansas and acting at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He is currently back in Little Rock. He has recently appeared in Baby at Community Theatre of Little Rock and The Water Children at Weekend Theater.
The latest offering of the Community Theatre of Little Rock (now in its 58th season) is BABY. This Tony nominated musical from acclaimed duo Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.
BABY tells the story of three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of this universal experience. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirtysomethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.
The cast is led by Miki Thompson, Jeremy Elliot, Elizabeth Reha, Bob Bidewell, Erin Murphey Martinez and Justin Pike. Others in the cast are Pammi Fabert, Mary Ann Hansen Cheryl Troillett, Duane Jackson, Danny Troillett, Case Dillard, Libby Smith and Doug Robillard. The production was directed by Michael Henderson with music direction by Matthew Mentgen. Jerry Woods is the executive producer.
The show opened last weekend and continues through March 2. Show times are 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday matinees are at 2pm.