Excitement is in the air as the Ouachita Little Theatre starts its recruitment for 2016 members and special donors. Judy Thompson, OLT Membership Chairman, advises that initial letters have already gone out to current OLT members urging them to once again support the theatre through their membership renewals. Thompson advises that although occasionally funding may be available for building improvements or special efforts, the funds for day-to-day operating expenses come primarily from membership donations. She notes that whether one is a season ticket holder, commercial sponsor or in one of the special donor categories, each is greatly appreciated.
Marilyn Brown, who in the past has spearheaded the membership committee and continues to be an active part of this effort notes that a season ticket membership costs $40 and consists of eight admission passes and one membership vote at the annual meeting. Commercial sponsorship includes two season tickets, a business card-sized ad in all OLT programs, on the website and in the video presentation on stage before events. The cost for all of this is only $125.
Mailings are currently being put together to send to those who are not current members, but have been a part of the OLT membership previously in the past ten years. Thompson notes that the official 2016 Membership Kickoff is Saturday, November 14, 4:00-6:00 PM. She invites everyone to join her and other OLT supporters at the theatre for music, refreshments and fellowship. Each 2016 membership until the end of December will receive one chance to win $100. The winning entry will be drawn December 31. Providing music for the Kickoff will be Gator & Friends, a popular local group that provides country, Cajun and gospel music. Also serving with Thompson and Brown on the membership committee are Barry Mickelson and Deborah Tennison.
Thompson encourages everyone to drop by Saturday evening. She said “As we begin our 2016 membership campaign, everyone’s support is once again solicited for this valuable community asset. All our productions are priced very reasonably to allow those in Mena and the surrounding area an opportunity to enjoy live theatre. Be a part of our heart in downtown Mena and help keep ‘art’ in our heart!”
For more membership information, call 243-0186.