BY JUDY THOMPSON –
In most towns, the downtown area is the heart of the community. The Ouachita Little Theatre is a very important part of the arts district in downtown Mena and as such, it is a vital part of that heart. It is only because of the dedicated efforts of many volunteers that this is a reality. Everyone from the OLT president to the assorted committee members receive no pay for their time and efforts.
At the May annual meeting, OLT members elected 2014 officers and seven board members. Officers are Tim Hesse, president; Scotty Jenkins, vice-president; Judy Kropp, secretary, and Marilyn Brown, treasurer. Those who were voted on to either serve another term or to be new board members are: Lamar Austin, Phyllis Bell, Chris Benner, Sandy Brooks, Melanie Buck, Robby Burt, and Wayne Johnson. They will be serving with ongoing board members Jeff Smith, T. J. Thompson, and Rudi Timmerman. President Hesse welcomes each new board member and extends appreciation to outgoing members, Bill Hays and Jennifer Ogger, for their outstanding efforts for the theatre.
Board members are hard-working ambassadors for OLT who perform an ongoing assortment of duties. They do everything from helping on clean-up days to serving as producers of the OLT shows. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 at the hospital cafeteria. Next board meeting is June 17.
In addition to the board, there are numerous committees including concessions, play selection, membership and fund-raising where volunteers are always needed. During preparation and production of plays, help is needed to work with painting and scenery construction, costuming, and props. The OLT has a big heart because of all those involved, but it will only become stronger and more vital as new people are drawn in. For more information about becoming involved with OLT, call 243-0186. The next OLT production for the fall is Bell, Book and Candle.