BY RUDI TIMMERMAN –
“And the winner is….” will be the phrase heard at least 40 times at the Ouachita Little Theatre Saturday, March 21, starting at 7:30 p.m., when OLT will hold its biannual Benson Awards ceremony. For the past two years folks from our community have been providing live theatrical entertainment for your enjoyment. The Benson evening is dedicated to honoring those having been voted, by the OLT members, as the most outstanding. The best actor in a drama, the best lead actress in a musical, best nonmusical are but a few of the categories where awards will be presented.
The Benson Awards are named in honor of Richard and Leda Benson. When Leda and Richard moved from Iowa they had a dream that Mena could support a community theatre. The past 35 years have shown them to be correct. From Leda’s first production ever performed in Mena, “Rest in Peace” through our present production “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, directed by Judy Kropp, the Ouachita Little Theatre has delighted audiences year after year. If you are interested in a complete list of all the shows, check the web site oltmena.com.
The Benson Awards program will include skits from the shows in the competition. Ladonna VanWolf and her committee have gone all out to make it a festive evening. Light dessert will be provided in addition to the entertainment. The public is encouraged to come out and join the actors and actresses being honored. There is hardly a better way to thank these unpaid, hard working thespians than by being in attendance. Admission is only $5. Seasons tickets can be used for admission.