BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) held auditions for their yearly Summer production last week and have a cast full of talent ready to grace the stage at Mena’s historic theatre.
The play will be co-directed by longtime member, Scott Jenkins, and upcomer, Alexa Night. The story, Tom Sawyer, was written by Paul Kester and founded on the story of Tom Sawyer by Samuel L. Clemens, also known as Mark Twain.
Jaimeson Biard has been cast in the lead role, Tom Sawyer, and Becky Thatcher will be portrayed by Jocelyn Parsons.
The rest of the cast includes: Nick Fairless as Muff Potter; Skylar Wade as Amy Lawrence; Ian Cameron as Injun Joe; Braden Purvis as Walter Potter; Heather Wilson as Mrs. Harper; Madilyn Dees-Quaker as Sid; Kara O’Donnal as Widow Douglas; Cody Wayne as Dr. Robertson; Beth Coogan as Aunt Polly; Mercedes Mowdy as Mary Rogers; Abbie Baker as Ben Harper; McKayla Lane as Mrs. Thatcher; Cristian Miller as Alfred Temple; Yuri Richmond as Joe Harper; Annie Baker as Huck Finn; Jocelyn Biard as Gracie Miller; Mikel Kenyon-Ortiz as Mr. Sprague; and Tia Moe as Sheriff Jones.
There are also several extras that have been cast for school and town folk including: Jerry, Melanie, and Olivia Pitman-Vekre, Abigale Dees-Quaker, and Finleigh and Briggs Robertson. Judge Thatcher’s role is still to be announced. Eric Mowdy will serve on the tech crew.
Production dates for Tom Sawyer are July 14, 15, & 16, and July 20, 21, & 22. Friday and Saturday night shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m.
For more information on Ouachita Little Theatre, or their Junior branch, check out their website, www.oltmena.com or give them a call at 479-243-0186.