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March, 2020

  • 25 March

    OLT Suspends All Activities Due to COVID-19

    In cooperation with the CDC, Presidential and State guidelines, board members of Ouachita Little Theatre voted to suspend all programs, rehearsals, concerts (including competition rehearsals for young playwrights) until further notice.  The office on Main Street will be closed beginning March 20 for the time being.  The musical “BIG,” as well as other future productions, will be rescheduled.   Season ...

  • 11 March

    OLT Spring Musical “BIG” is Cast!

    It’s always exciting to see which of your friends and neighbors will be showing up in Ouachita Little Theatre’s spring musical.  Jessica Kropp is directing “BIG”, the high energy Broadway Musical smash-hit version of the beloved Tom Hanks movie of the same name.  She is assisted by Musical Director Judy Kropp and choreographer, Gini Burt.  Makeup and hair will be ...

  • 4 March

    March Declared Southwest Artists and Mena Art Gallery Month

    Mena Mayor Seth Smith declared March as Southwest Artists and Mena Art Gallery Month in the City of Mena on Friday, February 28th. The proclamation states that since the Mena Art Gallery is celebrating its 75th anniversary in March and since this dedicated group of artists have shared their talents with the community of Mena for the past 75 years ...

February, 2020

  • 26 February


    Dates are set for Ouachita Little Theatre’s spring musical production of “BIG.”  Based on the 1987 motion picture fantasy, this musical bursts on the stage as an unforgettable theatrical experience.  Lead character Josh Baskin, a young teen, makes a wish on the Zoltar machine at a local carnival to skip this this awkward stage of life and become “big.”  The ...

  • 19 February

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the OLT

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open Friday, February 21 at 7:30 PM at the OLT. The play will also run on February 22, 23, and the following weekend on February 28, 29, and March 1.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM, Sunday matinees are at 2:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now at the Ouachita Little Theater box ...

January, 2020

  • 22 January

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Cast Announced; Rehearsals Underway

    Ouachita Little Theatre has combined with University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain to bring William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage in Mena.  Directors Robby and Gini Burt are excited to bring this classic comedy to life with assistance from local talents such as Costumer Jane Buttermilk, Stage Manager Makayla Kenyon-Ortiz, and Sound Technician Brenden James.  Burt, the ...

February, 2019

  • 27 February

    Springtime at OLT and “Annie” Auditions

    The month of March heralds the beginning of spring in Arkansas, and spring at OLT means Musicals! Auditions for this year’s show, “Annie” will be held March 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, March 2 from 10:00 AM – noon, and March 5 from 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM at the theater.  “Annie” will be performed May 16, 17, 18, 24, ...

February, 2016

  • 3 February

    Fayro, Tx Comes to Mena at OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Ouachita Little Theatre is changing into Fayro, Texas, hometown of the lovable, but dysfunctional Futrelle family.  The Futrelle sisters (Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye) are throwing a wedding.  Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo’s antebellum-inspired wedding and the rumor mill in Fayro is working overtime.  No surprises ...

  • 3 February

    Mena Art Gallery Looks Ahead

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Saturday, January 16, the Board of Directors of Mena Art Gallery met to plan for the coming couple of years. Janet Harney of the Arkansas Arts Council acted as moderator for the group. The meeting began with a summary by Rick Chrisman, Chairman of the Board, of the activities for the past year including ...

January, 2016

  • 27 January

    Hustling at OLT

    CONTRIBUTED BY JUDY THOMPSON – Anyone dropping by the Ouachita Little Theatre can see people scurrying about at many hours of the day.  During the daytime, T. J. Thompson and various helpers have been working on the set for the upcoming play, Dearly Beloved.  Or you could find Judy Thompson and Linda Johnson going through the costume closet and bins ...