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March, 2016

  • 16 March

    The Musical Team of Timmerman and Kropp to Bring Oliver to the OLT Stage

    SUBMITTED BY BETH MCMILLEN – When most people think of Broadway Musicals they think of Rogers and Hammerstein or Lerner and Lowes.  Here in Polk County, when we think of musicals we think of our own musical team, Timmerman and Kropp. Over the years they have brought some great entertainment to the community! Rudi Timmerman came from the Chicago Area to ...

  • 16 March

    Ouachita Arts Celebration

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The third annual Ouachita Arts Celebration is coming on Saturday, November 5, and it is going to bigger and better than ever. There will around 20 artists’ booths in the street. Building on the success of the first two street festivals, we will be closing an additional block of Mena Street to accommodate a large ...

  • 9 March

    OLT Begins Rehearsal of the Musical Oliver

    SUBMITTED BY BETH MCMILLEN – The 50-member cast for Oliver is currently rehearsing at Ouachita Little Theatre. Oliver is a 1960 musical, with script and music written by Lionel Bart.  It is based on the 1838 Charles Dickens story, Oliver Twist.  The entirely volunteer cast showcases very diverse experiences and backgrounds. Mr. Bumble is played by Will Hose, who is returning to the OLT stage, ...

  • 9 March

    Art Workshops at Mena Gallery

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Have you sometimes thought how much fun it would be to create watercolor paintings? Or maybe you’d like to learn to work in oils. Ever thought about pastels? We have one coming up on watercolor on April 21, 22, and 23. Carol Flori is teaching this one and it covers everything about watercolor from materials to ...

  • 2 March

    OLT Begins Rehearsal of the Musical Oliver

    SUBMITTED BY BETH MCMILLEN – The excitement continues in the theatrical community as the 50-member cast for Oliver gathered at OLT for their first rehearsal. Director Rudi Timmerman, Music Director Judy Kropp, and Assistant Director Ladonna Van Wolf spent many hours in deliberation before naming the cast. They came up with a great cast. This great British musical, Oliver, has ...

  • 2 March

    The Art Puzzle

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – For quite a few years, Sheila Johnson taught art at Mena High School, and was fortunate enough to have many students of great talent. “The kids have been awesome through the years. I have several students that are in the art field, but I feel that they are all prepared for something to do that ...

February, 2016

  • 24 February

    OLT Names Cast for Spring Musical, Oliver!

    SUBMITTED BY BETH MCMILLEN – There was an air of excitement in the theatrical community last week as actors and actresses gathered to audition for parts in the musical play, Oliver. You could hear the excitement in their voices as they commented, “I hope I get the part of Fagan.” Who do you think will be Oliver?” or “I’ve wanted ...

  • 24 February

    Meet the Artist: Cherri Stanberry

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – In March, the featured exhibit at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, is the work of Cherri Stanberry, longtime member of the gallery. Cherri will be showing work in paper maché, polymer clay, crochet, and a few acrylics on canvas. Her artwork is always imaginative and original; much of it showcases her love for animals. Since Cherri ...

  • 17 February

    Final Performances for Dearly Beloved This Weekend

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy, Dearly Beloved, opened this past weekend to laugh-filled audiences.  Final performances will be Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM and the Sunday matinee, February 21, at 2:30 PM.  Admission is only $8.00 with seniors 60 and over and students paying $5.00.  The admission costs for most OLT ...

  • 17 February

    Local Artists Shine

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – The current exhibit at Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street, showcases what local artists can do. There are paintings, pen and ink drawings, photography, and a wide variety of three-dimensional art on display. In addition to the special February exhibit, most of which is for sale, our store area at the back of the gallery ...