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September, 2017

  • 26 September

    It’s Happening at the OLT!

    Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 is the Hope and Inspiration Concert to benefit Hurricane relief efforts.  This live performance is an OLT “Bonus Event” and will donate all proceeds to the charity chosen by the audience.  Join us, have fun, and be inspired while helping those in need! The next Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) play will be the holiday ...

  • 26 September

    Hamlet to be Performed by OLT

    Rehearsals at Ouachita Little Theatre are well underway for one of the best-known Shakespearian tragedies of all time, “Hamlet”.  OLT often makes us laugh or sing familiar songs for many productions on its stage, but any credible theatre is obliged to offer the classics.  These productions, such as Hamlet, include those that inspire, instruct, and maybe even frighten.  Director Brad ...

  • 26 September

    Art Classes at Mena Art Gallery

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – We are fortunate in Mena to have several artists who not only produce beautiful artwork but teach others as well. Niki Dempsey is a successful artist in many fields; she has worked as a professional artist, is a trained florist, a talented writer, and is currently teaching a series of teen classes for the gallery. ...

  • 19 September

    OLT Presents the New Memories Saver Service

    Ouachita Little Theatre is always looking for new ways to enhance the entertainment and leisure past-time activities of the local community.  The newest venture is taking form as the “Memories Saver Service.” The Memories Saver Service gives patrons the opportunity to convert their personal VHS tapes, old home movies, audio cassettes and more, to a new DVD format.  There will ...

  • 19 September

    OLT Auditions Being Held for ELF

    The next Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) play will be the holiday musical “Elf.” Performances are December 8-10 and December 15-17.  Auditions will be held October 6 from 4-6 PM and October 7 from 9-11 AM at the OLT.  This cast requires 2nd and 3rd graders to play elves and teens to perform the majority of the parts.  There are ...

  • 18 September

    Mena Art Gallery’s Volunteer Spotlight: Missy Williams

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Missy Williams loves to knit and loves to help others find as much joy in “tangling up yarn” as she does. She volunteers at Mena Art Gallery each Saturday afternoon to lead the Fiber Arts group: several people who are enthusiastic about the various kinds of art that can be made from fiber. There are ...

  • 8 September

    Small Works at Mena Art Gallery

    By Barbara Lewis Today’s trend in art, with artists, collectors as well as interior designers, has moved toward smaller sizes. As these are less expensive, most anyone can afford to own original paintings by up and coming or even well established artists. Even in the smallest homes, one can have a nice collection grouped in a small space. “SMALL WORKS” ...

August, 2017

  • 30 August

    Winners in Mena Art Gallery’s Ouachita Expressions

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – This year’s Ouachita Expressions art competition brought out some exceptional work by Arkansas artists. Here are the award winners: Best of Show: Jim Brace – “Greers Ferry Lake” Works on Paper: 1st – Tiffany Lane – “A Place in the Sun” 2nd – Gilda Meyers – “Un-Spoken” 3rd – Judith Cantrell – “Lincoln’s Sparrows” H.M. – Barbara Holdeman – ...

  • 23 August

    OLT Launching Duplication Service; Announces Events

    SUBMITTED – The Ouachita Little Theatre held a board meeting on August 17 at the Business Office of the theatre.  Many exciting events were discussed for the fall season.  In addition to the “Hamlet” production slated for late October that is directed by Brad Storey, there are many ways for the Polk County public to stay entertained. Wednesday Night at ...

  • 23 August

    First OLT Movie Night a Big Success

    Ouachita Little Theatre recently revived the Free Movie Night at the Lyric series on August 9th.  The feature was the popular musical, “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor.  The theatre was comfortably full and the crowd reacted to the show with appropriate laughter, applause, and appreciation for the musical dance numbers.  The concession stand ...