BY JUDY THOMPSON –
If the definition of excitement as defined by Webster is accurate, then it appears there is excitement at the Ouachita Little Theatre several nights a week currently. As the cast prepares for the upcoming The Dixie Swim Club, there is definitely the feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness.
The first performance of this popular play is not until Friday, February 13 at OLT. However, the set is prepared, final props are being procured, and costumes have just about been decided on. In addition, the cast members have already had instruction on not only routine stage makeup, but proper makeup procedure for aging. Programs are being prepared for printing. As rehearsals are held, it is becoming apparent that all five women have nearly memorized all their lines. Director Judy Kropp is now giving pointers to them to make their performances more delightfully realistic. The Dixie Swim Club actresses (Amanda Stipe, Deborah Tennison, Diana Bernardini, Jennifer McPherson, and Jessica Kropp) really are becoming the charming Southern women they are portraying.
Word is quickly spreading throughout the area about this production. The second night of the performance, Saturday, February 14, the play will be performed for the Second Valentine’s Dinner Theatre at beautiful Mena Mountain Resort. An elegant dinner will be served at 6:30, with the play beginning at 7:30. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 394-3110. Seating will be made according to order reservation as received.
The following weekend, February 20 – 22, The Dixie Swim Club will return to OLT at 610 Mena Street. Saturday evening, February 21, will be Girls Night Out and women are encouraged to gather a group of friends to enjoy this play about friends. The Girls Night Out ticket includes a light dinner at American Artisan and registering for door prizes. Regular ticket cost for Girls Night Out is $19, with student or senior cost being $16. Tickets will be available at Arvest Bank and are limited. Advance tickets are required for Girls Night Out specials; however, tickets for the play only will be available at the door after 6:30. The Sunday matinee on February 22 will begin at 2:30 PM.
The Dixie Swim Club is a fun play which will be enjoyed by both men and women. More information can be found at www.ouachitalittletheatre.org.