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JOLT Prepares for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

BY BRAD STOREY –

The junior theater group of the Ouachita Little Theatre, or J.O.L.T., as they are called, will be presenting C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, on the first two weekends in December, the 4th, 5th, and 6th, and the 11th, 12th, and 13th. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees play at 2:30 p.m.

The show, directed by student director Katie O’Rear, tells the story of four siblings who find themselves in the magical land of Narnia, where unicorns, centaurs, and other forest animals all welcome the children with the hope that these are the children of a prophecy. It has been predicted that four humans, sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, will someday come to rule over the land, ending the reign of an evil witch and her eternal winter, and welcoming back Aslan, the great lion, son of the Great Emporer Beyond the Sea. A great battle ensues between Aslan’s forces and the Witch’s army, as the children and the forest creatures fight to bring back the joy of spring and the resurrection of life.

The J.O.L.T. cast consists of 25 students ranging from ages 5 – 19. The play was adapted from Lewis’ story, by Joseph Rafenette who also wrote Charlotte’s Web, which JOLT performed last summer.

Adult assistant directors are Brad Storey and Lorraine Timmerman. The cast and crew consists of Gabriel Jackson, Ben Frost, Kayla Cunningham, Jake Sawyer, Jared Sweeten, Patrick Morgan, Caroline Morgan, Payton Grant, Tara Cornelius, Brianna Timms, Hailey Emerson, Ian Cameron, Tad Eccles, Emma Arnold, Kara O’Donnal,

Evette Harnar, Derrek Harnar, Britany Ducote, Skylar Siebel, Jacob Kenyon, Abigail Felix, Morgan Caldwell, Joseph Bennet, Mystery Broach, Chance Smith, Patience Broach, Angel and Tia Moe, Trey Lacoste, Zachary Giles, Kameron Posey, Seth Caughern, and MaKayla Kenyon-Ortiz.

The play will be presented at the OLT, 610 Mena Street. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 479-234-2321.

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