SUBMITTED BY RUDI TIMMERMAN –
The last minute flourishes are going on at the Ouachita Little Theatre as the cast and crew prepares for next week’s production of the musical, Mary Poppins. The show opens Friday, May 5 and continues May 6, 7, 11, 12, and 13. There is no Sunday May 14 show – that is Mena High School’s graduation day. Reserved advance tickets are on sale weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm at the theatre. Those wanting the best seating will want to stop in and get their tickets early. While tickets will be available at the door, it is best to lock in your seat in case the show is sold out. As part of the excitement of a Broadway musical, American Artisans is offering a special pre-show dinner on Thursday, May 11. Tickets are available at the theatre or American Artisans.
The directors Jessica Kropp, Judy Kropp, and Rudi Timmerman are in agreement that Mena/Polk County not only has talent rivaled by none, but has the most dedicated folks working on this show and most supportive patrons.
OLT is a true community theatre. Everything is volunteered and is funded by community support. Few realize that OLT must pay Music Theatre International, the owners of the rights, $2,500 just for the permission to produce the show. It is only through ticket sales, memberships, donations, and grants that the OLT programs are possible.
Folks attending the show will be treated to great music performed by the cast and orchestra. In addition, the multiple sets and set changes performed by the stage crew and cast will bring you to 19th century England along with the magic performed by Mary Poppins. Jane Buttermilk, with some help, has spent hours and hours getting great costumes for the more than 50 cast members. Abi Mcpherson and Gini Burt have created some wonderful choreographic numbers, which will surely entertain the audiences. This musical is one for the entire family.