Rehearsals are well underway for Ouachita Little Theatre’s next musical production, “Annie.” Opening night is Thursday, May 16, 7:30 PM with another evening performance on Friday May 17. There will be a Saturday matinee on May 18 (no performance on Mena graduation day, Sunday, May 19.) Additional performances will be held Memorial Day weekend as follows: Friday, May 24 & Saturday May 25 (both at 7:30 PM) and a Sunday matinee, May 26 at 2:30 PM.
Advanced tickets are on sale now at 610 Mena St., 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekdays. They will also be available at the door, but as OLT musicals generally sell-out, purchasing advanced tickets or coming early to buy them at the door is recommended. Come see the newly renovated concession stand and lobby at OLT as an added bonus!
Co-directors for this award-winning musical are veterans Rudi Timmerman & Jessica Kropp, bringing years of experience and creativity to the production. The incomparable Judy Kropp serves as musical director, and choreographers Gini and April Burt have designed all the dance numbers. Jane Buttermilk is overseeing the huge costuming demands of this 1930’s period musical. Lorraine Timmerman is art director and her talent will be evident in every scene.
The directorial staff have chosen two adorable girls, Anna Burt and Tiffiny Cavelli, to play the leading role of Annie. They will alternate weeks playing the orphan Molly when not portraying Annie. Michael Cate is heartily welcomed back onstage to play Daddy Warbucks. LanaGail Coogan will showcase her amazing vocal talent in the role as Grace Ferrell, Warbucks’s lovely assistant. Julie Ulmer is returning to the OLT stage after a 10 year absence as Miss Hannigan. The talented Alex Atchley is delightful as Rooster and Nalu Pruitt is hilarious as the ditzy Lilly. Jason Myers plays Drake the butler, and his dancing skill will delight and amaze audiences. Alexa Night is the rising “Star To Be.” Jim Brace plays Radio Personality Bert Healy and the “Burt Girls,” (Miranda, April, and Gini) sing beautifully as the lovely Boylan Sisters. Veteran Bill Hays plays a dual role as President Roosevelt and Bundles. The orphans, who will most likely “steal the show,” are played by Kiylee Hughes as Pepper, Brakiah Burk as Duffy, Grace Brewer as July, Annie Hughes as Kate, and KatyAnne Goodnight as Tessie, Ellie Brewer, Serenity Fraser, Lillianne Lloyd, Savannah Levering, and Mariah Dilbert.
Rounding out the cast playing vagrants, Warbucks’ residential staff, New Yorkers, dog catchers, cops, presidential cabinet officials, and more, is a very dedicated large cast of characters. They include Anna Morgan, Heather Hilderbrand, Brithney Dilbert, Cristian Miller, Kelhan Howell, Allen Hazen, Mike Moe, Mikel Kenyon-Ortiz, Robby Burt, Aaron Burt, Jacob Kenyon-Ortiz, Purimpus Kemthong, Jeanie Bunyard, Roy Vail, Davy McDonald, Scotty Jenkins, Marvin Glen, Melinda Cate, Ann Glen, Jane Buttermilk, Breanna Crider, Samantha Dilbert, Whitney Dilbert, Maria Dilbert, Savannah Goodnight, Koleman Goodnight, Sophia Hughes, Linda Johnson, Summer Nix, Bethney Settle, MiriamWahl, Elisheba Wahl, Laura Saustaire, Lawrence Kropp, Jackie Biard, Zoie Goforth, Jocelyn Biard, Kristie Kenyon-Ortiz, Julie Moe, and Hannah Thacker.