BY MELANIE BUCK –
Ouachita Little Theatre will soon be upgrading their lighting system, just in time for their next production, Mary Poppins, and all due to a generous donation.
OLT President, Rudi Timmerman, explained that the stage lighting currently in the building was manufactured in the 1960’s and was acquired second hand 20 years ago. Some problems exist with the set including “more and more of the channels that dim the lights have failed,” said Timmerman.
“Aleshire Electric is working with the theatre to make it all possible. New dimmer packs, which are compatible with our current light board, have been ordered and should arrive in time for Mary Poppins.”
One of the advantages of the new system will be the ability to locate lights when needed without the excessive use of extension cords. The dimmers are controlled digitally using a “DMX” system, which allows control through a single computer type wire. “We will have 32 channels for lights compared to about 10 or so that were still working in the old system!” Timmerman exclaimed.
The upgrades are thanks to a recent donation from the Bob Carver Estate. “The OLT Board of Directors wants to thank our community for the support that OLT has received in recent years, which makes it possible to present great shows. It has been this support that has also allowed for the major improvements to the theatre enjoyed by the patrons.”
Marry Poppins, a musical, will be presented at OLT May 5th through May 7th and May 11th through May 13th. There will be no show on Sunday, May 14, due to Mena High School graduation.