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OLT’s “Old Lyric” Players Premier

The Ouachita Little Theatre’s Senior Readers’ group, The “Old Lyric” Players (OLP) will be performing for the first time “solo” on the OLT stage Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10.

Previously, OLP has performed at gatherings of the “Polk County Sociable Seniors,” the Rotary Club and at the Oaks, and on stage at OLT around and among other entertainers. This weekend, for the first time, the group will be performing six very short “plays” by various authors that offer glimpses into the lives of several different characters. Each of the stand-alone scenes captures a slice of life. Some are comic, some dramatic, and some just plain silly. OLP facilitator, Janelle Baldwin, says the group, made up of mature actors, carefully chose the “shorts” because “they made us hoot, or reminisce, or simply say ‘hhhmmmmm’, so they were perfect to share with audiences for our first time on stage all by ourselves.”

The Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 10 at 2:30 pm performances are the only ones being offered. Admission will be $5.00 and OLT Membership tickets will be accepted.

Baldwin says, “the OLP is made up of mature people who are actors, (or would like to be). What makes OLP different from traditional stage performances is that memory and mobility requirements are few. There are little or no costuming, staging or props, and because no memorization is required, fewer rehearsals are necessary.”

The goal of the group is to present classic and original plays, sketches, and radio scripts with no staging – allowing their skill and voices to create the scenes and move the stories forward.

OLP aims to perform periodically throughout the year at The Ouachita Little Theatre and other venues.

OLP meets at the OLT (610 Mena St.) the first Saturday of each month at 2:30pm

Participants 50 years of age and over are welcome to participate and can find out more by contacting Janelle Baldwin, duzmags@windstream.net , 479-243-6486.

Ouachita Little Theatre’s motto is “Come Play With Us.” and the Old Lyric Players would like to add: “It’s Never Too Late!”

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