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February, 2019

  • 27 February

    Springtime at OLT and “Annie” Auditions

    The month of March heralds the beginning of spring in Arkansas, and spring at OLT means Musicals! Auditions for this year’s show, “Annie” will be held March 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, March 2 from 10:00 AM – noon, and March 5 from 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM at the theater.  “Annie” will be performed May 16, 17, 18, 24, ...

February, 2016

  • 3 February

    Fayro, Tx Comes to Mena at OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – The Ouachita Little Theatre is changing into Fayro, Texas, hometown of the lovable, but dysfunctional Futrelle family.  The Futrelle sisters (Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye) are throwing a wedding.  Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo’s antebellum-inspired wedding and the rumor mill in Fayro is working overtime.  No surprises ...

  • 3 February

    Mena Art Gallery Looks Ahead

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Saturday, January 16, the Board of Directors of Mena Art Gallery met to plan for the coming couple of years. Janet Harney of the Arkansas Arts Council acted as moderator for the group. The meeting began with a summary by Rick Chrisman, Chairman of the Board, of the activities for the past year including ...

January, 2016

  • 27 January

    Hustling at OLT

    CONTRIBUTED BY JUDY THOMPSON – Anyone dropping by the Ouachita Little Theatre can see people scurrying about at many hours of the day.  During the daytime, T. J. Thompson and various helpers have been working on the set for the upcoming play, Dearly Beloved.  Or you could find Judy Thompson and Linda Johnson going through the costume closet and bins ...

  • 27 January

    Soup, Bread and Cupcakes: Yummmmm!

    BY JULIE VANDE ZANDE – A special dinner with the proceeds donated to Mena Art Gallery is scheduled at American Artisans (615 Mena Street) on Saturday, January 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Donna Chrisman, chef at American Artisans, is making five of her fabulous soups: Cheddar Ale, Tomato Bisque, Smoked Chicken and Wild Rice, Smoked Chicken with Poblano ...

  • 20 January

    A Special Valentine Surprise from OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – As it is less than one month from Valentine’s Day, the Ouachita Little Theatre in conjunction with Mena Mountain Resort, invites everyone to the opening of Dearly Beloved on Friday, February 12, at the resort.  For the third year, the two are providing a dinner theatre event for the community.  Judy Thompson, director for the upcoming ...

  • 20 January

    Call for Entries for Mena Art Gallery Open Show

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – On Wednesday, February 3, from 10 am to 4 pm, you may bring your entries for the Winter 2016 Open Show. This one is open to any media and any style including paintings, photography, three-dimensional work, collage, and drawings. You can either download the entry form from the gallery website: or drop by the gallery at 607 Mena ...

  • 13 January

    Dearly Beloved Cast Begins Rehearsal at OLT

    BY JUDY THOMPSON – Practice has begun on the very funny Dearly Beloved, another nationally performed play by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.  These are the same playwrights who wrote Dixie Swim Club which was presented by OLT last February to rave reviews.  In addition, Christmas Belles, also written by the same three, appeared at OLT as the ...

  • 13 January

    Mena Art Gallery: Membership?

    BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS – Mena Art Gallery is conducting its annual membership drive, and we are asking for the support of the people of Mena and the surrounding area. Here are a few of the reasons that you might think it is worthwhile: We bring the art of nationally and regionally recognized artists right here to Mena. We offer ...

  • 6 January

    Ouachita Little Theatre to Host Benefit for David Hoffpauir

    SUBMITTED – On Friday, January 8 starting at 7:30 p.m., a program benefiting David Hoffpauir will be held at the Ouachita Little Theatre.  Admission will be a $10 donation toward David’s medical bills.  David and his wife, Connie Gatling, have performed as Gatling and Hoffpauir for years.  Recently they have been joined by Dr. B (Dr. Ron Beckel) and changed ...