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 holiday production a few years ago. Dearly Beloved director Judy Thompson notes that the current play is actually a prequel to Christmas Belles and has several of the same characters.
Dearly Beloved is a comical story of the dysfunctional Futrelle sisters who have been reunited for what is supposed to be the most elegant wedding ever seen in rural Fayro, Texas. Needless to say, all does not go as planned. Appearing in the play will be Denni Collins (Honey Raye Futrelle); Janelle Barnes (Twink Futrelle); Deborah Tennison (Frankie Futrelle Dubberly); Lamar Austin (Dub Dubberly); Tara Cornelius (Tina and Gina Dubberly); Ann Glenn (Geneva Musgrove); Marilyn Brown (Nelda Lightfoot); Judy Weir (Patsy Price); Chris Kuskie (Justin Waverly); Elijah Barnes (John Curtis Buntner) and Justin Fenwick (Wiley Hicks). Marilyn Brown is also serving as Assistant Director.
The play opens on Friday, February 12 as a dinner theatre event at Mena Mountain Resort and continues February 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at the Ouachita Little Theatre. Thompson encourages everyone to mark their calendars now. For further information, call 243-0186 or go online to www.ouachitalittletheatre.org.