This weekend will be the final weekend for the Junior Ouachita Little Theatre’s production of Charlotte’s Web, based on a Newbery award winning children’s classic of the same name. Wilbur, who is played by Jerrin Parsons, saved in his first few hours of life by the young Fern (Ella George) simply longs to have companionship and that search leads him to finding hope and joy in this tale of friendship, love, life, and death. This beloved tale is for the whole family and is brought to life by young talents ranging in ages from 5-18. The admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The shows are two weekends: June 26-28, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30.
Other notable characters include Charlotte (Amanda Wiggins), who leads the cast of animals to care about Wilbur and persuades Mr. Zuckerman (Brynn Harvey) by her words to spare Wilbur, and Templeton (Gabriel Jackson), who comically tries not to care at all for anyone but himself. Besides the awesome cast of 35 young students, we have some great crew members including Logan Sweeten on costumes who just graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a theatre degree and Allison Austin on makeup, costume assistant, and web design, who is currently working on her musical theatre degree at Ouachita Baptist University.
The director Jessica Kropp, who is the Theatre teacher at Mena High School, is no stranger to the OLT stage. She has been busy this year as Vernadette in Dixie Swim Club and designing and running lights for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kropp says, “This show has been a joy to work on. I have great kids and an awesome crew backstage and in the light and sound booth, and Justin Fenwick created one of the best looking sets I’ve ever had. You’ll be amazed at what a group of predominately young people can accomplish. Working with children is rewarding in so many ways. Besides the inherent academic and intellectual benefits, it is a wonderful collaborating experience, which ironically helps them to understand some of the same lessons as the story of Charlotte’s Web. Generations have found inspiration and wisdom about how sweet true friendship can be, and I hope you’ll take the time to bring your family to the show. “