BY JUDY THOMPSON –
Those who have enjoyed reading the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, will have a special treat this summer. Hansel and Gretel will come to life as one of the Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) summer productions. Gini Burt who has been active in the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) since she and her family moved here in the summer of 2010 will direct this production. Serving as assistant director will be JOLT member, Braden Purvis. Caroline Ezell will be in charge of costuming. Assisting with set design and lighting will be Robby Burt.
After two previous days of auditions, the cast has been named as follows: Hansel – Phoenix Lee; Gretel – Miranda Burt; Mother – Kyndall Dycus; Witch – Ariana Kelly and White Bird – Angel and Tia Moe (sharing role). The role of the father is not filled.
Burt acknowledges that she is very excited about the production. She said Hansel and Gretel is a traditional story that most children are familiar with and that the theatre is an excellent way to bring such literature to life. She said that rehearsals are going well. The children are rehearsing each evening, Monday through Thursday. Hansel and Gretel will play two weekends: June 20 -22 and June 27 – 29. Burt urges everyone to support JOLT by making plans to attend.