Ouachita Little Theatre encourages local residents to get involved with their upcoming theatrical productions. These include Godspell, directed by Jessica Kropp. Rehearsals are well under way. Kropp is pleased with the cast and the progress on set design by Lorraine Timmerman, as well as the music directed by Judy Kropp. The show will run on several dates between May 17 and 27. This ground-breaking production originally debuted on Broadway in 1971 and is based on a series of parables from the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The memorable song “Day by Day” is from this musical and has earned worldwide recognition and appeal. Godspell enjoyed a revival on Broadway in 2011-2012 and OLT is pleased to be bringing it to Polk County this spring.
The next production will be presented by Junior Ouachita Little Theatre (JOLT) entitled Alice in Football Land. Directed by Jackie Biard, “Alice” is a fast-paced retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland updated to modern times and set in a high school football stadium. Biard will be looking for young actors aged 10 to upper teens to play several roles. Auditions will be held May 1st and 3rd from 3:30 until 5:00 PM at the theatre. Performances will be the weekends of June 30th and July 7th.
Harvey is a Pulitzer-winning comedy by Mary Chase. It is the story of a sweet gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey. Harvey happens to be a “pooka” who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. A beloved movie starring Jimmy Stewart as Elwood was made in 1950 and became very popular. This production will be directed by Tim Hesse and will presented by the Just 4 Fun Players as both a dinner theatre performance and onstage at OLT. Watch for performance dates around the end of July.
In October, OLT will be presenting the award-winning play, The Miracle Worker. This classic work is based on the early life of Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer. Helen, who was unable to communicate due to becoming deaf and blind from illness when she was only six months of age, had become an uncontrollable child. Her parents were considering institutionalizing her. Annie Sullivan, who was also almost blind herself, was sent to the Keller home as a last resort to teach the young Helen. The fact-based drama that will be performed is one of the most inspirational stories to ever come to life in the theatre. Directed by Brad Storey, this is sure to be a major production that local audiences of all ages should see. Probable dates are October 11-21, and auditions will be announced in the summer.
The final production for 2018 will be the Christmas play, and it again is based on a classic movie that Jimmy Stewart made famous. “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be directed by Linda Johnson and will most likely be performed on dates between December 7-17. This play will contain a fairly large cast and might be a good one to perform to “get your feet wet” on the OLT stage. The story revolves around George Bailey, a man who thinks the world would have been better off if he had never been born. Thanks to Clarence, his bumbling and lovable guardian angel, George is about to find out that it has been a pretty wonderful life after all. You won’t want to miss this classic holiday tale of love and friendship.
Season ticket information is available online at www.ouachitalittletheatre.org or at the OLT office at 610 Mena Street, Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Come “play” with us!