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OLT Gives Back; Prepares for Final Showing of Southern Hospitality


Ouachita Little Theatre’s latest show, Southern Hospitality, held their opening shows last week, including a special showing for some community members. The show’s director, Scotty Jenkins, has pieced together an exceptional cast that delivers a side-splitting, knee-slapping performance that is a must-see!

The first performance was held on Thursday as an invite-only show. Jenkins explained the theatre operates off of the generosity of the community. Individuals and businesses donate and purchase memberships and that’s what pays the bills, as they say. It isn’t often that OLT is able to return the favor. That’s why Jenkins decided to give something back. He invited the clients of Polk County Developmental Center to watch the show for free, including free popcorn and water. And they certainly enjoyed the show!

Audience members’ laughter filled the air as one stage character after another found themselves in wild predicaments, all while in the middle of trying to work together to save their town by impressing one little lady.

The show centers around the Futrelle sisters from Fayro, Texas, a small town that is quickly losing residents. The sisters each have their own ideas of how to save the town, but center on one specific plan… to bring in a salsa factory that will provide the jobs needed to keep people in Fayro. The owner of the factory is set to arrive in a few days so they create the Fayro Days festival to impress the senorita.

The plans and mishaps that ensue are truly laugh-out-loud dilemnas. It would make the perfect date night or group activity and there is one weekend left to see it. Don’t miss the funniest show to hit the stage in some time! The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 19. Tickets are available at the door at $12 each for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Southern Hospitality kicks off the 2017 OLT season so 2017 season tickets will be honored. Season tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Another attribute, aside from the cast, is immediately visible when presented with the opening of the curtain. The beautiful set was constructed by Roscoe Splivins, Scotty Jenkins’ alter ego, in his spare time.

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