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OLT holds auditions for holiday shows

It has long been a tradition for Ouachita Little Theatre to perform live shows at Christmastime to give our community a special way to celebrate the holidays with their family and friends. OLT just announced that this year there will be not one, but two shows to help you get into the holiday spirit.

First will be The Gift of the Magi, which will be a special performance by our Lyric Players Group, well-known around town for their Readers Theatre shows. Directed by Ann Glenn, this will be their most elaborate show yet, with costumes and set pieces that will require seven actors. Most performers will be able to rely on their scripts and won’t necessarily have to move around the stage a lot, but Ann is looking for a couple of young performers who will need to memorize their lines to play the newlyweds in the famous O. Henry story.

The cast for “The Gift of the Magi calls for four women and three men:  Jim and Della (a young couple, celebrating their first married Christmas together), Mrs. Boyd (a motherly neighbor), Madame Sofronie (a businesswoman), Felice (her assistant), Mr. Hartman (a clerk), and the Narrator.

Auditions for “The Gift of the Magi will be held at the OLT on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 4-7 p.m.

This production also has a special venue for two performances. The Dec. 8 and 9 weekend shows will be held at The Ouachitas at 7:00 p.m. where you can also enjoy the restaurant’s ambience, dinner, and beverages. On Sunday, Dec. 10, there will be a traditional show on the OLT stage at 2:30 p.m.

The second Christmas show will be The Trial of Ebenezer Scroogedirected by Brad Storey.  According to the director, this full-length comedy will delight audiences with a portrayal of the famous Scrooge character seen in a “different light.”  The script is full of laughter, good fun, and a Christmas message that will warm your heart as much as the original Dicken’s classic tale always has done.

The performance schedule will run differently than our usual dual weekends, and instead will run five straight days, Thursday, Dec. 14 through Monday, Dec. 18.  All performances will be at 7:30 p.m. except for the Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Storey is looking for at least eight adults to fill roles for this show, with a possibility that some characters may fill multiple roles.

Auditions for the The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge will be held at the OLT on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

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