BY LARRY BLOCK –
Christmas entertainment really steps up the pace, this week, at the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT), with two live musical shows for the whole family, on Thursday, December 19, and Friday, December 20, both at 7:30 PM. On Thursday evening, audiences will be treated to A Merry Mena Christmas, provided by three very popular local bands, Sugar Creek, Straight Tequila, and Brothers & Sons. On Friday evening, award-winning Elvis Presley tribute artist, Michael Cullipher, will return to the OLT stage, with his Elvis at Christmas show.
The cast of A Merry Mena Christmas includes Geri Dee and Rick Gerard of Sugar Creek, Kevin Sweeney and Tony Robbins of Straight Tequila, and Johnny and Scott Vacca and Jerod McPherson of Brothers & Sons. John Vacca will narrate this lively show, which has been planned, and rehearsed for Mena for months, will present a blend of country, rock, and pop classics, all mixed in with everyone’s favorite Christmas songs. Tickets for the show are $12, $5 for kids, 10 and under. Anyone bringing a nonperishable item to donate to local food pantries will receive a $2 discount on the ticket price. Tickets may be purchased at the door, beginning at 6:45 PM, or in advance by calling (479) 234-7233.
Friday night will bring a triumphant return to the OLT stage of a popular performer, Michael Cullipher, who has been here several times, over the last few years, always delighting audiences with his combination of uncanny visual and musical interpretations of Elvis Presley. Cullipher, a native of Oklahoma has competed in and won numerous Elvis Presley tribute artist contests. He plans to entertain the Mena audience with Elvis favorites, including both Christmas and gospel songs. Tickets are $10, $8 for students, and seniors, 60 and over. They may be purchased at the door at 6:45 PM.
For more information visit the OLT website, www.oltmena.com, or call the OLT Info Line at (479) 243-0186.