BY MIKE MARTIN –
When OLT’s production of Little Women graces the stage December 5-7 and 12-14, it will feature many veterans of past OLT productions and will also introduce some amazing new talent. The play’s large cast is sixteen members strong and provides a lot of opportunity for new actors, as well as more seasoned ones.
The OLT has a rich history of providing an artistic and nurturing environment for the members of our community that want to express their creative skills and various talents. Whether it’s on the stage itself as an actor or behind the scenes working on stage construction, costuming, or lights and sound, the OLT has a place for everyone.
Little Women focuses on the four daughters of the March family and their journey from youngsters to young ladies. Katelin Haines, fresh from her successful role in the recent OLT production of The Glass Menagerie, will lead the cast as the adventurous writer Jo March. Caroline Ezell, in her first OLT speaking performance, will play Beth March. Newcomer Gladys Chaney and her understudy, Jessia Moe, will play the soon-to-be wed Meg March, and Katie Mitchell will make her debut as the often unruly, young Amy March.
Along for the dizzying ride are Kailas Hearn as Laurie Laurence, the boy next door, and Katie O’Rear, another recent veteran of The Glass Menagerie, as his tutor John Brooke. Also making their first appearance on the OLT stage will be Roxie Wallace and her understudy Genesis Howard as Dora.
Shepherding these newer thespians will be several stars of past OLT productions: Tim Hesse as kind Professor Bhaer; Julie Moe and her understudy Deanna Andrews as the lovable March family matriarch, Marmee; Jeffery Matthews as Mr. March, the head of the family; and Ann Glenn as the force of nature that is Aunt March. Rounding out the cast will be Linda Johnson as Mrs. Gardiner; Bea Watkins as Mrs. Kirke; Wayne Johnson as Mr. Laurence; and Marvin Glenn as Dashwood.
Mike Martin makes his directorial debut with this production. He will also be playing the role of the Reverend. Behind the scenes, Faith Amidei is stage manager, her fourth time this year for the OLT, assisted by Heather Sickles. Costuming is under the purview of Tim Hesse and Assistant Director Marilyn Brown. Tony Habeger designed the lighting.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 and Sunday Matinees at 2:30. Tickets are available at the Box Office one hour before show time. For further information about the performances, call 479-243-0186.