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Ouachita Little Theater features “Return to Radio-Land”

Submitted by Julie Ulmer/Ouachita Little Theater

Ouachita Little Theatre has  recently revived a sub-group that goes by the name Lyric Players.  This group is committed to doing readers theater style performances, much like some you may have seen performed by professional actors online during the pandemic.

Actors explore facial and voice expressions with limited movement so that social distancing can be observed during rehearsals and performances.  It is surprisingly engaging as well as entertaining, as attested by those who saw “Twelve Angry Jurors” last month.

Historically, radio shows popular before the invention of television were perfect examples of this type of entertainment. That’s why Scotty Jenkins, head of the Lyric Players, has chosen these performances to produce live on stage at OLT.

First on the schedule is the “Radio-Land” show which will be performed October 22, 23, and 24.

The lineup contains five short vignettes which will merge into one full length show for patrons.  These include a Lum and Abner show, “Lum Fakes a Broken Leg”, “The Romance of Helen Trent”, “Buck Rogers”, Abbott and Costello’s famous baseball comedy sketch, “Who’s on First”, and a special Halloween show from Baby Snooks and Daddy.

Auditions will be held at OLT on October 3rd from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  There are parts for all ages.  CDC guidelines remain in place, so please wear your mask.

Other events coming up for OLT is the October “movie night” showing of the original “Ghostbusters” on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 PM.

In November, there will be an original play performed on the life of Rebecca Boone, a Christmas show, and another Reader’s Theatre style show entitled “Love Letters” in February.

All events occur with CDC guidelines in place, so small audiences, masks, and social distancing will be required for those attending.

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