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Ouachita Little Theatre’s Benson Awards

BY RUDI TIMMERMAN –

Hollywood and New York have nothing on Mena when it comes to award ceremonies.  Voting by the OLT membership for the biannual Benson awards is now going on.  In 1979 Leda and Richard Benson founded the Ouachita Little Theatre.  In their honor, the now 35-year old organization holds an awards ceremony recognizing the folks who participated in OLT productions during the past two years.  This year’s extravaganza covers productions from the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  The shows, as well as their cast and crews, eligible this year are: DIAL M FOR MURDER, MURDER IN THE MAGNOLIAS, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, GLASS MENAGERIE, LITTLE WOMEN, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and WILLY WONKA.  A complete list of nominees and video clips from their shows can be found on the OLT web site, OLTMENA.COM.

Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 pm in the theatre are the date and place set for the celebration.  LaDonna Van Wolf (Vooodoo Woman in “Murder in the Magnolias”) and her committee have been working hard on organizing a show that promises to be a fun filled evening.  There will be music, reenactments of show scenes, and video clips from shows in addition to the presentation of the awards.  Everyone is invited to attend this gala event, members and non-members alike.  For admission there is a $5 charge. Valid season passes will also be accepted.  If one buys a membership at the Bensons, there will be no admission charge.

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