BY LARRY BLOCK –
Wednesday night, September 18, at 7:30 PM, the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) will present a rare showcase of the wide variety of entertainment and enrichment that the theater offers to the community. This event, organized and hosted by OLT VP Rudi Timmerman, with OLT president Tim Hesse, was put together for two purposes. One is to present the theater to a group of 30 community leaders, from all over Arkansas, who are part of the Winrock Foundation Sustainability Tour Group. They will be in Mena all day, meeting with various community organizations as part of a fact gathering tour they are engaging in all over the state. They are part of an effort to organize a rural community development initiative for the state.
“This tour group represents a cross-section of backgrounds and positions, to include local governments and non-profits, participating in this “Capacity Building” venture. The goal is to provide a learning/training experience that builds and enhances existing skills and to learn from experiences and promote ideas that have proven, tangible outcomes (replicable models/funding sources) they can take back with them to help sustain and improve their communities,” said Mena resident, Regina Walker, who is responsible for developing this tour.
The second purpose for the performance is to expose members of the community to all the different kinds of events, from plays to musical shows, they may have the opportunity to see in any year, at the theater. The OLT has put together a really broad variety of short performances to entertain and inform the audience. It includes a brief history of the theater presented by long time board member, and former board president, Timmerman, and performances from Dial M For Murder, Wicked, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Steel Magnolias, Little Woman, Annie Get Your Gun, Count Dracula, Lum and Abner, The Parent Trap, Monty Python, Star Wars, Irish Folk Dancing, Saturday Night at the Lyric, and more.
For more information visit the OLT website, www.oltmena.com, or call the OLT Info Line at (479) 243-0186.