May Happenings At The OLT

May Days at OLT! Auditions, Elections, and More!


Lots of excitement is in store for Ouachita Little Theatre! After postponement in 2020 due to the COVID19 pandemic, the musical production of “BIG” is being rescheduled. The dates are set for July 2,3,4 and 9,10,11.


The cast was mostly selected in March of 2020. However, not all the cast members are able to retain their roles one year later, so auditions are once again necessary. There are some major roles open, including the “boss” MacMillan, and lead character Susan. Also several strong supporting and ensemble parts will be available for various ages.


Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 10:00 AM until noon at the OLT. Just show up or call “Kropp & Company” at 234-3902 and let one of the directors know of your interest. This will be OLT’s biggest endeavor since “Annie” in 2019, so the theater folks are thrilled to start returning to the big productions so many patrons have missed.


May is also the month of elections for new board members and officers for Ouachita Little Theatre. This year, voting will take place online for those OLT members with emails; others will be mailed a ballot to return to OLT by May 17.


The annual board meeting for patrons and members will be held on May 20 at 5:30 PM. Anyone interested in OLT is welcome to this public meeting. Officers and newly elected board members will be announced in the meeting.


Of special note, longtime president, Rudi Timmerman, will be retiring from the presidency after decades of service to the theater. He has been an irreplaceable asset to OLT over the years with his almost daily attention to the details of running the theater. Particularly considering the challenges that COVID19 has produced for all theaters, his work has been keenly appreciated. Those OLT supporters attending the meeting will be given a chance to show Rudi their appreciation and celebrate his tenure as an amazing leader.


“The Three Amigos” starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short will be the hilarious movie featured during “Wednesday Night at the Lyric” on May 12 at 6:30 PM. Admission is free, and concessions are amazingly cheap. Join us for a fun old-fashioned event, watching a movie in a theater with the smell of fresh popcorn coming from the lobby!


Considering the low number of COVID19 cases in Polk County and the availability of the vaccines, the OLT board is recommending masks for patrons to attend events but no longer requiring them. Concession and ticket staff will still be masked, and social distancing will remain in place with certain seats being marked off as unavailable. This policy is open to change as the situation is being monitored by the board of trustees.


Come “play” with us! Even though we never really left, we are coming back in a “BIG” way this May!!!


4-21-21 6:23 a.m. KAWX.ORG