BIG The Musical Opens July 2ND at the OLT

BIG The Musical Opens July 2ND AT Mena's Ouachita Little Theatre 


Ouachita Little Theatre is proud to announce they are back in full swing with their first large scale production in over fifteen months. BIG The Musical will be presented July 2-4 and again July 9-11. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 PM. Tickets are available at the door and advanced reserved seating may be purchased Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays weekly at the OLT office from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM. These shows will be sold to capacity numbers, therefore no socially distanced seating will be available. Masks are at the discretion of those in attendance.


Tiffani Cavelli (Billie) tries to encourage James Taylor (Josh) that he can get a job as an adult. Scotty Jenkins (Bum) sleeps on a bench.


This energetic musical is based on the popular 1988 Tom Hanks movie BIG. The story revolves around 12-year-old Josh Baskin (played by Anna Burt) whose wish at a carnival turns him into a 30-year-old man overnight. He heads to New York City and gets a job at a toy company run by Mr. McMillan (Chris Benner). A fellow worker, Susan Lawrence, (Lexi Williams) takes a romantic interest in “adult” Josh (James Taylor) and the pressures of living as a grown-up become overwhelming as he yearns for his simple former life as an adolescent boy.

This is Chris Benner (Mr. Macmillan) and James Taylor (Josh Baskin) practicing the famous piano scene from Big the Musical. The piano was designed and built by Rudi Timmerman.


The musical version of this story originated in 1996 with book by John Weidman, music by David Shire, and lyrics by Richard Maltby. The results are whimsical, funny, and touching. Look for classic scenes involving the mystical Zoltar booth, and the floor piano duet featuring Josh and Mr. McMillan. Locally directed by Jessica Kropp, music directed by Judy Kropp, plus a host of talented cast and crew on hand, this lively show is perfect for all ages. Get your tickets in advance for preferred seating!

Anna Burt (Young Josh) listens as Tiffani Cavelli (Billie) talks about going to the Carnival at the beginning of the musical Big.


6-27-21 4:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG