Buddy Guy

September 20, 2018
7:30 p.m.

At age 81, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Dracula Presented by Ballet Arkansas

Ballet Arkansas presents DraculaOctober 14, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Ballet Arkansas will present Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s telling of the story. This is a full-length story ballet that features breathtaking original choreography by Artistic Director, Michael Fothergill. Combining the beauty of visual art and mixed multimedia, Dracula tells the story of love and loss, and is appropriate for all ages.

Ballet Arkansas is the foremost professional ballet company in the state of Arkansas, performing classical and contemporary works by world-renowned choreographers. Dracula will premier in Reynolds Performance Hall.

New Chinese Acrobats

New Chinese AcrobatsOctober 21, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Eloize company, The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China’s ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today’s generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals such as Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris.

Rita Moreno

Rita MorenoOctober 23, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her countless credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13.  Moreno has starred on Broadway; London’s West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows; has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Rep. She recently completed a 30+ city concert and lecture tour around the country.

Rita stars in the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on Netflix and also lends her voice to the character “Abuelita” on NBC-TV’s Sprout Network hit animated series, Nina’s World. Moreno has received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture and was honored as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2015, she served as the Grand Marshall of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. That same year she released her ‘first ever’ all Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, produced by good friend, Emilio Estefan. She also added New York Times Bestselling Author to her list of accomplishments with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir published by Celebra Books.

Rita was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

CHICAGO

ChicagoOctober 27, 2018
7:30 p.m.

October 28, 2018
2 p.m.

There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. It’s a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.  It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now, it’s coming to Conway for two performances!

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a FlyOctober 30, 2018
10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

School performance reservations accepted beginning August 7

Bugs and insects rule in the diary of unlikely best friends Worm, Spider and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers and Spider canʼt wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER AND A FLY is a joyful, hip exploration of the world outside. The opening number, a rap entitled “A Lot Like You,” immediately connects our lives with the little creatures from our own backyards. You might just find that a bugʼs life is not all that different from your own!

Commissioned by Oregon Childrenʼs Theatre and debuting in 2011, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER AND A FLY is a delightful stage adaptation by Joan Cushing. Cushing unites three popular books by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss: “Diary of a Worm,” “Diary of a Spider,” and “Diary of a Fly.” All three present smart, compelling scientific information along with the everyday activities, hopes and dreams of amiable insect characters. With the addition of Bee, Ant and Butterfly, Cushing combines the best of the Arthropods with rap, hip-hop, ballads and boogie-woogie in a hot musical that will have audiences wiggling in their seats to the beat.

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The Science of Magic with Bill Blagg

The Science of Magic with Bill BlaggSCHOOL PERFORMANCES (Reservations accepted August 7)

November 12, 2018
10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

For centuries magicians have used scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use science to create the impossible!

Bill’s comedy-filled, action-packed, presentation is highly interactive and makes science fun and exciting! Students will use the Scientific Method to levitate one of their teachers in mid-air and even learn how the science of reflection can make their homework magically disappear! In addition, Bill even performs some of his mind-blowing, grand-scale illusions with a scientific twist! Bill caps the show off with an incredible display of the water cycle by making it snow from his bare hands! Students will watch in amazement as science creates magic right before their very eyes!

The Science of Magic is designed to excite, educate, intrigue and promote students to think “outside the box” and spawn their curiosity about how science and the Scientific Method are used by magicians to create the impossible! To learn more about Bill Blagg visit www.billblagg.com

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The Ten Tenors

Ten TenorsNovember 13, 2018
7:30 p.m.

The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 20 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2500 of their own headline concerts, The TEN Tenors have cemented their place as Australia’s premier classical-crossover group.

Celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists. From Queen, Bowie, Lennon and Winehouse, an evening with The TEN Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure.

Rat Pack Christmas

Rat Pack ChristmasDecember 1, 2018
7:30 p.m.

The show critics are calling “Extremely strong and hugely entertaining” is coming to town with holiday swing! Enjoy those swingin’ Rat Pack tunes along with all your Christmas favorites. In this fun, entertaining and touching holiday show, “Someday at Christmas with Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack” includes classic songs written by legendary songwriter, Ron Miller – and shares the holiday spirit in festive Rat Pack style!

Celtic Angels Christmas

Celtic Angels ChristmasDecember 12, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Produced in Ireland, ‘Celtic Angels Christmas’ will enrapture audiences with the magic of encompasses vocal and instrumental seasonal favorites alongside Irish, contemporary and original Christmas themes…all with a Celtic twist. If you have never heard ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ performed as a toe tapping instrumental reel or In Dulci Jubilo as a Irish jig then you’re in for a quite a treat!  This family show is a holiday celebration of Christmas in Ireland and features Christmas music from across the centuries and presented in an inimitable fashion by some of Ireland’s finest performers.

Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells Batman Smells

Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells Batman SmellsPUBLIC PERFORMANCE (Tickets on sale August 6)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
6:00 p.m. 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES (Reservations accepted August 7)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

It’s holiday time and everyone’s favorite first grader is back to celebrate! All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. Except how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa Gift? But wait — the Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves…Maybe.  Holiday fun with a lesson about giving is a perfect treat for the holiday season!

Produced by Wally Jones & Casa Mañana Theatre
A Play by Allison Gregory
Adapted from the book series by Barbara Park

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SOMETHING ROTTEN

Something RottenJanuary 23, 2019
7:30 p.m.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).

Freedom Bound

Freedom BoundSCHOOL PERFORMANCES (Reservations accepted August 7)

January 28, 2019
10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

There is a story connected with the Underground Railroad in countless communities throughout the North. Old houses have secret tunnels leading into the woods, attics with hidden stairways. The “railroad” was a network of friends who helped slaves escape to freedom in the North and on to Canada before the Civil War. This turbulent period of history is the subject of Freedom Bound, a one-act play with music by Mad River Theater Works. Freedom Bound revolves around the most famous incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio: the story of Addison White, an escaped slave, and his rescue by the citizens of the town of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Freedom Bound brings history to life through original songs and an array of characters that pop right out of the past to relive the turbulence and hope of the UndergroundRailroad right before your eyes.

Kinky Boots

Kinky BootsFebruary 4, 2019
7:30 p.m.

KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.