Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.September 25, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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An Evening with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

and Tania León: Turning History into Art 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, and cultural critic and has authored seventeen books and created fourteen documentary films. Host of the popular show Finding Your Roots, Professor Gates is one of the United States’ most influential cultural critics and is both an eloquent commentator and formidable intellectual force on multicultural and African American issues.

The lecture will include a moderated discussion conducted by UCA journalist Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens, a preview performance of one of the arias of the Little Rock Nine opera (Tania León, composer) and audience Q&A.

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The Charlie Daniels Band

Charlie DanielsSeptember 28, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 80, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

How I Became a Pirate

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October 11, 2017

STUDENT MATINEES – 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Grade recommendation: K – 5th

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AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map!

Based off the popular book, the production includes terrific songs like “A Good One to Boot”, “Green Teeth”, “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy”, “Talk Like a Pirate”, “Soccer by the Rules”, “Pirates Dot Arrgh”, and more… It’s a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

This project is generously funded by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

 

 

 

 

Book Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
Based on the book “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long with Illustrations by David Shannon
Produced by Dallas Children’s Theater from Dallas, Texas

Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live

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October 27, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more  – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, LIVE!

 

 

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America

AmericaNovember 4, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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The year 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name”. America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single.  Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

America’s journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain.  Their best-known tunes, which also include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair” were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio.

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The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

November 12, 2017
3:00 p.m.

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There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Conway! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.

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Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas

November 16, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. The performance will run 80 minutes, with one intermission.

After the performance, there will be a fun concert of favorite Christmas tunes performed by the cast. The audience is invited to join along on some of the classic holiday songs. Stick around after the show, and sing along!

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Mooseltoe

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STUDENT MATINEES: 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

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Mooseltoe, the Moose with a Dream, and his friends come to life in this colorful, magical and whimsical musical tale. Follow our hero as he pursues his seemingly impossible dream of being a North Pole reindeer, while learning many valuable lessons along the way. Eight original, memorable and melodic songs accompany this hour-long odyssey to self-discovery. Al Roker narrates this wonderful family presentation, along with other celebrity voices from TV and movies, set design by Kelly Tighe, and costume design by Broadway designer Randy Carafagno of The Lion King.

Book & Lyrics by Jim Semmelman
Music by George Kramer

 

A Christmas Carol

December 19, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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A powerful story of redemption, this new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ever-popular classic fills the stage with first-class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. With the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to begin the holiday festivities.

All ticket sales from this production will go directly to benefit our Main Stage Education Series, which brings in area students to view educational and entertaining performances that tie-in directly to learning standards and curriculum.

A Christmas Carol is not part of any subscription, nor may it be one of the performances in a Pick 6 package. You can add tickets to this production when you purchase a subscription.

An Evening with BJ Thomas

BJ ThomasJanuary 18, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. The singer, a five time Grammy- and two time Dove-Award winner has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years. Many of Thomas’ signature hits (from “Raindrops” to “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” and “Lonesome”) find him seeking some level of positivity to overcome the proverbial universal battle with loneliness. He extended this theme into his successful late 70’s-early 80’s foray into gospel music, which earned him the first four platinum albums in the genre’s history: Home Where I Belong, Happy Man, You Gave Me Love and Amazing Grace. Four of the singer’s Grammy Awards were earned from his work in gospel.

 

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Freedom Riders

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STUDENT MATINEES: 9:00 a.m. – only 28 tickets left! & 11:30 a.m.

Grade recommendation: 3rd – 9th

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Freedom Riders is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans, from the North and the South, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the Civil Rights era and American history.

Play by Jeff Hooper. Music by Bob Lucas.

Pixar in Concert

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February 3, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has forever changed filmmaking while giving us some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, Pixar is coming to you like you’ve never heard or seen it before: in concert with live symphony orchestra.

This visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media family show features montages of memorable clips from every one of Pixar’s 14 films—including Cars, WALL•E, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Brave—all accompanied by our very own Conway Symphony Orchestra.

These great scores by Randy Newman, Patrick Doyle, Thomas Newman and Michael Giacchino have won 10 Grammys and 3 Academy Awards, and have received 10 Oscar nominations. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

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Pinkalicious

VIT-Pink-Web-800x800February 12, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – STUDENT MATINEES

Grade recommendation: Pre-K – 4th

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February 11, 2018 – 3:00 p.m. – PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

Buy Tickets to Public Performance - $5 childrens, $10 adults Tea Party with Pinkalicious Tickets

Join Pinkalicious for tea after the public performance on February 11. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to support the Main Stage Education Series.

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann
Music by John Gregor
Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann
Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

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Million Dollar Quartet

February 5, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame… at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!

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