Share the Gift this Holiday

Students applaud Avery Clark after a matinee performance of Henry V in September 2012.

What’s your favorite production at The Rep? If you’re like many of us, you probably have several favorites.

Did you know The Rep’s Student Matinee Program allows thousands of school children from across the state to see those same performances for as little as $8 a seat? The impact of live theatre on these students is truly inspiring.

Here’s a comment from a history teacher about our program:

“The Rep can teach more in two hours than I am able to teach in weeks. The stories are so enthralling and the acting so superb, my kids walk away grasping hard topics such as racism (A Raisin in the Sun), compassion (To Kill a Mockingbird), empathy (The Elephant Man), and revenge (Hamlet).”

A teacher from a small school in rural Arkansas shared this with us:

“Over 75% of our students are on free or reduced lunch, so the affordable student matinee prices are essential. Every year, some of our seniors become the first high school graduates in their family and for several of our students, Arkansas Rep is their first experience of live theatre beyond the school play.”

Will you help us continue this program by supporting this important cause? Your donation of $50 will help a student attend a matinee performance. Your donation of $100 would help pay for two students to attend. And a donation of $1,500 or more could pay for an entire classroom.

Please consider sharing your love of live theatre with students across Arkansas by making a donation to our Student Matinee program. On behalf of our artists and staff, thank you for your consideration and your continued support!

Kind regards,

Robert Hupp, Producting Artistic Director
Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Home Away from Home: The Actor’s Holiday

Shane Donovan as Bob, Jennifer Sheehan as Betty, Case Dillard as Phil and Sarah Agar as Judy in Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Photography by Cindy Momchilov, Camera Work. © Copyright 2012 Arkansas Repertory Theatre. All rights reserved.

Over the past thirty five years, The Rep has brought thousands of professional actors to Arkansas to perform in our shows, and every holiday season we fly in dozens of cast and crew members to entertain Little Rock audiences in our Christmas musicals.

This year, it’s interesting how the story line of White Christmas is so similar to the reality of the actor’s lives we employ — it’s the story of a group of young entertainers, traveling to a faraway place to put on a show for the holidays away from their family and friends. It’s the actors’ life in a holiday (chest)nut shell.

Read more about the cast and crew of The Rep’s White Christmas

There are a lot of things to fear going into the theatre industry: rejection, poverty, instability. But, for those of us that have ever dreamed of working in the theatre and a life on stage, probably the greatest fear of all is never being able to have a “normal life.” In choosing this profession, the reality is that we may never have the conventional “dinners at six” or the romanticized white picket fence, holidays with our family and friends or that Norman Rockwell idea of home.

The performing arts does not only take energy, it takes our time. Actors spend every night in the theatre – for three months, a six month tour, a season, or a Broadway contract. Our fellow actors become our family – and the theatre becomes our “home away from home” while we are separated from the ones that we love.

So… from our actors, directors, designers, managers and backstage crew of White Christmas, we want to wish you a very happy holiday and a peace-filled New Year. We are grateful to share our talents with you and we love sharing our lives. It’s our very personal gift to all of you this holiday season.

And for the opportunities, the applause and the appreciation of our craft – we are eternally grateful. Merry Christmas!

With love,

Nicole Capri and the Cast and Crew of White Christmas