The Rep’s Young Artists Program to Partner with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra this Holiday Season

The Rep’s Young Artist Program (SMTI) will partner with The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for their 2013 holiday show, Holiday Fantasies.  This holiday collaboration is conducted by Phillip Mann and Written and Directed by The Rep’s Resident Director and Director of Education Nicole Capri.

Over 70 of The Rep’s Young Artists will have the opportunity to perform for 7,500 people alongside The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for the most popular show of the season at Robinson Music Hall.  This is the first time The Rep’s Young Artists and staff will partner and perform with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

The Rep's production of Follie Holidays, photo by David Knight.

The Rep’s production of Follie Holidays, photo by David Knight.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s holiday show is an Arkansas tradition. Guests will enjoy Christmas carols, sing-a-longs, Arkansas stars and The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Get cozy with the Symphony for a wonderful concert to celebrate the season with all of your favorite holiday music!


The production team for Holiday Fantasies includes:

Philip Mann (Symphony Conductor)

Nicole Capri (Director/Writer/Choreographer/Performer)

Mark Binns (Vocal director/Arranger/Keyboard Player)

Shelly Hall (Costume Designer)

Marisa Kirby (Choreographer/Performer)

Stephen K. Stone (Choreographer/Performer)

Dan Kimble (Lighting Designer)

Beth Thiemann (Stage Manager)

Show dates: Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m. For more information about the program and to purchase tickets visit  or call (501) 666-1761.

Arkansas Rep Partners With Local Animal Rescue Organizations This Holiday Season

Dear Friends,

The love of a pet is like no other. Pets give us many wonderful things, and ask nothing in return but a scratch between the ears and a soft spot to sleep in a place they can call home. But thousands of animals in shelters across Central Arkansas only dream of having a home.

So we’re doing something different this December at Arkansas Rep. We’re raising awareness of animal adoption in association with our production of a new musical based on the award-winning novel Because of Winn Dixie, a heartwarming story of a young girl who adopts a dog she finds at a local supermarket.

10952510353_10f75b0212Starring an Irish Wolfhound named Taran, trained by Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni (Legally Blonde, Annie), and Rep Young Artist Julia Landfair (Les Misérables, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) in leading roles, Because of Winn Dixie also features music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin.

While we are hard at work creating the world of Winn Dixie on our stage, we are also working with local animal shelters to feature adoptable animals in our lobby and local rescue organizations on our website throughout December. Please help us celebrate this special holiday production and raise awareness of animal adoption in Central Arkansas by making a donation to The Rep in honor of a special pet in your life. The first gift will come from me, in honor of my redbone coonhound, Rocky.

For every gift of $75 and above we receive before December 31, we’ll create an ornament with your pet’s name and display it in the lobby. Or make a gift to The Rep and we’ll recognize a pet from one of our local shelters and display their adoption information in our lobby.

Your tax-deductible gift makes all the difference in the world. Ticket sales cover only half of what it costs to produce the work you see on our stage and to create the community partnerships and educational opportunities that reach thousands of Arkansans each year. The rest must come from good friends like you.

From every rescue dog curled up in a loving home, and from all of us here at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, thank you for making what we do possible.

Warm and furry regards in this holiday season,

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Robert Hupp, Producing Artistic Director

P.S. As much as we all love our pets, your donation to The Rep may also be in honor or memory of a human friend or loved one. Make a gift today and we’ll send your recipient a holiday card acknowledging your contribution.

You can donate online at

View adoptable animals in your area!