Local Lawyer’s Gridiron Returning to Rep Stage in August

GridironLogoThe Arkansas Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that more than 80 lawyers, judges and legal professionals will once again take The Rep stage with their production of Gridiron 2016: Bake America’s Cake Again.  The biennial musical production spoofing Arkansas and national politics and people will run Aug. 2-6.  Opening night on Tuesday, Aug. 2 will feature a reception with lite bites and complimentary wine and beer before the curtain at 8 p.m.  Four shows will follow on Wednesday, Aug. 3 (7 p.m.), Thursday Aug. 4 (7 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 5 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 6 (8 p.m.).

Gridiron traces its origins back to 1916 when a few theatrically inclined lawyers banded together to write and perform a Vaudevillian-style luncheon show.  The show has been a success and this year celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

“We believe that our Gridiron may be the longest running production of its kind in the nation,” said Judge Mary Spencer McGowan, Gridiron’s producer for 20 years.  “Gridiron has evolved over the years from a male-only cast performing at luncheons at the Marion Hotel to a full-fledged professional production at The Rep with Director Jana Beard and Musical Director Lori Isner.”

Tickets

  • Tuesday Opening Night, including reception and show  |  $65 for “A” seating; $60 for “B” seating
  • Additional performances  |  $35 for “A” seating; $30 for “B” seating

For tickets to Gridiron 2016:  Bake America’s Cake Again, call the Rep’s Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or visit TheRep.org.

It’s Time to Subscribe for the 16-17 Season!

Faith Sandberg (Aster), Steve Pacek (Peter), Nathaniel Stahlke (Prentiss) and Garrett T. Houston (Ted) in The Rep's production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

Faith Sandberg (Aster), Steve Pacek (Peter), Nathaniel Stahlke (Prentiss) and Garrett T. Houston (Ted) in The Rep’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

We can’t believe we just finished our 40th MainStage Season here at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

From a dramatic Shakespearean play to kick things off to a fantastic start to a heartbreaking love story and a hysterical world premiere directed by star Jason Alexander, this season has been filled with top-notch shows for just about any theatre lover.

And we are hoping to continue our momentum as we move into our big 41st MainStage Season! One of the best and most economical ways to see our new season is to become a subscriber. Not only will you always get the best seats at the best price (in advance of sold-out shows) but $5 off any additional orchestra tickets you buy all-season long.

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The cast of The Rep’s production of Windfall. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

Here are some other benefits to being a subscriber:

  • No-charge flexible exchange policy: Need to switch your dates? No problem. Free ticket exchanges are reserved exclusively for season ticket holders and can be used as often as needed.
  • Lost ticket insurance: Season ticket holders can replace misplaced tickets right up to curtain time.

Whether you prefer flexibility or the ease of having the same seats all season-long, The Rep has to perfect option for you with plans starting at just $198! Here is what you can choose from:

  • 6-PLAY SERIES SUBSCRIPTION

    The Seats You Want, When You Want Them*
    You are guaranteed the same seats for all six MainStage productions, renewable from season to season. Just select your favorite seat (subject to availability) and date you wish to attend. If you are unable to attend on your preferred night due to an unexpected conflict, simply call the Box Office 24 hours in advance to attend another performance of the same production at no additional charge.

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    Under 21 with a valid student ID?
    You get Six (6) Passes, one pass per show, for MainStage productions at a deeply discounted price.

  • 6-PLAY FLEXPASS SUBSCRIPTION

    The Flexibility to Choose Your Shows
    Build your own season! You start with Six (6) Passes and choose which plays you want to see, when you want to see them. Your FlexPass may be used in any combination: two passes for one show, four passes for another, or two for each of three shows, etc. Simply call the Box Office to book your seats.

    Renewing subscribers were able to renew their subscription as is up until the end of Windfall on Sunday, June 26 and the Box Office started renewing with changes on Monday, June 27, followed by new subscribers.

    FlexPass Subscribers can book their tickets anytime throughout the season, but they will have a chance to book into their seats a week before single tickets go on sale from Monday, Aug. 1- Friday, Aug. 5. That’s the perfect time to get booked in before tickets go on sale to the public!

    Single tickets will go on sale for the new season on Monday, Aug. 8— four weeks before the 16-17 Season opening.

    If you’re a new subscriber, click here to subscribe now! And if you’re renewing your subscription, click here. You can also subscribe by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Business of Show Workshops Scheduled for July

171They don’t call it show business for nothing.

Learn the basics of the industry in our Business of Show workshops for adults and young artists this July. From branding to social media presence to getting an agent and video auditions, learn how to make your mark and discover opportunities no matter where you live.

From your own backyard to the bright lights of the Big Apple, this will be a part-informational seminar, part-instructional workshop. Actor Ethan Paulini, who has been in several shows at The Rep, will lead the workshop and Musical Director Mark Binns and Choreographer/Dancer Marisa Kirby will be on the panel.

    Ethan Paulini as Buddy the Elf in The Rep's production of Elf. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

Ethan Paulini as Buddy the Elf in The Rep’s production of Elf. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

A limited number of participants will present material of their choosing and receive constructive feedback as to how to best create a cohesive brand based on their type and unique talents and present themselves as a competitive member of the entertainment industry.

In addition to working on material, there will be an extensive Q&A session. Here are the dates to get signed up:

Adults 18+
The Business of Show, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 7

Young Artists (ages 10-17)
The Business of Show, 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 8

Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to reserve your spot in the workshops! Payment is required at time of reservation.

Windfall Sign Interpreter Night on June 22

IKcjgzqMcqn an effort to make Arkansas Repertory Theatre more accessible, we have a Sign Interpreter section for the deaf on the third Wednesday of every production run through the season.

Raphael James, an instructor in the Interpreter Education program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will be positioned in front of the section, located on the First Mezzanine. He will sign directly for those who need his services.

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Raphael James

We are gearing up for our next sign interpretation night, which will be the Windfall performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. There are still seats available! Any open seats in the section will be released to the public at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, so get your seats now!

Interested in a subscription for ASL night? We are currently renewing and selling new subscriptions for our 2016-17 MainStage Season!

Contact the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to book your Series Subscription (which guarantees one seat for each show) or reserve your seat at our upcoming interpreter nights and get more details at www.therep.org/attend.

Share Your Favorite Memory of Bob! Wish Him Well at First-Ever Open House

BobHeadshotCan you believe it? It’s Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp’s last month at The Rep!

In anticipation of Bob Hupp’s departure at the end of June, we are asking friends and loyal patrons of The Rep, to share your favorite memories from Bob’s 17 years as Producing Artistic Director. We will share these throughout the month of June as we bid him farewell.

Please share your memories HERE!

Have a favorite photo with Bob? Send to Lauren at ljames@therep.org!

To send Bob in Rep fashion, we are hosting a special First Open House at Arkansas Repertory Theatre from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, June 20! All of the doors will be open for tours of the space (Costume Shop, Prop Shop, rehearsal spaces, included!) at every half-hour and patrons will have a chance to wish Bob the best at his next endeavor, Syracuse Stage!

Enjoy live music from local musician and Rep Board Member Ben Brenner and ice cream from the super-popular Loblolly Creamery, who will have their food truck parked right out front. Admission is free and open to the public.

See you there!

Behind the Curtain Q&A: Box Office Manager Jeff Roper

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At the start of the season, we wanted to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series we would like to call “Behind the Curtain.” During this weekly series, we will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis a short Q&A.

With tickets on sale to our first show of the year, Memphis, it seemed fitting to highlight one of the first people you see here at the theatre: our lively Box Office Manager Jeff Roper.

Here is what he to say about his ticket-selling time here at The Rep:

How long you have worked at the Rep:  6 years

Education/training:  Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Central Arkansas

How’d you get into the theatre biz:  A friend knew Kelly Ford and told me she was looking for a Box Office Manager.

Why your job rocks:  So much positive affirmation derived from getting people in to see great shows.

Best work day ever:  The night we had The Who tribute band perform

Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and whyTommy because the cast was amazing.

One thing people would be surprised about your job:  How little we actually see the actors.

Favorite seat in the house:  H 7,6

Best job perk:  Getting to watch rehearsals and see the show come together.

Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff and buy your tickets to Memphis here!

Have questions about The Rep’s Box Office? Get your questions answered here.

All About Giving: Words From Fran Carter

I grew up sitting in the audience at The Rep. My parents started bringing me when I was young, and I got my own season tickets when I got my first grown-up job in Little Rock. Sometimes a night at The Rep is a night out with friends and sometimes it’s date night, but it’s always an entertaining experience that leaves me wanting more. I especially like having a subscription, because I get to travel with The Rep’s artistic team through each season. I laugh, I cry, I am drawn into different worlds created by a variety of playwrights, brought to life by the actors and creative team, for me, on The Rep’s stage.

Fran Carter is The Rep's Director of Development.

Fran Carter is The Rep’s Director of Development.

Now I’m no longer just an audience member. The Rep is my office, and I watch all the months of preparation that go into every production. I meet the actors and designers when they arrive in Little Rock. I sit in the back of the auditorium to watch a few minutes of rehearsal. I hear feedback from friends in the lobby when they’ve seen something great on our stage. I talk with audience members of all ages and backgrounds when I’m here before a show, or during intermission. I visit with people regularly who tell me how long they’ve been attending plays at The Rep, and I meet young people coming to see a student matinee for the very first time. I bring my 12-year-old daughter to The Rep, and then we discuss all kinds of topics, conversations prompted by what she saw on our stage.

But my favorite thing about working at The Rep is getting to know our donors. Many people love Arkansas Repertory Theatre with their whole heart. I am impressed by what a generous state Arkansas is. Our friends and neighbors in this state will go out of their way to help someone in need. But it’s incredibly fulfilling to see how many people also see the value that the arts play in our lives. With the support of many donors, at every level, The Rep entertains, educates and inspires Arkansans each and every day.

Please join me in supporting The Rep with your whole heart. Buy your tickets, make a donation, and come see us often. I’ll be in the lobby – stop by and tell me what you love about The Rep!

Become a subscriber here and donate here!

Fran Carter is the Director of Development at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

5 Benefits to Season Subscriptions at The Rep

7348753380_c46435326aOur brand-new season is almost here and wouldn’t it be nice to have your seats guaranteed for our award-winning shows?

You can with a 6-play Series Subscription. You are guaranteed the same seats for all six MainStage productions, renewable from season to season. Just select your favorite seat (subject to availability) and date you wish to attend. Pretty cool!

Or, if you’re interested in a little more flexibility in your selections, the 6-play FlexPass Subscription may be the ticket. You start with six sasses and choose which plays you want to see and when you want to see them. Your FlexPass may be used in any combination: two passes for one show, four passes for another, or two for each of three shows, etc. Just call the Box Office to book your seats!

Get a look at the full season here.

Here just a few benefits to have a subscriptions right here at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre:

  1. “No Charge” Flexible Exchange Policy: Need to switch your dates? No problem. Free ticket exchanges are reserved exclusively for season ticket holders and can be used as often as needed.
  2. Additional Tickets at a Discount: Season ticket holders receive a $10 discount on each additional orchestra ticket purchased.
  3. NEW Concession Express: No more rushing during intermission! Season ticket holders can pre-order concessions in the lobby before the show to enjoy with family and friends at intermission.
  4. Lost Ticket Insurance: Season ticket holders can replace misplaced tickets right up to curtain time.
  5. Convenience: It’s super easy to get your season subscription! Subscribe by phone by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to discuss your subscription options.OR subscribe online here if you’re a brand-new subscriber or here if you’re renewing.

Packages start at just $198! Click here to get more information and a list of the subscription rates.

Local Lawyer’s Gridiron Show Returning to The Rep Stage, Tickets on Sale Now

GridironThe lawyers are back at it!

After a four-year hiatus, 75 local attorneys and legal professionals are making plans to again take the Arkansas Repertory Theatre stage to present Gridiron Gridlock — the lawyers’ biannual musical production spoofing Arkansas people and politics.

Its first show will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a special offering of light bites and complimentary beer and wine. Four shows will follow on Thursday (8 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 p.m.).

Tickets are on sale now!

Gridiron traces its origins back to 1916 when a few theatrically inclined lawyers banded together to write and perform a vaudevillian-style dinner show. The show was an immediate success and became an annual event. It’s now close to celebrating its 100th anniversary. Some believe it is the longest-running production of its kind in the nation.

Joyful spa timeIn the 1963, the late Griffin Smith took up the mantel of Gridiron and began an extended and mutually beneficial association with the Pulaski County Bar Association, which saw the production grow in production quality and popularity.

This year’s show will be produced by the Gridironers, themselves, some of whom have been in Gridiron for more than 30 years. The cast is all volunteer, but the show is professionally produced by The Rep.

It’s not only fun to watch, but a chance for these legal professionals to get to know eachother outside the courtroom.

It’s also something else: a way for the lawyers to give back to the community. The funds raised through ticket sales support some deserving local non-profits. This year, the lawyers intend to donate the net proceeds to The Rep and the Pulaski County Bar Association in appreciation for the support both institutions have given to Gridiron over the years.

Ticket prices for the Wednesday Premiere Night will be $65 for “A” seating and $60 for “B” seating. Ticket prices for all other performances will be $35 for “A” seating and $30 for “B” seating.

For ticket information, call The Rep’s box office at (501) 378-0405. For more information about the show, contact Joe F. Kolb at (501) 804-4939 or email
jkolb@jkolb.com.

SMTI – Summer Musical Theater Intensive

SMTI young artists in The Rep's production of Singin' on a Star.

SMTI young artists in The Rep’s production of Singin’ on a Star.

It’s that time of year, again.  The time when our halls reverberate with the sound of song, and our walls shake from dancers’ leaps in the rehearsal studio above.  Our SMTI young artists have officially taken over The Rep.

Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI) is The Rep’s annual training program for aspiring young artists in Arkansas.  Under the direction of Resident Director and Director of Education Nicole Capri, SMTI is an intensive, audition-based theatre training program designed exclusively for motivated young artists who are serious about the arts and musical theatre.

SMTI young artists in The Rep's production of Singin' on a Star.

SMTI young artists in The Rep’s production of Singin’ on a Star.

“The SMTI program, at its core, is a training program.  It’s a program that immerses young people, young artists, in all facets of the performing artists, in a very intensive, intensively focused, two-week summer program,” said Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp.

The SMTI staff is comprised of professional directors, choreographers, musicians and designers. Daily rehearsals are structured similarly to a professional summer stock experience and include instruction in musical theatre techniques, multi-media, costume and stage make-up, dance and vocal coaching.

Each session – broken up into Senior Session (ages 16-23) and Junior Session (ages 13-15) – involves intensive daily rehearsals culminating in a public workshop performance of a selected musical or musical revue. This year’s musical is Godspell, with performances to be held on July 19 and August 2.

Check back over the next three weeks for a behind-the-scenes view of SMTI from young artists participating in this year’s program.

To purchase a ticket to a performance of Godspell, call The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405.