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.

  • UNDER-21 PASS

    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.

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!

Choose The Rep for #ArkansasGives Day on April 7!

imagesThis spring, nonprofits and communities across Arkansas are coming together for one day to give: #ArkansasGives Day.

On Thursday, April 7, be a part of this statewide celebration of a new tradition of generosity by making any size monetary donation to Arkansas Repertory Theatre to help keep live professional theatre alive and well in central Arkansas.

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Faith Sandberg (Molly Aster), Steve Pacek (Peter), Nathaniel Stahlke (Prentiss) and Garrett Houston (Ted) in The Rep’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Stephen Thornton.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Arkansans across the state are encouraged to grow the love for Arkansas’s nonprofit organizations by making a donation to the charity of your choice. ArkansasGives is our state’s opportunity to say thanks to its many philanthropic organizations!

By making a gift to Arkansas Repertory Theatre during this 12-hour giving period, your impact will be DOUBLED!

So, how will your impact be doubled?  Thanks to a generous gift from the family of longtime Rep supporter and advocate, Betty Brown, The Betty Brown Memorial Challenge Gift will match dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 on this day of giving when you choose to give to The Rep.

And make your dollars count even more! On ArkansasGives Day, each nonprofit is eligible to qualify for additional dollars through a matching pool of funds from Arkansas Community Foundation. All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of the matching pool. The more a nonprofit raises, the more bonus dollars it will receive.

How to Give

  • On April 7, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., visit ArkansasGives.org to make your online gift to Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
  • To give to the theatre, CLICK HERE or select Arkansas Repertory Theatre in the drop-down menu when making your gift.

Your financial donation will ensure The Rep can continue provide:

  • Top-notch educational programming
  • Deeply discounted matinees, attended on a regular basis by students from 29 Arkansas counties
  • New and classic works created right on The Rep stage just for you!

Take the next step and join as a donor here!

For more information about ArkansasGives Day, click here.

Help Name Special Beer for Peter and the Starcatcher

PeterandtheStarcatcherWith our production of Peter and the Starcatcher taking The Rep MainStage here in January, we have teamed up with Stone’s Throw Brewing to create a beer for the swashbuckling production.

And guess what? We need your help naming it!

Here is the scoop on the beer contest:

Beer Naming Contest

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, The Rep is following up with a Peter and the Starcatcher Beer Naming Contest, where we will be accepting entries for the brew– a “Dark Mild” English-style brown ale with light to medium roasted notes

Here is the rundown of the contest:

1. Submit your clever beer name from 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15  Bonus points if you include “Rep” somewhere in the name! Enter here.

2. Our top five favorite names will be selected and fans will be allowed to vote for their mild-ale-2favorite on our Facebook page from 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. The name with the most ‘Likes’ at the end of the voting period will be the winner!

3. The winner will receive a growler of the special flavor and a pair of tickets to see Peter and the Starcatcher!

The special brew will be on tap at Stone’s Throw Brewing, 402 E. 9th, Little Rock, and in Foster’s, located on the First Mezzanine at The Rep, during the run of the show, Jan. 20-Feb. 14, 2016.

Don’t miss your chance to try this one-of-a-kind beer celebrating this magical prelude to Pete Pan and get your tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

Vote for your favorite beer name here!

Peter and the Starcatcher: Staff Reviews

PeterandtheStarcatcherWe still may be under the sea for a few more weeks with The Little Mermaid, but we are already looking forward to setting our sails with our production of Peter and the Starcatcher, which takes our stage from Jan. 20-Feb. 14, 2016.

This clever play with music is presented as a co-production with TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Ark, and we are excited to present it as a regional premiere this winter! TheatreSquared’s production is showing now through Jan. 3, at which time the entire production – cast, set, costumes, etc. – will transfer to our home on Main Street to be reworked for our space.

Luckily, some of our staff (including me!) were able to travel north to preview this Tony Award-winning production before it comes to The Rep!

Here are our reviews of this funny, touching and wildly inventive production:

Peter and the Starcatcher was just magical! It was a beautiful story of becoming who you’re truly meant to be. Watching Peter search for his purpose and his happiness is captivating. This show will make all of the young-at-heart glow with warmth and happiness. With clever references to both the original story by J.M. Barrie and current pop culture, this show is laugh-out-loud funny and as endearing as it possibly could be!

-Bailey Lamb, Assistant to the Production Manager

 

The journey you take with Peter and Molly (female protagonist) is a unique one filled with a nostalgic and yet child-like innocence that helps you witness the creation of the story Peter Pan.  The development of the characters from unknown protagonists into some of the most highly known names in the world is one of simplistic effortless beauty. Trish Clark was able to capture Peter’s unknown existence and transition into finding his name Peter Pan through costumes with great care and simple transitions that you can barely notice until he has fully become the character. Watching these characters adventures unfold with brilliant wit and literary references is an adventure in its own for audience and cast, alike. You will walk away from this show smiling.

-Elise Kulovany, Costume Shop Manager

 

This delightful journey that you take with Peter is one that you have to experience for yourself! From the moment the voyage begins, you are transported to this colorful world where you are introduced to the orphan boy and get to witness his incredible transformation to the Boy Who Would Never Grow Up.

The slapstick humor and comedic timing of the crew is perfect and leaves you wanting more. And you owe it all to the brilliant cast who bring these fascinating and magical characters to life from when they’re on the ships all the way to the tropical island. I grew up watching Peter Pan and to be able to see the beginning of his journey in such a magnificent way is something I’ll never forget!

-Lauren James, Communications Manager

Bottom line: Don’t miss it!

Tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are on sale NOW! Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Win Cool Prizes in First-Ever Saints and Sinners Raffle

photoThink of what you could do with $5,000 or who could use 10 tickets to the hottest ticket in town this holiday season, The Little Mermaid, or who would like to hone their acting skills.

By buying a Saints and Sinners Raffle ticket, you would have a chance to win one of these cool prizes!

While the annual gala may be months away, the fun begins now with this special raffle, which includes three amazing prizes. The three raffle prizes include:

  • $5,000 Cash
  • 10 Tickets to The Rep’s Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Includes ice cream and drinks
  • Private Performing Arts Workshop for up to eight young artists (or adults). Minimum age 10.

Winners will be announced during a live online drawing at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. The public can follow along on Facebook and Instagram as the winners are announced.

Tickets cost $20 each and are $100 for six. They can be purchased online at www.TheRep.org/saintsraffle; by calling Ronda Lewis at (501) 378-0445, ext. 203; or at The Rep’s Box Office at 601 Main Street, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Saints and Sinners Raffle benefits The Rep. For more information, visit www.TheRep.org or call Ronda at (501) 378-0445, ext. 203.

New This Season: Pay Your Age Night!

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The cast of The Rep’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Photo by John David Pittman.

With our 40th MainStage Season in full swing, it’s only fitting that we have even more events and specials to offer our patrons.

We already have Pay What You Can Night that takes place the first Wednesday preview performance of every production. Now, we have another special performance for patrons: Pay Your Age Night, sponsored by Little Rock Soiree magazine, Colonial Wine and Spirits, and The Point/The Ride!

Are you 22-40 years young? You can pay your age for the first Sunday evening performance (7 p.m.) for every production this season! Check out the full season lineup here.

Our next special Pay Your Age Night is Sunday, Oct. 18!

Tickets are available by phone at (501) 378-0405 or in person at The Rep, 601 Main St., Little Rock. Tickets are limited to four per household. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pickup before the performance.

See you here!

The Rep and Stone’s Throw Partner for Macbeth Beer: Vote CLOSED!

stones-throw-brewing-coming-to-little-rock-ar-L-nrEb8pAre you a beer lover? Well, you’re in for a special treat!

With our production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth taking The Rep MainStage in September, we have teamed up with the popular brewery to create a special beer for the dark drama– a Scottish Red Ale with a small inclusion of rye that adds spice. And guess what? We need your help naming it!

Starting Monday, Aug. 17, The Rep is launching its Macbeth Beer Naming Contest, where we will be accepting entries for the special beverage.

With a reddish hue that pays tribute to the battles of Macbeth, it’s a malty, full-bodied beer that is easy to drink.

After we chose our top five favorite names, then, you, the fans, will vote for your favorite! The winner will receive a growler of the beer and a pair of tickets to see Macbeth!

Here is how the contest will work:

1. Submit your awesome beer name from Monday, Aug. 17 to Friday, Aug. 21.

2. Our top five favorite names will be selected and fans will be allowed to vote for their beer-closeupfavorite on our Facebook page from Monday, Aug. 24 to Wednesday, Aug. 26. The name with the most ‘Likes’ at the end of the voting period will be the winner!

3. The winner will receive a growler of the beer and a pair of tickets to see Macbeth!

The special beer will be on tap at Stone’s Throw, located at 402 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, throughout the run of the show from Sept. 11-27 and will also be incorporated into a special ice cream flavor created by Loblolly Creamery. The ice cream will be sold at Loblolly Creamery, located inside the Green Corner Store, 1423 Main St., Suite D, Little Rock, and at The Rep throughout the run.

Don’t miss your chance to try this one-of-a-kind brew celebrating one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies and get your tickets to Macbeth online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

 

World Premiere of Young Artist Production Project Elan to Take Rep Stage in May

projectelanNow that Mary Poppins has taken flight and ended its run Sunday, Arkansas Repertory Theatre is gearing up for its next production– a world premiere that will be performed by Summer Musical Theatre Intensive program alumni.

Taking stage from May 5-16, Project Élan is a brand-new, original, culture-current musical that seeks to shed light on the individual and universal needs of the millennial generation. Digital and uniquely undefinable, this generation seeks to find answers in an unpredictable world. And although they may appear to be an age overrun by technology and isolation, their dreams are timeless. The millennial generation still longs for the most basic of human needs – safety, hope and love.

Conceived and directed by The Rep’s Resident Director and Director of Education, Nicole Capri, Project Élan is written by Capri and seven SMTI alumni and staff including: Bobby Banister; Conly Basham; Mark Binns; Sam Clark; Robert Frost; Jimmy Landfair; and Charity Vance. The production, which opens on the 10-year anniversary of The Rep’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) program, features approximately 50 of the best past and present alumni from the last decade of the program.

The musical features a diverse musical score with original songs from almost every genre of music – contemporary-alternative, acoustic-folk, urban-rock, indie-pop, jazz-fusion, Nashville-sound, progressive-Broadway and sunshine-pop.

The word “élan” – is defined in several ways — “to live in the moment,” “to live with reckless abandon and enthusiasm,” “confidence,” and “spirit.” The writers of this piece seek to produce a relevant and relatable musical that speaks to the heart of all generations.

Here is a rundown of the performances:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, May 5-8
  • 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10
  • 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 14-15
  • 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16

Seats are $30 and $25 for season subscribers. Get your tickets by clicking here or calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405!