Opening week of The Little Mermaid: Engage with Us!

Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid. photos by STEPHEN B. THORNTON

The cast of Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid. Photo by STEPHEN B. THORNTON

It’s the Opening Week of our blockbuster holiday musical, The Little Mermaid, the third production in The Rep’s landmark 40th MainStage Season!

Now that we are in our first week of December (can you believe it?), we are excited to get our big musical started and give our patrons engaging activities.

Here is this week’s lineup of fun events:

Wednesday, December 2:

  • Preshow Director Talk, 6:15-6:45 p.m.: Get exclusive insight into our production of The Little Mermaid from Director Bob Hupp and the creative team before the start of the preview performances. FREE!
  • Pay What You Can Night, 7 p.m.: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

Thursday, December 3:

  • Clinton School Speaker Series, 12-1 p.m. Clinton School Join Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the cast and creative team for a panel discussion on this musical. RSVP by calling the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239. FREE!
  • Preshow Director Talk, 6:15-6:45 p.m.: Get exclusive insight into our production of The Little Mermaid from Director Bob Hupp and the creative team before the start of the preview performances. FREE!

Friday, December 4:

  • Opening Night performance and post-show party, 8 p.m.: Opening Night for The Little Mermaid will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Sunday, December 6:

  • Pay Your Age Night, 7 p.m.: Little Rock Soiree presents The Rep’s “Pay Your Age Night” on Sunday, Oct. 18. Are you age 22 – 40? Pay Your Age at The Rep! Top off your weekend with great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Colonial Wines and Spirits. Tickets are limited to four per household, Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up.

Check out our full lineup of surround events during the show’s run from December 2- January 3 here and book your tickets by calling (501) 378-0405 or visiting TheRep.org.

August: Osage County Special Events

The cast The Rep's production of August: Osage County. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

The cast The Rep’s production of August: Osage County. Photo by Stephen B. Thornton.

We are gearing up for our last show of the 39th MainStage Season: August: Osage County.

One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history, August: Osage County is a darkly comedic portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest—and absolute worst. It’s a show you don’t want to miss!

And in addition to the incredible show patrons will be able to see, there are plenty of ways to engage with us throughout the run, June 5-21. Here is what we have lined up for the run of the show:

Pay What You Can Night
Wednesday, June 3 | 7 p.m.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wednesday, June 3. Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

Pre-show Director Talks
Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
A preshow talk will take place on the set of August: Osage County with Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the creative team. Free!

Clinton School of Public Service Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, June 4 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of August: Osage County for a panel discussion on this award-winning drama.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations. Free!

Opening Night
Friday, June 5 | 8 p.m.
Opening Night for August: Osage County will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Live from Foster’s with HeatherSmith
Friday, June 12 | 6:30 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from HeatherSmith in Foster’s. beerglassesFree!

The After-Party
Saturday, June 20 | 11:15 p.m.
Stick around after the show for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance at The Rep’s lounge Foster’s. Free!

Purchase your ticket to the show online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. We hope to see you here!

Closing Week of The Whipping Man: Engage with Us!

Ryan Barry as Caleb (from left), Damian Thompson and Michael A. Shepperd. Photo by Stephen Thornton.

Ryan Barry as Caleb (from left), Damian Thompson and Michael A. Shepperd. Photo by Stephen Thornton.

Can you believe it? It’s the last week of our latest production, The Whipping Man!

An extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country.

It’s a week definitely not to be missed here at Arkansas Repertory Theatre (and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center)– there are special engagement and standing surround events almost every night this week.

Here is what you can take part in:

It’s in the Bag: Lunch ‘n Learn Series at Mosaic Templars
Tuesday, February 3 | 11:30 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s quarterly lunchtime series will be a panel discussion, moderated by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, featuring The Whipping Man cast, alongside Jim Pfeifer, AIA.  After the discussion, tour MTCC’s new exhibit, “Freedom! Oh, Freedom! Arkansas’ People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866.” Bring your lunch and drinks will be provided. Free!

Girls Night Out with The Design Group
Tuesday, Feb. 3 | 5 p.m.
Sponsored by The Design Group, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Brown Sugar Bake Shop and Arkansas Black Hall of Fame
Mix and mingle in The Rep lobby with yummy treats and fabulous shopping from 5 – 7 p.m. and enjoy a special talk-back discussion immediately following the performance. Post-show discussion moderated by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, featuring the cast of The Whipping Man and Lottie Shackelford, former Mayor of Little Rock. The special Girls Night Out event is free and open to the public. Tickets to the performance are $35. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to get your tickets!

Talk-Back Series
Thursday, February 5 | 9:30 p.m.
Post-show discussions that explore the themes present in this production. Free!beerglasses

Live from Foster’s with Crossroads
Friday, February 6 | 6:30 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from Crossroads in Foster’s. Free!

The After-Party
Saturday, February 7 | 10:30 p.m.
Stick around after the show for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance at The Rep’s lounge Foster’s. Free!

Get your tickets now for this thought-provoking drama. Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405. Learn more about this incredible play with our study guide here. We hope to see you here!

Engage with Us: The Whipping Man

THEREP_THE WHIPPINGMAN (no credits)-page-001Now that our holiday musical is over, we are gearing up for our next production, The Whipping Man, taking The Rep stage from Jan. 23-Feb. 8.

A tale of faith in a time of war, the drama is set during Passover 1865. The Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes sits in ruins. As Jewish confederate officer Caleb DeLeon returns from the war, badly wounded, to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining, Simon and John, the two men are forced to care for him.

In addition to seeing this thought-provoking drama, there are plenty of ways to engage with us about the content of the show. For The Whipping Man, the National Endowment for the Arts recommended The Rep for a $10,000 grant to support the production and to collaborate with community partners on related audience engagement activities.

Here is a rundown of the community engagement events the public can take part in:

PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
A preshow talk will take place on the set of The Whipping Man with Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the creative team.

CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, January 22 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock

Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of The Whipping Man for a panel discussion on this post-Civil War drama.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239 for reservations.

OPENING NIGHT
Friday, January 23 | 8 p.m.
Opening Night for The Whipping Man will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

The World Turned Upside Down: The South at the End
Member Night with Dr. Carl Moneyhon

Monday, January 26 | 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Carl Moneyhon, a Civil War expert with the UALR History Department, will discuss historical content relative to this production. Admission for members is free, while non-members are $10. Call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 to reserve your spot!

Talk-Back Series
Thursday, January 29 and Thursday, February 5 | 9:30 p.m.
Post-show discussions that explore the themes present in this production.

It’s in the Bag: Lunch ‘n Learn Series at Mosaic Templars
Tuesday, February 3 | 11:30 a.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s quarterly lunchtime series will be a panel discussion, moderated by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, featuring The Whipping Man cast, alongside Jim Pfeifer, AIA.  After the discussion, tour MTCC’s new exhibit, “Freedom! Oh, Freedom! Arkansas’ People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866.” Bring your lunch and drinks will be provided.

Live from Foster’s with Crossroads
Friday, February 6 | 6:30 p.m.
Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from Crossroads in Foster’s.

The After-Party
Saturday, February 7 | 10:30 p.m.
Stick around after the show for drinks and look for members of the cast to make an appearance at The Rep’s lounge Foster’s.

Purchase tickets to The Whipping Man by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405 or by visiting TheRep.org.

Wait Until Dark: Engage With Us

With our 39th MainStage Season in full force and our upcoming show Wait Until Dark opening next week, we have weeks of opportunities to engage with The Rep and the thriller about to take the MainStage.

From shopping and pizza-and-beer night to live music and a fun after-party with the cast, we have special programming and events for everyone.

Read below for full details about what’s happening this month at The Rep:

beerpizzaBoo & Brew sponsored by Sync Weekly

Wednesday, Oct. 29
5-7 p.m.

Enjoy pre-show pizza and beer.

 

Girls Night Out with Indigo sponsored by Inviting Arkansas
10511285_618969088217835_7659425666994540551_nThursday, Oct. 30
6 – 7 p.m.

Shop ’til you drop in black and white with Little Rock boutique Indigo in Foster’s before showtime. Cash bar available.

 

 

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The After-Party
Saturday, Nov. 1
After the show – until the party stops!

Stick around after the show for drinks, and look for members of the cast of Wait Until Dark to make an appearance in Foster’s.

 

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Friday, Nov. 7
6:30-8 p.m.

Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from musician Sam Clark in Foster’s.

 

Great seats are available for Wait Until Dark. Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

Memphis The Musical: Engage With Us

With our 39th Season having opened last Friday (Sept. 5) with Memphis, we have a full month of opportunities to engage with The Rep and the musical currently on our MainStage. From shopping and a beer tasting to a concert and after-party with the cast, we have special programming and events for everyone.

Read below for full details about what’s happening this month at The Rep.

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Saturday, September 13
After the show – until the party stops!

Stick around after the show for drinks, and look for members of the cast of Memphis to make an appearance in Foster’s.

Girls Night Out with Beehive sponsored by Inviting 10511285_618969088217835_7659425666994540551_nArkansas
Thursday, September 18
5 – 7 p.m.
Complimentary champagne pour from 5 – 6 pm; Cash bar from 6 – 7 pm

Shop ’til you drop with Little Rock boutique Beehive in Foster’s before show time.

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Friday, September 19
6 p.m.

Get your evening started early with live pre-show music from musician Christopher Key Cash in Foster’s.

 

Beer Night with O’Fallon Brewery sponsored by Arkansas Times and Golden EagleOFallonBrewery
Thursday, September 25
5:30 p.m.

Join the Arkansas Times and Golden Eagle before the show to have a beer from O’Fallon Brewery.


Great seats are still available for Memphis.  Purchase yours online or by calling the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.