Local arts groups are teaming up to offer a special sampling of the performing arts offerings in central Arkansas with a sampler package called Rock the Arts. Participating organizations include The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Attractions, Ballet Arkansas and Opera In The Rock.
“We all love the performing arts, obviously,” said Ruth Shepherd, board chair at The Rep. “We were brainstorming recently how to share our passion with the community and felt it would be helpful if patrons could ‘try out’ all the different performing arts options in Little Rock. And this season sampler package was born! It really is a great opportunity to sample everything — theater, music, ballet and opera — all for a great price!”
Tickets are $223 (which will save patrons more than 25% over the cost of purchasing individual tickets) and include five select performances to five Little Rock productions. Packages are available until Aug. 26 for select performances.
Here's a peek at what Rock the Arts will include:
"Million Dollar Quartet"
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Sept. 7, 2 p.m.
Four musical legends. A one-in-a-million recording session. On Dec. 4, 1956, in the studios of Sun Records in Memphis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered to meet with legendary producer Sam Philips. What happened next was pure rock-and-roll magic. With a collection of hit songs that includes “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Hound Dog,” this Tony Award-winning musical is guaranteed to be a blast from the past.
Beethoven and Blue Jeans
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson Performance Hall
Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Explore the rich musical heritage of Arkansas with a pairing of composers with local roots — William Grant Still and Florence Price — with Beethoven's groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, “Eroica." Pianist Karen Walwyn, a specialist in the piano works of Florence Price, and guest conductor Andrew Grams take the stage with the ASO for Beethoven and Blue Jeans, a casual concert which has become one of the ASO's most popular annual events.
Celebrity Attractions at Robinson Performance Hall
Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m.
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. "Wicked," the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships until the world decides to call one “good” and the other one “wicked.”
Ballet Arkansas at UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater
April 26, 2:30 p.m.
Filled with works by choreographic luminaries, Master/Works combines the best of live music and cutting-edge contemporary dance with celebrated classical repertory. Sponsored by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Master/Works is the third installment of a three-year concert series designed to elevate the art form within the region. Master/Works has something perfect for every taste and is the final production of Ballet Arkansas' 2019/20 Season.
Opera In The Rock at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
May 31, 2:30 p.m.
OITR’s production of this glamorous and dramatic opera in three acts will be set in Hollywood during the 1940s, with the leading soprano role, Violetta, sung by Dover, Arkansas native Keely Futterer. Futterer was recently seen as Marie in "La fille du régiment" with Opera Saratoga.
To learn more about the Rock the Arts, call the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at (501) 666-1761, ext. 1 or order online.