New troupe to play Rail Yard; Honored UALR Professor

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THEATER: New troop

Little Rock Actors Theatera new professional theater group, which calls itself a “house of fearless works” that will produce “theater that breaks the boundaries” with “substantial collaborations with the community”, takes the “stage” with “Bard @ the Bar: A Midsummer Night’s Dream “, 7:00 pm August 11 at Rail Yard, 1212 E. Sixth St., Little Rock.

Production art director and co-founder Mark A. Burbank describes the production as “presentation [William Shakespeare’s comedy] in a whole new way, “in a casual setting and in 60 minutes. Co-founder Shelby-Allison Hibbs, executive director of the group, directs. Admission is free (donations are encouraged); visit centralarkansastickets.com.

The show kicks off a seven-game “Season Zero”, introducing the group before its first official calendar year season begins in January 2023.

The rest of the training:

◼️ August 18: Off page: Arkansas premiere of “Mrs. Phu’s Cleansing Juices (and also salads)” by Emily Witt, 7pm, Nexus Coffee and Creative, 301 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. The Off the Page series of one night only presentations offers “the opportunity to hear new or rarely produced shows that connect with today’s social and political issues,” explains the theater’s opening announcement.

◼️ September 16-25: “Desire: A Handbook for a Last Effort to Save Abortion in the United States Through the Theater” by Justice Hehir, Dena Igusti, Phaneisia Pharel, Nia Akilah Robinson and Julia Specht, venue (s) to be determined, even with pop-up performances.

◼️ 28 September-October 2 and 13-16 October: Artists Lab: “SkyWoman: a devised piece”, created by the Artists Lab Ensemble, opening weekend at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia with a cast of HSU students and the second in Little Rock with a combined cast of HSU students and Little Rock residents.

◼️ 27-31 October: “The Rocky Horror Show”, book, music and lyrics by Richard O’Brien.

◼️ November, TBD: Micro Play Festival, previews of new works by local theater authors based on suggestions and themes directly related to central Arkansas.

◼️ December 13-18: “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock.

The theater will hold auditions by appointment from 10am to 3pm on August 13th at Pinnacle View Middle School, 5701 Ranch Drive, Little Rock, and encourages artists of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, body types and age, as well as artists with disabilities, at the audition. You must be at least 12 years old. Prepare a contemporary 60-second monologue and two contrasting songs that showcase your range and style as an artist. Sheet music holder for the accompanist.

To arrange another audition time or to submit a video audition, send an email with the subject “Hearings of the 2022 season” to [email protected] A small fee will be offered for most roles. Sign up at tinyurl.com/2nzcde6f. For more information, visit Actorstheatrelr.org.

Hours of representation shifts

The Arkansas Repertoire Theater is juggling the 2022-23 performance schedule, changing the dates of two shows: Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” featuring Emmy-nominated actor Judge Reinhold, originally scheduled to start the season on September 13 to 13 October. 23, will take the stage from January 31st to February 31st. 19 to the theater, 601 Main St., Little Rock. And Duncan Macmillan’s solo show “Every Brilliant Thing” with Johnny Donahoe, originally scheduled for January 31-February. 19, is now September 13-October. 23 seasons curtain.

A theater spokesperson explained that the change was the result of a scheduling conflict with one of the actors.

The previously announced performances of three other shows will run as originally planned: the musical “Guys & Dolls”, November 29-December. 30 and “The little shop of horrors”, April 4-30; and Lynn Nottage’s comedy “Clyde’s,” June 6-25. Subscription packages are on sale; visit TheRep.org or call (501) 378-0405.

MUSIC: Chamber concerts

Faulkner Chamber Music Festival teachersa project of the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, will hold two free concerts at the Center for Humanities & Arts, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock:

◼️ Tuesday at 5:30 pm: “Even-ing Harmony” – violinists Geoffrey Robson and Er-Gene Kahng, violist Ryan Mooney and cellist Jeremy Crosmer play “String Quartet No. 3”, https: // www .nwaonline.com / news / 2022 / jul / 31 / new-troupe-to-play-rail-yard-ualr-professor / “Mishima”, by Philip Glass. Katherine Williamson replaces Robson in the quartet for Anna Clyne’s “Shadow of the Words for String Quartet and Tape”. And Robson switches to viola for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quintet” in C major, Op.29.

◼️ Friday at 7pm: “Bartok & Brahms” – Williamson and Robson, violins; Mooney, purple; and Crosmer, cello, plays Bela Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 2”. Kahng and Robson, violins; Mooney and Williamson, violets; and Crosmer, cello, plays the “String Quintet No. 2” in G major, Op.111, by Johannes Brahms.

Call (615) 775-6744, email [email protected] or visit faulknerchambermusicfestival.com.

Honor of the Faculty

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock elevated Linda Holzer, a music teacher since 1995, to the honorary title of “university professor”. She is only the second faculty member to receive the honor, joining sociology professor David Briscoe, who received honorary promotion in 2021.

The University grants the title “only to active teachers in recognition of a prolonged period of exemplary service in a spirit of collegiality to [the university] as well as a combination of service in their profession and to the public through their professional activities, “according to a press release.

Holzer, a pianist, will give a recital on September 23 at UralR, performing the Arkansas premiere of Gwyneth Walker’s “Riddle Variations” and pieces by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov and Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom.

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