Charlotte’s Web — Saturdays & Sundays, May 5 & 6, 12 & 13 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

“Northark Drama and the Ozark Arts Council Present:
Charlotte’s Web

Thursdays & Fridays, May 3 & 4, 10 & 11 (Sold Out) 
Saturdays & Sundays, May 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 2:00PM  (Going Fast!)

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
 – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

NorthArk Drama and The Ozark Arts Council, under license from Dramatic Publishing, will present Charlotte’s Web LIVE at The Lyric Theater in Harrison, Arkansas, on May 5, 6, 12, 13 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available through TheLyric.org with Advance Tickets priced at $8 children, $10 seniors, $12 adults. Ticket prices at the door will be $11 children, $13 seniors, $15 adults.

The Ozark Arts Council is hosting a barn-raising that will make any farmer proud, as E. B. White’s beloved ‘Wilbur’ moves into the Lyric! The favorite little piggie of children everywhere has taken up residence as he prepares to entertain us in the NorthArk Drama/OAC production of the beloved classic, Charlotte’s Web! With an amazing cast of both veterans and newcomers, audiences of all ages will delight in this heartwarming story of a spider’s becoming the advocate of the little guy that she declares is “Some Pig.” Performances are May 5, 6, 12, 13 at 2pm and tickets are on sale now and going fast!

After her father, John Arable (Jacob Kolb) spares the life of a piglet from slaughter, his daughter, Fern (Gigi Crenshaw), nurtures the piglet lovingly, naming him Wilbur (Preston Garrison), even though her mother, Martha (Kayla Smith), thinks she already spends too much time with the animals, and her brother, Avery (Wyatt Mahoney) is too busy with his frogs to take much notice. When he’s older, Wilbur is sold to Fern’s aunt and uncle, Edith and Homer Zuckeman (Abigail Kops, Landon Helsel), and cared for by their farmhand, Lurvy (Matthew Brown), in whose barnyard he is left yearning for companionship but is snubbed by the other animals (Emily Akins, Laine Hilliard, Shelby Stracner, Elizabeth Smith), until he is befriended by a spider named Charlotte (Callie Johnson), living on a web overlooking Wilbur’s enclosure. Upon Wilbur’s discovery that he is once again intended for slaughter, she promises to hatch a plan guaranteed to spare his life, with a little help from the local barn rat, Templeton (Daniel Seay). As fans already know, and as those new to this beloved tale shall soon find out: “No one had ever had such a friend. So affectionate, so loyal, and so skillful,” as Charlotte.

With a cast of colorful characters ranging from adults to small children, and narrated by a skilled trio (Brinkley Brewer, Lexi Sprenger, Ella Domino), don’t miss this heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) tale that proves friendship can come in the most unlikely of packages and that words have the power to save anyone, even the sweetest of little pigs.

I would like to say “Thank You” to all the cast and community members that have worked on this production. It is a joy working with a cast of all ages. Children from six years of age, middle school, and young college students are making this production thrive. What a wonderful story to be able to share with all of our community. See you at the Lyric!
— Michael Mahoney
Also included in this stunning cast are: Kinley Bray, Maci Bright, Regan Bright, Zoey DeChambre, Lenora Domino, Liam Dupre, Joey Jones, Caden Lambert, Zachary Linn, Shyanne Lusk, Wynn Mahoney, Annaleigh Mitchell, Dylan Newby, Emmalynn Parker, Raelynn Pendergrass, Emma Pruitt, Jessica Wheeler.

Charlotte’s Web was one of my all-time favorite books and movies as a child, so when Michael asked me to help out with the show, I could hardly say no. The show is a challenging one for sure! Asking actors to portray animals and humans all at the same time…well, that gets tricky; but we have an extraordinary cast who is both dedicated and fearless in this adventure and I couldn’t be prouder of them. I am thrilled we were able to get some area schools to attend and I look forward to future projects where we can also involve our local school children. That is what it is all about, right? We are bringing the Arts to our community and we are having so much fun doing it. As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Michael Mahoney and North Arkansas College, as well as the Ozark Arts Council. Charlotte’s Web is fun entertainment for the whole family that also provides some amazing life lessons and heartfelt human emotions to which we can all relate.  I hope to see everyone in our community come out and support the children and adults who have worked so hard to bring this show to life!
— Bekah Wilson
Area schools were invited to four special matinee performances and will be filling the theater with their laughter. We weren’t able to fit all of the students from all of the schools into the theater, though, (and those who get to see it with their classmates will want to come back and share it with Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and their siblings!), so make sure not to miss your chance to once again delight in this story of friendship: get your tickets while seats still remain!
Charlotte’s Web LIVE at the Lyric Theater May 5, 6, 12, 13 at 2:00 PM. Join us at The Lyric for this heartwarming tale of friendship. Tickets for Charlotte’s Web are available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $8 children, $10 seniors, $12 adults. Ticket prices at the door will be $11 children, $13 seniors, $15 adults.

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Play On! — Fridays & Saturdays, September 7, 8 & 14, 15 @ 7:00 & Sundays, September 9 & 16 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

Logic Says to Call It Off, but It’s…
Play On!

AUDITIONS: Monday & Tuesday, May 14 & 15, 6:00PM–8:00PM

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script; come prepared to have both an American and a British accent!

Artwork courtesy Worcester County Light Opera Club, which now obviously does more than opera!  https://www.wcloc.org

Fridays & Saturdays, September 7, 8 & 14, 15 at 7:00PM
Sundays, September 9 & 16 at 2:00PM

Our little theater group did this play and had the most wonderful time. Props, sets and costumes are as much or as little as you want. I’ve never had so much fun with play in my life. I don’t think it can miss whether you are a little larger group or one almost as small as the group portrayed!
 – Review on Samuel French Website

The Theatre Company of the Ozarks, under license from Samuel French, will present Rick Abbott’s hilarious Play On LIVE at The Lyric Theater in Harrison, Arkansas, on September 7, 8 & 14, 15 at 7:00PM and September 9 & 16 at 2:00PM. Tickets are available through TheLyric.org with Advance Tickets priced at $8 children, $10 seniors, $12 adults. Ticket prices at the door will be $11 children, $13 seniors, $15 adults.

Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Auditions for this full length (3-act) comedy will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and 15 at Harrison’s historic Lyric Theater from 6:00 to 8:00. The absolute best way to stay informed and up-to-date about these—and all other—auditions, upcoming plays, concerts, and other events at the Lyric is to subscribe to our OAC eNews.

About the Play and the Characters

Time Period:

  • The play itself: Present Day
  • Play within a play: Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play: The Stage of a Community Theatre.

Features:

  • Physical Comedy
  • Non-traditional casting
  • Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, plus Period Costumes

Cast of Characters: (parentheses is character in the play-within-a-play)

  • AGGIE MANVILLE – a stage manager and prompter.
  • GERALDINE “GERRY” DUNBAR – a community theatre director.
  • HENRY BENISH (“Lord Dudley”) – a Character Actor.
  • POLLY BENISH (“Lady Margaret”) – a Character Actress.
  • MARLA “SMITTY” SMITH (“Doris the maid”) – a supporting player.
  • SAUL WATSON (“Doctor Rex Forbes”) – a Villain.
  • BILLY CAREWE (“Stephen Sellers”) -a Juvenile.
  • VIOLET IMBRY (“Diana Lassiter”) – an Ingenue.
  • LOUISE PEARY – a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician.
  • PHYLLIS MONTAGUE – a novice playwright in the community.

About the Playwright

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, and directed one show per month for the Enlisted Men’s Club. In 1958, Mr. Sharkey went to New York to begin a full-time freelance writing career. He wrote Science Fiction stories and novels, humor articles, and mystery novels. In 1961, he returned to Chicago where he worked as joke editor for Playboy Magazine and then was Editor of the Allstate Insurance Company Magazine for 11 years from 1964-75. Mr. Sharkey wrote his first stage comedy in 1965. At the end of 1975, he went exclusively into playwriting, which he continued until a few months before his death. He has 83 published plays written under his own name and four others – Rick AbbotMonk FerrisMark Chandler, and Mike Johnson. Mike Johnson wrote only stage thrillers. All the other plays are comedies and/or musicals. The plays are performed all around the world. Mr. Sharkey passed away on September 28, 1992 after a bout with cancer.

Tickets available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students; tickets purchased at the door are $15 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students.

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Play On! — Fridays & Saturdays, September 14, 15 & 21, 22 @ 7:00 & Sundays, September 16 & 23 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

Logic Says to Call It Off, but It’s…
Play On!

Fridays & Saturdays, September 14, 15 & 21, 22 at 7:00PM
Sundays, September 16 & 23 at 2:00PM

Our little theater group did this play and had the most wonderful time. Props, sets and costumes are as much or as little as you want. I’ve never had so much fun with play in my life. I don’t think it can miss whether you are a little larger group or one almost as small as the group portrayed!
 – Review on Samuel French Website

Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Auditions for this full length (90-minute) comedy will be announced soon. The absolute best way to be informed of these—and all other—auditions at the Lyric is to subscribe to our OAC eNews.

About the Play and the Characters

Time Period:

  • The play itself: Present Day
  • Play within a play: Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play: The Stage of a Community Theatre.

Features:

  • Physical Comedy
  • Non-traditional casting
  • Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, plus Period Costumes

Cast of Characters: (parentheses is character in the play-within-a-play)

  • AGGIE MANVILLE – a stage manager and prompter.
  • GERALDINE “GERRY” DUNBAR – a community theatre director.
  • HENRY BENISH (“Lord Dudley”) – a Character Actor.
  • POLLY BENISH (“Lady Margaret”) – a Character Actress.
  • MARLA “SMITTY” SMITH (“Doris the maid”) – a supporting player.
  • SAUL WATSON (“Doctor Rex Forbes”) – a Villain.
  • BILLY CAREWE (“Stephen Sellers”) -a Juvenile.
  • VIOLET IMBRY (“Diana Lassiter”) – an Ingenue.
  • LOUISE PEARY – a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician.
  • PHYLLIS MONTAGUE – a novice playwright in the community.

About the Playwright

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, and directed one show per month for the Enlisted Men’s Club. In 1958, Mr. Sharkey went to New York to begin a full-time freelance writing career. He wrote Science Fiction stories and novels, humor articles, and mystery novels. In 1961, he returned to Chicago where he worked as joke editor for Playboy Magazine and then was Editor of the Allstate Insurance Company Magazine for 11 years from 1964-75. Mr. Sharkey wrote his first stage comedy in 1965. At the end of 1975, he went exclusively into playwriting, which he continued until a few months before his death. He has 83 published plays written under his own name and four others – Rick AbbotMonk FerrisMark Chandler, and Mike Johnson. Mike Johnson wrote only stage thrillers. All the other plays are comedies and/or musicals. The plays are performed all around the world. Mr. Sharkey passed away on September 28, 1992 after a bout with cancer.

Tickets available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students; tickets purchased at the door are $15 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students.

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Nunsense — Saturdays, March 10 & 17 @ 7:00 & Sundays, March 11 & 18 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

It’s Funny…but…#itshabitforming!
It’s Nunsense!

Saturdays, March 10 & 17 at 7:00PM
Sundays, March 11 & 18 at 2:00PM

A hail of fun and frolic—Nunsense, like the holy mother church, is a bona fide institution.
 – The New York Times

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of Grease. Here we meet Reverend Mother Mary Regina (Jeanie Hunt), a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert (Lisa Johnson), the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne (Ann Lemley); Sister Mary Leo (Serena Bolonsky), a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia (Karen McKaig), the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

Want to get a little taste in advance? Check out the Nunsense YouTube Channel!

Want a little local taste in advance? Besides watching this site for upcoming cast photos, etc., be sure to watch Hometown TV’s 726 and The Weekly Daily Show with Jim and Alicia for upcoming interviews!

Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. Join us at The Lyric to see these singing, dancing, trapeze-ing nuns! Tickets available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students; tickets purchased at the door are $15 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students.

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Northark Drama Presents: All in the Timing — Thur–Sat Nov. 16–18 @ 7:00 & Sunday, Nov. 19 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

Award-winning One Acts:
All in the Timing
Thursday–Saturday, Nov. 16–18 at 7:00PM
Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2:00PM

All in the Timing, a Northark Drama production, will be performed at Harrison’s historic Lyric Theater Thursday through Saturday, November 16–18, at 7:00pm and Sunday, November 19, at 2:00pm. Advance tickets: $4 general public, $2 Northark students (with Northark ID); at-the-door tickets: $5 general public, $3 Northark students. Advance tickets available at TheLyric.org or by calling (870) 391-3504.

This fall, live at the historic Lyric Theater on the downtown Harrison, Arkansas squareNorthark Drama brings to life a series of curious events that defy dimensions and transcend time. The award-winning All in the Timing, written by David Ives, is a collection of five one-act plays that detail happenings in apparently dissimilar worlds that are, upon deeper inspection, more alike than not.

Beginning this journey is the story of Bill (Jesse Janus), who sets his sights on an attractive young woman named Betty (Shelby Stracner). Bill tries flirting with Betty, but she only has eyes for…William Faulkner. When Bill begins to fail horribly in his attempted wooing, he is granted merciful aid by Mysterious Fate (Brianna Marcil) and her Magic Bell, which rings every time Bill sticks his foot in his mouth.

The setting fades (and the times change!) to a laboratory where an eccentric scientist has captured three chimps, intending the trio to “write into infinity,” if need be, until they create of their own accord the famous and much beloved Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet. This apparently eternal sentence brings the chimps to question their existence…and why they’re named Kafka (Callie Johnson), Milton (Raelyn Selvidge), and Swift (Stacy Fisher). Kafka is more than thrilled to attempt this feat, while Swift rocks the boat, and Milton tries to protect the scientist.

We are then swept into a darkened room where a young woman named Dawn (Jacklyn Walker) appears, quiet, nervous, and stuttering. She’s greeted by a mysterious man named Don (Carrie Armstrong), who speaks a language all his own. As Don begins to teach Dawn his tongue in hopes of ridding her of her stuttering impediment, Dawn begins to realize that there is much more to communication than words.

The scene changes to a dimly lit diner where, under the greyness of a world with no concept of time, a sleazy man named Al (Landon Helsel) tries to order more than food from a waitress (Ariel Uildriks) who has more than once seen players like him. He is interrupted by his friend Mark (Jacob Kolb) who begins to explain the odd occurrences that have been happening to him all day.

In the final display of a universe gone wild, the tale of a famous historical figure is on display. Trotsky (Matthew Joyner) is busy, feverishly writing at his table when his wife, Mrs. Trotsky (Kaleigh Billings), tells of him a very unfortunate event: that he died the previous day. 

Says Director and Northark Drama Instructor, Michael Mahoney:

“I’m certainly enjoying working with this young cast. Out of all of them, only one has been in a small play, and all the rest are making their stage debut. These students are doing excellent work with David Ives’s material. These are very challenging scripts because of the way they are written, and the language is extremely hard, but their concentration, hard work, and dedication is sure to make this a fun evening at the theater!”

Come and spend your time with this wonderful cast as they spend their time(s) with us!

Please Note: This production contains adult themes and content;
parental guidance recommended.

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Opera with a Touch of Broadway…and a Lot of Love! — Of Maids and Men: Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30 at 7:00, Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

Of Maids and Men:
Opera with a Touch of Broadway
and a Lot of Love!
Friday/Saturday, September 29/30 at 7:00PM Sunday, October 1 at 2:00PM 

Of Maids and Men, a double feature of operatic comedy, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30 and on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at our historic Lyric Theater.

Soprano Genevieve Fulks, and baritone Marvin Murphree will sing some of your favorites from musical theatre to cover the range of a relationship from beginning to full maturity in the first act, then present the opera The Maid Mistress by Pergolesi as the second. Rich in meaning, yet bringing that meaning through humor and some of the most wonderful music the world has ever known, Of Maids and Men will leave the audience both touched and laughing.

Ms. Fulks recently portrayed Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks in its 67th season, reprising the role she debuted with Springfield Regional Opera in its 2016 production of Figaro. Fulks is southern raised and trained, originally from the delta of Jonesboro. She made her professional debut with Opera Experience Southeast as Nella and Lauretta cover in Gianni Schicchi. She is at home in both opera and musical theatre and has since performed with Springfield Regional Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera in the Rock, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, The Messiah Project, Forum Sinfonia of Krakow, Poland, Ozark Family Opera Company, Conway Dinner Theatre, Springfield Little Theatre, and Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre.

Mr. Murphree has performed opera, oratorio and song recital throughout the United States, having sung with Lyric Artists of the West in Denver, Heartland Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, MSU Opera Workshop, Classic Arts Chamber Works, Branson Arts Council, as a University of Central Missouri guest artist, Jubilee Concerts in St. Louis, Kansas City Bach Festival, and many others in Missouri, Central OK Concert Series in Oklahoma City, as guest artist at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and Trinity Concerts in Hutchinson, Kansas.

For tickets to Of Maids and Men, click any of our ticketing links or call (870) 391-3504.

James and the Giant Peach, Jr. — Saturdays Aug. 5 & 12 @ 2:00 AND 7:00 and Sundays, Aug. 6 & 13 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

Theatre of the Kids, by the Kids, for the Kids (and, well, for everyone else, too):
James and the Giant Peach, Jr.!

Saturdays, August 5 & 12 at 2:00PM AND 7:00PM 
Sundays, August 6 & 13 at 2:00PM

It’s going to be a “peach” of an August! Join us at The Lyric Theater for an outstanding play OF the kids, BY the kids, and FOR the kids: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr.! Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach, the play is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming script, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James (Jerome Sweatman) is sent by his

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conniving and dastardly aunts, Spiker and Sponge (Brinkley Brewer and Anastazja Stewart) to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean, and launches a journey of enormous peach-portions. James befriends a collection of singing creatures—Ladybug (Annejanette Cole), Grasshopper (Chyler Caraway), Spider (Gabriella Balmer), Earthworm (Logan Cole)—that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Narrated by Ladahlord (Jaxon Whitney), a mysterious creature, this musical contains an ensemble of wild, wacky, wonderful characters, from 5 years old to 18 years old! From Willy Wonka and his Oompa-Loompas, to Bitsy Botana and her Ladies Garden Guild, there is sure to be a colorful character that you will love! The ensemble includes children from previous productions, and quite a few new ones too, all lending their time and talent to make this production abso-fruit-ly fantastic: Serena Bolonsky, Zoey Bolonsky, Callie Caraway, Jocelyn Green, Lorelai Green, Declan Jenkins, Kyran Jenkins, Candace Lambert, Zachary Linn, Cammie Linscott, Shyanne Lusk, Chloe Monk, Faith Nix, Emma Pruitt, Sadie Sharp, Elizabeth Smith, Kayla Smith, Lexi Sprenger.

James and the Giant Peach, Jr. will run 2 shows on August 5 & 12 at 2:00 pm AND 7:00 pm, and matinees on August 6 & 13 at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at TheLyric.org or by calling (870) 391-3504.

Early bird ticket prices (online or over the phone): $12 Adult, $10 Senior/Student, $8 Children.

At the door ticket prices: $15 Adult, $13 Senior/Student, $11 Children.

“Give Peach a chance,” and don’t miss this fantastic production!

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Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens — Thur–Sat Sept. 14–16 @ 7:00 & Sunday, Sept. 17 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

Cast Is Set…Rehearsals Start Soon!
Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sept. 14–16 at 7:00PM
Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2:00PM

Auditions were held at the Lyric Theater for Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens on Monday June 19 and Tuesday June 20, and director Mary Bishop announces the results below!

Performances will be September 14–17.

Directed by Mary Bishop (who, among many other things, brought you the world premiere of Doublewide, Texas!), this is a gut-busting Jones Hope Wooten farce. A stand-alone play in its own right, Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens is the third and final comedy in the Verdeen Cousins Texas Trilogy that begins with The Red Velvet Cake War and continues with Rev’s Exes. It’s been said, “You’ll laugh so hard you might even consider attending your next high school reunion!”

Mary says in announcing her cast:

I am pleased to announce the cast of The Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens. It never gets easier to cast…we had so many good people audition, and so few parts to cast. I wish I had parts for everyone. What it came down to was casting the person who best fit my mental image of the character. As other directors know…this is the hardest part of being a director! We have two people new to our stage in the cast, and I am pleased with that.

Cee Cee Windham – Rebekah Wilson
Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen – Karen Mckaig
Peaches Verdeen Belrose – Linda Jones Henson
Gaynelle Verdeen – Dana Owen O’Quin
LaMerle Verdeen Minshew – Lisa Paladino-Johnson
Aubrey Verdeen – Clark Middleton
Dixie Davenport – Ann Barron Lemley
Ennis Crowder Puckett – Mary Crosley
Della Crowder – Stephanie Jean Hankins
Grover Lout – Bill Cassaday
Dewey Davenport – Jamie Taylor
Raynerd Chisum – Dan Reynolds
Tanzie Lockhart – Toinette Madison

The Story

In this deliciously funny Southern-fried comedy, the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas—Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette—are up against the clock as they frantically attempt to produce the ultimate high school reunion before the old building is demolished. But they’ve got a bushel of obstacles to overcome before they can pull off this miracle: Gaynelle is reeling from the humiliating demise of her loathed ex-husband; Peaches’ romantic life has tanked because the older her dates get, the more horrified they are by her job as a mortuarial cosmetologist; and Jimmie Wyvette is trying to live down her on-camera catfight with a local televangelist.

To top it all off, the cousins have got to impress a governor’s aide with their party-planning capabilities, so that they can nab the plum job of throwing the governor’s birthday bash—and keep their business afloat. Their scramble to prepare the perfect event is interrupted by the exploits of their beloved Uncle Aubrey, who is in danger of getting throttled by the two octogenarian sisters he’s simultaneously romancing, and by threats from their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle, who is determined to be crowned the final and forever Guacamole Queen of Sweetgum High. And that’s before one of Peaches’ former classmates arrives with a malevolent hand puppet and a score to settle, Jimmie Wyvette hog-ties the sherrif with police tape, the high school gym is blown away, and the desperate battle for Guacamole Queen heats up into an outrageous fight to the finish.

Chaos is side-splittingly achieved!

Rollicking Slapstick “Around the World in 80 Days” — June 15–18 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

Adventurous Comedy:
Around the World in 80 Days!
June 15–17 at 7:00PM — June 18 at 2:00PM

 

Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race, June 15–18 at the historic Lyric Theater!

Stampeding elephants!
Raging typhoons!
Runaway trains!
Unabashedly slapstick!

If this sounds like a play you can’t miss, your hearing is perfect!

Come join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock. When Phileas Fogg (Preston Garrison) agrees to an outrageous wager from a fellow club member (Lakin Mills) that puts his fortune and his life at risk, he grabs his resourceful manservant, Passepartout (Jarrett Mann), and sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by Detective Fix (Lexi Knight,) who is thoroughly convinced that Phileas is a famed robber on the run. All seems on track (and even 2 days ahead!) until their train literally runs out of track and the dogged duo run into Aouda (Abigal Kops), the wife of a priest who is about to be sacrificed. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show!

Come traverse all 7 continents at the Lyric Theater Jun 15, 16, 17 at 7:00 and June 18 at 2:00. Tickets at TheLyric.org or 870-391-3504. $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students, $8 Children.

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Raucous Comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” — April 27–30 & May 4–7 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

The Uproarious
One Man, Two Guvnors!

April 27–29 at 7:00PM — April 30 at 2:00PM
May 4–6 at 7:00PM — May 7 at 2:00PM

Under license from Dramatist Play Service, the Ozark Arts Council is pleased to announce the Northark Drama and Theatre Company of the Ozarks collaboration on Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, to be performed at the historic Lyric Theater in Harrison, Arkansas!

In 2011, Mr. Bean (no relation…!) completed a wonderful project of making a modern (well, 1960s, anyway) English adaptation of Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s 1743 commedia dell’arte, Il servitore di due padroni (Servant of Two Masters). Both the script itself and the pre-show and interval skiffle concerts, with music and lyrics by Grant Olding, are hilarious.

Please Note: the play itself is not a musical, but it has a couple of short concerts that relate to the subject matter of the play, but without giving anything away. Seriously. (If you’re confused, just buy a ticket; this is how Italian comedy redone by the Brits a few centuries later works. We have all been happier since we determined to just get used to it.)

One Man, Two Guvnors received widespread critical acclaim. For example, this is what the press in England had to say:

The Guardian gave it 5 stars, saying that it was “A triumph of visual and verbal comedy. One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.”

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The Daily Telegraph described it as “the feelgood hit of the Summer.”
The Independent wrote that it is a “massive hit” and London’s Evening Standard as “a surefire hit”. Blogging site
Everything Theatre described it as “one of the most side-splittingly hilarious productions ever to be staged in London”.
In fact, the show won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for 2011.

When the play came to the Unites States, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said that he enjoyed it at its opening, but that the flaw in the performance was in the actors trying to push the comedy, when the comedy was already there. He writes:

Those flaws I mentioned, though, come mostly from not trusting the simple truth of the material — I know, “truth” sounds out of context here, but believability still is the foundation for physical comedy.

One of the great things often noted about directors Bekah Wilson and Michael Mahoney is their dedication to “letting the text speak,” having the plot live through the characters and the characters live through the actors…rehearsing to the point that the words and actions of the characters are natural to the cast.

Says Co-Director Rebekah Wilson:

I was lucky enough to see the Broadway tour of this show a few years back and I fell in love with it. I have never laughed so hard at any show. I also thought it was one of the most difficult shows I had ever seen and someone would have to be crazy to try to direct it at a community theater. Obviously, I happen to be one of those crazies…[the cast has] worked incredibly hard, giving it absolutely their whole hearts. This cast has committed from day one to me and this project and I couldn’t be more proud and excited for them and for our community to see what they have accomplished. Don’t miss out on this one guys. I desperately want to share this unique and hilarious bit of Broadway with our hometown.

Co-Director Michael Mahoney wholeheartedly agrees:

Working on this show has been another blessing and challenge in the theatre. I feel the same way as my dear friend and directing partner Bekah Wilson…It is a very challenging and yet hilarious script. The humor is so deep and rich and yet the level of focus and realistic aspects must be present for this show to work. The cast and crew have grown together in their commitment and dedication to making the production a reality for our community. I am honored to be onstage with all of them.

For great comedy well done, you cannot beat One Man, Two Guvnors!

The Story

In 1963 Brighton, out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall (Daniel Seay) becomes separately employed by two men—Roscoe Crabbe (O. Wolfe), a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers (Michael Mahoney), an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is also working for someone else.

Complicating events, Roscoe is really Rachel Crabbe (Olivia Wolfe) in disguise, her twin brother Roscoe having been killed by her boyfriend…who is none other than Stanley! Complicating events still further is local mobster Charlie the Duck (Rick Porter), who has arranged his daughter Pauline’s (Rowen Bolonsky) engagement to Roscoe despite her preference for over-the-top amateur actor Alan Dangle (Gavin Wilson). Even further complications are prompted by several letters, a very heavy trunk, several unlucky audience volunteers, an extremely elderly waiter (Preston Garrison), a cast of roughhousers (Wyatt Mahoney, Josiah Reynolds, Isaac Stevens, Jarrett Mann, Billy Dromgoole, Sara Davison) and…Francis’ pursuit of his twin passions: Dolly (Michelle Reynolds), Charlie’s feminist bookkeeper, and food.

Backed up by The Craze—Northern Arkansas’s answer to the UK’s fondness for skiffle in the 1950s and ’60s—One Man, Two Guvnors is one you don’t want to miss!

Please note: Adult language and themes, parental guidance recommended.

The Cast

Francis Henshall — Daniel Seay
Stanley Stubbers — Michael Mahoney
Rachel Crabbe — Olivia Wolfe
Alfie — Preston Garrison
Harry Dangle — Josiah Reynolds
Lloyd Boateng — Isaac Stevens
Pauline Clench — Rowen Bolonsky
Charlie Clench — Rick Porter
Alan Dangle — Gavin Wilson
Dolly Michele — Jewell Reynolds
Gareth — Wyatt Mahoney
Cops — Jarrett Mann, Billy Dromgoole

Ensemble, Old Lady — Sarah Davison
Taxi Driver — Billy Dromgoole
Singers — Callie Johnson, Kt Blessing, Abi Kops

Directors: Rebekah Wilson and Michael Mahoney
Choreographer: Katie Beth Allison
The Craze: Bob Johnson, Abi Kops, James Melton, Curtis Reed, Gray Squires, Eric Stefanski
Stage Manager: Michael Krasowski

GENERAL ADMISSION: $12.00

STUDENTS: $10.00

NORTHARK STUDENTS with NORTHARK COLLEGE ID: $5.00

North Arkansas College in association with
The Theatre Company Presents:
“One Man Two Guvnors”
By
Richard Bean

Adult Language and Themes

 

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