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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Marvelous Misfits Vaudeville Variety Show – RESCHEDULING for January 2017

Marvelous Misfits Vaudeville Variety Show
December 3 Show CANCELLED
RESCHEDULING for January, 2017 (Will still be an 8:00PM showtime) Tickets will be on sale presently!

Hey, Harrison: some Marvelous Misfits are headed your way!raven-1

The Marvelous Misfits Vaudeville Variety Show,
headquartered in Little Rock, but with performers from all over the country, features juggling, hooping, magic, mentalism, comedy, theater, singing, sideshow
and dancing acts. The show is different each time, with a rotating cast of performers. Paul Prater (who marvelously mystified many when he performed solo at The Lyric a few years ago) is your emcee for this night of fun, excitement and incredible entertainment. You may see a little sideshow, some mind-reading, or maybe some magic; you never know what Paul will provide!

josh-stage2Paul’s co producer is Arty Dodger—the Dapper Dabbler in Danger, the Virtuoso of Vaudeville, the Beethoven of Balance, the Juggernaut of Jugglers, and Devourer Incendium. A small town boy with Southern charm, Arty Dodger has spent years honing his craft of the art of juggling and balance. With the influence of early vaudeville and variety performers, Arty boasts a wide repertoire, including stilt walking, fire eating and hat, cane, and cigar manipulation as well as high energy juggling with fire, knives, and any other inanimate object that beseech him. (Better look lively in your seat or he may try to juggle you!)

Paul and Arty have assembled a group of performers that never fail to amaze and entertain, and they will be #LiveAtTheLyric at 8:00pm on Saturday, December 3!

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The Nerd – November 17–20, 2016

 

Nerd Alert! Get ready to nerd up and scream with laughter when The Nerd takes the stage this November!

November 17, 18, 19 at 7:00PM
November 20 at 2:00PM

The unassuming and, frankly, gumption-less Willum Cubbert (Daniel Seay) lives a relatively peaceful (i.e., rather humdrum) life. An independent architect and landlord to his friends—Axel (Matt Hamblin), a wisecracking
nerd-8smart-aleck of a drama critic, and Tansy (Kirstyn de Jager), a sweet and smart meteorologist with a mutual (but unfulfilled) attraction to Willum—the ebb and flow of life seems to leave him mostly unaffected.

Willum, though, has often told his friends about one exciting thing: the debt he owes to Rick Steadman (Josiah Reynolds), a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum has always written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do nerd-5anything for you”—so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday.

That same night, Willum is hosting a dinner party for his client, Warnock Waldgrave (James Melton), Waldgrave’s wife, Clelia (Rowen Bolonsky), and their temperamental and bombastic son, Thor (Wyatt Mahoney). Willum’s delight soon fades, as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless ‘nerd’—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence,nerd-9 and even less tact.

As Rick stays on and on…and on…his continued presence among Willum and his friends leads to one uproarious incident after another, from a mishap with cottage cheese to a certain…episode…concerning…swine…until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating (comical) violence—a dire development that only the machinations of his friends can hope to overcome!

northarkdramaThe Nerd, presented by nerd-7NorthArk Drama and the Ozark Arts Council, and directed by Michael Mahoney, will be live at the Lyric Theater November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:00pm, and November 20 at 2:00pm. Tickets available online or by calling 870-391-3504.

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Todd Oliver & Friends

 

Todd Oliver & Friends

Todd Oliver and Irving—the World's First Talking Dog!
Todd Oliver and Irving—the World’s First Talking Dog!

Have you ever met a talking dog, a real talking dog, not a puppet? Get ready, folks, because this September 17 you’re going to meet the funniest character on 4 legs: Irving (with a little help from his friend Todd Oliver) is going to talk up a storm!

If you’ve ever wondered how a dog looks at life, this little home-raised companion is going to give it to you straight from the dog’s mouth. He won’t mince words—and if he does it’s Todd’s fault anyway!

Todd Oliver grew up loving dogs and ventriloquism. As a young boy he studied piano, guitar, voice, and ventriloquism. Along the way he created some wooden-headed characters and performed around the world.

Todd Oliver & Friends, September 17, 2016 @ 7pm
Todd Oliver & Friends, September 17, 2016 @ 7pm

Todd Oliver and Friends have been a feature on Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, a couple episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger…and in 2012 they were a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent. For a little taste of what Todd’s shows are like, check out his videos on YouTube.

A major draw for entertainment venues everywhere, Todd is now touring, bringing his brand of family fun to towns across America, and he’ll be here at the historic Lyric Theater on Saturday evening, September 17! So sit back and get ready, because you’re going to have a doggone, rockin’ good time with Todd Oliver And Irving!

Tickets on sale now through our ticketing web site or by calling the OAC office at (870) 391-3504!

Todd Oliver & Friends, September 17, 2016 @ 7pm
Todd Oliver & Friends, September 17, 2016 @ 7pm

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Farce of Nature

facepalmWhere’s the best fishin’ in the Ozarks? Right here in
Boone County—at the Reel ’Em Inn, a little fishing lodge right on the Harrison square! It has all the amenities: fishin’, huntin’, a maid packin’ heat, rampagin’ animals…and some gangsters from Chicago thrown in just for kicks!

The Ozark Arts Council and The Theatre Co. of the Ozarks invite you to the great outdoors of the historic Lyric Theater—where the summer is always cooler!—for Farce of Nature, a side-splitting comedy, THIS Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 4–6 at 7:00 PM and this Sunday, August 7 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are available for purchase through our ticketing web site or by calling (870) 391-3504.

Meet D. Gene Wilburn (Nate Jordon), the owner and proprietor of The Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Well, it used to be, but lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who’s just checked in – an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca (Cameron Carlton) from Chicago – is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program. Doesn’t anybody just want to fish anymore?!?

fallingCertainly not D. Gene’s frustrated wife, Wanelle (Shellie Renner), who’s fed up with their lackluster romantic life! She’s taken drastic steps to improve it through hypnotic suggestion and for the life of him, D. Gene cannot understand why his pants keep falling down. D. Gene’s feisty sister, Maxie (Dana O’Quin), has her own problems, chief among them battling ageism to resume her career in law enforcement. She’ s determined to prove her worth by keeping Carmine DeLuca alive through the weekend—a task that’s going to prove to be much harder than she bargained for since she keeps losing both her gun and her bullets. And she never anticipated that the gangster Camine’s been dodging for the last five years, Sonny Barbosa (Michael Amburn), is about to walk through the door, in hot pursuit of his sexy wife, Lola (Julianna Stefanski). Seems the headstong Lola has driven hundreds of miles to the lodge to follow her boytoy, Ty (Preston Garrison), D. Gene and Wanelle’s son. But Lola meets her match in Ty’s seemingly innocent girlfriend, Jenna (Sara Davidson), whose patience has reached the breaking point after months of waiting for Ty to come home. And when Roxanne Thorne (Roz Slavik) comes running into their lives, they must all make a decision that could change their lives forever.

In the deliciously funny romp that ensues, they all hide, lie, disguise themselves, cross-dress, and slam doors chasing one another while trying to figure out the source of an increasingly awful stench. But by then it’s too late and the lodge is surrounded by vicious critters and hungry varmints that have followed the odor down from the hills and are looking for some fresh meat…

This hilarious and fast-paced comedy is guaranteed to win y’all over, hook, line, and sinker! So we invite you to kick back, relax, do a little “Woo Pig Sooie”-ing, and, finally, grab ’hold of your belt and shut up and fish!

All photos courtesy Beth Crenshaw Photography.

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