Comedy/Drama: Steel Magnolias #LiveAtTheLyric July 26-27, August 2-3 at 7:00pm and July 28, August 4, 2024 at 2:00pm

The Ozark Arts Council Presents:
Steel Magnolias
Friday–Saturday, July 26-27, August 2-3, 7:00PM
Sunday, July 28, August 4, 2:00PM

Steel Magnolias will be performed Live at the Lyric (with 2 different casts!) July 26-27, 2024 at 7:00PM, August 2-3, 2024 at 7:00PM, Sunday July 28 at 2:00PM, and Sunday August 4 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and up) and students, and $8 for children (under 12), when purchased in advance; prices are $3 higher if purchased at the door.

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married) (Laken Rudelis & Jerry Carter), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy (Jane Harrison) dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”) (Lisa Johnson & Toinette Madison); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee (Kelly Goodwin & Ann Lemley), who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn (Julianna Hamblin & Lisa Bailey), whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town) (Katie Davis & Ella Rush), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, when the play moves towards tragedy, the ladies must rely on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

July 26-28 is the Chinqapin Parish Cast:

Truvy – Jane Harrison; Annelle – Jerry Carter; M’Lynn – Lisa Bailey; Shelby – Ella Nelle; Ouiser – Lisa Johnson; Clairee – Ann Lemley

August 2-4 is the Natchitoches Cast:

Truvy – Jane Harrison; Annelle – Laken Rudelis; Shelby – Katie Davis; M’Lynn – Julianna Hamblin; Ousier – Toinette Madison; Clairee – Kelly Goodwin

“…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy.” 

– New York Post

“Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving.” 

– New York Daily News

Steel Magnolias will be performed Live at the Lyric (with 2 different casts!) July 26-27, 2024 at 7:00PM, August 2-3, 2024 at 7:00PM, Sunday July 28 at 2:00PM, and Sunday August 4 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and up) and students, and $8 for children (under 12), when purchased in advance; prices are $3 higher if purchased at the door.

 

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Auditions: Saturday May 18 at 1:00pm and Sunday May 19 at 1:00pm for Steel Magnolias!

Auditions!

Auditions for Steel Magnolias will be held at The Historic 1929 Lyric Theater. Ages 18 and up ONLY Please register to audition at TheLyric.org to receive more information!

The Requirements

Only those auditioning may be present. Auditions will consist of sides from the script, chosen by the director. To see more information, please register here.

Ages 18 and up.

The Story

Auditions for Steel Magnolias will be May 18 and 19 at 1:00pm. Performance dates are August 8-11, 2024, with a tentative second weekend August 16-18.

Ages 18 and up ONLY.

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

Thank you for supporting the Arts and good luck!

Summer Workshop on the Horizon!

The Summer Kidz Workshop is now taking applicants!

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The Theatre Co. of the Ozarks is pleased to announce their upcoming summer workshop! They are now accepting applications for students ages 6 to 17. Applications are due by Monday May 20, 2024.

The dates are Monday-Thursday July 8-11, July 15-18, and July 22-25 from 1pm-5pm, with a performance on Sunday July 28 at 2pm at the Lyric Theater. We will provide snacks and water, but it is always a good idea to have your child bring their own water bottle and snacks if they prefer something in particular or have allergies.
 
The cost of the workshop is $25 per child. There are several scholarships available based on need.

 
This workshop will be a combination of mini workshops for improv, acting, set building, lighting design, and much more! They will be hosted by qualified and experienced adults and Theatre students in high school and college.

 
The younger students will participate in The Aristocats KIDS and the older students will concentrate on writing their own monologues and performing them OR on tech and backstage work! If kids choose to be tech students, they will still participate in all workshops, and instead of performing, they will learn how to build a portfolio and present iit. OAC Executive Director Julianna Hamblin and Theatre Co. of the Ozarks Vice President AJ Womack will be leading the students in these performances. 
 
Please make plans to attend the mandatory parent/guardian meeting on Monday June 3 at 5:30pm to get all the info. Please bring your registered child(ren) so we can meet them! But don’t forget to sign up first!

Sign up here!

Musical at HHS PAC: The Addams Family, A New Musical #LiveAtThePAC April 12-13 at 7:00pm, April 19-20 at 7:00pm; April 14, 21 at 2:00pm

Harrison High School Theatre Dept. Presents:
The Addams Family, A New Musical
Friday, Saturday April 12-13, April 19-20, at 7:00PM
Sunday April 14, 21 at 2:00PM

The Addams Family, A New Musical will be performed at the Harrison High School Performing Arts Center April 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 7:00 pm and April 14 and 21 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are on sale at HHSPAC.org.

Hundreds of years ago, a family’s ancestors came from the old country and settled on a plot of land in what has now become New York’s Central Park. The family flourished for many generations, enjoying their seclusion in a huge house built where a great Spanish oak protected the ancestral graves from such annoyances as tourists and…sunlight.

As the play begins, the last dead leaf of autumn falls from the Family Tree, and all is right in the morbid, macabre world of the Addams Family—Gomez (Bannon Jones), Morticia (Rilee Young), Fester (Isaiah Wallis), Grandma (Reagan Hersh), Wednesday (Liani Cash), Pugsley (Ally Hyatt), Lurch (Chase Moak), Cousin It (Mick McCormick) and, of course, Thing. They’ve gathered—where else?—in the family graveyard, to celebrate life and death in a yearly ritual to connect with their past and ensure their future. They are at peace, not just with each other and their inimitable, unchanging Addams-ness, but with their dead ancestors, too—who emerge from their graves on this night each year to join in the celebration (Makayla Alsobrook, Ricky Bates, Emma Bock, Laith Boswell, Milo Briggs, Maci Bright, Julie Davis, Leigh Dayanan, Ella Domini, Mattea Emerson, Bella Gibson, Delaney Hodges, Ellison Jones, Kamyron Lefebvre, Zachary Linn, Wynn Mahoney, Mick Morrell, Beck Nelson, Nicholas Padilla, Jerome Sweatman). At the end of the ritual this year, though, Fester blocks the ancestors’ return to their graves! Those unchanging Addams family values are about to be tested when we find out that Wednesday, “that bundle of malice,” is in love…with a “normal” person, Lucas Beineke (Garret Cox)…and he, his mistrusting father Mal (Mark Green), and his cloying mother (Valeria Carbajal) are on their way to dinner. But how ‘normal’ are these regular Ohioans? The night will take a crazy turn when the Beinekes sit down to dinner with the Addams! Will everyone live happily ever after or go home slightly depressed?

Join us at the Harrison High School Performing Arts Center to see this creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky family and their ancestors deal with the trials of modern young love! 

The Addams Family, A New Musical will be performed at the HHS PAC April 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:00pm and April 14 and 21 at 2:00pm. Tickets are on sale at HHSPAC.org.

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Comedy/Drama: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten! #LiveAtTheLyric March 1-2, 2024 at 7:00pm and March 3, 2024 at 2:00pm

The Ozark Arts Council Presents:
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Friday–Saturday, March 1–2, 7:00PM
Sunday, March 3, 2:00PM

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten will be performed Live at the Lyric March 1–2, 2024 at 7:00PM, and Sunday March 3 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and up) and students, and $8 for children (under 12), when purchased in advance; prices are $3 higher if purchased at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: Adult themes and language.

Based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, Kindergarten takes a funny, insightful, heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. It’s an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues, and multiple-voice narration, enhanced through the use of live piano underscoring, which provides fluidity and charm to the experience. While not a musical per se, the play also includes some well-placed songs to enhance the emotional texture of the storytelling.

Heartwarming, charming, funny and touching. The stories are about all of us.

– National Public Radio

The delightful stories feature colorful characters such as: a shy little boy who insists on playing the “pig” in his class production of Cinderella and steals the show; a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles…in a lawn chair buoyed by surplus weather balloons; a “mother of the bride” who’s staged a perfect wedding—until the bowling ball of fate rolls down the aisle; and a modern-day Greek philosopher who finds the meaning of life in a piece of broken mirror from World War II.

These stories celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age, giving performances of Kindergarten the sort of lasting relevance that is fitting for those who know Fulguhm’s book.

A refreshingly intimate combination of theatre and storytelling. Gentle…funny…joyous. Sparks of recognition ignited the audience.

– The Chicago Sun-Times

Our cast includes a wide range of ages and experience levels all brought together by new-to-us-but-highly-experienced director Leslie Austin (who taught Theatre and worked with several troupes in the DFW area for several decades). Actors include Lisa Johnson, Shelly Watson, Beth Lambeth, Rachel Hayes, Kelly Copeland, Susan Spradlin, Andrew Coble, Fred Lutz, Amy Sorenson, Alexis Poor, Ann Lemley, and Daniel Seay.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten will be performed Live at the Lyric March 1–2, 2024 at 7:00PM, and Sunday March 3 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and up) and students, and $8 for children (under 12), when purchased in advance; prices are $3 higher if purchased at the door by standing in the cold wind and rain of early March in the Ozarks…

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Auditions: Friday February 2 at 6:00pm and Saturday February 3 at 6:00pm for The Wild Women of Winedale

Auditions!

Auditions for The Wild Women of Winedale will be held at Twelve Oaks Estate (7210 AR 7 S) on Friday February 2 at 6pm and Saturday February 3 at 6pm. Ages 18 and up, looking for women who can look mature (youngest part is 40 years old). Please register to audition at TheLyric.org to receive more information!

The Requirements

Only those auditioning may be present. Auditions will consist of sides from the script, chosen by the director. To see more information, please register here.

Ages 18 and up.

The Story

Performances for The Wild Women of Winedale will be April 5-7, 2024 at Twelve Oaks Estate. Dinner prices on Friday and Saturday will be $40 and Dessert price on Sunday will be $30.

Show Synopsis:
This joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching, comedy focuses on three women at crossroads in their lives—the Wild sisters of Winedale, Virginia—Fanny and Willa and their frustratingly quirky sister-in-law Johnnie Faye. This feisty and fun-loving trio has supported and cheered one another through life’s highs and lows through the years, including the early demise of two of their husbands. And they really need each other now, as Fanny experiences a hilariously inappropriate reaction to her 60th birthday, while Willa is so stressed out from her nursing job she resorts to vodka and speed-knitting to cope, and Johnnie Faye, determined to put her year of fraught widowhood behind her, desperately tries to find a man—preferably a man with a house, since hers is somewhere at the bottom of a Florida sinkhole. These women’s lives are further upended by the responsibility of caring for their free-spirited, ailing aunt and the realization that they are drowning under loads of family keepsakes and possessions nobody wants—especially them! With equal doses of hilarity and heart, these extraordinary women come up with delightful and surprisingly unorthodox ways to clear the clutter from their lives, their homes and their relationships so they can move their lives forward. Together they prove it’s never too late to take another one of life’s paths for a grand new adventure. This Jones Hope Wooten comedy is guaranteed to drive you wild with laughter—and motivate you to keep hounding the kids to please take that stack of quilts and Granny’s Christmas china!

Thank you for supporting the Arts and good luck!

Auditions: Monday January 29 at 6:00pm and Tuesday January 30 at 6:00pm for Laundry and Lonestar & Bourbon

Auditions!

Auditions for Lonestar and Laundry & Bourbon will be held at North Arkansas College on Monday January 29 at 6pm and Tuesday January 30 at 6pm. Ages 18 and up. Please register to audition at TheLyric.org to receive more information!

The Requirements

Only those auditioning may be present. Auditions will consist of sides from the script, chosen by the director. To see more information, please register here.

Ages 18 and up.

Thank you for supporting the Arts and good luck!

Comedy & Dinner Theatre: Wild Women of Winedale! Twelve Oaks Estate, October 25-26, 2024 at 6:00pm and October 27, 2024 at 1:00pm

The Ozark Arts Council Presents:
The Wild Women of Winedale
Friday–Saturday, October 25–26, 6:00PM
with a full dinner preceding
Sunday, October 27, 1:00PM
with charcuterie, wine, and dessert

Wild Women of Winedale will be performed at Twelve Oaks Estate on October 25 and 26 at 6:00PM, and Sunday October 27 at 1:00PM as a dinner theatre. Tickets are $40 for dinner on Friday and Saturday and $30 on Sunday for chartcuterie, wine, and dessert.

This joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching, comedy focuses on three women at crossroads in their lives—the Wild sisters of Winedale, Virginia—Fanny and Willa and their frustratingly quirky sister-in-law Johnnie Faye. This feisty and fun-loving trio has supported and cheered one another through life’s highs and lows through the years, including the early demise of two of their husbands. And they really need each other now, as Fanny experiences a hilariously inappropriate reaction to her 60th birthday, while Willa is so stressed out from her nursing job she resorts to vodka and speed-knitting to cope, and Johnnie Faye, determined to put her year of fraught widowhood behind her, desperately tries to find a man—preferably a man with a house, since hers is somewhere at the bottom of a Florida sinkhole. These women’s lives are further upended by the responsibility of caring for their free-spirited, ailing aunt and the realization that they are drowning under loads of family keepsakes and possessions nobody wants—especially them! With equal doses of hilarity and heart, these extraordinary women come up with delightful and surprisingly unorthodox ways to clear the clutter from their lives, their homes and their relationships so they can move their lives forward. Together they prove it’s never too late to take another one of life’s paths for a grand new adventure. This Jones Hope Wooten comedy is guaranteed to drive you wild with laughter—and motivate you to keep hounding the kids to please take that stack of quilts and Granny’s Christmas china!

Wild Women of Winedale will be performed at Twelve Oaks Estate on October 25 and 26 at 6:00PM, and Sunday October 27 at 1:00PM as a dinner theatre. Tickets are $40 for dinner on Friday and Saturday and $30 on Sunday for chartcuterie, wine, and dessert. Tickets at TheLyric.org.

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Auditions: Saturday January 20 at 2:00am and Sunday January 21 at 2:00pm for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Auditions!

Auditions for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten will be held at the Lyric Theater on Saturday January 20 at 2pm and Sunday January 21 at 2pm. Ages 16 and up. Please register to audition to get a copy of monologues and cold reads to prepare for auditions.

The Requirements

Only those auditioning may be present. Auditions will consist of sides and monologues from the script, chosen by the director. To register and see the sides and monologues, please register here.

Ages 16 and up.

The Story

Performances for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten will be March 1-3, 2024.

Show Synopsis:
Based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, Kindergarten takes a funny, insightful, heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. This tightly woven adaptation has earned standing ovations from Singapore to Prague— from L.A. to D.C. It’s an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues, and multiple voice narration, enhanced through the use of live piano underscoring, which provides fluidity, charm, and emotional texture, and seven optional original songs. The delightful stories feature colorful characters such as: a shy little boy who insists on playing the “pig” in his class production of Cinderella and steals the show; a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles … in a lawn chair buoyed by surplus weather balloons; a “mother of the bride” who’s staged a perfect wedding—until the bowling ball of fate rolls down the aisle; and a modern-day Greek philosopher who finds the meaning of life in a piece of broken mirror from World War II. These stories celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age. Kindergarten is a sure hit for almost any performing group.

Thank you for supporting the Arts and good luck!

Nana’s Naughty Knickers, August 17-19 at 7pm, August 20 at 2pm! #LiveAtTheLyric!

The Ozark Arts Council and The Theatre Co. of the Ozarks Present:

Nana’s Naughty Knickers!

August 17-19 at 7PM, August 20 at 2PM! #LiveAtTheLyric!

The Theatre Co. of the Ozarks and The Ozark Arts Council present Nana’s Naughty Knickers, by Katherine DiSavino, performed at the Historic 1929 Lyric Theater August 17-19 at 7:00PM and August 20 at 2:00PM. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children, when bought in advance; prices rise $3 if purchased at the door—$11 for children, $13 for seniors and students, and $15 for adults.

You’re in for a wild ride with Katherine DiSavino’s hilarious play, Nana’s Naughty Knickers! Set in a rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan, the occupant, Sylvia Charles (Linda Henson), runs a slightly illegal boutique from her apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five-borough area, including her best friend Vera (Vive Allen) and her best customer, Clair (Kelley Petree-Goodwin). Sylvia has somehow managed to keep this business a well-guarded secret from her landlord, Mr. Schmidt (Preston Garrison) and even her granddaughter, Bridget (Calliope Johnson), who is about to become her new roommate before entering law school. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget, including a possible new love interest, a policeman, Tom O’Grady (Jamie Taylor) who sure is hesitant to give her a parking ticket. When a competing businesswoman, Heather Van Pree (Andi E.), gets wind of the business, it’s a non-stop frenzy from there! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her nana get arrested – or worse – evicted?

With an ensemble cast of veterans, including Emily Akins-Sexton and Fred Lutz, Nana’s Naughty Knickers is sure to knock your socks off – but don’t worry, Nana can provide you with another pair!

Join us at The Lyric for Nana’s Naughty Knickers, #LiveAtTheLyric. Tickets on sale NOW at TheLyric.org. August 17-19 at 7:00PM and August 20 at 2:00PM. Become an OAC Member at Join.TheLyric.org!

 

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