Bard Ball 2015: The Taming of the Brew

Come out for big-tasting beers, a catered buffet, live and silent auctions, and a musical sneak peek at the 2015 season.

 

The 2015 Season

Coming in June: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and AS YOU LIKE IT.

 

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

"Every member of the cast is extraordinary...brings out the best in one of Shakespeare's earliest plays." —The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

 

Hamlet

"I was...completely blown away....I have read Shakespeare most of my life but nothing compares to seeing it acted on the stage." —Sharon K., audience member of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre 2014 season

 

Pippin

"...amazing performance. The show was perfectly cast and simply outstanding! Bravo!"--Michelle C., 2014 AST Audience Member

 

8587561014_68c5b17878_z“…I will make it felony to drink small beer.”
-2 Henry VI, Act IV, scene ii

Join AST for 2015′s Bard Ball as we once again attempt to tame the best brew central Arkansas has to offer.  This year we take the fun to The Venue, 1069 Markham Street in Conway on February 28 at 7 pm.  The evening will feature beer tastings from Diamond Bear Brewery, Stone’s Throw Brewery, Vino’s, and 107 Liquor.  There will also be a catered buffet, a silent and live auction, and entertainment provided by Mark Binns (AST’s Music Director Pippin, Oliver!) and cast members of the 2015 AST production of Fiddler on the Roof. Your attendance and support will help make AST’s 2015 season the best one yet.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door, or you can buy a reserved table of 10 for $500. Click here to buy tickets now. Your ticket includes admission to the event, food, and beer tastings. “Bottomless cups” are available for a $20 suggested donation at the event. For more information e-mail Mary Ruth Marotte.

Pippin

Drew Clark and Garrett Whitehead in PIPPIN (2014).

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre announces youth auditions for our 2015 summer season, including roles in Fiddler on the Roof and the opportunity to appear in The Merry Wives of Windsor as part of The Groundlings Company. Any interested young actors between the ages 8 to 17 are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 17, from 1-4 pm in Bridges Larson Theatre in the Snow Fine Arts building on the campus of UCA.  No preparation is necessary, but students will be asked to sing and move, as well as be given a scene to read.  To secure a space, e-mail casting@arkshakes.com with the names and ages of the student(s) wanting to audition.  We will respond with your assigned audition time and more information.

The AST summer season consists of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and a special adaptation of As You Like It specifically for families. AST is particularly looking to cast two young girls in the roles of Sphrintze and Bielke in Fiddler, as well as other young actors and actresses to participate in the chorus.

New this year, AST’s summer educational program, The Groundlings Company, will appear in The Merry Wives of Windsor as “The Children of Windsor.”  This unique opportunity combines learning with practice as students participate in acting classes while also rehearsing and performing alongside AST’s professional acting company in Merry Wives.  There is a fee of $300 to participate in this program.

Rehearsals for all productions will begin May 12.  Rehearsals for both Fiddler and Merry Wives will be primarily in the evenings, with some day time technical rehearsals prior to opening.  Merry Wives opens June 5 at the Village at Hendrix, with additional performances June 6, 11, and 13 at the Village, and June 25, 26, and 28 in the Argenta Arts District.  Fiddler opens June 10, with additional performances June 12, 21, 24, and 27.

For more information, e-mail casting@arkshakes.com or call 501-852-0702.

2015 Season

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is excited to announce its ninth season of professional theatre in repertory will run June 4-June 28, 2015 with performances (more…)

Join in the celebration as we unmask Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 2015 season at our annual Fall Membership Party! Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 pm at the home of Brad Lacy, 507 Locust Ave., Conway, AR 72034. (more…)

2Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s ninth season of professional theatre in repertory will run June 4-28, 2015.

The lineup includes Shakespeare’s raucous comedy,THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR; his complex and intriguing THE MERCHANT OF VENICE; the beloved musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick), and a delightful adaptation for young audiences of Shakespeare’s comedy, AS YOU LIKE IT.

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PRESS RELEASE

Twelfth Night

From Left to Right: Tim Sailer, Jordan Coughtry, Ron Thomas, Heather Dupree, and Kevin Browne in Scallet’s 2012 production of TWELFTH NIGHT.

CONWAY — Rebekah Scallet, producing artistic director of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, has been awarded an individual artist fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Scallet, in her fourth year as producing artistic director for AST and lecturer in the University of Central Arkansas theatre program, is one of nine honorees this year. (more…)

King Lear has haunted me for a long time now, ever since I was a college junior enrolled in my “Advanced Shakespeare” class with my favorite English professor. (more…)

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will hold auditions for youth (ages 18 and under) on Friday, January 18th, from 4-8 pm. (more…)

AST announces dates and locations for general auditions for the 2013 season: (more…)

We already closed an amazing run of Twelfth Night, and there are only two performances each left of Big RiverRichard III, and The Tempest. These outstanding productions have been receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. (more…)

Rebekah Scallet

The first time I encountered Twelfth Night was as a college sophomore.  Home to spend my summer vacation in Little Rock, I got a “job” (unpaid student labor) as the stage manager for the Shakespeare Festival of Arkansas’s production of the comedy, presented outdoors at McArthur Park.  (more…)

Dan Matisa in “As You Like It”

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s sixth season opens June 7 with William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The professional theater company will offer more than 25 performances of the four productions throughout the month of June. (more…)

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