A reflection on 2011 from Mary Ruth Marotte… As the year draws to a close, I write to express my gratitude to you, our loyal AST members. This past season is one that will forever remain with me, as it was a year of becoming fully acquainted with what makes this organization tick and with
Since I was a kid, I always thought of the Mississippi River as magical. I loved imagining the explorers making their way down the mighty Mississippi and “discovering” new lands and people. My childhood reading of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, coupled with visits to Mud Island in Memphis, reinforced
Over the next several weeks, I will be posting about each of the plays in our upcoming summer season. We’ll begin with the opening production—Tweflth Night. AST’s 2012 season was put together with the theme of journey in mind. I suppose I had that theme on the brain after having just taken a journey myself—a
On behalf of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre Volunteer Guild, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to support live theatre in Arkansas. Enjoy!
AST will hold auditions and tech staff interviews for our 2012 summer season on Saturday, November 19, in the Snow Fine Arts Center located on the University of Central Arkansascampus in Conway, AR. Auditions will begin at 9 am and conclude at 3 pm. We will be casting actors of a variety of ages and
Like AST, Artsfest is relatively young in Conway but is likewise growing as one of the most valued and valuable festivals Conway is lucky enough to call its own. My own involvement is inspired by remembrance of my grandmother, Lillie Belle Warren, of Morrilton.
We are already gearing up for our 2012 summer season, and are looking for people to join us in the fun. Jeff and Mary Ruth Marotte are hosting an evening of food, drink, and merriment to support AST on Friday, October 21st at 7 pm. We will be serving appetizers, desserts, and drinks, all with a
The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is seeking a Production Manager for our 2012 Season. The Production Manager will oversee all aspects of physical production during the summer season, as well as help lay the groundwork for production prior to season’s start.
The Biblical story of Joseph of Cannan is brought to life in one of Webber and Rice’s most irresistible stories filled with excitement, energy, and eclectic music. This Broadway musical is an uplifting experience for the whole family! Click here to view other photos of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Paul Menzer gives his audience a historical framework for the ways in which Othello has been cast, conceived, and performed over the past 200 years. His insights into the problematic nature of “black-face” interpretations of the character of Othello invite us to explore how the play has–from the moment it was first performed–forced audiences to
Why did you want to direct Othello? Well, it’s one of the masterpieces, I think, ranked right up there with Hamlet and Macbeth. And I think it’s probably the most intimate of his plays, from a psychological perspective. The major scenes are beautifully constructed, still very accessible to a modern audience.
One of Shakespeare’s most honorable heroes is matched with his most vicious villain in this compelling tragedy about the power of love to bring out the best –and the worst – inside us all.