Giveaway: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph_TNEWThe story of Joseph is one of the most dramatic and inspiring in the Bible.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes us through the life of the boy whose dream came true and we’ve got FOUR tickets to give away to one lucky mama on opening night, Tuesday, March 10th 7 p.m., at Walton Arts Center.

The show runs March 10-15 and if you don’t want to take any chances, click here to buy your tickets now. The music is FABULOUS and the show is full of twists and turns!

ABOUT THE SHOW: One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

Watch this video to get a small taste of this big-scale musical:

Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ”Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 tickets, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about a time in your life when a hard circumstance worked out for the best — or about a time friends helped you get through a tough situation.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

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 If you don’t want to take a chance on missing this show, click here for tickets or call the Box Office at 479.443.5600.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

Giveaway: Four tickets to the Pitch Perfect Sing-a-long!

PitchPerfectThis giveaway is absolutely PERFECT. Pitch Perfect for a girls’ night out!

If you loved the movie, you’ll love the Pitch Perfect Sing-a-long on Saturday, February 28th! We’re giving away FOUR tickets to one lucky mama who can then share the tickets with three lucky friends :)

This show is the lead-up event to Walton Arts Center’s VoiceJam Festival in April. The audience will sing along to a subtitled screening of Pitch Perfect, first released in 2012 and directed by Fayetteville native Jason Moore.

ABOUT THE SHOW: This movie tells the story of a jaded college freshman who unwillingly enters the world of cut-throat, collegiate a capella, only to find that’s exactly where she belongs.

Not only will audience members get to watch and sing along with this hilariously-musical movie, but they’ll also help Walton Arts Center kick off its brand new VoiceJam A Capella Festival, with an announcement of the competition finalists taking place that night.

Practice your “Do-Re-Mi’s,” grab some popcorn and get ready for this special, one-night only event.

Show starts at 8pm.

microphoneHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 tickets, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us your favorite song to sing along to with friends.

We’re partial to Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. Who remembers when we all sang that together at the NWA Mom Prom? So.much.fun.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

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Remember, there will be one show on Feb. 28th at 8 p.m. at Walton Arts Center. Click here for tickets or call the Box Office at 479.443.5600.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

 

Giveaway: Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare on stage + U.S. Pizza!

TheUglyDuckling-MotherlodeWebAd_266x375We love Walton Arts Center’s Kid Series and can’t wait to see The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare.

If you’d like to take your littles, we’re giving away a family four-pack to see the show + a gift card so your crew can enjoy U.S. Pizza Co.!

ABOUT THE SHOW: With the use of electroluminescent puppetry, two incandescent story-time adventures will be brought to life right before your eyes.

Lightwire Theater presents two cherished fables in a new and brilliant light. Full-bodied electroluminescent puppetry visually dazzles like moving sculpture in this glowing theatrical experience.

In an age where television, computers and video games reign, Lightwire delivers classic tales in a visually remarkable way with an engaging musical score ranging from classical to jazz to pop.

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Ugly Duckling has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles, finding acceptance and inclusion without changing who you really are on the inside.

Lightwire Theater brings this story to the modern stage offering hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan.

Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare, now over 2,500 years old, continues to drive home the time-tested adage, “Slow and steady wins the race.” This age old story comes with a modern twist for the kids of today, as the Hare allows himself to be distracted by texting and video games while the Tortoise wins the race due to his discipline and fortitude.

Recommended for ages 5 and up!

USpizzaABOUT THE FOOD:We love U.S. Pizza. They are a tradition in Fayetteville and we love that they’re right on Dickson Street, so you can walk straight there from Walton Arts Center. The pizza, salads, sandwiches and more have a unique flavor that’s not duplicated in NWA.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets and dinner gift card, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us which storybook/fable from your childhood had the biggest impact on you — or the one that seems to resonate the most with your kids.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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There will be one performance on Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm in Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.waltonartscenter.org.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

Meet 3 local boys who will perform in Camelot next week at Walton Arts Center

camelot-knighted

Sword fights, gallant knights and damsels in distress.

Combined, these are the ingredients for any child’s perfect action-packed and fun-filled playtime scenario. But for three young, local actors, these imaginary games are coming to life on stage.

Walton Arts Center  in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment selected three local actors to portray the role of “Tom of Warwick” in the production of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot.

The actors are Preston Dulaney (14), Jack Duncan (8) and Jake Fennell (12).

The internationally-acclaimed Camelot will run eight shows beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 22. Click here to buy tickets!

Here’s more about each of the local actors:

Preston Dulaney

Preston is currently a freshman at Bentonville High School, he began acting in 2005. Since then he has appeared onstage in such shows as Les Miserables, Wizard of Oz, The King and I, A Christmas Story, and Stuart Little. Preston also plans to study acting and theater in college.

#2 Preston Dulaney Headshot

Jack Duncan

Jack Duncan is currently in 3rd Grade at the Fayetteville Montessori School. When he’s not in school, Jack studies theatre arts and performance at Arts Live Theatre in Fayetteville. He was cast in Arts Live Theatre’s recent productions of Peter Pan, Jr. and Charlotte’s Web along with being cast in the leading roles in his last three school plays at Fayetteville Montessori School.

#4 Jack Duncan headshot

Jake Fennell

Jake is currently in 7th Grade at the Arkansas Arts Academy. Jake plays the violin in his school orchestra and is also the concertmaster for the andante group. Since he started acting, Jake has played the role of Marcellus in TheatreSquared’s young actor’s drama camp’s production of Hamlet. He also played King Puck in a play about Irish folklore at Cooper Elementary School.

jake headshot

Tom of Warwick appears, toward the end of the play, as a young boy destined to fulfill his dreams of becoming a knight, fighting for what is right and giving King Arthur hope for the future of Camelot.

“I was so happy when I heard I was doing a show at the Walton Arts Center! That’s really big,’” Jake Fennell said, remembering how he felt since he’d been selected for the role.

The opportunity to share the stage with actors who are living their dream of performing in a Broadway show gives these young thespians a unique experience not typically offered to actors their age.

Preston Dulaney, who is a ninth grader at Bentonville High School, told us that he was “absolutely filled with joy” when he discovered he landed the part.

“I am so excited to meet all of the people in the show and be onstage alongside them. I love getting laughs and seeing the hundreds of people in the audience. I think that plays add more culture to the world,” he said.

For the youngest cast member, what does he expect for the show?

Jack Duncan, a third grader at Fayetteville Montessori School was also overjoyed at the thought of performing with such a large production.

“I was so excited and happy when I found out. I couldn’t believe it. I think Camelot is a really cool story and I get to perform it on that huge stage in front of a huge audience. I’ve been to the Walton Arts Center a few times and it’s great.”

For all three boys, acting and performing has been a large part of their lives. “He told me when he was four years old that he wanted to be an actor. He would watch TV and mimic what they were doing. He’d say ‘I want to be one of those people,’” said Jennifer McClory, Preston’s mother.

Jake, on the other hand, found out that he had a knack for acting through Trike Theater, a professional youth theater based in Bentonville and a resident company of Walton Arts Center.

“In elementary school I played the lead role in the production of King Puck that I did with Trike Theater. I played a talking donkey! It was my first performance and it was good because I was among professionals and peers of the same age, so I felt very comfortable. It helped me realize that I love acting,” Said Jack.

Acting isn’t Jake’s only passion. He also plays the violin and has high hopes to become a roller coaster engineer when he grows up.

Jack decided that he loved to act after he portrayed the infamous Grinch in a school production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Since then he has been studying theater arts and performance at Arts Live Theatre in Fayetteville.

“I love getting to pretend to be someone else and getting to make new friends. It is the best part of acting for me.”

Camelot_TNEWWhen preparing for the audition, the talented trio agreed that the key to success is complete memorization of their lines with a dash of imagination and artistry. They also said they benefit from rehearsing with the actors they play opposite of, watching their body language and facial expressions to gauge how the scene might unfold.

“I read over the script and tried to memorize the lines as best as I could. I always try to get into the character’s shoes and understand what they’re going through. When I read the lines it helps me get into character, and for some reason it just clicks for me in my brain,” said Preston.

“I memorized my lines so that I didn’t mess up, and my dad helped me to rehearse and get ready for the audition. I also took lots of deep breaths,” said Jake. “My advice is to not procrastinate on learning your lines. Even when you have them memorized, just keep practicing and listen to your mentors. My parents are my mentors — they always help me study my lines.”

The youngest of the group, Jack, had his own words of wisdom for other actors his age, and people in general. “If you mess up, you just have to keep on trying and don’t give up,” he said.

These bright young stars obviously have a stellar future ahead of them. The local community will get to watch part of that future unfold at Camelot, as the boys take the stage for the time-honored story of chivalry, majesty and brotherhood.

Camelot will be showing at Walton Arts Center February 17-22. Tickets range from $36 to $74 and may be purchased at the box office or online at www.waltonartscenter.org.

Going to Slava’s Snowshow at Walton Arts Center? Some insider tips!

slava at intermissionWell that was amazing.

We’re still picking “snow” out of our hair and clothes after seeing Slava’s Snowshow at Walton Arts Center. The show is running through the weekend if you want to grab a few tickets. (Click here for ticket info.)

It’s really one of the most unique theatre productions we’ve ever seen. The whole show is a little like a dream, with beautiful visuals, flights of fancy, big sounds and some hands-on fun (watch out if you’re in the first few rows!) There are a few interactive moments with snow, spider webs and giant bouncy balls that definitely have that “wow factor” you and the kids will remember for a long time.

The Slava clowns are experts at physical comedy, although much of their acting is impressively subtle. With no real dialogue during the show, it’s the clowns’ expressions that say it all in most of the scenes. And it’s fun how they feed off the audience.

Here are the upcoming show dates and times:

slavaThurs. Jan. 22, 7 pm

Fri. Jan. 23, 8 pm

Sat. Jan. 24, 2 pm and 8 pm

Sun. Jan. 25, 2 pm

We don’t want to spoil anything, but we wanted to offer a few insider tips for your trip:

Insider Tip #1: Don’t be slow during intermission. Get back into the theatre pretty fast or you’ll miss some fun stuff!

Insider Tip #2: These are clowns. They will make you LAUGH, but they are not like Bozo. Don’t expect Bozo.

Insider Tip #3: There are several loud sounds, so prepare your kids if they don’t like big noises.

Insider Tip #4: The show is not recommended for kids under 8. There were younger kids there and they did fine, but you need to know your kiddo. Some of the clownery (is that a word?) is a little “dark” in spots.

Insider Tip #5: Expect to love the hands-on “extras” (Hint: Some of you might get slightly wet on this ride.)

Below is a pic of the mamas with a few members of the Slava cast and crew at Hog Haus before the show at Walton Arts Center. They really do like to clown around!

slava performers

 

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