Giveaway: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at the Walton Arts Center!

belle.jpgNote from the mamas: We have a winner! Congratulations, Mrs. Sara Neufeld!

This week’s giveaway is super big, mamas. We’ve got two tickets to the opening night of the award-winning Broadway hit Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at the Walton Arts Center on Tuesday, July 27th! PLUS, we’re going to send the winning mama and her date to dinner at the beautifully delicious Bordinos Italian Restaurant, just steps away from the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street. Sound fun?

The tickets alone on this giveaway are valued at more than $100, so the two tickets plus the $50 gift card at Bordinos add up to a whole lot of high-end entertainment — for FREE. Gotta love that.

My little girl and I have been waiting on this show for two months now, and I bought my tickets as soon as I found out the show was coming to Northwest Arkansas. This is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, and I knew it would be special to see the live production with my 3-year-old, who is in a major “princess phase” right now.

beauty-logo_vertical.jpgHOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the hat for this random drawing, click the orange comment button below and tell us about your favorite memory of going to the theater. If you’ve never been to a show before, tell us why you want this one to be your first theater experience. You may also enter via e-mail at

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: As always, we reward those mamas who help spread the word about giveaways. Send your friends an e-mail about this giveaway and we’ll give you an extra chance to win for every friend you tell. Just be sure to put on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

TO BUY TICKETS: If you don’t want to take a chance on not scoring tickets for this show, we encourage you to buy your tickets asap so you can get the best seats available. Call the box office at 479-443-5600 or click HERE to visit the website. Tell them you read about it here on nwaMotherlode!

About the show: For those of you who haven’t seen the movie a gazillion times like we have, here’s the scoop: This is a story about a young woman named Belle and a “Beast”, who is actually a prince trapped in a spell put on him by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the spell will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out, and if he doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his entire household will be doomed forever.

red-rose2.jpgCOOL DISCOUNTS AND FREEBIES: We just heard that there’s a special group discount available for this show. If you buy 10 or more tickets for Beauty & the Beast, you’ll get a 10 percent group discount. And any girl who dresses like her favorite Disney princess for this show will receive a rose and other keepsake items from the show.

The winner of this giveaway will also score some Beauty & the Beast t-shirts, show programs and tattoos, courtesy of our buddies at the Walton Arts Center.

bordinos2.jpgAbout the food: Speaking of beauty, you’ll see plenty of beautiful food on your plate at Bordinos. And the decor at this Dickson Street favorite is upscale and chic but not stuffy and overly formal. It’s just right, and the food is just awesome. Trust us on this one. We’ve never had a bad meal there, and the service is top-notch.

Can’t wait to read about your favorite memories of the theater. Click the comment button below to get started. Good luck in the drawing!!



  1. My parents started taking me to the theater when I was about 8 years old. We had season tickets for the summer shows and I loved every moment of it. The first show I ever saw was Mame, but my hands-down favorite stage show is “Singing in the Rain.” Making it rain on stage is magical!

  2. I am so lucky that my mom always encouraged me to go and see plays and try out for them. I love the theater! My favorite moment at the theater was when I was in the pit orchestra when my college did Sound of Music. It was awesome. I have been taking my daughters to performances from an early age. I hope they too, catch a love for the theater.

  3. I love theater! My favorite was a few years ago when the Houston Ballet came to the WAC!

  4. One of the first big shows I saw was a Cirque du Soleil show in Orlando. It blew my mind! I’ve been hooked ever since. We’re so lucky that kids in Northwest Arkansas have a place to go and see incredible theater performances.

  5. I finally got to see Les Mis five years ago. I was spell bound the entire time. Would love to see B/B!

  6. This would such a treat for my soon to be 7yrs old and I, she loves Princess anything. She will be big sister soon in(2mo)so this would really give us a special time together. I have never been to a theater show before. Thank you ladies ROCK!

  7. I love theater – the environment and the ambience are great… I would love to go to this show in particular… I have always loved Beauty and the Beast and would love to see it in the theater.

  8. I got to see Beauty & the Beast on broadway when I was 12, and it was such a magical experience! I would LOVE to see it again!

  9. My fondest memory is of my Grandmother taking my sister and I on the bus downtown to the theater for our birthday when we were young. The downtown Detroit theaters, were once beautiful palaces to us.

  10. I remember going to see Phantom of the Opera with my mom and dad. I was mezmerized the entire time! They bought me the tape (yes I am old) of the music and I listened to it again and again!

  11. It’s been 25 plus years but we used to attend the Candlelight Pavilion were I took my children to see musicals. It was a wonderful time for all of us. I would love to take my granddaughter to see this musical-

  12. My favorite memory of going to the theatre is my first time to see a live broadway style production of Les Miserables in junior high. It was so much more than I imagined.

  13. My all time favorite memory of the theatre is going to see the Buddy Holly Story while I was in London, England. It was so great and something that I will remember forever.

  14. I’ve seen some great shows in my day, but my favorite ones are the ones my children performed in. We our own Cinderella, a lost boy, and a Chesire Cat over the years. Each time, my kid was the star – even when they had a very small role.

  15. My first theater experience was seeing Fiddler on the Roof when in HS. I absolutely loved it!

  16. This show is one of my favorite Disney movies ever. I love the music and the story is so magical. It would be so exciting to share my love of the theater with my daughter, Melanie. And, with such a great show!

  17. My favorite memory is of taking my 8 year old sister to her first play. She was almost standing in her seat singing along. She was so excited when she heard Beauty and the Beast was coming to town. I would love to be able to take her to it!

  18. My favorite theater memory is of taking my 6 year old son to see Wizard of Oz at the WAC last year. We both absolutely loved it and will remember it forever!!!

  19. My first time to the theater was to see The Nutcracker when I was 6 years old. I was mesmerized by the beautiful costumes and dancing. It was like I was in a dream. Beauty and the Beast would be dreamy. Never seen it but is sounds like such a great show.

  20. I would love to go see Beauty and the Beast. One year my mom and I got season tickets to the Dallas Music Hall and saw some great shows! Beauty and the Beast is one that I haven’t been able to see yet.

  21. I love the theater and am so excited that my kids seem to be as captivated as I am. My first show was Les Mis when I was 14 and I think I have seen it more than 15 times now all over the world. Beauty and the Beast is an amazing show that I would love to see!

  22. My daughter’s favorite princess is Belle. She would love to go to see this production.

  23. When I went to see Peter Pan I was just ending my case of the Chicken Pox. As the show ended it was time for medicine and we just couldnt wait to get Sandy Duncans autograph – as you can image I was very upset. Weeks later I recieved a package in the mail with a signed playbill by Sandy. She included a nice note wishing me a speedy recovery.

  24. My daughter and I love going to the theater together. She would absolutely love to see Beauty and the Beast.

  25. I would LOVE to take my daughter to this!!! I have never been to the theater and would love to for this to be the first time!!

  26. I have great memories of going to Walton Arts Center as a kid and seeing shows. I would love to be able to take my kids and have them experience the fun that I remember having!

  27. My favorite theater memory was just a couple of weeks ago. Phantom of the Opera is my all-time favorite. I have seen it in several places, but never on Broadway in NYC. So, for our 10th anniversary, my husband took me to see it on Broadway!!

  28. The only show I’ve seen was Little House on the Prairie at the Walton Arts Center. It was GREAT!!! I would love to take my daughter to Beauty & the Beast.

  29. My favorite recent memory of the theater was “The Man Who Planted Trees.” My daughter was mesmerized. I wasn’t sure that a live theater would hold her attention, but I was very wrong.

  30. My first theater show was West Side Story when I was in Junior High. I loved it then and still love musical theatre. It is a dream of mine to be on Broadway. 😉 I would love to see Beauty and the Beast!

  31. My favorite memory is when I took my now 12 year old daughter to see The Nutctracker when she was 4. She was
    mesmerized by what she saw and I was mesmerized watching her! I would love to take her to see Beauty and the Beast!

  32. My favorite date night with my husband was to the theater! It was a dinner production at the Roger Little Theater. We loved it! Would love to take my daughter to see this one! Live is so much better than a movie!!!

  33. Taking my 8 year old son to the theatre in Chicago to see Wicked (the untold story of Oz)….watching his priceless face as we walked into the fancy theatre with all the lights, gold, and brilliant scenery. He was completely mesmerized by the entire musical…….sitting next to him and enjoying his expressions and comments afterwards……totally worth every penny spent on the evening. A mom’s dream to be with her “little” boy and make a lasting memory.

  34. I would love to take my daughter to see this. I have never seen a show at the Walton Art Center and she loved it when the school went. It would be great to win tickets to take her. Thanks Mamas, I love your website!

  35. We always went to see the Nutcracker at Christmas. It was such a magical production!

  36. My favorite memory was the first time I ever went to a show. My now husband, first date at the time, took me to see Spirit of the Dance (kind of like Riverdance) and it was spectacular!!! We took in quite a few shows after that and we loved them all (Les Mis, Phantom, 1776, Movin’ Out). We both agreed to leave during Cats though! It was meant to be 🙂

  37. This is one of MY favorite Disney movies as well. My 4 year old loves Belle, and all the songs from the movie. I know she would LOVE to go see it with me!

  38. The first show I remember going to see what The Phantom of the Opera in Fort Smith when I was in high school. I had the soundtrack and loved seeing the songs I knew performed live!

  39. The best theater experience was last year when I took my daughter to see Wicked for her birthday. The joy of sitting there watching her and seeing her eyes light up was the best gift I could have gotten. She turned to me and said, “thank you so much, I will remember this forever”. We drove home singing all the songs and talking about the parts we like the best. So I can’t wait to take her to see Beauty and the Beast.

  40. I love musicals. We had just moved to Fayetteville and Chicago was playing at WAC. I was able to get tickets on the 2nd floor and I had never been that close to see a musical before.

  41. My best memories of the theater would definitely have to be going as a child in school. We would often take field trips to the local art center. My favorite play was an adaption of “Little Red Riding Hood.”

  42. My mother used to take me to the Goodman Theater in Chicago. I think for my first experience she took me to Rumpelstiltskin and I freaked when he came into the audience. She sent a letter to our house from Rumpelstiltskin apologizing!

  43. My best experience at the Theater happened just a few years ago at the Walton Art Center. I was able to take my daughter to her 1st show. She was facinated. It was wonderful being able to watch her get so excited!

  44. My favorite memory of the theater is taking my daughter to a modern ballet at the WAC. She loves dance! For her 4th birthday we bought the dance package for the WAC. The dancers at one point came out in buff colored leotards, my daughter turned to look at me and asked…”Are they naked?” I thought to myself, we my not be ready for this.

  45. My favorite memory of the theater is from when I was in the 4th grade. Our gifted/talented program took us on a trip to New York City and I saw the Phantom of the Opera from the back row in the nosebleed section! I fell in love with the theater and have been dying to take my little girl when the time was right. She just had her 4th birthday and she, I mean WE are Disney fanatics! Nothing could top Beauty and the Beast for her! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win these tickets!

  46. I have too many favorite memories! Definitely Annie on Broadway, Fiddler in Oklahoma City, and Les Mis at Walton Arts. Going to the theater makes me feel so good!

  47. My favorite memory at the Walton Arts Center was going to see CATS many many years ago. I’d love to take my daughter on a date to see Beauty and the Beast! 🙂

  48. This would be Great to win! We love theater and we Bordino’s is our favorite restaurant. Our daughter loves all of the Disney princesses and would be very happy to be at this show.
    The first theater show I can remember going to is a Dinner Theater. I really enjoyed it and always look forward to the next theater event that we can attend.

  49. My favorite moment of going to the theater was with my mom as a child seeing the Nutcracker at WAC. I was in awe of theater and it is inspired me to do some acting in high school.

  50. One of my very favorite memories was seeing The Lion King on Broadway in New York with a group of girlfriends on our annual girls trip!!

  51. I have fond memories of my mom taking me too see local and Broadway plays. I try to take my daugher to the WAC atleast a few times a year. Baby #3 is coming early September and I’ve been debating whether to spend the $$ on Beauty and the Beast tickets. My daughter would LOVE to go!!

  52. My grandmother would always take me to musicals and ballets at the local theater. It was such a special time for just the two of us and will always be one of the fondest memories I have of her.

  53. My son and i went to several plays at the u of A theatre. He loved the experience and i do believe he would love to go to this performance of beauty and the beast……

  54. My favorite thing about going to the theater is examining the set. Simple or elaborate I am always intrigued with how the can turn that stage into another world or place!

  55. My favorite memory of going to the theater was when I went to see “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway as a girls’ camp counselor almost 10 years ago. It would be a wonderful treat to relive that experience with my husband, and my first little girl who is due in September.

  56. My favorite memory is going to the nutcracker with my dad. It was one of the most special things that we did together and it allowed me to be a “girl” for one night! I loved every bit of the theater and getting to dress up! I can’t wait to introduce my second daughter to this experience with Beauty and the Beast! 🙂

  57. The first and only broadway show was with my husband when we first started dating 13 years ago. We saw Phantom of the Opera in Chicago where I met him. We will be married 10 years in September and it would awesome to go to another theater show with him to celebrate.

  58. My favorite theater memory was seeing the Nutcracker as a teenager. What a wonderful experience. I was entranced!

  59. My absolute favorite theater experience was watching FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Walton Arts Center last year. It was amazing to see Topol in one of his final performances of the play.

  60. My first and favorite time was when my Grandmother took me to Cats in Little Rock. We got dressed up, I got to where her diamond anniversary ring and high heels. It was FABULOUS. We saw Cats together two more times after that!!

  61. My first experience was when I was 6. My mother got two front row CENTER tickets to Ballet West’s (Salt Lake City, Utah) “Nutcracker”. One, I slept with the tickets under my pillow for weeks (and then for weeks after. You can’t blame a six-year-old for wanting pretty sparkly tickets near her always). Two, she bought me a special dress for the occasion. And three, I KNEW the Nutcracker backwards and forwards.

    I loved it. As we watched the first half, I was completely entranced. So when it stopped, I looked at my mom, shocked.

    Then I stood up (and the lights were on at this point for intermission) and loudly announced in a very desperate tone, “But Mom, it can’t be over!! I haven’t seen the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy!!

    The orchestra conductor was 5 feet in front of us and my mother told me later that he nearly fell off his podium laughing.

    My daughter is 5, and I want to take her to Beauty and the Beast. Her father is away for 20 weeks training and with another little sibling due in 7 weeks, I want to give her a special gift she will love.

  62. My first theater experience was when I was five…I got dressed up and went with my parents to see a play. My oldest would love to go see this and is constantly asking if we are going.

  63. I do not have just one favorite memory, but I love going to the theater. You get to travel to other times and places that can normally only be visualized in one’s dreams. I would love to make Beauty and the Beast my 4 year old daughters first experience with the theater. She is in love with princesses! I can just see her staring in awe at the stage watching a beautiful princess dance gracefully in front of her. It would definitely be a memory to last a lifetime for both of us.

  64. My favorite theater memory is watching my daughter’s reaction to the recent Farfalle performance at WAC.

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