Giveaway: Tickets to see An Officer and a Gentleman at Walton Arts Center

An Officer and a Gentleman live on stage from January 4-9, 2021 at Walton Arts Center

If you’re a fan of music from the 80s, or a fan of great movies, or a fan of having a fun night out without your kids, this is your giveaway. This week we’re giving away FOUR tickets to see the opening night performance of An Officer and a Gentleman at Walton Arts Center.

As someone who grew up in the 80s, I freaked out a little when I saw the songs included in this musical version of An Officer and a Gentleman. Remember the song “Venus” by Bananarama? YES! That was my jam in junior high school. Rick Springfield? Men At Work? All the yeses… bring it on. This would be such a great date night or girls night out with your bestie who loves these awesome songs.

Here’s a video sneak peek that will give you a glimpse of this show:


Based on the Oscar-winning film, An Officer and a Gentleman is a timeless love story that celebrates triumph over adversity. The new musical features an iconic score including the Grammy and Oscar-winning #1 hit “Up Where We Belong” (Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes), and your favorite 80’s hits including:  “Higher Love” (Steve Winwood), “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (Yes), “Love is a Battlefield” and “Invincible” (Pat Benatar), “Lost In Your Eyes” (Debbie Gibson), “Right Here Waiting” (Richard Marx), “Venus” (Bananarama), “I Can’t Hold Back” (Survivor), “Never Surrender” (Corey Hart), “Do The Walls Come Down” (Carly Simon), “Fly By Night” (Rush), “Hold On to Your Dream (Rick Springfield), “Overkill” (Men at Work), “Renegade” (Styx), and more!

Zack Mayo has the raw talent and strength for the US Navy’s Officer Training School, but his arrogance is out of step. Graduating from the elite program will secure Zack’s career and future, but can he endure the relentless commands of Drill Sergeant Foley? On his journey of self-discovery, Zack finds comfort in the arms of a strong-willed local factory worker. When tragedy befalls a fellow candidate, Zack learns the importance of friendship and honor, finds the courage to be his best self and wins the heart of the woman he loves.

Note: Mamas, be aware that this show is recommended for ages 13 and up. There are some instances of adult language.


If you’d love to win these 4 tickets to see An Officer and a Gentleman, scroll down to the bottom of the post and past the comments posted by other local moms. Then write a quick comment telling us the name of one of your favorite songs from the 80s… the one that makes you sing way too loud or do a car-dance at the stoplight. (I’m a Hall & Oates fan, and the song “You Make My Dreams” will never get old for me… even when I get old.)

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We’ll draw the winner at random at the end of the week. If you don’t want to miss out on seeing this show, you can buy tickets by clicking here to visit the Walton Arts Center ticketing page before it sells out.

You can also call 479-443-5600 to purchase tickets now. 



  1. My favorite 80s song is Forever Young by Alphaville! My teen years were in the 80s and I would LOVE to see this show!

  2. I was a fan of the 80’s hairbands and loved Bon Jovi’s living on a prayer and Guns N’ Roses sweet child of mine

  3. Love 80s music! My faves are Rick Astley never gonna give you up & Tiffany’s I think we’re alone now. Would love to see this show with my girlfriends!

  4. Oh my gosh! I am a lady of the 80’s!!! Loved all the big hair bands! Especially turned up the radio when Whitesnake came on! Lol.

  5. Anything by Whitney Houston.. “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way…. Show them all the beauty they posses inside”. ☺️

  6. Wake me up before you go go! By Wham!
    I loved dancing to this at birthday parties!

  7. Favorite Song of the 80’s – Foreigner I want to know what love is!!! Just the best song ever!!!!

  8. Love the 80’s songs! I was a big Prince fan and Jon Bon Jovi fan!! Looks like such a fun show!

  9. I can’t sit still when I hear What A Felling from Flashdance! My feet get to goin’, my heart starts pitter patterin’, a wiiiide smile comes across my face and then…… head gets to shakin’….lol….I think if I ever got pulled over the officer would either have to join in or wait for it to finish. Hahaha.

  10. Oh my gosh, how can you pick just one 80’s song. LOL. I am dancing and singing in my chair as I type this! I am still in love w/Whitney Houston, so I’m gonna say “I Wanna Dance w/Somebody”!!!!!

  11. I have so many favorite songs from the 80’s, too many to list! This looks like a fun show!

  12. I love, love 80’s hairbands. Poison, Guns & Roses & Def Leppard top my favs. My fav song that I love to sing to is Pour Some Sugar on Me!!!!!

  13. So many favorite 80s tunes!! Hard to pick just one! “Jessie’s Girl”, “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. So so so many great 80s songs! Hope to see An Officer and a Gentleman!

  14. I love 80s music! King of Wishful Thinking and Higher Love are two of my favorites!

  15. I loved Duran Duran. My favorite song was probably “Is There Something I Should Know.”

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