It’s in the Bag: Lunch ‘n Learn Series

February 4: The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s new lunchtime series offers a variety of topics to educate, inspire and entertain. Check our website, www.mosaictemplarscenter.com for details about upcoming speakers. It’s in the Bag is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks! Event time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 501-683-3593.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

January 24-26: When the cows learn to type and fowl go on strike, Farmer Brown must find a new way to get milk and eggs. “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” is adapted from Doreen Cronin’s original book with illustrator Betsey Lewin. Illustration by David Hohn. The show runs through Feb. 9. Shows are Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission: $10 for members and $12.50 for non-members. For more information, call 501-372-4000 or visit www.arkarts.com.

The Engine That Thought It Could

November 30: Go on an exciting journey in this classic tale of determination when it’s left up to the Little Engine to save the day. The Little Engine learns that hard work pays off even when faced with adversity. The Engine That Thought It Could is written by Alan Keith Smith and is based on the 1906 story by Reverend Charles S. Wing. Illustration by David Hohn. Event place: The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Admission: $10 for members, $12.50 for non-members. Event time: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. showings.

A Seussified Christmas Carol Play At The Promenade

November 30: Plays for a Purpose, a performing arts program that strives to give people a chance to explore their interests in the arts, while also giving to charity, will perform A Seussified Christmas Carol at the Promenade Courtyard. Performances will begin at 1:30 p.m. and a second at 3:30 p.m. The play will be free to the public, but donations are requested in support of Make-A-Wish Mid-South. A Seussified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred, to Tiny Timmy Lou Hoo, to the narrators that are Thing 1 and Thing 2, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with—if he ever had his way with the story. For more information visit www.promenadechenalshopping.com.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

November 24: The Ballet will take place at the Robinson Center Music Hall. Enjoy a spectacular new “Dove of Peace,” where 2 dancers become one stunning bird, inspired by the early works of Stanislov Vlasov, original choreographer and director of Moscow Ballet’s inaugural Great Russian Nutcracker. The production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika-styled sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); towering hand-made silk puppets; 200 all new, lavish costumes; and 9 hand-painted backdrops, all set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score. Event time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $29.50 -$70. Tickets available at any Ticketmaster location, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or may be purchased online. For more information visit www.nutcracker.com.

Wicked

October 1-6: WICKED returns to the Robinson Center Music Hall. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time,” says USA Today. Admission: Call Celebrity Attractions for pricing at (501) 244-8800.

Wicked

October 1-6: WICKED returns to the Robinson Center Music Hall. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time,” says USA Today. Admission: Call Celebrity Attractions for pricing at (501) 244-8800.

Pinkalicious

October 4-6: The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre continues its 2013-’14 season opener with “Pinkalicious,” about a little girl who loves pink cupcakes. Show times are Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit www.arkarts.com for details or to purchase tickets.

Wicked

October 1-6: WICKED returns to the Robinson Center Music Hall. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time,” says USA Today. Admission: Call Celebrity Attractions for pricing at (501) 244-8800.

“Pinkalicious” Opens Friday at Children’s Theatre

“Pinkalicious” is is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite, 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758 theatricalrights.com

“Pinkalicious” is
is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite, 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758
theatricalrights.com

For 34 years, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre has brought stories to life on the stage. From characters dressed in full costume, to creative stage designs, the stories magically transform into artistic entertainment for all ages. Each season brings new and entertaining shows for children and their families, and the upcoming 2013-14 season is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

This season features six main stage plays, which “represent a well-rounded lineup of productions diverse in style, subject matter and genre; there is a particular eye to contemporary titles and themes,” says theatre artistic director Bradley Anderson.

The 2013–14 season opens on Sept. 20 with “Pinkalicious,” a story about a little girl who loves pink cupcakes, and runs through Oct. 6. From Oct. 25 to Nov. 10, audiences can enjoy “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” a story written by Keith Smith, the theatre’s resident playwright, based on a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “The Engine That Thought It Could” takes the stage from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15, with special holiday shows at 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

In the new year, audiences can enjoy a comical production of “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type,” a story based on Doreen Cronin’s book, from Jan. 24 to Feb. 9. From March 7-23, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” will be showing with special spring break matinees on March 18-21 at 2:00 p.m. The season closes with “Sleeping Beauty” on April 25 to May 11.

The Children’s Theatre also “transports the magic from the main stage to communities throughout Arkansas in three touring productions each year,” Anderson says. This year’s Children’s Theatre on Tour productions include “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Nov. 12 to Dec. 20; “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Feb. 13 to March 21; and, “The Engine That Thought It Could,” April 1 to May 9.

“By bringing performances to schools, libraries, festivals and more, the Children’s Theatre is able to fulfill its mission of offering quality arts experiences to communities throughout the entire state,” Anderson says.

In 1979, the Children’s Theatre “began as a professional organization to produce, both on the main stage and on tour, the finest theatre in the region,” says Anderson, who started the theatre, along with the Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees. The goal has always been “producing a powerful, fun and exciting series of plays for young people and their families,” he says. Since the beginning, Anderson says the Children’s Theatre has “grown tremendously in size and scope, but stays true to its original mission: to respect the hearts and minds of children and offer shows that challenge and excite them.”

It takes a number of people working together to make each play a success. From actors and costume designers, to set designers, lots of people work together to bring each story to life on stage. According to Anderson, “a core of professional actors from across the country, as well as students who have been training in the summer theatre programs” are the actors in each play. Also, all costumes and sets are designed and constructed in house.

The Children’s Theater is located at 501 East Ninth St. in downtown Little Rock. Show times are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The tickets are $10 for Arkansas Arts Center members and $12.50 for non-members; season ticket packages are also available. For more information, call (501) 372-4000 or visit www.arkarts.com.

Jade Fitch is a freelance writer and editor. She earned her master of arts in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.