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Season Guidebook


Welcome to our 2018/19 Season!

Contents 4 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series 12 Visual Arts 13 Crescendo 14 Coca-Cola Night Out Series 16 Land O’Lakes American Music Series 19 Group Sales and Venue Rentals 20 10x10 Arts Series 24 Unilever Starrlight Jazz Series 26 West Street Live Series 28 Kimberly-Clark Family Fun Series 30 Mattel Kids Series 32 LOL@WAC 34 The Lightning Thief 35 VoiceJam A Cappella Festival 36 Packages 38 Sponsors 39 SoNA/Community Creative Center 40 TheatreSquared/Trike Theatre 41 Holiday Gift Market/Art of Wine 42 Friends of WAC 43 Ticketing and Box Office


Molly Tuttle

Jay Leno

Jessica Lang Dance


Walton Arts Center 2018/19 Season

Dorrance Dance

On Your Feet!


Claire Parsons’ And Then… Nov. 8, pg 30


Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band, Blind Boys of Alabama and The McCrary Sisters Nov. 17, pg 17

Late Night Catechism Sept. 6-9, pg 32 Mwenso & The Shakes Sept. 14, pg 20 Jessica Lang Dance Sept. 20, pg 20 An Evening with the Zukerman Trio Sept. 21, pg 13 M A R Q U E E E V E N T

The Pump and Dump Show Sept. 22, pg 32 OCTOBER Indigo Girls Oct. 2, pg 16 Jersey Boys Oct. 5-7, pg 10 An Evening with Jimmy Webb Oct. 11, pg 26 George Brooks’ ASPADA Oct. 12, pg 24 Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water Oct. 14, pg 21 THE ILLUSIONISTS Live from Broadway ™ Oct. 17-18, pg 14 Take Me to the River: Live from New Orleans! Oct. 21, pg 16 School of Rock Oct. 23-28, pg 5 The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Party Oct. 31, pg 33 NOVEMBER The Story of Everything Kealoha, Slam Poet Nov. 1, pg 21 Trike Theatre’s Peter Pan Nov. 2-3 & 9-10, pg 28

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker Nov. 23-25, pg 28 John McCutcheon Nov. 29, pg 26 DECEMBER The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet Dec. 1, pg 24 On Your Feet! Dec. 4-9, pg 6 The King’s Singers Dec. 11, pg 14 The Snowman: A Family Concert presented by Walton Arts Center and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) Dec. 16, pg 29 The Polar Express Dec. 21, pg 31

Trike Theatre’s Go, Dog. Go! Jan. 19 & 26, pg 31

Monterey Jazz Festival 60th Anniversary Tour Mar. 31, pg 17

Ruthie Foster Jan. 31, pg 26

APRIL The Edge Effect Apr. 5, pg 22

FEBRUARY Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez Duo Feb. 8, pg 25 Falsettos Feb. 8-9, pg 10 Dorrance Dance Feb. 12, pg 14

JANUARY The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Jan. 4-5, pg 34 Hot Club of San Francisco’s Cinema Vivant Jan. 10, pg 21 Hot Club of San Francisco’s Swing Dance Party Jan. 11, pg 15 Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites Jan. 13, pg 30

Boz Scaggs Apr. 7, pg 18 Waitress Apr. 9-14, pg 8


Cirque Éloize Saloon Feb. 19, pg 15 Dixie’s Tupperware Party Feb. 19-24, pg 33

Royal Wood Apr. 18, pg 27 Benny Green Trio with Veronica Swift Apr. 19, pg 25

Michael Andrew: Sinatra and the American Songbook Feb. 23, pg 22

Joan Baez Apr. 20, pg 18

A Bronx Tale Feb. 26-Mar. 3, pg 7

Molly Tuttle May 2, pg 27


6-WIRE May 9, pg 23


Gretchen Peters Mar. 7, pg 27

Tall Stories’ Emily Brown and the Thing May 10, pg 31

Air Play Mar. 8, pg 29

Art of Wine May 17-18, pg 41

One Night of Queen Mar. 14, pg 15


VoiceJam Competition Apr. 6, pg 35

CATS May 28-June 2, pg 11

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings & Bill Stewart Trio Mar. 15, pg 25


Aquila Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Mar. 16, pg 22 Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s You and Me and the Space Between Mar. 28, pg 29 Janoska Ensemble Mar. 29, pg 13

Les Misérables June 18-23, pg 9 Artosphere Festival Orchestra 10x10 Concert June 26, pg 23 Artosphere Festival Orchestra Finale Concert June 29, pg 23

Jay Leno Mar. 30, pg 33 M A R Q U E E E V E N T

New in 2018! M A R Q U E E E V E N T

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$332-484 Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, and Saturday & Sunday matinées



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$379-554 Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, and Saturday & Sunday matinées

$407-593 Dates, prices & programs are subject to change.

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JERSEY BOYS Chris Stevens, Corey Greenan, Jonny Wexler and Tommaso Antico Photo by Joan Marcus

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Oct. 23-28

Tickets start at $38

8 shows Tues-Thur 7pm Thur 1:30pm Fri-Sat 8pm Sat-Sun 2pm

“Andrew Lloyd Webber has Broadway rocking!” ­– Reuters

Rob Colletti, Phoenix Schuman, Theo MitchellPenner and the cast of the SCHOOL OF ROCK Tour. Photos by Matthew Murphy.

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “fists of all ages shall be pumping!” Recommended for ages 10 and up. Show Sponsor

Support provided by Cynthia Coughlin

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Procter & Gamble

Broadway Series Continued

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Dec. 4-9

Tickets start at $38

8 shows Tues-Thur 7pm Thur 1:30pm Fri-Sat 8pm Sat-Sun 2pm

“Ferociously fun, feel-good musical.” – Entertainment Weekly

Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan, Mauricio Martinez as Emilio Estefan and Company, ON YOUR FEET! Photos by Matthew Murphy.

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century— and one of the most inspiring stories in music history. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Support provided by Lee & Linda Scott


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Feb. 26 -Mar. 3 Tickets start at $38

8 shows Tues-Thur 7pm Thur 1:30pm Fri-Sat 8pm Sat-Sun 2pm

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical—based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story—that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” Recommended for ages 12 and up.

“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.” - amNewYork

Photos by Joan Marcus.

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Broadway Series Continued

2019 /

Apr. 9-14

Tickets start at $38

8 shows Tues-Thur 7pm Thur 1:30pm Fri-Sat 8pm Sat-Sun 2pm

“The women of WAITRESS are changing Broadway!” – TIME Magazine

Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley, Lenne Klingaman and Bryan Fenkart in the National Tour of WAITRESS. Photos by Joan Marcus.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Dangereuse Liasons, Waiting for Godot) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna— a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Support provided by Kelly & Marti Sudduth


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2019 /

June 18-23

Tickets start at $38




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8 shows Tues-Thur 7pm Thur 1:30pm Fri-Sat 8pm Sat-Sun 2pm

“You simply won’t want it to end.” – Boston Globe The company of LES MISÉRABLES performs “One Day More.” Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and ClaudeMichel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-halfyear return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,”

“Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Recommended for ages 12 and up. Show Sponsor

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Procter & Gamble

Broadway Series Continued

2018 /

Oct. 5-7

Tickets start at $38

5 shows Fri-Sat 8pm Sat-Sun 2pm Sun 7:30pm Corey Greenan, Tommaso Antico, Jonny Wexler and Chris Stevens. Photo by Joan Marcus.

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons when the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS makes its much-anticipated return to Walton Arts Center. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Feb. 8-9

Tickets start at $38

2 shows Fri-Sat 8pm

Support provided by Joel and Lynn Carver

William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award®-winning musical FALSETTOS returns to the stage in an all new production from Lincoln Center Theater. Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories. Recommended for ages 12 and up. (l to r) Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells; 2016 Broadway Company; Stephanie J. Block and Brandon Uranowitz in FALSETTOS. Photos by Joan Marcus.

“An exceptional production of a perfect musical.” -The New York Times


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8 shows

Tickets start at $38

Tues-Thur 7pm Thur 1:30pm Fri-Sat 8pm Sat-Sun 2pm

May 28 -June 2 “CATS is back and better than ever!” – The Huffington Post

Mamie Parris as Grizabella, Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger and the Company of CATS on Broadway. Photos by Matthew Murphy.

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—“Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards® including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS! Experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life... or let it thrill you all over again! Support provided by Billie Jo Starr

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Visual Arts The Joy Pratt Markham Gallery presents exhibitions of works by both emerging and internationally recognized artists. Visit the Gallery and enjoy two curated shows during our 2018/19 Season.

Of Legends and Lore Oct. 23 – Jan. 12, 2019 Opening reception: October 23, 5-7pm Explore contemporary interpretations of familiar folklore, traditional stories and myths. Artists in this exhibition include Kiki Smith and Amy Cutler, among others, who examine the psychological, ethical and social implications embodied in storytelling through the lens of feminism, mythology, social history and literature. Anne Siems, St. Forest, 2011

Gallery Hours + Monday – Friday / noon - 2pm + One hour prior to most performances Tours available by appointment. Please contact our Volunteer Office at 479.571.2787 to schedule a tour. Three business days’ notice requested. Gallery admission is free

On Paper:

Collaborations in Print and Pulp from Wildwood Press Jan. 26 – May 4, 2019 Opening reception: January, 26, 2019, 5-7pm Known for custom papermaking and dedication to experimentation, Wildwood Press strives to redefine what a print can be. Collaborating with contemporary artists, Wildwood produces large scale prints created through diverse print media processes. Artists in this exhibition include Michele Oka Doner, Valerie Hammond, Juan Sanchez and David Shapiro among others. Valerie Hammond, Traces II, 2007

Arts and Appetizers Get an inside look at the upcoming Broadway shows. Enjoy appetizers provided by Bordinos, a cash bar and the company of other theater lovers!

Broadway Book Club

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Looking for a deeper connection to the stories and time periods represented on the Broadway Series? Our staff has curated a list of books- one for each Broadway Series show. Read the book, see the show and join in a lively discussion.

Broadway Café Coming to a Thursday matinee performance? Grab your friends and join us for lunch in Walker Atrium before show for only $12. Visit our website for dates, details and registration information.

Zukerman Trio

A new dynamic in chamber music An Evening with the Zukerman Trio


Janoska Ensemble Friday, March 29, 8pm / Tickets start at $15

Friday, Sept. 21, 8pm / Tickets start at $30 A prodigious talent recognized worldwide for his artistry, violinist Pinchas Zukerman has been an inspiration to young musicians throughout his adult life. In a continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians, the renowned artist has teamed up with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng to offer a program featuring works by audience favorite composers including Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Dvorak, Shostakovich and more. With Zukerman’s matchless musicianship and charisma at its core, three of the world’s greatest soloists combine flawlessly with seamless execution, exciting precision and compelling interpretations. This is chamber music’s major league. The top ticket price includes a meet and greet with the artists.

Returning to Walton Arts Center, this Vienna-based ensemble has a vision for the modern interpretation of works, with an individual style both virtuosic and profoundly personal. The ensemble is comprised of the three Janoska brothers and their brother-in-law, who were each bred on a long family tradition of music making. The blending of cultures in Vienna serves as an inspiration for their work—with gypsy influences, short virtuoso showpieces, waltzes and standard classical melodies that each might have come from the work of a Viennese Janoska Ensemble café ensemble a century ago. But it’s their original compositions, unprecedented arrangements and improvisational ingenuity that instantly garnered critical acclaim.

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THE ILLUSIONISTS – The King’s Singers Live From Broadway™ Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7pm / Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7pm Thursday, Oct. 18, 7pm / Tickets start at $37 Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show comes to Walton Arts Center! This mindblowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Don’t miss the Northwest Arkansas premiere!


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Tickets start at $12 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the renowned all-male choral ensemble The King’s Singers! This year the group has released a new album titled, appropriately, Gold, and they are embarking on a tour celebrating the beautiful music that has defined their first fifty years. Like most choral groups, sacred and traditional Christmas carols have been an important part of their history. Experience a cozy night of song when Christmas favorites like “Carol of the Bells,” “A Star is Born” and “Joy to the World” are brought to life in gorgeous harmony. This holiday night out will hit all the right notes... it’s a great gift idea or holiday date.

Dorrance Dance


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7pm / Tickets start at $30 Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor the genre’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it – rhythmically, technically and conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap” and the company continues its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance, America’s original art form. The top ticket price includes a meet and greet with the artists.

The King's Singers

Cirque Éloize Saloon

One Night of Queen

Dorrance Dance

Cirque Éloize Saloon

One Night of Queen

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7pm / Tickets start at $26

Thursday, March 14, 7pm / Tickets start at $29

Swing open the Saloon doors and enter a mythical world inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild, Wild West. America is expanding. The railroad is stretching westward to lands of untold promise. In the middle of the desert, a town comes to life. A place to gather and share tales quickly becomes a theater for stories of all kinds. Set to the timeless tunes of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, this acrobatic comedy features a motley crew of circus artists performing cutting edge physical theater. Full of spectacular feats, magical harmonies and live instrumentation, this performance has no shortage of audience thrills.

In 2000, Gary Mullen won the Grand Final of the hit U.K. TV show “Stars In Their Eyes,” winning the largest number of votes ever received in the show’s history. His performance was a tribute to Freddie Mercury, the consummate front man of the famed rock band Queen—an undeniably magnetic and unpredictable performer. With huge public demand following his win, Mullen and his band “The Works” created One Night of Queen—a fully live, amazingly accurate tribute concert that recreates the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. With fantastic staging, lighting and effects, this show will rock you!

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Hot Club of San Francisco Swing Dance Party Friday, Jan. 11, 7pm / Tickets $10 Put your dancing shoes on and join us for an evening of live gypsy jazz and swing dancing on Walton Arts Center’s Main Stage!

See pg 21 for a Hot Club’s Cinema Vivant

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Paul Thorn

American Music Series

Indigo Girls Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7pm / Tickets start at $30 The Indigo Girls have spent 35 years performing together, produced 16 albums (seven gold, four platinum and one double platinum), earned a Grammy Award® and seven Grammy nominations, and toured arenas, festivals and clubs the world over. It is rare to find musicians together for so long—and even rarer still with such profound successes. Their music lives in the hearts of generations of dedicated fans and continues to inspire young musicians. The Girls’ refinement—not only of style and skill, but of their own creative process—allows access to ever new and liminal spaces. With an artistic kinship rare and cosmic, the duo hits the road on tour for their newest album, One Day Lost—celebrating the past, present and future with wonder, gratitude and empathy. Support provided by Lee & Linda Scott

 ake Me to the River: T Live from New Orleans! Sunday, Oct. 21, 7pm / Tickets start at $26 Following the success of the award-winning film, Take Me to the River and its subsequent live tour, this historic show has been reimagined to showcase the musical foundation of another iconic American city—New Orleans. The deep, gritty grooves of Dumpstaphunk’s Ian and Ivan Neville combine with the slick bass lines of George Porter Jr., set to the driving beat of Terrence Higgins on drums and the jubilant, penetrating sound of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux—a gifted folk artist, dynamic musician and vital figure to the New Orleans African American culture —joins them on stage, alongside the Grammy Award-winning roots Cajun music group, the Lost Bayou Ramblers Duo and the once-rival 79rs Gang to produce what can only be described as “musical gumbo.”


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Blind Boys of Alabama

The McCrary Sisters

Mission Temple Fireworks Revival Monterey Jazz Festival 60th featuring Paul Thorn & Band, Blind Boys of Anniversary Tour Alabama and The McCrary Sisters

Sunday, March 31, 2pm / Tickets start at $10

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8pm / Tickets start at $29 The son of a preacher man, Mississippi-raised Paul Thorn spent much of his childhood in church services with his father and in neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with gospel music, its infectious spirit and the strong sense of communion that it fostered. Thorn’s upbringing helped cultivate his unique brand of roots music—bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, often addressing the foibles of human relationships, but never favoring the sacred over the profane. Performing alongside the five-time Grammy Award®-winning gospel icons the Blind Boys of Alabama and the legendary gospel group The McCrary Sisters, Paul Thorn returns to his roots in this soulful performance full of heartfelt songs of redemption and healing. Show Sponsor

Support provided by Brett Burch & Kirk Thompson and Dale & Prudy Caudle

The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest continuouslyrunning jazz festival in the world, renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performances. Now on its fifth national tour, the 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival features some of the greatest critically-acclaimed, jazz artists of the next generation, including Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals; Bria Skonberg, trumpet, vocals; Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Christian Sands, piano, musical director; Jamison Ross, drums, vocals; and Yasushi Nakamura, bass. Featuring renditions of classic jazz standards alongside originals penned by the members, this performance will inspire! 1. Bria Skonberg 2. Cecile McLorin Salvant 3. Christian Sands 4. Jamison Ross 5. Melissa Aldana 6. Yasushi Nakamura







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American Music Series Continued

Boz Scaggs

Joan Baez

Boz Scaggs: Out of The Blues Tour 2019

Joan Baez Fare Thee Well… Tour 2019

Sunday, April 7, 7pm / Tickets start at $50

Saturday, April 20, 8pm / Tickets start at $50

It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs’ new album is Out of the Blues, since the blues is what first sparked his musical career. Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, Scaggs spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll. In 1967, Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band in San Francisco, performing on their albums Children of the Future and Sailor before launching his solo career, which garnered him massive commercial success. With charttopping singles, Grammy®-winning songs and a fiercely loyal audience, Scaggs has spent five decades refining his approach. Now, he returns to Northwest Arkansas with a finely developed stylistic mastery, playing audience favorite songs and new tunes that demonstrate now, more than ever, Boz Scaggs has found his voice.

On her final tour after six decades of recording, performing and sharing music with audiences around the world, Joan Baez remains a musical force of nature and an artist of incalculable influence. At a point when it was neither safe nor fashionable, Joan sang about freedom and Civil Rights. The soundtrack for the tumultuous ’60s is heard on Joan’s remarkably timeless Vanguard LPs, and she has since been recognized for those landmark albums and their contribution to the Civil Rights movement – she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Grammy’s, the Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2015 in recognition of her leadership in the fight for human rights, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Support provided by Bob & Becky Alexander


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Mwenso & The Shakes

Jessica Lang Dance

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Friday, Sept. 14, 8pm / Tickets $10

Thursday, Sept. 20, 7pm / Tickets $10

Mwenso & The Shakes are a unique troupe of artists from around the globe who wound up in Harlem, where they started presenting music that conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and its folk roots. With impeccable craft, creativity and communicative flair, these artists create a vivid scene with each song—spoken and sung dialogue journeys through somber swaths of sound and high-intensity, freewheeling rowdiness. Taking from the stylings of African and Afro American music icons—including Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and others—Mwenso & The Shakes lead an electrifying show that The New York Times calls “intense, prowling and ebullient.”

Performing the work of celebrated choreographer Jessica Lang—renowned for her visionary scenic collaborations with designers and artists, and her genre-bending contemporary ballet style—this New York City-based dance company’s compositions resist categorical definition. A complete universe is conceived in each dance, distinctive in its look and mood, sound and atmosphere. Lang has an architect's eye, not just in terms of the structures she builds with moving bodies, but through her use of light, objects and scenic elements. Described as “reliably sophisticated and achingly beautiful” by the Chicago Tribune, this performance will immerse you in the beauty of movement and music.

Enhance your experience! All ten shows include a pre-show creative conversation and a post-show party. 20

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3 / Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water

Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water

Sunday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm / Tickets $10 Inspired by the 2nd century Indian board game Paramapadam (which later became the ever-popular Chutes & Ladders), this performance by Indian dance company Ragamala utilizes the ancient Indian dance form Bharatanatyam to express myths, legends and themes from traditional Hindu texts. Set in a video-saturated mystical landscape featuring original paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav and performed to an original score of Iraqu Maqam, jazz and South Indian Carnatic music, the artists’ spectacular footwork, vocabulary of hand gestures and communicative facial expressions “provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer” (The New York Times).

4 / The Story of Everything Kealoha, Slam Poet

Kealoha The Story of Everything

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7pm / Tickets $10 Conceived and performed by internationally acclaimed Poet Laureate Kealoha, The Story of Everything is an epic poem that dramatizes explanations for human origin, drawing from sources as diverse as the Big Bang theory, disco, Michael Jackson and the Kumulipo – an 18thcentury Hawaiian creation story. Kealoha explores how science and culture can be used to approach universal questions that have challenged humans from the very beginning – where do we come from, and where do we go from here? Join us for a journey through the past 13.7 billion years in this multi-media performance that encourages us to be better stewards of the earth and of each other.

5 / Hot Club of San Francisco’s Cinema Vivant

Hot Club of San Francisco’s Cinema Vivant

Thursday, Jan. 10, 7pm / Tickets $10 Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930’s. A gypsy caravan sets up a film projector in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. Featuring two films by the famed European stop-action filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz, this charming performance celebrates music of the past with intricate, scorching and often brilliant renditions of the film’s original scores.

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6 / Michael Andrew with Fayetteville Jazz Collective: Sinatra and the American Songbook Saturday, Feb. 23, 8pm / Tickets $10

Michael Andrew

Aquila Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night's Dream

Michael Andrew has many credits to his name. He was the headline singer and band-leader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City. He also performed that coveted role at Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” across the country in Beverly Hills, CA. While on “Larry King Live,” Merv called Michael Andrew “one of the great singers of all time.” This show, developed specifically for our 10x10 audience and featuring the Fayetteville Jazz Collective, pays tribute to the writers of the "American Songbook," including Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, the Gershwins and Frank Sinatra. Celebrate some of history’s most iconic composers and singers led by “one of the best talents to come down the pike in 50 years” (Jerry Lewis). Support provided by Cynthia Coughlin

7 / Aquila Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Saturday, March 16, 8pm / Tickets $10 One of Shakespeare’s most beloved and witty comedies is brought to vivid life in an innovative new production by the critically acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company. At the center of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity and inappropriate, if not absolutely ludicrous passions. Exploring the universal theme of love (and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion and marriage), this classically trained, modernly hip troupe brings the classics into present day with a signature style full of beautiful movement, music, song and some of the finest Shakespearean acting today.

The Edge Effect

8 / The Edge Effect Friday, April 5, 7:30pm / Tickets $10 Winners of MTV's “Top Pop Group” and Boyz II Men's “Next Great A Cappella Group,” “America's Got Talent” finalists and international recording group, The Edge Effect joins us as this year’s VoiceJam A Cappella Festival headliner! A six-man vocal band, The Edge Effect combines pop, R&B, jazz, rock and funk in a show unlike any other. Their signature sound blurs the genre line and weaves a colorful tapestry of infectious beats, intricate harmonies and spectacular vocal acrobatics. With stunning reinterpretations of musical favorites as well as inventive contemporary original songs, this performance is sure to be an unparalleled entertainment experience. Support provided by Kelly & Marti Sudduth


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9 / 6-WIRE Thursday, May 9, 7pm / Tickets $10


Delaware-based world music ensemble 6-Wire’s mission is to celebrate diversity in performance, weaving stories and context into their concerts, and transforming how live instrumental music is experienced. Bringing artists and musical styles from historically conflicting regions and countries together on stage, 6-Wire’s performances promote world peace and cultural understanding. Join us for a performance that mixes traditional world music with pop and jazz elements, and explore the boundaries of contemporary world music.

10 / Artosphere Festival Orchestra 10x10 Concert Corrado Rovaris, Music Director

Wednesday, June 26, 7pm / Tickets $10 Soaring strings, crashing symbols and timpani roll to a tumultuous musical crescendo… with a decisive sweep of his baton, internationally acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris will once again lead the Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) through an enchanting symphonic experience. Recognized as an important musical voice by American Public Media’s “Performance Today” – the nation’s most popular classical music radio program – the AFO is a dynamic ensemble of young, talented musicians. In their ninth year performing together, these virtuosic artists will showcase fresh interpretations of leading composers in a stunning exhibition that demonstrates the brilliance of classical music. Support for Maestro Corrado Rovaris provided by Reed & Mary Ann Greenwood Support for this 10x10 concert provided by Greg & Hannah Lee

Artosphere Festival Orchestra


Artosphere Festival Orchestra Finale Concert Saturday, June 29, 8pm / Tickets start at $10 More Artosphere announcements coming soon! Visit our website for the latest news.

Support for Maestro Corrado Rovaris provided by Reed & Mary Ann Greenwood

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

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Starrlight Jazz Club Alfredo Rodriguez

All shows are cabaret-style in Starr Theater

George Brooks’ ASPADA Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30 Drawing on the musical traditions of their homelands in India, Africa, Europe and America, four world-renowned musicians weave a global tapestry for the new millennium. Led by saxophonist and composer George Brooks, who is widely acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music, the group also includes South Indian virtuoso percussionist, Selvaganesh and global bass master, Kai Eckhardt, who together create the rhythmic foundation that supports the group’s creative vision. Osam Ezzeldin, a leading jazz musician in North Africa, rounds out the quartet on the keyboard. Bristling with East meets West polytonality and rhythmic intrigue, ASPADA provides a rare opportunity to observe musicians from diverse musical backgrounds conversing in a new musical language.

The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30 Two-time Grammy Award®-winner and fifteen-time Grammy nominee, John Patitucci received world-wide acclaim for his many recordings with Chick Corea’s Elektric Band and Akoustic Band. His eclectic tastes have pushed him to explore various genres as both a musician and a composer, but it’s his work with jazz luminaries, such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and McCoy Turner, that skyrocketed his first solo recording to the top of the Billboard Jazz charts. Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest bassists, Patitucci’s latest band finds fresh inspiration in his love of funk and jazz, featuring two electric guitarists, Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas, as well as virtuoso Nate Smith on drums and John on his signature electric bass.


John Patitucci


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Benny Green

Pedrito Martinez

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings & Bill Stewart Trio

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Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez Duo

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings & Bill Stewart Trio

Friday, Feb. 8, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30

Friday, March 15, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30

Over the past decade, pianist Alfredo Rodríguez went from a young local Cuban artist, to being discovered by Quincy Jones, to becoming a globally recognized Grammy®nominee with three critically acclaimed albums to his name. Also helping to expose the rich musical history of Cuba to a wider audience, Pedrito Martinez has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, among others. As a founding member of the highly successful Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band Yerba Buena, Pedrito was named “Percussionist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association three years in a row. Together, these two artists are leading the new wave of Cuban jazz music—with a seductive, buoyant, powerful sound that will leave you wanting more.

Guitarist Peter Bernstein, organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart make up one of the best organ jazz trios of the past two decades. Jazz enthusiasts recognize them for charting new ground with hard-swinging, yet thoughtful music. Drawing mainly on jazz standards, and a few original pieces, they re-imagine the organ jazz trio in a quiet, sensual and grooving presentation. The respect these musicians have for one another comes through in the subtle and intricate manner of their musical conversation on stage. Peter’s warm, feather-light touch and fluid improvisation with Larry Goldings’ warm hum, and Bill Stewart’s polyrhythmic and melodic focus, create a vivid combination of synergistic playing that lets each soloist float across the tunes.

Benny Green Trio with Veronica Swift Friday, April 19, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30 Benny Green holds the history of jazz at his fingertips. With decades of experience playing with the most celebrated artists of the last half century, it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist of his time. At age 24, Veronica Swift is recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. An adept lyrical interpreter with tremendous tonal command, Swift has the keen ability to make everything she touches her own. Join us for a hot performance that combines the sophisticated know-how of an established jazz master and the complex sounds of his inventive band-mates and the riffs with scats of tomorrow’s jazz royalty.

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Presented by Neal Pendergraft

Jimmy Webb

John McCutcheon

Ruthie Foster

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An Evening with Jimmy Webb Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30 Jimmy Webb is widely considered a living legend of songwriting. A leader and mentor in the industry, Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy® Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. His songs have been recorded by some of the greatest voices of all time including Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Feinstein and Judy Collins, not to mention his rap hit with Kanye West. Webb is one of those rare songwriters who manages to bring a genuine measure of magic to everything he touches. Support provided by Kelly & Marti Sudduth

John McCutcheon

Ruthie Foster

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30

Presented in association with the Faulkner Performing Arts Center at University of Arkansas

As one of the most respected and loved folksingers of our time, John McCutcheon’s music evokes a profound mark of place, family and strength. The breadth of his talent is staggering. He is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. But it’s his storytelling style—which has been compared to the likes of Will Rogers—that makes his music appealing to people of every generation and background. Like a conversation with an illuminating old friend, McCutcheon’s live performances are full of charm, wit and wisdom.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30 In Austin, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. After being Grammy nominated for Best Blues Album three times in a row and winning seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, it’s safe to say Ruthie Foster “brings it.” Influenced by iconic artists like Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples, Foster has developed a unique sound that can’t be contained. Infused with a little blues, folk, soul, rock and gospel, Foster’s powerhouse voice and familial warmth will blow you away. Support provided by Dale & Prudy Caudle


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Gretchen Peters

Royal Wood

Molly Tuttle

Gretchen Peters

Royal Wood

Molly Tuttle

Thursday, March 7, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30

Thursday, April 18, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists. Sexy and sublime, angelically clean and devilishly dirty, blemished yet beautiful, Peters rose to the top of her craft by writing and recording songs that explore the deep corners of life with empathy and integrity. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and named one of the best 60 female singer-songwriters of all time by The Telegraph, Peters has undoubtedly earned herself a spot among the country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers and among her generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters.

Since being named “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes in 2008, Royal Wood has become established as one of Canada’s most accomplished altpop singer/songwriters, producers, arrangers and multi-instrumentalists. On tour for his newest album Ever After The Farewell—an ode to the classic styles of both Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon—the songsmith brings class and craft to his pop-rock stylings, delivering them with a rich and resonant voice. From beautiful melodies, to perfect harmonies, to soulful vocals, this two-time Juno-nominated musician has charmed audiences across the globe. Don’t miss his debut in Northwest Arkansas!

Thursday, May 2, 7:30pm / Tickets start at $30 A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly Tuttle has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. Since recording her first album at the age of 13, Tuttle has accumulated various accolades, including most notably the International Bluegrass Association’s Award for Guitar Player of the Year in 2017—making her the first woman ever to win this prestigious award. With rapid fire bluegrass guitar work, incredible technical skill, a sweet voice and fun, barnstorming songwriting, Molly Tuttle puts even the most talented shredders to shame.

Support provided by David & Candace Starling

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Family Fun Series The Nutcracker

All patrons must have a ticket regardless of age


Trike Theatre's

8+ 8 Peter Pan


Friday, Nov. 2, 7pm Saturday, Nov. 3, 10am, 2pm & 7pm Friday, Nov. 9, 7pm Saturday, Nov. 10, 10am, 2pm & 7pm / Tickets Adults $15 / Children $9 Starr Theater

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s



Peter Pan, who comes to hear the stories Mrs. Darling tells each night, has lost his shadow. After Wendy Darling re-attaches Peter’s shadow in exchange for a kiss, Peter becomes entranced by Wendy, and convinces her and her three brothers to return with him to Neverland—a magical world of pirates, fairies and a gang of boys destined to stay young forever. Join Walton Arts Center’s artistic affiliate Trike Theatre on a fantastic flight of adventure in this retelling of the classic tale of growing up! Trike Theatre is an artistic affiliate of Walton Arts Center.


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The Nutcracker Friday, Nov. 23, 7pm Saturday, Nov. 24, 2pm & 7pm Sunday, Nov. 25, 2pm / Tickets start at $19 Rediscover the magic of one of the most popular Christmas stories of all time, The Nutcracker. As the clock strikes midnight, the adventure of a lifetime begins. Watch Clara battle the evil Mouse King, fall in love with the dashing Nutcracker prince and find herself on a storybook journey that will take her into the heart of a timeless fairytale. This breathtaking production features Canada’s premiere ballet company, local children and a magical Tchaikovsky score, gloriously showcased by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

The Snowman


The Snowman:

8+ A Family Concert Presented by Walton Arts Center and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) Sunday, Dec. 16, 2pm / Tickets $10 The family favorite NWA holiday tradition returns! Join us for the fourth annual screening of the 1982 Academy Award®-nominated film The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s book of the same name. This film about a snowman who comes to life has won the hearts of families around the world for almost 40 years. SoNA musicians, performing under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, will bring to life the film’s extraordinary score, along with other holiday favorites in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your whole family.

5+ Air Play Ages

Friday, March 8, 7pm / Tickets Adults $20 / Children $10 Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings who journey through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites that float over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Combining contemporary circus with street performance art and sculpture, this poetic ode to childhood will electrify the young and the young at heart. Air Play Ages

Terrapin Puppet Theatre's

7+ You and Me and the Space Between Thursday, March 28, 7pm / Tickets Adults $15 / Children $9 When the island of Proud Circle springs a leak, its citizens must find a way to stop their home from disappearing! It takes the wondering mind of a child to save the island, its people and their ways. From the imagination of one of Australia’s most accomplished children’s playwrights comes a tale of wonder and invention. Storytelling, choreographed projections and live drawn animation explore the plight of refugees fleeing environmental change through the eyes of a child. Step inside a picture book with an artist and storyteller, amidst a paper set that’s cut, ripped, patched and manipulated live to create a world of play.

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KidsSeries All patrons must have a ticket regardless of age

Claire Parsons’

And Then…

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s



The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30pm / Tickets Adults $15 / Children $9 Baum Walker Hall Choreographer Claire Parsons received the Swedish Theatre Critic’s Dance Award in 2015 for her groundbreaking work in performing arts for children —capturing their imagination with award-winning performances that are lively, warm and beautifully nuanced. This charming production features stunning visuals in a world of fantasy and imagination, and adept performers with perfectly balanced interaction. The performance is curious and fun to watch, as four characters tell their stories through dance, magic and playful humor—sometimes with the help of the audience. And Then… is a series of gentle surprises that keep children interested and entertained side-by-side with the adults who love them.

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2pm / Tickets Adults $15 / Children $9 Baum Walker Hall Three beloved stories by award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. This triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud, who playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, an airplane, a shark and more; and The Mixed-Up Chameleon, who discovers just how important it is to be yourself. Encouraging a love of reading, this performance is the perfect chance to introduce your little one to the magic of live theater! Support provided by Joel & Lynn Carver

And Then...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


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The Polar Express Friday, Dec. 21, 7pm / Tickets $10 Baum Walker Hall Put on your PJs and join us for a special screening of the family-favorite Christmas story about a young boy on an extraordinary ride to the North Pole! Hot chocolate bar included!

Trike Theatre’s

Go, Dog. Go!

Tall Stories’

4+ 6 Ages



Emily Brown and the Thing

Saturday, Jan. 19, 10am, 2pm & 4pm Saturday, Jan. 26, 10am, 2pm & 4pm / Tickets Adults $15 / Children $9 Starr Theater


Friday, May 10, 6:30pm / Tickets Adults $15 / Children $9 Starr Theater

From big dogs and little dogs to red, green and blue dogs, dogs going up and dogs going fast… who knew dogs were so busy? This story by P.D. Eastman has been a go-to favorite for families for more than fifty years, leaving audiences of all breeds wagging their tails with delight. Now, Walton Arts Center’s artistic affiliate Trike Theatre brings the story to life on stage! Featuring a local cast of professional actors, Go, Dog. Go! is full of fun surprises, colorful costumes and bouts of laughter, sharing lessons about diversity, love and individuality.

One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Emily Brown and Stanley set off on an incredible adventure to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk and his medicine… but nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing—and will anyone ever get to sleep? Find out in this magical, musical show based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton. Support provided by Brett & Kara Biggs

Trike Theatre is an artistic affiliate of Walton Arts Center.

Emily Brown and the Thing

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LOL@WAC Series

Jay Leno

Parental guidelines / May contain mature content. Call the box office with any questions.

Late Nite Catechism Thursday, Sept. 6, 8pm Friday, Sept. 7, 8pm Saturday, Sept. 8, 2pm & 8pm Sunday, Sept. 9, 2pm / Tickets start at $25 Starr Theater Sister returns to Northwest Arkanas in this uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back— sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully—to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm—Catholic or not!


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The Pump and Dump Show: 2018 Parentally Incorrect Tour Saturday, Sept. 22, 7pm / Tickets $30 The Pump and Dump Show brings their nationwide tour to Northwest Arkansas: more hilarious, more raw and more “Parentally Incorrect” than ever. Get yourself out of the house for once and join comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee to laugh—hard —about all the things that usually make you cry. This cathartic evening is full of original songs, interactive games, prizes and a much-needed jolt of validation and commiseration. Celebrating the release of Shayna and Tracey’s highly anticipated new book, this tour also features a segment where audience members can submit their own parenting horror stories— completely unscripted, 100% authentic and unbelievably hysterical. It’s rough out there in the momosphere. You’ve earned a night out!

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Party Wednesday, Oct. 31 Music at 7:30pm, Movie at 9pm / Tickets $20 The popular Rocky Horror movie night is back… and this year we’ve added live music! Local favorite band Goose will do their spooky best to warm up the audience before the film. For the main feature you’ll experience the hijinks of your favorite characters including Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and all the party guests on the big screen in Baum Walker Hall. Join us in your best Rocky Horror themed costume, and sing along with this screamingly funny, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror, B-movies and rock music—the most popular cult classic of all time. You can BYOP* (Bring Your Own Props) or buy one of our prop bags at this interactive, unforgettable Halloween party! *BYOP: Check our website for an approved props list closer to the show!

Dixie’s Tupperware Party Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Saturday, Feb. 24 7:30pm Saturday, Feb. 23 – Sunday Feb. 24 2pm / Tickets start at $25 Starr Theater Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to travel the country throwing good ol’ fashioned Tupperware Parties. Loaded with the most upto-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became a member of the illustrious “#1 Tupperware Seller in the World” Club, as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products. Filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage, this is not your mother’s Tupperware party!

Jay Leno Saturday, March 30, 8pm / Tickets start at $55


Acclaimed late night TV show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, philanthropist and Emmy Award®-winner, Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Leno dominated late night television for two decades as the host of the #1-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and more recently produces and hosts the CNBC TV series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” now in its third season. When he’s not on TV, Leno performs more than 100 stand-up shows annually across the country and internationally. Don’t miss your chance to see this comedy legend when he takes the stage at Walton Arts Center for the first time! The top ticket price includes a meet and greet with the artist.

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A special engagement!

2019 /

Jan. 4-5

Tickets start at $25

3 shows Fri 7pm Sat 2pm Sat 8pm

“Worthy of the Gods!” – Time Out New York

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Northwest Arkansas audiences will be the first to see this new musical on tour. After a sold-out engagement off-Broadway in New York City, the company will rehearse and present their first public tour performances of the tour right here at Walton Arts Center! This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling DisneyHyperion novel by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is “electrifying!” (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, The Lightning Thief is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania).

Photos by Jeremy Daniels.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.


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The aca-spectacular is back by popular demand! This international vocal festival invites you to attend shows, participate in a workshop or even compete to win. It’s aca-fun for everyone!


VoiceJam Headliner Concert

The Edge Effect

VoiceJam Competition

Friday, April 5, 7:30pm Tickets $10

Hosted by the Father of Contemporary A Cappella Deke Sharon Saturday, April 6, 7:30pm Tickets start at $19

Winners of MTV’s “Top Pop Group” and Boyz II Men’s “Next Great A Cappella Group,” America’s Got Talent finalists and international recording artists, The Edge Effect is taking a cappella music to a whole new level. With infectious beats, intricate harmonies and spectacular vocal acrobatics, this performance is sure to be an unparalleled entertainment experience! Part of the 10x10 Arts Series. See page 22 for more info.

Get your tickets now to witness the hottest vocal bands from around the country compete for the title of VoiceJam Champion. The VoiceJam Competition has quickly become one of the most in-demand events on our season. Come cheer on these harmonizing-beatboxingmindblowing groups and cast your vote for aca-fan favorite!

Attention local a cappella groupswe want you to audition! Start preparing now, and visit in October for submission details.

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2018-19 Season at Walton Arts Center NOV 3

Masterworks I: Bernstein & Brahms

JAN 26 Masterworks II: Verdi & Chopin

DEC 15 A Very SoNA Christmas

MAR 9 Masterworks III: Bach & Beethoven

DEC 16 The Snowman: A Family Concert


Masterworks IV: The Rite of Spring

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Ticket refunds and exchanges

495 W. Dickson Street Fayetteville, AR 72701

All tickets are non-refundable. Exchanges may be available for a different performance of the same production. Exchange fees may apply. Call 479.443.5600 for more information.

Inclement weather policy

Box Office Information

It is rare for a performance at Walton Arts Center to be canceled due to inclement weather, but in the case that a show is canceled, we will post information on our website, social media and phone system and will make every effort to contact all affected ticket holders. If the performance is still scheduled but inclement weather makes it impossible for you to attend, please contact the Box Office at 479.443.5600. Our ticket representatives will help you consider all the options. Due to contracts with performers and production companies, options for day-of-show exchanges vary, and we may not be able to exchange tickets. All ticket donations or exchanges must be completed at least two hours before the performance, and tickets are

The only authorized seller of Walton Arts Center and Walmart AMP tickets

Hours: + Monday–Friday / 10am–6pm + Saturday / noon–4pm + One hour prior to most performances


Phone: 479.443.5600

Food or drink


We do not permit outside food or drinks into our building. Please take advantage of our concession area!

Weapons and/or Firearms Policy The carrying of weapons and/or firearms is prohibited at Walton Arts Center, Nadine Baum Studios and the Walmart AMP, under Arkansas Code 5-73-306 (B) (1) even if you have a permit.

Group Sales Who can be a group? Anybody! Groups of 10 or more receive discounts on most performances, personalized service, deferred payment options and reduced handling charges. All you need is


you and 9 other people! Call our Group Sales Office at

Accessible seating for patrons in wheelchairs and with other needs is

479.571.2719 for more information.

available for all performances. American Sign Language interpretation services and large print programs are available for most performances with two weeks’ notice. Please contact the Box Office as early as possible to ensure that we can meet your party’s needs. Hearing enhancement devices, binoculars and booster seats are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at coat check.

Baum Walker Hall Seat Map

Location & Parking Walton Arts Center is located in downtown Fayetteville. For directions or advice on parking, please call 479.443.5600 or visit Parking is available in the following lots:

495 W Dickson St The Dickson WAC event parking WAC event parking

Starr Theater is a black box theater with different seating configurations. Call the Box Office for details

Private Parking

about your show.

City Parking

P.O. Box 3547 Fayetteville, AR 72702

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Walton Arts Center 2018/19 Guidebook  

Walton Arts Center 2018/19 Guidebook

Walton Arts Center 2018/19 Guidebook  

Walton Arts Center 2018/19 Guidebook