Tickets on sale for 3rd season of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre


Published Thursday, April 16, 2009

Subscriptions for the third season of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre are now on sale.

This summer's AST Festival will feature four shows to be presented from June 10-28: Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, the Broadway smash The Producers, and the children's classic The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

All four productions will be created from scratch over a one-month rehearsal and construction period by a company of more than 70 artists combining Arkansas artists, out-of-town-professionals, and college students from 11 different universities.

Tickets will range in price from $10-$30 per seat, with discounted season tickets available online and at the University of Central Arkansas Ticket Central.

In addition to the performances, this year's festival will also include these special events:

The Second Annual Bard Ball After last year's highly successful event, the audience will be able to again meet and be entertained by a special one-night-only performance from their favorite festival actors. June 23, 7 p.m. at the Terrazzo Room at Michelangelo's in downtown Conway.

Tickets are $30 per person and $25 each for two or more and will include food, entertainment, a silent auction and a cash bar.

Tickets for this year's Bard Ball can now be purchased along with regular performance tickets at UCA Ticket Central.

Family Fridays Every Friday during this year's festival (June 12, 19 and 26), families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy some free pre-show family-friendly entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Father's Day Special The audience is invited to celebrate Dad's Day with an evening performance of The Taming of The Shrew on Sunday, June 21 and a free hamburger or hot dog on the Reynolds Lawn prior to the performance.

Backstage tours and talk-backs after every show.

The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will also be selling season tickets at two Birthday Parties for the Bard featuring abridged and kid-friendly performances of Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock on April 18 at 2 p.m. and at the Faulkner County Library on April 25 at 3 p.m.

The Faulkner County Library event will also feature a mini-renaissance festival on the lawn behind the library beginning at 1 p.m.

Season tickets, tax-deductible memberships, Bard Ball Tickets and more information are available at www.arkshakes.com or at UCA Ticket Central by calling 450-3265.