Weekend Holiday Happenings


There are several events on Saturday to help get you in the Christmas Spirit.

Among those: the Old Independence Regional Museum hosting its 10th Annual Old-fashioned Family Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to visit with boys and girls. Parents are welcome to bring a camera and take photos.    MORE

Harding University’s improvisational children’s theatre troupe, The Pied Pipers, will be performing its annual Christmas show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

Directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Dottie Frye, the Pied Pipers use a combination of fairy tales, Aesop’s Fables, poems, songs, audience participation and modern stories in their shows.

“Our purpose is to entertain children and spark their imaginations,” Frye said. “Each show is full of high energy, creativity and interaction with the children.
Pied Pipers entertains approximately 20,000 people each year in a wide range of settings including public and private schools, children’s homes, hospitals, preschools, centers for people with disabilities, libraries, churches, children’s theatre organizations, local arts councils, and private and commercial businesses and groups.
For more information about other upcoming theatre events, visit www.harding.edu/theatre.

The Theater Department at Arkansas State University–Beebe will present a benefit performance of The Phantom Tollbooth on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Center Auditorium on the Beebe campus. The play is open to the public and admission is free.

Donations received from the performance will benefit the ASU-Beebe Giving Tree project, which makes Christmas gifts available to the families of ASU-Beebe students who are in financial need.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a 1961 classic by Norton Juster and adapted by Susan Nunus for the stage. The Phantom Tollbooth is under the direction of Sandra Williams, instructor of Speech and Theater at ASU-Beebe.

“Come travel with Milo to the Land of Wisdom, Dictionopolis, Digitopolis and the Land of Ignorance as he attempts to save two Princesses, Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason! Milo adventures to the Land of Wisdom, where he is forced to think about many new things. He learns of the argument between King Azaz and his brother, the Mathemagician, whose disagreement over words and numbers has led to the banishment of Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Milo is dispatched to rescue the Princesses.  When he must return home, Milo’s sorry to leave his friends but he realizes his attitude towards learning will never be the same.”

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in central Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Area schools are invited to attend a special performance of The Phantom Tollbooth on Friday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. Individuals who wish to bring groups to the Friday showing should call (501) 882-8921, or email sfwilliams@asub.edu.

The Owen Center Auditorium is located on the Beebe campus at 910 N. Pecan Street. For more information about ASU-Beebe, call (501) 882-3600 or view the website at www.asub.edu.

Top of the Rock Chorus, Acapella Rising and the Crystal Chimes Chorus are uniting to bring incredible afternoons of family-friendly entertainment — just in time for the holidays.

The fun starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the UA-Pulaski Tech Center for Humanities and Arts Building Auditorium in North Little Rock and continues at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village.

“Dear Santa, I Can Explain,” part of the Holidays in Harmony series, will bring everybody’s favorite movie and story book villains to life as they try to convince Santa that they don’t deserve a spot on his naughty list, while the three award-winning Central Arkansas choruses sing a capella versions of holiday favorites in the uniquely American barbershop style.

This holiday extravaganza will also offer wintery treats, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a raffle.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 15 and under. They can be purchased at arkansasacapella.com.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Open Arms Shelter, a 24-bed facility in Lonoke that provides housing to children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

About Top of the Rock — A five-time Regional Championship chorus, Top of the Rock is a fun-loving group of talented women who love to sing, perform, and grow as singers and as musical leaders. Top of the Rock is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International and a member of Region 25, which includes choruses in North Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. Top of the Rock, which has been performing for more than 50 years, currently has more than 60 singers of all ages from Central Arkansas. www.topoftherockchorus.com

About Acapella Rising — Acapella Rising is the Barbershop Harmony Society’s most improved Southwestern District chorus for the past three years and the Plateau AA District Champions. A growing chorus of more than 30 men and boys of all ages from Central Arkansas, Acapella Rising has been performing across the region since 1955. www.acapellarising.com

About Crystal Chimes — Crystal Chimes Chorus is a member of Sweet Adelines International, Region 25. Crystal Chimes has been singing a capella four-part harmony in and around Hot Springs Village and Hot Springs for over two decades. The chorus helps fund scholarships for students studying music in college. www.crystalchimeschorus.org


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