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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published March 6, 2014 at 2:42 a.m.

Susan Troillett (left) and Maryann Waldemeyer form onethird of the Royal Players’ cast of Steel Magnolias.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Royal Magnolias

The Royal Players will stage Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and March 14-15 and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 16 at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton.

Caroline Simmons plays Truvy, the owner of the Louisiana hair salon where all the action takes place, with Tiffany Martin as Annelle, Susan Troillett as Ouiser, Maryann Waldemeyer as Clairee, Malinda Sandlin as M’Lynn and Paige Carpenter as Shelby.

Sponsor is Everett Buick GMC. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for students. Call (501) 315-5483 or visit

Water Children

The pros and cons of abortion are at the center of Wendy MacLeod’s comedy The Water Children, onstage 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday through March 22 at the Weekend Theater, West Seventh and Chester streets. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available online at; for more information only, call (501) 374-3761.

Organ donation

Alan Morrison, head of the organ departments at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, will give a recital to benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Injury Prevention Program, 8 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott St., Little Rock.

The program: Concerto in a minor (after Vivaldi), BWV 593, by Johann Sebastian Bach; Ciaconna in B-flat major by Johann Bernhard Bach; Prelude and Fugue in B major by Marcel Dupre; Scherzo, op.2, by Maurice Durufle; “Andante sostenuto” from the Symphony Gothique, op.70, by Charles Marie Widor; “Final” fromthe Symphony No. 4, op.32, by Louis Vierne; Variations on Sine Nomine by John Weaver; Folk Tune by Percy Whitlock; and Pageant by Leo Sowerby.

Sponsors are Dr. James Graham and the Central Arkansas Chapter, American Guild of Organists. Admission is free; an offering will be accepted to support the work of the Children’s Hospital program. Call (501) 372-2512.

Art songs by women

Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer and pianist Louis Menendez, in residence this week at the University of Central Arkansas, will give a concert of art songs by female composers at 7:30 p.m. today in the Recital Hall, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

The program will include Libby Larsen’s song cycle Love After 1950 and songs by Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Lily Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke and Carrie Jacobs Bond. Admission is free. Call (501) 450-3163 or email

Anti-bullying show

The 2014 Teen Nation Anti-Bullying and Concert Tour, a peer-to-peer, 90-minute anti-bullying program, is in Little Rock through March 15, performing at 16 area schools, with free public performances at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Joint, 301 Main St., North Little Rock, and 3 p.m. March 15 at Playtime Pizza, 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop, Little Rock. Headline performers include 14-year-olds Tristan Blaine of Frisco, Texas, and X Factor contestant J Ryan of San Antonio. Call (877) 837-7833, email or visit or the tour’s Facebook page.

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