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story.lead_photo.caption Jesse-Carrey Beaver and Laura Sudduth star in Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s production of The Gift of the Magi.

The relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired his creation, Peter Pan, is at the center of the musical Finding Neverland (music and lyrics by Gary Barlow, book by James Graham, based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee), onstage 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.

Tickets are $36-$88 plus fees. As part of the center's new Kids Night on Broadway program, tickets to the Thursday matinee are free to youngsters 7-18, accompanied by a paying adult, using the promo code HOOK. Call (479) 443-5600 visit the website, waltonartscenter.org.

Education Gift

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's scholarship fund will be the beneficiary of the company's Education Night event, which gets underway at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Before a 7 p.m. performance of The Gift of the Magi, Rep students will sing carols and participants can enjoy the company's signature holiday drink and purchase $1 raffle tickets for prizes.

Tickets are $45, $25 for students. For info, visit tickets.therep.org, call (501) 378-0405 or visit facebook.com/events/357085531385540. Proceeds benefit the Rep's Scholarship Fund, which awarded more than $18,000 in need and merit-based scholarships last season.

Carol benefit

A touring production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Central Arkansas' Reynolds Performance Hall to benefit the Main Stage Education Series for schoolchildren.

The play features 26 traditional carols of the season woven throughout the classic Dickens' story.

The Education Series "introduces children from across central Arkansas to performing arts," said Amanda Horton, director of Reynolds Performance Hall. Proceeds will help expand the program, she said.

Tickets are $30-$40, $10 for children. UCA student tickets are $10 with valid student I.D. Call UCA Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit uca.edu/reynolds.

Library Grinchfest

KTHV anchor Craig O'Neill will read Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas for kids at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th St., Little Rock.

Children are encouraged by the library to come in costume. Admission is free. Reserve seats online at cals.org.

History tours

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has listed its "Walks Through History" and "Sandwiching in History" tours for 2018.

"Walks Through History," co-sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council, are free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts, 11 a.m. Saturdays.

mMarch 10: Mount Nord Historic District, Fayetteville, co-sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society

• April 14: Columbia St., Helena-West Helena, sponsored by Main St. Helena

• May 12: Downtown Beebe, co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society

• Sept. 15: Downtown Osceola, co-sponsored by the Mississippi County Historical Society and Mississippi County Museum

• Oct. 13: Heber Springs Commercial Historic District, co-sponsored by the Heber Springs Library and Downtown Heber Springs Network

• Nov. 10: Magnolia Commercial Historic District, co-sponsored by the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

"Sandwiching in History" focuses on Pulaski County structures and sites, noon Fridays, including a brief lecture and tour of the subject property.

• Jan. 5: First United Methodist Church, 723 Center St., Little Rock

• Feb. 2: Markham Street United Methodist Church (Faith United Methodist Church), 9820 W. Markham St., Little Rock

• March 2: Block Realty-Couch House, 8 Armistead Road, Little Rock

• April 6: Dr. Charles H. Kennedy House, 6 Edenwood Lane, North Little Rock

• May 4: Lake Nixon, 18500 Cooper Orbit Road, Little Rock

• June 1: Maumelle Ordnance Works Bunker No. 4, 4 Willastein Drive, Maumelle

• July 6: William E. Woodruff House, 1017 E. Eighth St., Little Rock

• Aug. 3: National Old Line Building, 501 Woodlane St., Little Rock

• Sept. 7, Matthews-Storey House, 8115 Ascension Lane, Little Rock

• Oct. 5, Rock Island Argenta Depot, 1201 E. Fourth St., North Little Rock

• Nov. 2, Mary H. Matthews Lustron House, 5021 Maryland Ave., Little Rock

• Dec. 7, Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock.

All tours are free. Call (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1100 North St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201, email info@arkansaspreservation.org or visit the website, arkansaspreservation.org.

Scott H. Severance (left) portrays Ebenezer Scrooge and Nicholas Wilder is Bob Cratchit in the touring production of A Christmas Carol, which is being performed Tuesday at University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Style on 12/17/2017

Print Headline: Neverland in Fayetteville, Gift fundraiser at the Rep

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