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story.lead_photo.caption Stefanie Johnston (from left), Donalda Cobb, Joshua Campbell, Katy Fraley and Hannah Hill rehearse a scene from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Weekend Theater.

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts:


Musical Murders

Hollywood elites, with a slasher-murderer possibly among them, plan their new production at the mansion of a wealthy arts patron in upstate New York during the worst blizzard in years in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop, which the Royal Players are staging, 7 p.m. today-Saturday and June 21-23 and 2 p.m. Sunday and June 24 at the Royal Theater, 111 S. Market St., Benton. Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens 60-plus, military and college students, $6 for high school students and younger. Call (501) 315-5483 or visit theroyalplayers or


Musical Scoundrels

Two con artists and their "victim" cavort musically on the French Riviera in the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Jeffrey Lane based on the 1988 film of the same name) 8 p.m. Friday and July 6; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21-23 and 28-30 and July 5 and 7; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 and July 1 and 8 at the Weekend Theater, 1001 W. Seventh St., Little Rock. The production kicks off the theater's 2018-19 season. There will be a post-show reception after Friday's opening-night performance. Tickets are $22, $18 for students. Visit


'Surf the Bay'

Fairfield Bay's "Surf the Bay" WaterSport and Music Festival on Greers Ferry Lake, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Bay Marina, 4350 S. Arkansas 330, Fairfield Bay, showcases adventure sports, including wakesurfing, flyboarding (soaring above the lake surface in a water-powered jet pack), kayaking and paddleboarding, plus water slides. The Zac Dunlap Band performs, 5-7 p.m. Festival admission is free; there's a charge for some venues and activities, including the Kid Zone ($5). Arrive by land or by water. Call (501) 884-6030 or visit


Dance band

The Stardust Big Band performs for dancing, 3 p.m. Sunday, in the the ballroom of the Arlington Resort Hotel, 239 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Admission is $10, free for K-12 students. No food or beverages allowed -- except "special occasion" cakes -- from outside the hotel. A cash bar will be available. Call (501) 767-5482 or visit


Honoring heroes

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, U.S. 70 East (East Grand Avenue), Hot Springs, is offering free admission for members of the military, active duty and retired, plus veterans, reservists and U.S. Defense Department employees; and for first responders -- police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians -- through June 30. Admission for their spouses and dependents will be a discounted $34.99 (plus tax) when accompanied by a first responders and military members. Show military ID or proof of employment at the park ticket booths. visit the website,

Stone County perks

The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View and Blanchard Springs Caverns in the Ozark National Forest are offering special cross-promotional discounts to encourage visitors to explore both Stone County attractions.

• Admission to the caverns (with a ticket receipt from the state park): $7.50 ($3 off), $3.50 ($2 off) for children 6-15, free for children 5 and younger.

• Admission to the park (with a tour ticket from the caverns): $10 ($2 off), $5 ($2 off) for children 6-15, free for children 5 and younger; combination ticket (to Craft Village and music auditorium), $16.50 ($3 off).

The offer is valid for one week after visiting the first attraction. Hours for the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Roots music performances take place in the auditorium, 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Call (870) 269-3851 or visit Blanchard Springs Caverns is open daily, with tours, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call (870) 757-2211 or visit (search for "Blanchard Springs Caverns").

Weekend on 06/14/2018


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