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Doubt in Jonesboro

Jonesboro’s Foundation of Arts stages Doubt by John Patrick Shanley, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday Aug. 9-10 and 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 11 in its “Stage, Too” black-box space, 328 S. Main St., Jonesboro. Tickets are $12; $10 for senior citizens, military and Arkansas State University students, faculty and staff; $8 for children 12 and younger. Call (870) 935-2726 or visit


Boomtown Opry

Teen singers Moses Snow, Ameri Shaye, McKenzie Jones and Mason Halstead, plus Zane Glasscock , comedy duo Mike Means & Bill Meyer and the Silver Kickers dance team head the lineup for the Boomtown Opry, 7 p.m. Saturday at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 100 W. Eighth St.. Tickets are $10 in advance (visit, $15 at the door, $5 for children 12 and younger, free for children 5 and under. A portion of the proceeds benefits the El Dorado Boys & Girls Club. Call (870) 665-9315, email or visit the Facebook page,

Artistic fundraiser

Cutwell 4 Kids holds its sixth annual fundraiser, “The Birth of an Artist,” 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Embassy Suites Hot Springs, 400 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs. The nonprofit provides arts and performance programs for children. The event will feature jazz and R&B performances and a sale of art by recent graduates of Hot Springs World Class High School, James Avery and featured entertainment Rock Town Youth Jazz Squad. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $20. Call (214) 497-3715, email or visit


Best-selling author

Susan Orlean, author of the best-sellers The Library Book and The Orchid Thief, will deliver the Central Arkansas Library System’s 2019 Fred K. Darragh Jr. Lecture, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call (501) 918-3098 or visit

Arts nominations

Sept. 6 is the deadline to nominate an individual, organization or business for the Arkansas Arts Council’s 2020 Governor’s Arts Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the arts in Arkansas. Nominations are open in the categories of Arts Community Development, Arts in Education, Corporate Sponsorship of the Arts, Folklife, Individual Artist, Patron and Lifetime Achievement. Nominees will be vetted by an independent panel of arts professionals; the recipients will be honored at a ceremony in the spring. Visit the or email Cheri Leffew at


Rep fall classes

Arkansas Repertory Theatre Education Department will hold auditions for its Teen Ensemble, a pre-professional performance class for high-school-age singers, dancers and actors, 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Rep Annex, 518 Main St., Little Rock. Auditioners must prepare a 16-32 bar “cut” of a song (preferably from the musical-theater repertoire) and provide sheet music for the accompanist, plus a one-minute monologue. Spaces are limited. Email for an audition slot. Classes run 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9-Nov. 11. Tuition is $225.

The lineup for the Rep’s nonauditioned fall classes (except as noted, all courses 10 weeks, at the Rep Annex):

Acting and Creative Movement (grades K-2), 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 12. $170

Acting (grades 3-5), 4:30-5:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9-Nov. 11. $185

Musical Theater (grades 3-5), 4:30-5:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12-Nov. 14. $185

Theater Dance (grades 3-5), 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11-Nov. 13. $170

Theater Dance (grades 6-8), 5:45-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11-Nov. 13. $185

Acting (grades 6-8), 5:15-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 12. $185

Musical Theater (grades 6-8), 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday. $185

Preach! A Comedy Collage Class (grades 9-12), 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 12. $190

Theater Dance (grade 8-adult), 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9-Nov. 11. $185

Beginning Tap Dance (grade 8-adult), 5:45-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 12. Tap shoes required. $170

Intermediate Tap (grade 8-adult), 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12-Nov. 14. Tap shoes required. $170

Shakespeare Scene Study (adult), 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16-Oct. 28 (seven weeks). Familiarity with scansion and rhetorical techniques in Shakespeare is required. $180

Intro to Playwriting (adult), 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10-Oct. 29 (eight weeks). $190

Improvisation (adult), 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11-Nov. 13. $195

For the full class schedule, online registration, more information on each class and information on faculty, visit


Celtic Woman

Tickets — $39.50-$99.50 — are on sale for “Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway. The four-woman ensemble is marking the Christmas season with its eighth annual “Symphony Tour,” accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Visit or .

Temps and Tops

Tickets — $47-$102 — go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for a concert by The Temptations and The Four Tops, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Robinson Center Performance Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock. Presenters are Celebrity Attractions and Exceptional Artists. Call (501) 244-8800 or visit

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