ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Hats off to ‘Noises Off’ at Benton’s Royal Theatre

The Royal Players cast of “Noises Off”: (front row, from left) Larry Lapaglia, Amanda Kennedy, Garrett Brenneman; (second row, from left), Susan Thomey, Kurt Leftwich; (third row, from left) Gabrielle Neafsey, Stanley Robinson; (fourth row) Jeremy Clay; and (fifth row) Hillary Bell. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)
The Royal Players cast of “Noises Off”: (front row, from left) Larry Lapaglia, Amanda Kennedy, Garrett Brenneman; (second row, from left), Susan Thomey, Kurt Leftwich; (third row, from left) Gabrielle Neafsey, Stanley Robinson; (fourth row) Jeremy Clay; and (fifth row) Hillary Bell. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:

THEATER: 'Bard@the Bar'

Actors Theatre of Little Rock stages "Bard@the Bar: A Midsummer Night's Dream," a modified version of William Shakespeare's comedy squeezed into 60-75 minutes, 7 p.m. today at The Rail Yard, 1212 E. Sixth St., Little Rock.

The tale remains basically the same: Four young lovers (Dalton Carroll, Britni Padilla-Dumas, Mackenzie Holtzclaw and Reilly Heffer, and who loves whom swaps several times during the play) wander into an enchanted forest and find themselves caught in a war between the Fairy King and Queen (Michael Goodbar and Shaina Tippitt) and the machinations of the mischievous fairy Puck (Georgeann Burbank). Meanwhile, a company of "hard-handed laborers" (including Koty Mansfield, Destaney Duguid and Tyler Wisdom) are in the wood working, ineptly, on a play to present for the forthcoming wedding of the duke.

Admission is free but the theater is encouraging donations of at least $10. Seating is limited, so ticket reservations are encouraged. Visit centralarkansastickets.com. (Tip the performers in cash or through Venmo.) Count Porkula and other Rail Yard food and beverage vendors will be open all evening. For more information, visit actorstheatrelr.org.

'Noisy' comedy

Benton's Royal Players stage Michael Frayn's comedy "Noises Off," 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Aug. 18-20 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug.21 at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton.

Admission to the Aug. 18 "Second Thursday" performance is free, in partnership with the City of Benton. For "community night" visit the Benton Municipal Complex, 114 S. East St.; the Benton Chamber of Commerce, 607 N. Market St.; or downtown Benton merchants The Oil Shoppe, Spark's Jewelry and Relics Tattoo Studio.

Otherwise, tickets are $15; $12 for senior citizens 60 and older, members of the military and college students (with valid ID); $8 for K-12 students. Sponsor is Campbell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Visit theroyalplayers.ticketleap.com.

ART: 'Waiting' in Bentonville

"Waiting," paintings and other works by Brit Borcher and Madison Svendgard, winners of 211 South's second annual University of Arkansas MFA Call for Art, go on display Friday at 211 South, within the Engel & Volkers storefront, 211 S. Main St., Bentonville. The exhibition will remain up through Nov. 4. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Admission is free. Call (479) 268-5170 or visit nwa.evrealestate.com/211-South.

'Currents' in Fayetteville

"Currents," works by Dylan DeWitt and Kasey Ramirez, go on display with a 5-7 p.m. reception Friday in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St. The exhibition, up through Sept. 25, features DeWitt's large-scale "Reflexion" interactive installation as well as prints and drawings. It's in partnership with the University of Arkansas School of Art. Admission to the reception and the gallery are free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and 60 minutes before performances and during intermission. Visit waltonartscenter.org.

FILM: 'Dirty' anniversary

A big-screen return for "Dirty Dancing" marks the 35th anniversary of its release, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Breckenridge 12 and Colonel Glenn 18 in Little Rock; 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at the Movie Tavern in Little Rock; and 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville and the Malco Ft. Smith Cinema in Fort Smith. The screening will also include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a new interview with co-star Jennifer Grey. Ticket information is available at fathomevents.com.

ETC.: Ouachita Co. Fair

Livestock, fair food, carnival rides and exhibits showcasing everything from preserved fruits and vegetables, baked items, hand-crafted quilts, crafts and photography amount to "Family Fun, the way it should be done" at the 2022 Ouachita County Fair, through Saturday at the Ouachita County Recreational Center (former Boys & Girls Club facility), 2708 Mt. Holly Road, Camden. Gate admission and parking are free; carnival armbands are $25. Call (870) 818-4871 or (870) 818-7444 or visit ouachitacountyfair.com.

Garvan 'PhotoWalk'

Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, is hosting a "PhotoWalk," 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, focusing on the architectural elements of four structures at the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas-Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design: the Verna Garvan Pavilion, the Sunrise Bridge and the Joy Manning Scott Full Moon Bridge (both in the Asian Garden) and the Anthony Chapel. Participants will get a chance to shoot images of the interior and exterior while the garden and chapel are closed to other guests.

Julia Mann, lead property manager and official photographer, will lead the walk and offer photography and history tips and information. Admission is $20, $5 for children 4-12, free for members. Participants should take water or other forms of hydration (no glass containers, alcohol, smoking or vaping anywhere on the property). To register, visit worldwidephotowalk.com, click on Find a Walk and seek out "Architecture at Garvan Woodland Gardens."

AUDITIONS: 'Idol,' virtually

Arkansans can audition for season 6 of "American Idol" via Zoom on Monday, "face to face in front of producers and [receiving] real-time feedback," according to a news release. Sign up and find more information, including specific audition details, locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions, at americanidol.com/auditions. You can also use the website to submit a full online audition.

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