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Magaly Licolli - Worker rights are her passion

Subscriber onlyFor Magaly Licolli, advocating for others' rights started with advocating for her own. Continue reading...

One 'Fine' Musical - ‘My Fair Lady’ a joyous journey for FSLT director

Subscriber onlyWhen Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway in 1956, it was an immediate sensation. The New York Times theater critic Brooks Atkinson called it a "wonderful" and "genius" production. Famed Broadway composer John Kander said it was "the perfect show." Continue reading...

Backstage Hero - Stage managers do the work you don’t know needs to be done

Subscriber onlyAt about 6:15 p.m. during a Thursday evening in May, the crew of TheatreSquared's production of The Hound of the Baskervilles were bustling around Nadine Baum Studios at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, readying the space for the 7:30 p.m. show time. Props were checked , seats were de-linted, floors were swept -- and dozens of feet above the stage, the footfalls of Shannon Jones, the stage manager, were heard as she carefully made her way along the catwalk. Continue reading...

Performing Partnerships

ACO season celebrates diversity

Subscriber onlyThe Arts Center of the Ozarks recently released a glimpse into its 2018-19 season and, says Executive Director Kathleen Trotter, the goal of the arts organization is to include even more of the community than in the past. Continue reading...

Not Just For Fun

WAC workshops teach kids valuable skills

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas teens with a penchant for the performing arts -- be it on or off the stage -- are in luck. Continue reading...

HIGH PROFILE: Arkansas commercial real estate developer Tommy Van Zandt hasn’t let paralyzing midlife accident deter him

Subscriber onlyTommy Van Zandt was 49 years old on the blustery February day he climbed up a 10-foot ladder to cut limbs off a tall tree on the property of his Fayetteville home. Continue reading...

Strong Women Unite

New script a labor of love for playwright, company

Subscriber onlyArkansasStaged will host a workshop reading of playwright Ashley Edward's new play, "Field Notes From Mother Earth," on July 8 at Bentonville's 21c Museum Hotel -- and the theater company's artistic director, Laura Shatkus, says she hopes this workshop process will be the first of many. Continue reading...

Pat Parsons Hutter

Still rodeo’s biggest fan

Subscriber onlyDynamite comes in small packages." Continue reading...

Let the sun shine in

Lutheran church creating its own energy

Subscriber onlyOne Northwest Arkansas church is doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint and make smart energy consumption choices that benefit the environment -- and save the church money. Continue reading...

The Play's The Thing

Frothy comedy has a deeper message

Subscriber onlyWilliam Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is frequently cited as one of his frothiest comedies: Characters Benedick and Beatrice spend much of the play verbally sparring and angrily flirting. "There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her. They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them," says Leonato of the couple in Act 1, Scene 1. It isn't long before they realize what the audience knew from the start -- they're made for each other. But the director of the Crude Mechanicals production of the show (and the company's artistic director) Zyan Ward cautions audiences to not dismiss the play as simply fun and froth. Continue reading...

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Residents of Magdalene House wash dishes in the modern farmhouse-style kitchen. The mission of St. P...

Residents of Magdalene House wash dishes in the modern farmhouse-style kitchen. The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Faye...

Published: December 14, 2017

Anita and Edward Hejtmanek, founders of Heartwood Gallery, pause in front of a display of Anita’s st...

Anita and Edward Hejtmanek, founders of Heartwood Gallery, pause in front of a display of Anita’s stained glass jewelry.

Published: December 3, 2017

The Dashwood women’s trials and tribulations are the subject of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility...

The Dashwood women’s trials and tribulations are the subject of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” A witty, fast-moving adapta...

Published: October 13, 2017

Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s ev...

Department of theater designers displayed their work outside the banquet hall at Saturday night’s event.

Published: May 14, 2017

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