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Theatrical Trek

The University of Central Arkansas Theatre will stage Where No Man Has Gone Before: The Gene Roddenberry Story as a documentary devised work -- a team-created collaborative piece -- 7:30 p.m. today-Thursday in the Black Box Theatre, Room 210, Snow Fine Arts Center, UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The piece explores the life of the late Star Trek creator Roddenberry and the struggles he faced to make his visions come to fruition. Admission is free; nobody will be allowed to enter once the play has begun. Call (501) 450-5092 or email

Rescheduled concert

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Wind Symphony and Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Center auditorium at the university, U.S. 425, Monticello. The program, rescheduled from March 1 because of flooding in the region, will include The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa, Dedicatory Overture by Clifton Williams and works by Robert Sheldon and John Mackey. Justin Anders, chairman of the music division and conductor of the Wind Symphony, will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center's Spencer Gallery. Admission is free. Call (870) 460-1060.


Ticheli visits Conway

Composer and educator Frank Ticheli will conduct the wind ensembles of the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College in a gala concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA.

The Hendrix Wind Ensemble will play Ticheli's Wild Nights; Mother Earth by David Maslanka; an arrangement of Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland; and Solitary Dancer by Warren Benson. The UCA Wind Ensemble will play Ticheli's Symphony No. 1; a transcription for winds of the Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez; and, with Brantley Douglas conducting, Slava!, a compilation of music by Leonard Bernstein.

Admission is free. The concert is the culmination of a one-day residency, jointly sponsored by both institutions, that includes an open-to-the-public seminar for area school band directors and students, Hendrix and UCA students and faculty at 1:40 p.m. in UCA's Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Call (501) 450-5764 or email


God of Carnage

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre will audition union actors, by appointment only, on Monday for Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage , translated by Christopher Hampton, at the Rep's Annex, 518 Main St., Little Rock. Director Cliff Baker will cast two men and two women in their early 40s; character descriptions are available online at Rehearsals begin May 15; the show runs June 8-24 with a possible extension to July 1. All roles are paid. Actors must provide a head shot and resume; the audition will consist of scenes from the play, which will be available in advance. Set up an audition appointment by emailing Company Manager/Resident Casting Director Peter Mensky at -- put "God of Carnage Local Request" as the subject line.


Theater camp

The Rep will offer theater activities, design projects, music and movement explorations at its Spring Break Theatre Camp for elementary school students, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-March 23, in the Rep Annex. The camp will also feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Rep and a field trip to Heifer International; campers will perform from an original script for family and friends at the end of the week. Students need to pack a lunch for the meal break. Tuition is $250. Need-based scholarships are available upon application. More information and registration forms are available online at

Poetry winner

Madeleine Windel, a 12th-grader at Deer High School, defeated 10 other finalists to win the 13th annual Arkansas State Finals of the "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest," March 3 at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. Windel received $200 from the Poetry Foundation and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to compete in the national championship, April 23-25. Her school will also receive a $500 stipend to buy poetry books.

Contestants recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 400 classic and contemporary poems. First runner-up Daevion Jones, an 11th-grader from Malvern High School, received $100 and $200 for his school library. Finalists Rylie Bowman, a 12th-grader from Russellville High School; Gwendolyn White, a 12th-grader from Warren High School; and Presley Black, a 10th-grader from Jasper High School, received recognition for their performances.

Poetry slam

Registration is open and the first 15 poets who pay the $20 registration fee will take part in the Spa City Poetry Slam, part of the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance's Arts & The Park Celebration, 8 p.m. May 4 at the Spa City's Hill Wheatley Plaza, 629 Central Ave..

Competitors will present original works without accompaniment, musical instruments, props or costumes. There is a three-minute time limit. Judges picked at random from the audience will score poems on a 1-10 scale; the five poets with the highest score will present a second poem. The poet with the highest cumulative score wins $300 cash and a featured spot at Hot Springs' Wednesday Night Poetry; second-place prize is a bottle of cheap champagne. The third-place poet takes home a loaf of white bread and a can of Spam.

For more information or to register email

Frank Ticheli

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