Discover Mystery and History along the SCOTLAND ROAD at UALR Play

ScotRoad1000UALR’s third theatre production of the 2014-15 season opens tonight and runs through February 15.  Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road plays at 8pm tonight through Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday in the University Theatre on the UALR campus.

Mystery, history, and human obsession plot the course of Scotland Road.  Reality is called into question when a simply dressed young woman is rescued from a small iceberg in the North Atlantic. All evidence, including her one word to the rescuers, “Titanic,” points to her being a survivor of the world’s worst sea disaster 80 years before.

The play navigates its way through several unexpected twists and turns as the woman is questioned by John Jacob Astor V, great-grandson of one of the Titanic’s most celebrated victims and a man preoccupied with every aspect of the event. Each meeting both unravels and deepens the mystery, and forces Astor to embark on his own voyage of soul searching.

Highly stylized and rich with imagery, the play examines the depths of who we are and brings to the surface the realization that few things, and fewer people, are what they seem.

The show’s director is Dr. Jay E. Raphael, professor and chair of UALR Department of Theatre and Dance.  The cast features Keaton Duersch, Ashley Mahan, Heidee Alsdorf and Stacy Pendergraft.  The creative team includes William Marshall (scenery and lighting), Yslan Hicks (costumes), Jim Spencer (sound) and Karen Harris (props).

Ticket prices are $10 for the general public and $5 for UALR students, faculty, staff, and seniors.  For more information, tickets, and reservations call 501.569.3456.

Little Shop of Horrors at UALR this weekend and next

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Theatre Department is hosting several performances of the play, “Little Shop of Horrors,” about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a man-eating plant, in October.

Little Shop of HorrorsPerformances started on October 9 and continue tonight (October 11) and again on Oct. 16, 17, 18.

The first week’s showtimes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are all at 8 p.m. For the second week’s shows on Thursday and Friday, performances are at 8 p.m., and the last Saturday’s performance is a matinee at 2:30 p.m.

Performances will be at University Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts at UALR. Ticket prices are $10 for the general public and $5 for  senior citizens and UALR students, faculty, and staff.

For more information or tickets call 501.569.3456.

The cast includes Heidee Alsdorf, Hope Boyd, Marquis Bullock, Brian Chambers, Gabrielle Confer, Brianna East, Jeremy Grandison, Katie Greer, Ashley Mahan, William Wofford, and Jay Raphael.

Little Shop of Horrors is an award winning musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics and book by Howard Ashman.


Regional Dance Concert Hosted by UALR this weekend

UALR springs into Spring (today is the first full day) by hosting a major regional conference this spring expected to bring more than 400 visitors from 28 different colleges and universities from 10 different states.
ACDFA South Conference 2014

The 2014 south conference of The American College Dance Festival Association will be held March 21 through 24. Dance students and faculty from as far away as Baja, Calif., have registered to attend performances, workshops, panels, and master classes that will be taught by visiting faculty and internationally known guest artists, according to chair of the department, Dr. Jay Raphael.

The primary focus of the ACDFA is to support and promote the talent and creativity prominent at college and university dance departments across the nation. Raphael said the regional conference will also provide an opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals.

“The conference is a primary means for our students to gain exposure to the diversity of the national college dance world,” he said. “For our program to be only five years old at this point and to host a regional conference of this magnitude is a major accomplishment.”

UALR reinstated its dance major in 2009, and today it is the only Bachelor of Fine Arts dance performance program in the state. Hosting the ACDFA further solidifies the reputation of the dance program at UALR and helps to promote Little Rock as a beacon for performing arts professionals, according to Raphael. ACDFA has 12 regions throughout the country, which include the south conference. It also sponsors the National College Dance Festival.

Two works presented in Little Rock will be chosen for presentation at this event, which is scheduled June 5 through 7 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. For tickets and more information, contact the box office at 501.569.3456.