Kelly Singer in Recital: No Place Like Home

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After two years studying and performing in New York City at the Manhattan School of Music, Kelly Singer returns to Second Presbyterian Church to perform her master’s degree recital.  IT takes place today (Sunday, May 19) at 3pm.

The concert will showcase selections from Kelly’s master’s repertoire as well as favorites from past performances with Praeclara, including works by Mozart, Poulenc, Gilbert & Sullivan, and more.

Admission is free; no tickets are required. Goodwill donations will be accepted to support Praeclara and Wildwood Park for the Arts, two of the arts organizations that were artistic homes to Kelly during her years in Little Rock.

Come out to support Kelly and celebrate her accomplishments in a concert that offers both a retrospective on her past and a preview of the bright future that lies ahead for this talented soprano.

HMS PINAFORE at Wildwood Park this weekend

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Wildwood Park for the Arts and Praeclara have joined forces once again to bring Gilbert & Sullivan’s rollicking operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore to the Cabe Theatre Stage this weekend. Come enjoy this vibrant and exciting update of one of theatre’s most beloved stage productions with us before seats run out!
Ralph and Josephine are star-crossed lovers bent on marriage whether or not Josephine’s father – or her current suitor, none other than the Admiral of the Royal Navy – approve or not. The crew and the Admiral’s retinue of sisters, cousins, and aunts help Ralph and Josephine with their plans even as the nefarious Dick Dead-Eye plots to sabotage the happy couple. But not all is as it seems, and the officers and crew of the H.M.S. Pinafore are in for a number of surprises – as are our audiences!
Performances are at 7:30pm tonight (April 12) and Saturday (April 13) as well as at 3pm on Sunday, April 14.

Dracula Unearthed at Wildwood Park

Dracula unearthedThursday, Friday and Saturday at Wildwood Park for the Arts, Arkansas Festival Ballet and Praeclara collaborate to tell a new Dracula story in song, dance, and dramatic narrative! Dracula’s servants help him rise from the grave, expecting him to resume his evil works — but instead, he becomes entangled in the life of his daughter, Wilhelmina, who does not realize what her father is. But how long can the count deny his own nature? And what will happen when Wilhelmina comes to truly know her father … and realizes what she herself may be?

This show is appropriate for adults and teens. Its story is told through the interaction of choreography and dramatic masterworks by Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Bartok, and more. Coffins, fog, and strobe lights will occasionally be used to set the mood on stage.

The Wildwood gates open at 6:30 p.m. for guests to enjoy a bit of life in the village of Bran before Dracula’s castle (thetheatre) opens for seating at 7:45. Enjoy the “Dead Ringers” handbell concert — take your picture with Dracula and his coffin — sample garlic-based hors d’oeuvres and bat-themed sweets!

Performances begin at 8pm.  Tickets are available at the Wildwood website.