Three weeks left for dance classes at Wildwood Park

There’s only so much summer left – and only three more weeks of dance classes with Moriah Patterson to go!  There is still time to get to  Wildwood Park for the Arts for one of their exclusive theatre dance classes.

Teen Broadway Dance, 6:00-6:50 p.m.
This fast-paced class geared towards teens will accommodate both those with prior dance experience and those who may be new to dance. The goal of the class is to introduce the language of jazz and musical theatre movement while teaching positions, dance vocabulary, good technique, body placement, and musicality. In addition, focus will be placed on expression and interpretation. This class is perfect for the teen Musical Theatre student looking to further their skills in both dance and performance. Ages: 11-17

Beginner Broadway Dance, 7:00-7:50 p.m.
Want to have happy feet? This class begins at the beginning and teaches all of the basic terminology and steps you’ll need to feel comfortable dancing in a musical. Various styles of dance will be explored–jazz, modern, Latin, and more. Perfect for artists/singers who always wanted to audition for a show, but were afraid of the dance call! Ages: Adult
Proficient Jazz and Tap Technique, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
This adult musical theatre class is intended for more intermediate – advanced dancers, and will incorporate jazz technique (i.e. pirouettes, kicks, jetes, etc.) while staying true to Broadway-inspired choreography and music. Dancers will fine tune their performance and stage skills, while learning Broadway-inspired choreography and movement. The tap portion of this class, will emphasize rhythm, style, and sound. Students will study basic tap steps, combinations, and precision timing with an emphasis on developing proper tap technique and producing clear tap sounds. Ages: Adult
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An Evening with George Winston tonight on the Wildwood Park stage

An evening with celebrated solo pianist George Winston at Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 pm.

Get tickets at wildwoodpark.org.

Please join us in supporting Arkansas Food Bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. There will be a donation reception in the Woodland Lounge at 6:30 pm. George Winston will also donate 100% of merchandise profits from this concert to Arkansas Food Bank.

George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander.

George Winston’s classic albums, Autumn and December, are perennial favorites, along with Winter into Spring, Summer, 2017’s Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, as well as two volumes of the compositions of Vince Guaraldi, two volumes of benefit albums for the Gulf Coast disasters, and six other solo piano albums.

Winston released his 15th solo piano album, Restless Wind, via Dancing Cat Records/RCA Records on May 3, 2019. Restless Wind is a portrayal of Winston’s place in a chaotic world – his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace. The album is available now at GeorgeWinston.com

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.

21st Wine & Food Feastival tonight at Wildwood Park

FEASTival 2019 features wine, spirits, beers, and artful edibles from central Arkansas’ best culinary creators, a silent auction and raffle.

The band Greasy Greens will join the party to provide music for onstage dancing!

The fun starts at 6:30pm tonight at Wildwood Park.  Ticket information is here.  Proceeds go to support Wildwood’s gardens, art exhibitions, the Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts and Wildwood’s educational programs.

Join Wildwood Park as it celebrates a diversity of culinary delights from central Arkansas, including:

Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse / Oceans at Arthur’s

Bonefish Grill

Blue Cake Company

The Capital Hotel

Diamond Bear Brewing Company

The Faded Rose

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Red Lobster

Bravo

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

Petit and Keet

YaYa’s Euro Bistro

Table 28

The Vintage Kitchen

The Rusty Tractor Vineyards

Rock the Oscars 2019: Hal Holbrook

(Photo by Joseph Harris for the AP)

Oscar nominated actor Hal Holbrook’s visits to Little Rock have been fairly regular over the decades.  In the 1980s and 1990s, he came several times in conjunction with the TV shows “Designing Women” and “Evening Shade.”  He also made an appearance at Wildwood in his one man play Mark Twain Tonight.

His first visit to Little Rock was in the mid-1950s.  He was just out of college and on a national tour of schools and small towns performing scenes from Shakespeare opposite his then-wife.

In a lengthy essay reflecting on his early career, Holbrook speaks fondly of his visit to Little Rock and of the grandiose stage and auditorium at Little Rock Central High School.

LANTERNS! 2019 this weekend at Wildwood Park

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Wildwood’s annual deep-winter festival celebrates the first full moon of the lunar new year. Held over three magical evenings, guests are transported to far away lands and times as they stroll through the beautifully lit pathways of Wildwood’s gardens. Cultural vistas feature live entertainment, food, drink, games and more throughout the Park’s Butler Arboretum and inside the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre.

This year’s vistas include Germany, Mexico, China, Scotland, and the rest of the United Kingdom. Our American vista is Prohibition Chicago. As always, a trip to the Moon is a must, but this year be sure to stop by Area 51 as you just might find some aliens at our Moon vista.

Once you’re inside the gate, purchase your WildBucks at any of four locations and enjoy food and beverages at every vista. Prices range from $1 to $8. (ATM available inside the Park.) All proceeds support Wildwood Park for the Arts’ programs, gardens and operations.

TICKETS:

Tickets to the event are available online: $10 for adults, $5 for children age 6 – 12, Admission to LANTERNS! is FREE for children 5 and younger. At noon on each day of the festival, admission for that evening will increase to $12 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Admission to LANTERNS! for children 5 and younger is FREE.

If you choose to purchase your ticket at the gate, we recommend bringing cash to avoid credit card fees and ticket lines!

Shuttles will run between The Promenade at Chenal and Wildwood Park beginning at 6 pm nightly until 30 minutes past the Festival’s closing. The festival closes at 10 pm on Friday & Saturday, 9 pm on Sunday. Arkansas Destinations shuttles will pick up passengers in the mall’s Courtyard located on the west side of the mall. Parking is ample. 

Off-street parking is also available along Denny Road in front of Wildwood Park. Guests enter the park on foot through two gates; no festival patron automobiles are allowed inside the park.