July 11--Classic theater productions and first-rate concerts are nearly impossible to upstage.
That unspoken theme will run throughout the 2013-14 entertainment productions at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main St. in Springdale. Still, the theatrical presentations and music-based performances guaranteed to thrill attendees, said Harry Blundell, director of the theater.
The "Tales from the South: On the Radio" show, the Arkansas Grand Slam Poetry Competition, performances of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "No Sex Please, We're British" and concerts by Shannon Wurst and Emily Kaitz & Outside the Lines will be among the grade-A events seen and heard at the center, he said.
"For this season, we've gone back to our roots," Blundell said. "We're happy that this year we are getting back to doing some of the standards and classics, as well as having musical performances."
Following is a list of some of the season's events:
--"Thoroughly Modern Millie" -- July 12-14 and July 18-21. Taken from the book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlon, this Broadway musical features new music by Jeanine Tesori and new lyrics by Scanlon.
--"The Nerd: A Comedy by Larry Shue" -- Sept. 6-8 and Sept. 13-14. Shue's creation has been called one of the funniest plays to be staged.
--"Cinderella" -- Sept. 28-29. Billed as a family friendly adventure, this production was adapted by writer William Glennon.
--"No Sex Please, We're British" -- Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-2. This unique farce was created by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott.
--The Arkansas Grand Slam Poetry Competition -- Nov. 16. The event begins with writing workshops from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance.
--A Musical Year with the Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band -- Dec. 8 and April 26. The group features 65 musicians and various compositions.
--"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" -- Dec. 13-15. Barbara Robinson's modern Christmas classic will be presented for all ages.
--Emily Kaitz & Outside the Lines -- Jan. 11. Jazz, swing and bluegrass are among the musical ingredients for an evening full of original music.
--"Deathtrap" -- Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 14-15. Written by Ira Levin, the play features numerous surprises.
--"Miss Nelson is Missing" -- March 8-9. Joan Cushing created this contemporary children's musical, which touches upon respect, appreciation and more.
--"Tales from the South: On the Radio" -- 6 p.m. March 16. Radio show host Paula Morell will select area writers for a performance that will be accompanied by musicians and food.
--"Blithe Spirit" -- April 4-6 and April 11-12. This is Noel Coward's period farce that continues to be popular among theater-goers.
--Shannon Wurst -- May 10. This area native will perform an Americana-coated blend of music that recalls the work of Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Kasey Chambers, among others.
"We've all had a hard time with the economy, but I think we're on the upswing now," Blundell said. "One of the most promising things we've seen is people putting money where their heart is -- in this theater.
"And it's good because people can do general-admission tickets or they can do a variety of ticket plans with us," he added. "With this season, people are going to get a whole spectrum of music, as well as some great productions."
For event times, tickets and information, call (479) 751-5441 or visit www.artscenteroftheozarks.org.
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