Are you looking for an opportunity to see a top-notch theater production (with or without students) in central Arkansas this month? Here’s a list of Little Rock Teaching Examiner recommendations:
The Color Purple
January 21-23 at Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock; tickets and information at celebrityattractions.com
Just in time for the upcoming Black History Month, this touring Broadway production is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. Just like the novel and movie (1985), caution should be used as controversial topics are prominent in the storyline.
A Raisin in the Sun
January 21-February 6 at The Rep in downtown Little Rock; tickets and information at therep.org
Also appropriate for next month’s focus on black history is this play by Lorraine Hansberry, the first play written by a black woman that had a run on Broadway (Broadway debut: 1959). For older students.
The Jungle Book
January 21-February 6 at the Arkansas Arts Center in downtown Little Rock; tickets and information at arkarts.com
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic, this one is appropriate for children of all ages.
The Spider and the Bee
January 28-29 at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus in Conway; information at 501-450-3265
Which is more important–math and science or art and music? This is the question that is explored as characters such as Spider, Bee, Ladybug, and Butterfly make their cases in court. Presented by the UCA Drama Department, this one is geared mainly toward children ages 3-10 and is free; no tickets required. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Doors will open thirty minutes prior to showtime.
January 28-29; February 4-5 at Cabot Community Theatre in Cabot; tickets and information at cabotcommunitytheatre.org
Based on the class novel by Louisa May Alcott.