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THEATER: Terrifying road trip
“Deliver us from mother”, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the sequel to their ‘Mama Won’t Fly’, opens for preview on Tuesday and runs until May 21 at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock.
Walker Sprunt (Ryan Whitfield) is at an impasse when his wife, Hayley, goes into labor with their first child in Alabama; he’s in Los Angeles, trying to get through a surprise visit from his meddling mother (Leigh Anne Marchesi) and overbearing big sister, Savannah (Paige Carpenter). To complicate matters: a strike by air traffic controllers, which prompts mum to proclaim “Family Road Trip!”
Laurie Pascale, Diane Tack and Natalie Canerday return to the Murry stage, with Matt Mentgen, Mark Hansen and director Roger M. Eaves rounding out the cast.
Doors open 1.5 hours before the curtain: 7.30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday (except 12.45 p.m. on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays), 12.45 p.m. and 6.45 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $37-$41, kids 15 and under $27, show only $27. Call 501) 562-3131 or visit murrysdp.com.
“Baby Shark Live!”
Considered “the totally immersive concert experience”, “Baby Shark Live!” swimming at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock at 6 p.m. Tuesday. In the live show, based on the children’s TV show, Baby Shark joins his friend Pinkfong on a song-and-dance underwater adventure. Tickets cost between $20 and $59.75. Visit simmonsbankarena.com or ticketmaster.com. Face masks are recommended.
MUSIC: ‘Bluegrass Mass’
The Arkansas State University Combined Choirs (the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Jonesboro Chorale) and bluegrass band Monroe Crossing will perform concerts at 7 p.m. Monday at the Collins Theater, 120 W. Emerson St., Paragould, and at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Riceland Hall at ASU’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
The centerpiece of each concert will be “The Beloved World: A Bluegrass Mass” by Carol Barnett to a libretto by Marisha Chamberlin. Ryan Sullivan directs.
The ASU Concert Choir will sing Shawn Kirchner’s arrangements, with additional jazz harmonies, of two Southern anthems — “Angel Band” and “Unclouded Day” — and William Billings’ “David’s Lamentation.” Monroe Crossing will also play traditional bluegrass selections, classic country songs, bluegrass arrangements of pop hits and original melodies. Tuesday’s program will also feature the ASU Chamber Singers performing music by Billings and arrangements of several spirituals.
Tickets for the Monday concert, part of radio station KASU-FM, 91.9’s Bluegrass Monday concert series, are $10, free for children 18 and under; visit kasu.org/tickets. Tickets for Tuesday’s concert are $5; visit astate.edu/tickets.
DANCE: Fort Smith ‘Pan’
Western Arkansas Ballet Scenes “Peter Pan” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arkansas Best Corp. Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St., Fort Smith. Executive Artistic Director Melissa Schoenfeld choreographed the ballet to music by Stephen Warbeck and Carmon DeLeone. Ian Boyan dances the title role.
The cast of 65 local dancers ranges in age from 6 to adults. It includes pre-professional society members, with flight effects provided by ZFX Inc. Tickets are $30, $20 for children under 18 and students with a valid student ID. A virtual recording viewing ticket is $45. Call (479) 785-0152 or visit waballet.org.
ART: Lessons from Fort Smith
Cody Faber, ranger at Fort Smith National Historic Site, and Bill Black, former superintendent of the historic site who helped artist John Bell Jr. research his paintings, will be speakers for the first of a new series lectures at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, 1601 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, featuring paintings by Bell (1937-2016) and discussions of the history they depict.
The inaugural session of the monthly “Historical Lessons: Through the Art of John Bell Jr.” will take place at 2 p.m. today in the museum’s community classroom. The session will focus on Bell’s “Marshals Series” consisting of four paintings depicting assistant marshals in the field.
The May 15 program, “Garrison Avenue Bridge,” will feature Bell’s paintings “Hayride” and “After the Parade” with presenter Al Whitson of the Fort Smith Historical Society.
Free entry. Lithographs of the featured paintings will be available for sale at a special price on the day of the programs. Call (479) 784-2787 or visit fsram.org.