During the worst days of the pandemic, Walton Arts Center staff learned several lessons that strengthened their commitment to hosting a wide variety of arts events in Northwest Arkansas.
“We’ve learned that our audience is loyal and supportive and wants the arts of Northwest Arkansas to succeed,” begins Jennifer Ross, promoted to vice president of programming at WAC in June.
“We’ve also learned that 200 people spread across Baum Walker Hall – which normally seats 1,200 people – can make some noise when they attend their first live concert in six months!
“Last season, we were thrilled with the response to our Broadway series,” continues Ross. “And we know our audiences are hungry to see what’s new on Broadway – and they’re also hungry for familiar sights.”
And, as live entertainment returned in 2021-22, “we’ve seen an incredible increase in new visitors to the Walton Arts Center, and we couldn’t be happier to introduce so many new people to all that we have to offer. .
“That’s part of the fun of putting together a season of shows for a community – there’s usually something for everyone.”
Ross credits this diversity of programming to the diversity of the WAC audience, and it continues as a goal as the WAC announces its entire 2022-23 season.
“We know that the 10×10 Arts Series – with its 10 different shows and $10 ticket price – will draw a wide variety of people through the door; and we also rely on the Broadway series to attract new audiences,” she says. “However, we are working hard to build a full season of shows that will reach the community and draw people in. What’s exciting for our team is finding that artist that attracts a whole new audience. Sometimes this artist surprises us, and it’s always fun.
In the upcoming season, Ross is very excited for WAC to present “Moulin Rouge: The Musical” in its first year of touring, but also to be the last leg of the “My Fair Lady” tour this month- this.
“Because of the pandemic, we’ve been waiting for this one for a while,” she said. “Knowing this is the last week for the cast, I expect them all to be a little ‘plus’ during our run!”
Single tickets are now on sale for the 2022-23 season, and subscriptions are still available for the P&G Broadway Series, Starrlight Jazz Club and West Street Live. Subscribers to the series get top seats at discounted prices with subscriber-only perks, says Jennifer Wilson, WAC’s director of public relations.
Create your own subscriptions are also still available. Choose shows from any series, except Starrlight Jazz Club and West Street Live, to create your personalized three-, five-, or seven-show subscription package. The more shows you add to a Create Your Own subscription, the more you save, says Wilson. Three-show packages get $2 off each ticket, five-show packages get $3 off each ticket, and seven-show packages get $5 off each ticket. Create Your Own subscribers also get early access to new shows added throughout the year and discounts on most shows, including Broadway.
Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased in person at the Walton Arts Center box office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by calling 443-5600 or anytime by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
The season opens on August 9 with “My Fair Lady.”
P&G Broadway Series
August 9-14 — “My Fair Lady”
September 20-25 — “Pretty Woman: The Musical”
November 8-13 – “Chicago”
January 17-22 — “Tootsie”
February 9-12 & February 14-19 — “Moulin Rouge!” Musical comedy”
May 23-28 — “Hadestown”
Coca-Cola Night Out Series
“I have to admit that this ‘Tint: Bach to Bowie’ got me hooked on the name alone,” says programming specialist Rachel Burkevich. “If you are unfamiliar with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, it is a phenomenal ballet company formed by two former students of Alvin Ailey with a singular approach to reimagining contemporary dance and ballet. “From Bach to Bowie” is a two-in-one tribute to artists who have managed to create their own musical hemispheres. ‘Bach 25’, to music by Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, is an exploration of love and alliances, seamlessly fusing contemporary dance with ballet technique. THEN, after intermission, “Star Dust” features Bowie’s most iconic hits in a spectacular dance-off with glam-rock-inspired costumes. Hello, are you dating? Two tickets, please!
October 14-16 — “Legally Blonde The Musical”
November 29 — A Conversation with Fran Lebowitz
December 2-3 — Million Dollar Quartet Christmas
January 24 – Time for three
March 16 — STAR DUST by Complexions Contemporary Ballet: From Bach to Bowie
Starlight Jazz Club
October 8 — Amina Figarova Quintet
December 16 — Femeninas by Edward Simon: The Songs of Latin American Women
January 27 – Afro-Caribbean Chick Corea Experience with Elio Villafranca and Friends
March 4 — Generation Y of Ulysses Owens Jr.
April 7 — Brianna Thomas Sextet
West Street Live
“Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives opened for Steve Miller Band at Walmart AMP in 2019, and [he] just completely put the crowd in the palm of their hands,” says Brian Crowne, vice president of the Arkansas Music Pavilion, a WAC property. “The musicality is world class and the show is equally engaging and entertaining.”
October 6 – The Gentlemen of Texas
October 28 – Cate Brothers
January 6 – Lilly Hiatt Band
January 26 – Davina and the Wanderers
March 10 — Marty Stuart and his fabulous superlatives
Land O’Lakes Concert Series
September 15 – Herb Alpert & Lani Room
September 27 – The Robert Cray Band
November 16 – Gaelic Storm We Missed You Tour
January 30 — The Music of Sam Cooke: The King of Soul
Family fun series
November 25-27 — The Nutcracker by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
December 11 — Walton Arts Center & SoNA present The Snowman: A Family Concert
March 25 — Trike Theatre, Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation and Dhirana Dance present “The Jungle Book”
April 23 — A Letter for Elena
May 5-7 — “Annie”
June 2-3 — “Madagascar The Musical”
10×10 Arts Series
“I can’t wait to take my boys to New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ ‘Pirates of Penzance‘,” says Heather Holland, graphic designer. “This show is a must see classic for kids as it is hilarious and includes many awesome fast vocal songs like ‘Modern Major General’ which my kids will enjoy. Plus it has some great operatic moments so it has everything to please.
“I think the Arts 10×10 series is a no-brainer for families because of the diversity of programming and price,” she adds. “For just $10 a ticket, you can expose your kids to classics like this show, but also to concerts from multiple musical genres, different cultures (Aida, Ladama and Duwende) and cool modern performances (Visceral Dance, VoiceJam) in this series through all types of performances.
October 20 – Aida Cuevas 45th Anniversary – Yo Creo Que Es Tiempo with Mariachi Aztlán
October 27 – “Pride and Prejudice” by Aquila Theater
November 20 — Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
December 4 – The Swingles
January 14 – The 5 Browns
March 30 — LADAMA
April 1 — New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players “The Pirates of Penzance”
April 14 — Duwendé
April 20 — Visceral Dance Chicago
The performance date of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra will be announced and tickets will go on sale this fall.
Kellogg’s Children’s Series
“I’m looking forward to Kellogg’s Kids Series shows because my kids will love them all, especially ‘Bluey’s Big Play’ on December 20 and 21,” says Sara Broome Jones, Learning Programs and Festivals Specialist. “We watch Bluey on TV every day, and seeing the characters live will light up their little faces. I can count on Bluey to show my kids creative games using imagination, dealing with big feelings, and having fun as a family. .
October 21-22 – “Winnie the Pooh”
December 20-21 — Bluey’s Big Play
March 5 — Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie with Indigo Blume
April 16 – “Hiccup!” of the Windmill Theater
“I’m thrilled to bring the family to see ‘Spamilton’,” says Jill Suel, WAC’s Senior Director of Marketing and Sales. “It combines two of our favorite things: musical theater and comedy. Since we just saw “Hamilton” last year, it’s the perfect follow-up show! But it’s not just for “Hamilton” fans; it’s full of Broadway references, parody songs and jokes. If you have teens and tweens who love drama and laughter, don’t miss this show.
January 10 – “Menopause the Musical”
January 28 – “Spamilton: An American Parody”
April 25 — David Sedaris
June 23 — Tig Notaro
Movie @ WAC
October 30 – “Hocus Pocus”
October 31 – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Halloween Party
January 13 – Indie Films Central and South America organized by the Fayetteville Film Fest
March 11 – Arkansas Filmmakers Showcase organized by the Fayetteville Film Fest
May 12 — Indie Films Artosphere organized by the Fayetteville Film Fest
June 22 – Pride Showcase organized by the Fayetteville Film Fest
April 15 — VoiceJam Contest