Walton Arts Center believes that access to the arts is essential for all children and works to provide every child in Northwest Arkansas with exceptional and ongoing arts experiences.

The Colgate Classroom Series offers live matinee performances in a variety of art forms including dance, theater, puppetry, and world music to school groups. These performances are opportunities for young people to explore world cultures, make connections to important works of literature, or to learn more about art forms through lecture/demonstration format.

Performances are chosen for their ability to enrich class curriculum.


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Digging Up Arkansas

September 20-23 at Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens, Bentonville
September 26-30 at Pea Ridge National Military Park
October 3-7 at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
October 10-14 at: Please contact us for location

Best For: Upper Elementary

Digging Up Arkansas is an original play that tells the story of three writers from the Federal Writer’s Project who invite students to think about historic artifacts and to explore historical Arkansas moments before President Roosevelt’s scheduled arrival, investigating how communication, cooperation, courage and culture have shaped our state’s history. Subjects include Arkansas’ first people, the Arkansas Post, the Civil War, important women’s roles in Arkansas history, music and the introduction of electricity to rural Arkansas. This play aligns with 3rd through 5th grade Arkansas history curriculum goals. Digging Up Arkansas, presented by Walton Arts Center, written by Northwest Arkansas playwright and educator Mike Thomas and performed by Trike Theatre of Bentonville, engages young people in Arkansas history through drama.

Digging Up Arkansas Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL3.5, SL4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; CR2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; P.6.3.1, P.6.4.1; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; P.4.5.2; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3; R.9.MA.1.

Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play - 9:30am shows SOLD OUT

November 30 & December 1
9:30am & 11:30am 

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. They are best friends. Our favorite characters from Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie series take the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Pachyderm and swine join forces to face questions like: what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And, how can two friends play with one toy? With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this musical is an animal party that you won't want to miss!

Elephant & Piggie Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.k.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.K.5, RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.k.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.k.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1. Music Appreciation: R.9.MA.1

Theater UnSpeakable: American Revolution - SOLD OUT

January 9-11
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary and up

Theater Unspeakable presents an epic period of history, the American Revolution, in a fast-paced, 50 minute physical theater performance, using only the actor’s bodies and voices. Confined to 21-square-feet playing space, seven actors recreate the American fight for independence, from Lexington to Yorktown. Combining humor and pantomime with historical fact, The American Revolution harnesses Theater Unspeakable’s signature imagination and hilarity to engage young people in US history.

Theater Unspeakable: American Revolution Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL3.5, SL4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; CR2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; P.6.3.1, P.6.4.1; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; P.4.5.2; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - 9:30am shows SOLD OUT

January 23-24
9:30am & 11:30am

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary

When a great African king seeks a wife, only the most worthy and beautiful maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel half a day’s journey across a river to go before the king. Combining authentic African drumming, powerful choreography, and thrilling original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and the energy of Africa will burst onto stage in this Dallas Children’s Theatre adaptation of the Caldecott Award-winning “Cinderella” tale by John Steptoe. This play is based on a traditional African folk tale celebrating goodness, generosity, and love.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL3.5, SL4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; CR2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3.

Still A River

February 1-3, March 28-30
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary (Feb) and Upper Elementary (March)

Celebrate Arkansas history with the award-winning duo, Still on the Hill. Recognized as Ambassadors of the Ozarks in their national and international travels, artists Donna and Kelly Mulhollan enchant audiences with story-songs that document the modest, close-to-the-land traditions that continue throughout the Ozarks. Showcasing a collection of unusual handmade instruments and photo quilts, Still a River teaches about the Buffalo River – the nation’s first historic national river and a treasure in our own backyard.

Still A River Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2,RL.3.2; RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; RI.K.3, RI.1.3, RI.2.3,RI.3.3; W.K.8, W.1.8, W.2.8, W.3.8; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1,SL.3.1; SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4,SL.3.4; SK.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.2.5, SL3.5; L.3.3. Fine Arts Standards Music: P.5.K.1, P.5.1.1, P.5.2.1, P.5.3.1; P.6.K.3, P.6.1.3, P.6.2.3, P.6.3.3; R.7.K.3, R.7.1.3, R.7.2.3, R.7.3.3; CN.11.K.1, CN.11.1.1, CN.11.2.1, CN.11.3.1; CN.11.K.2, CN.11.1.2, CN.11.2.2, CN.11.3.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1.

Compagnie Hervé KOUBI

February 3
9:30am & 11:30am

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary through High School

Compagnie Hervé Koubi is an all-male dance company named for its famed choreographer. Most of the 12 French-Algerian and Burkina Faso (West Africa) dancers have backgrounds in hip-hop and street dance. The company’s movement style combines capoeira, martial arts as well as urban and contemporary dance. The movement is extremely physical with flips, head spins, and trust falls. Hervé Koubi performances feature various genres of music including the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach, Hamza El Din& the Kronos Quartet, and traditional Sufi music. The performance will be bold, masculine and breathtaking.

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

Circus Oz

February 16 at 11:00am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Junior High and up
Tickets for Circus Oz are $10, no discounts are available

Circus Oz was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1978. For over 35 years the company has been creating extraordinary contemporary circus shows and successfully touring them around the globe. The Circus Oz show is a rock-n-roll, animal free circus that adults and children can enjoy together. With breathtaking stunts, irreverent humor, cracking live music and an all human ensemble, Circus Oz promotes the best of the Australian spirit: generosity, diversity and death-defying bravery.

Circus Oz Performance Guide (PDF)

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.K.3, P.6.1.3, P.6.2.3, P.6.3.3, P.6.4.3, P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1;
CN.10.5.1, CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; CN.11.3.2 CN.11.4.2, CN.11.5.1, CN.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1; CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket

February 16 & 17
9:30am & 11:30am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

What is friendship? What happens when it goes wrong? How can you make it work? The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket looks at friendship through a day in the life of two friends who live in a bockety, imperfect, wobbly -world of discarded objects. This entertaining, thought-provoking exploration of friendship – created and performed by Barnstorm Theatre Company of Ireland – incorporates poetry, humor, and highly visual physical theater.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; RI.K.6, RI.1.6, RI.2.6, RI.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

Third Coast Percussion
WAVES: Wonder, Arts, Vibration, Engineering, Science - SOLD OUT

February 21-23
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theatre at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary, Middle School

The WAVES program (Wonder, Arts, Vibration, Engineering, Science) is an interactive educational presentation exploring the scientific and musical properties of sound waves. The four members of Third Coast Percussion perform music, then teach students about the sound waves using app-based technology and video projections. Afterward, students are invited to join in the music-making experience. Each student will receive a custom-designed percussion instrument and learn to perform a piece of music together with Third Coast Percussion. Audience size for each performance is limited to a maximum of 150 students.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; RI.3.9, RI.4.9, RI.5.9; W.3.7, W.4.7, W.5.7; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL.3.5; SL.4.5; SL.5.5. Fine Arts Standards Music: P.4.3.1, P.4.4.1, P.4.5.1; P.6.3.3, P.6.4.3, P.6.5.3; CN.11.3.1, CN.11.4.1; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Science: NS.1.5.1, NS.1.6.1, NS.1.7.1; NS.1.8.1; PS.7.8.6.

BODYTRAFFIC

March 3
10am

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary and Up

Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, the young company is already internationally recognized for their astounding artistry. BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish its home of Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle - SOLD OUT

March 6 & 7
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia brings together old storybook favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, this triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle's most beloved tales, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa Please Get the Moon for Me.

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.k.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.K.5, RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.k.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.k.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

Naturally 7

March 31
10:00am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: High School

Naturally 7 is an American contemporary a cappella group with a distinct a cappella style they call "vocal play.” The group simulates the sounds of an instrumental band using only their voices, mouths and distortion effects. Formed in 1999 in New York City, Naturally 7’s 2006 performance of "Feel It (In the Air Tonight") in the Paris subway was made famous on YouTube receiving over four and a half million hits. Naturally 7 continues to play a distinctive role in popularizing the art form of contemporary a cappella in the US, Europe and beyond.

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Vocal Music: P.4.BVMIV.3; P.4.BVMIII.5; P.6.BVMI.3; R.9.BVMIII.1; CN.10.BVMI.1; CN.11.BVMI.2; CN.11.BVMI.3. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1.

Grug and the Rainbow

April 4-7
9:30am & 11:30am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Elementary

Adapted from the much-loved picture books created by Ted Prior, Grug and the Rainbow presents the epic journey of the character Grug for whom the rainbow always seems just beyond his grasp. But Grug is full of determination and his adventures are full of surprises. The performance features exquisite puppetry and the gentle storytelling from Windmill Theatre, Australia.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.k.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.K.5, RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.k.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.k.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - SOLD OUT

April 20
11am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: High school
Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are $10, no discounts are available

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, this touring Broadway theater production of the adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens brings Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.9-10.3, RL.11-12.3; RL9-10.5, RL.11-12.5; RL.9-10.6, RL11-12.6; W.9-10.9, W.11-12.9; SL.9-10.D, SL.11-12.D; SL.9-10.2, SL.11-12.2; DE.1.DL.4; DE.1.DL.6; DE.1.DL.11. Fine Arts Standards Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; CR.2.TA.2; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.4; P.4.TA.5; P.4.TA.6; R.7.TA.3; R.7.TA.4; R.8.TA.1; R.8.TA.2; R.9.TA.1; R.9.TA.2; CN.11.TA.4; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.7;

The Moon's A Balloon

April 27
9:30am & 12pm
April 28
9:30am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

Is the moon a balloon? It can be. Inspired by the poem by ee cumings, The Moon's a Balloon, shares how amazing possibilities can come from the simplest of things. The performance is in tune with the way children play, imaginatively, inventively and so creatively with so little. Two performers, a musician and a host of balloons in all sorts of configurations give rise to a rich variety of composition, beauty, laughter, wonder, joy and story. Devised and performed by Patch Theatre, Australia.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.k.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.K.5, RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.k.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.k.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

Manual Cinema's Lula Del Rey

May 3 & 4
10am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Fifth Grade and up

Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her scientist mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite array. Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Lula Del Ray is performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. Lula del Ray was developed at the University of Chicago in the Theater and Performance Studies Program where Manual Cinema served as Ensemble-in-Residence in the Summer and Fall of 2012.

Arkansas Learning Standards: SL.5.1, SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1; W.9-10.9, W.11-12.9; SL.9-10.D, SL.11-12.D; SL.9-10.2, SL.11-12.2; DE.1.DL.4; DE.1.DL.6; DE.1.DL.11. Fine Arts Standards Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; CR.2.TA.2; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.4; P.4.TA.5; P.4.TA.6; R.7.TA.3; R.7.TA.4; R.8.TA.1; R.8.TA.2; R.9.TA.1; R.9.TA.2; CN.11.TA.4; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.7. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1.

Compagnia TPO: Painted Gardens

May 5, 8 & 9
9:30am, 11am & 12:30pm
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

The Painted Garden (Il Giardino Dipinot) is a garden created by the painter Rebwar Saeed, where the colors of his homeland, the Kurdish natural landscape, and the geometric design harmonies of the Islamic garden merge and play with each other. The painter invites the audience to follow an imaginary path through four gates, each of them leading to an area dedicated to a different color and element: the yellow garden (earth), the blue garden (water), the green garden (leaves), the red garden (love). On their journey the audience interacst with colors, matter, shapes and space and the beauty of Rebwar’s imaginary gardens. Through use of sensors and motion capture technologies, two dancers lead the audience to interact with breathtaking scenery and visual effects.

Arkansas Learning Standards: SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.2.5, SL.3.5. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.5.K.1, P.5.1.1, P.5.2.1, P.5.3.1; P.6.K.1, P.6.1.1, P.6.2.1, P.6.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

MOMIX: Opus Cactus

May 8
9:30am, 11:30am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary and up

Since the early 80’s audiences have watched as choreographer/director Moses Pendleton has transformed dancers in his company, MOMIX, into sidewinders and Gila monsters, floated them weightlessly through extraterrestrial terrains, strapped them into snow skis, or hurled them through the air like baseballs. Opus Cactus is a celebration of the American Southwest and a multi-media dance performance with colorful costumes and special effects that the New York Times called 'a feast for the eyes'.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

The Way Back Home - SOLD OUT

May 10-12
9:30am, 11:30am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell a simple yet profound tale about friendship and conquering the fear of the unknown. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do, he flies into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake. The fuel tank is empty, and the boy must execute a daring landing on the moon. But as it turns out, he is not alone up there. The Way Back Home is a co-production between Branar Teatar, Ireland and Teater Refleksion, Denmark. In association with Barboró International Arts Festival for Children Based on the picture book by Oliver Jeffers, published by HarperCollins Children’s Publishers.  Please note: The Way Back Home has a capacity size of 100 seats or less per show.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.k.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.K.5, RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.k.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.k.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

The Man Who Planted Trees

May 17-19
9:30am, 11:30am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary, Middle School/Junior High

This uplifting performance shows the difference one person --and his dog--can make to the world. Based on the beloved fable by Jean Giono, the play blends comedy and puppetry to tell the ecologically oriented tale of a French shepherd who saw a need and chose not to ignore it but "to put things right." In this captivating adaptation by The Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland, the shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL3.5, SL4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; CR2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3. Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; CR.2.TA.2; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.4; P.4.TA.5; P.4.TA.6; R.7.TA.3; R.7.TA.4; R.8.TA.1; R.8.TA.2; R.9.TA.1; R.9.TA.2; CN.11.TA.4; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.7.