Programs Allow Patrons to Be More Than an Audience Member

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, August 29, 2017 – Walton Arts Center is excited to debut Arts and Appetizers and the Broadway Book Club, two programs that give patrons new opportunities to engage with and explore the arts from different perspectives.

Arts and Appetizers:

This program allows patrons to feed their appetite for theatrical insider information with conversations hosted by Walton Arts Center's Vice President of Programs & Executive Producer, Scott Galbraith. Along with occasional special guests, Galbraith will provide context, backstage stories and historical perspectives to enhance the theatergoing experience for patrons.

The inaugural Arts and Appetizers is Monday, Sept. 25 at 7 pm in Walton Arts Center’s Sudduth Garden Room.

September’s Arts and Appetizers will focus largely on the first show in the P&G Broadway Series, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, with Galbraith providing historical context around the show, Rodgers and Hammerstein and the real Anna Leonowens. Galbraith will also highlight two additional October shows: Symphonie Dramatique, a Romeo and Juliet-inspired evening of dance by Cas Public; and Ballet Arkansas’ Emergence, which includes a world premiere of Marianna Oliveira’s winning entry from the 2017 VISIONS choreographic competition. Galbraith will be joined by Ballet Arkansas’ new Artistic Director Michael Fothergill for the dance discussions.

Additional Arts and Appetizers are scheduled for 7 pm on Oct. 30, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Jan. 29, Feb. 19, April 16 and May 7.

Broadway Book Club:

Throughout the 2017-18 season, members of the Broadway Book Club will read books that directly relate to the shows in the P&G Broadway Series, see the corresponding show and attend a moderated discussion of both works.

Patrons must register to participate and then pick the books they want to read. By joining Broadway Book Club, patrons have access to discounted tickets to the corresponding show and the opportunity to join a discussion group on the surrounding themes, time periods and social contexts of the book and theatrical production.

Broadway Book Club members:

  • May participate in every book club or just choose one or two. Registration is required for each book that you want to read in order to receive the discount on tickets.
  • Meet for discussion the Monday following the Broadway performance, unless noted otherwise. 
  • Can purchase the book at a discounted price at Fayetteville’s Barnes & Noble store. 

Contact Walton Arts Center’s Group Sales Coordinator, Kimberly Jones, at 479-571-2719 to register. It is free to join Broadway Book Club. Members will receive a discount code for 10% off regular ticket prices for up to four tickets to the corresponding show. Discounts are only available for Wednesday evening, Thursday matinee and Thursday evening performances. 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I
Book: Anna & The King of Siam

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Book: White Christmas: The Story of An American Song

Finding Neverland

Book: Peter Pan


Book: The Berlin Stories

An American in Paris

Book: Suite Française


Book: Down These Mean Streets

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Book: Carole King – A Natural Woman

The Sound of Music
Book: The Book Thief

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit