Introduce Children to Theater with a Story They Know and Love

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, March 19, 2019 – Families have the opportunity to experience Emily Brown and the Thing twice – first during a story time at the Fayetteville Public Library on Saturday, March 23 and again live on stage at Walton Arts Center Friday, May 10 at 6:30 pm.

Story Time with WAC will be just one of the activities at the Fayetteville Public Library’s Super Saturday March 23 at 10:30 am. Families can read along to Emily Brown and the Thing by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton, led by a Walton Arts Center staff member. Afterwards participants will get a fun craft that they can take home.

“Super Saturday’s are a great way for families to enjoy spending time together at the library. Kids will love getting to create their own “things” after the story,” said Rachel Smith, youth librarian at the Fayetteville Public Library. “We love it when we’re able to support local theater and the arts through library programs. We always enjoying partnering with the Walton Arts Center, and appreciate their support in providing quality arts education programming to our community.”

Then next month, families can watch the book come to life on stage as Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit, Stanley, hear a Thing crying outside their window and set off on an incredible adventure. Emily Brown and the Thing, part of the Mattel Kid’s Series, is recommended for ages 3 and older.

Tickets are $9 for kids and $15 for adults and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting

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 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 who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit