Students Take the Stage at Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 21, 2021Walton Arts Center will host two performances featuring local students, a classical Hindu dance production and the debut performance of the NWA Jazz All-Stars, as part of Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming.

Tickets are $15 to each performance and available at or by calling 479.443.5600.

Dhirana Academy of Classical Dance presents The Exiled King at Walton Arts Center at 7 pm on Friday, April 30. The Exiled King is a dance production retelling the story of “The Ramayana,” a great Hindu epic written by Sage Valmiki in the fifth century B.C. that remains relevant even today. The story follows our hero, Rama, in an enchanted fight against evil. With the help of his loyal brother and an army of monkeys led by Hanuman, Rama embarks on a journey to rescue his wife Sita by defeating Ravana, the great king of Lanka. 

Symbolizing the struggle between light and dark, good and evil, The Exiled King is a riveting performance that shows the importance of truth, loyalty and determination.

The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble will perform their debut concert with internationally acclaimed alto saxophonist Bobby Watson at Walton Arts Center at 6 pm on Sunday, May 2. 

Back for the fifth season, the Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble is made up of high school students from seven schools and five communities. The ensemble has spent 10 weeks training with local jazz professionals, rehearsing and perfecting their jazz skills.

Support for the All-Stars project has been provided by the Walton Family Foundation and members of the NW Arkansas Jazz Society and Walton Arts Center.

The use of masks and social distancing will remain in place at Walton Arts Center performances through at least the end of May to protect our staff, patrons and performers as the vaccine rollout continues. For more information about health and safety protocols please visit

Ghost Light Programming is presented by Procter & Gamble and provided in part by supporters of the Ghost Light Recovery Fund. The Ghost Light Recovery Fund helps Walton Arts Center offset lost revenue from canceled performances, continue education and intermission programming, maintain facilities and support staff until full-scale performances can resume.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 200,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 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 enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit