By Dave Woods | DiscoverNorthwestArkansas.com
A DiscoverNorthwestArkansas.com Q&A with Walton Arts & AMP staff
Q: What are you most excited about the upcoming season at Walton Arts Center?
A: There are a lot of great shows coming this season. But there are a few that I’m really excited about. We have The Illusionists – Live from Broadwaycoming in October. This is a Broadway-style show featuring magic tricks and death-defying stunts – all performed live. Mission Temple Fireworks Revival is bringing some amazing musicians for this show including The Blind Boys of Alabama and Paul Thorn. The Zukerman Trio will be performing in September and Jay Leno will be here in March – both big names. Subscription packages are available now for Broadway, 10×10 Arts Series, West Street Live and Starrlight Jazz. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 6.
Q: Tickets for the P&G Broadway season are on sale. What are some highlights?
A: We have some great new shows including Falsettos, School of Rock, A Bronx Tale, On Your Feet! and Waitress. And then we also have some classics including Jersey Boys, CATS and Les Miserables. Falsettos is launching their national tour from Walton Arts Center. On Your Feet! is the story of Emilio and Gloria Estafan. It’s a great story that a lot of people might not remember or know, and the music is so much fun. And you can’t miss School of Rock – the kids in this show are triple threats – they act, sing and play their instruments throughout the show.
Q: How does the Create your own series program work?
A: Create Your Own subscriptions are available now which allows you to build your custom subscription of three, five or seven shows and save. To find a listing of shows and to start building your package go to www.
Q: Excitement is building for the next AMP season. What can fans look forward to?
A: This year’s season is really strong – with a good mix of different genres – there’s something for everyone. G-Eazy, Slayer, Keith Urban, Ringo Starr, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Odesza, and the season ends with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in concert with a full symphony orchestra.
Q: How does Walton Arts Center work with other NWA organizations to bring local arts to the stage?
A: The programming history for both Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP reveals a diverse array of arts experiences. We design each season to reach a range of audiences with different needs and interests. Every year we bring performances that are “new to Arkansas” for our audiences, ranging from touring Broadway shows and concert artists of every genre to dance and cirque companies. The AMP consistently offers artists on their lineup who, because there was previously not an appropriate venue, never made Northwest Arkansas a priority.
Q: What are the most important things for area residents to know about Walton Arts Center and AMP?
A: We are working not only to bring great entertainment into NWA, but to also increase the quality of life in the region. Revenue generated by concerts at the Walmart AMP allow Walton Arts Center to bring amazing performing arts programs to our community. Many of the most diverse and accessible productions are brought in as part of the 10×10 Arts Series. Tickets these performances are deeply subsidized so patrons only pay $10 per show. Walton Arts Center also believes that access to the arts is essential for all children, and we work to provide every child in Northwest Arkansas with exceptional and ongoing arts experiences. Our programs bring children into the theater, for many this is their first time to see a live theater performance. We also take professional artists into classrooms and schools to teach and inspire students. In partnership with the Kennedy Center, we provide arts integration training for teachers to transform how teachers teach as well as how students learn.