Here are a few of the things going on a short distance from south Logan County in the coming days.
Birding on the Mountain
Meet at the Mount Magazine Visitor Information Center at 10 a.m. Feb. 16, for an introduction to birding while watching wildlife visit feeders from inside the viewing room.
Pick up tips for attracting wildlife to your yard. Hear about unexpected visitors to our feeding area. Meet at the visitor center. Binoculars are available.
Meet at the Mount Magazine Visitor Information Center at 2 p.m., Feb. 16, Mount Magazine State Park provides various habitats for a variety of birds. This program shows some of their beauty with images, sounds, and rare sightings. Pick up tips to identify birds by ear.
Both programs are 30 minutes in length and both programs are free.
Shakespeare in Love
Theatre @ UAFS will perform Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and 18-19 in the Breedlove Auditorium on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus as part of the Season of Entertainment 38.
Tickets for the comedic drama are $6 for the general public and free to UAFS faculty, staff and students. To acquire tickets, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or https://uafs.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx.
The 1995 Best Picture winner film has been adapted for the stage and will be performed at UAFS in glorious style. The play’s lead, Will Shakespeare, is a down-and-out playwright who needs a breakthrough. A beautiful and fiery woman, a producer with shady underworld financing, and a witless cast of start struck hopefuls are sure to entertain.
“This new adaptation is so fun and so much like the film that it’s a treat to get to tackle it,” said Bob Stevenson, director of Theatre @ UAFS. Stevenson noted that though theater students will of course study Shakespeare while in the program, the poet’s works can be challenging for modern audiences. “With this piece, you get the best of both worlds, you get some of the best and most famous bits of Shakespeare with a story that is accessible and easy to understand in standard English. It’s a gift for the audience, a funny, witty, romantic piece that brings the world’s most famous love story to the stage with a unique twist.”
The 37-year veteran of the Arkansas Tech University faculty will direct a production of “The Robber Bridegroom” at the Techionery Theatre, 1502 N. El Paso Ave. in Russellville, beginning with an 8 p.m. showing on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Subsequent shows for the general public are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Tickets ($12 general admission/$8 students) will be sold at the door.
“I did this musical my first year as a full-term faculty member, and it did so well that it onto a state festival that received high praises back in 1983,” said Morris, who joined the ATU faculty in 1982 and will retire in May at the rank of professor of communication and theatre. “Because of my experience with this musical and what it means to me, I believe departing with such a meaningful play that brought such happiness into my career would only be fitting.”
Ken Futterer, associate professor of music at ATU, is serving as musical director for “The Robber Bridegroom.” He and Morris have collaborated on more than 40 productions.
Happily Ever After
The Fort Smith Little Theatre, in association with will Playscripts, Inc. will present Happily Ever After: A Wedding Comedy starting with a gala opening on Feb. 14. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly Feb. 14-16 and 20-23. There will also be a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Moments before her wedding, Francie is hiding in the church nursery, convinced her destiny is with another man, that is if he ever wakes up from his coma. There’s a scheming mother, a loyal fiance´, a caterer making eyes at the minister, a dog’s funeral, and a pending presidential visit that’s put the whole town in a frenzy. A family-friendly farce with a Texas twang and plot twists aplenty.
Tickets can be ordered at www.fslt.org or by calling the box office at 479-783-2966 and leaving a message.