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UCA’S Reynolds Performance Hall Announces 2019-20 Season

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — This year marks the 20th season of the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall, which opened on Sept. 15, 2000, with a performance by the legendary Ray Charles. The 2019-20 season will kick off on Sept. 20 with a performance by country star Sara Evans and will continue with “Jersey Boys,” the Arkansas premiere of the Broadway hit “The Spongebob Musical” and crowd favorite Straight No Chaser, along with many other events throughout the year.

In celebration of the 20th season, Reynolds Performance Hall will feature 28 shows, including four Best of Reynolds events. The season will also include Broadway, Pops, Night Out, two Distinguished Speakers and one Add-On Special, as well as six Main Stage EdUCAtion shows and three benefit performances for the Main Stage.

“This is a thrilling, monumental year for Reynolds Performance Hall as we enter our 20th season of bringing amazing talent to central Arkansas. What better way to celebrate this season than by adding the ‘Best of Reynolds’ Series that will bring back some of our patrons’ favorite shows,” said Amanda Horton, director of Reynolds. “This season has a dynamic variety of performances that includes award-winning Broadway musicals, acclaimed speakers, talented musical groups and artists from across the world.”

The season includes the following series and performances:

Broadway Series

  • “Jersey Boys,” 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 – presented by Log Cabin Democrat
  • “The Color Purple,” 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 – presented by KOKY 102.1
  • “An American in Paris,” 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 – presented by Arkansas Times
  • “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – presented by B98.5

Jersey Boys

Pops Series

  • Sara Evans, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 – presented by Conway Printing
  • “Croce Plays Croce,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 – presented by Log Cabin Democrat
  • “Boston Brass – Christmas Bells are Swingin’!” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 – presented by UCA’s College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Live Movie in Concert with Conway Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 – presented by My Country Y107

Night Out Series

  • “Diavolo,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 – presented by WINC
  • “Taj Express – A Bollywood Musical Revue,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 – presented by Alice 107.7 and B98.5
  • “The Choir of Man,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 – presented by Arkansas Times
  • “Yamato – The Drummers of Japan,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – presented by KARN 102.9
The Choir of Man
The Choir of Man

Distinguished Speakers

  • John Quinoñes – “What Would You Do?” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 – presented by the Conway Chamber of Commerce Minority Enterprise Development Awards and The Fish 93.3
  • Temple Grandin, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 – presented by Log Cabin Democrat

Best of Reynolds

  • Straight No Chaser, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 – presented by 501 Life Magazine
  • “Georgia on My Mind – Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 – presented by 501 Life Magazine
  • “The Gatlin Brothers Country and Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 – presented by 501 Life Magazine
  • “Cirque Éloize HOTEL,” 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – presented by 501 Life Magazine

Gatlin Brothers Christmas

Add-on Special

  • “The Spongebob Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 – presented by My Country Y107
Sponge Bob
Sponge Bob

Main Stage EdUCAtion

  • “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day,” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
  • “Lightwire Theatre – A Very Electric Christmas,” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, 2019
  • “Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks,” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
  • “The Diary of Anne Frank,” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
  • “Catapult – The Amazing Magic of Dancing Shadows,” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
  • “The Magic School Bus,” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020

Benefit for Main Stage EdUCAtion

  • “Lightwire Theatre – A Very Electric Christmas,” 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
  • “American Girl Live: An All New Musical,” 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020
  • “Celtic Angels Ireland,” 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 16, 2020

American Girl Live

The Main Stage EdUCAtion series, aimed at Arkansas school districts, debuted in 2015-16. Horton said then the goal was to increase access to the arts for kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

“This series is a big hit among educators across the state of Arkansas. This year we served over 12,000 people, with schools from all corners of the state attending, including Batesville, Dover, Stuttgart, Fox, Hot Springs, Little Rock and more,” she said.

Subscription renewals for current season ticket holders are available now. New subscriptions will go on sale to the general public, July 1. Subscriber Courtesy Week, when those who bought packages for the season may purchase individual tickets to any show before they open to the general public, will be July 29-Aug. 2. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public Monday, Aug. 5.

To purchase a new subscription package beginning July 1, call (501) 450-3265 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individual tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, online at uca.edu/reynolds, or by calling (501) 450-3265 beginning Aug. 5.

Individual series prices range from $90-$160, and prices for the Performing Arts Package (all three series) range from $245-$380. Individual ticket prices for all shows except those in Speakers and Best of Reynolds are $30-$40 each; tickets for Speakers are $15 each, and tickets for Best of Reynolds are $30-$50 each. A “Pick Six,” build-your-own package is available to donors who make gifts of $100 or more.

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