Citing a rainy weather forecast, the Arkansas Repertory Theater has moved the location of today’s outdoor concert production of the off-Broadway classic musical “The Fantasticks” from Murray Park in Little Rock to its theater. .
To meet potential seating demand, the theater at 601 Main Street is adding an early afternoon performance and changing the time of the show to the evening. The performances will take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The original performance time was 5 p.m. at the park on Little Rock’s Rebsamen Park Road.
The theater lobby opens one hour before curtain time and seating begins 30 minutes later. The concert lasts about an hour with a 15-minute intermission.
Admission is free, but the representative starts a waiting list online – at TheRep.org – for those who have not registered, depending on the number of places available. Customers who cannot be seated for the 2 p.m. show will be given priority for the 6 p.m. show.
The play (music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones) features neighboring parents (Felicia Dinwiddie and Vivian Norman) whose nasty feud is actually a secret ploy to bring their children – Matt (William Romain) and Luisa (Hannah Gothard) – together.
To this end, they hire a sinister swashbuckler named El Gallo (Benjamin H. Moore) to kidnap the girl so the boy can heroically save her. As often happens in the theater in general and in musicals in particular, things don’t go exactly as planned.
Theater covid-19 protocols require either proof of vaccination or a negative covid-19 test result obtained within 72 hours (three days) in advance for all clients 12 years of age and older. Masks must be worn indoors at all times, except when eating or drinking.