Season tickets are now on sale for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s two annual lineups of touring shows and musical performances: the 36th annual Season of Entertainment and the fourth annual Season at The Blue Lion.
For more information or to reserve tickets for either season, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.
Season of Entertainment
Season of Entertainment 36, featuring “one of the best lineups in recent memory,” will be headlined by a popular Christmas rock band, two Tony Award-winning musicals and a top dance company.
The Step Crew will perform Sept. 9, followed by Mannheim Steamroller Dec. 13, “Pippin” Feb. 1 and “42nd Street” March 1.
A new dance production, The Step Crew features world-class dancers in the areas of step-dancing and tap-dancing. The crew consists of a five-piece ensemble and three world-class fiddlers who tour with The Chieftains, a popular Irish band. Critics have hailed the show as “a brilliant visual and musical display of talented dancers.”
Considered one of the top Christmas music artists in the nation, Mannheim Steamroller has enjoyed mass acclaim for its rock interpretations of classic holiday songs. The group has sold more than 28 million albums in the United States and has performed across the nation, including at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
“Pippin” tells the story of a young prince longing to live a fulfilling life of passion and adventure. Filled with high-flying acrobatics and wondrous music, the original production won five Tony Awards out of 11 nominations, and the 2013 revival notched another 10 Tony nominations and four awards.
Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes, “42nd Street” follows a director’s efforts to launch a successful musical showcase during the poverty-stricken times of the Great Depression. Featuring a popular score with songs such as “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway,” the show earned two Tony Awards out of eight nominations, including Best Musical.
Stacey Jones, associate vice chancellor of campus and community events, said he is excited to bring national touring shows to Fort Smith.
“This is one of the best lineups we’ve had in recent memory, and we’re excited to bring top-tier entertainment to Fort Smith for the 36th consecutive year,” Jones said. “The Step Crew will start the season off with a bang, and Mannheim Steamroller will put on an electrifying show to celebrate the holidays. That’s not even to mention ‘Pippin’ and ‘42nd Street,’ which are two of the greatest plays to ever be shown on Broadway. This will be a season the community won’t want to miss.”
Season tickets are $180 at the UAFS Box Office in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. Individual show tickets go on sale Aug. 1. The season runs from Sept. 16 through May 2.
The complete Season 36 schedule includes:
Sept. 16: The Step Crew, 7:30 p.m. ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Oct. 11: UAFS Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Oct. 20-22, 24, 25: Theatre @ UAFS production: “Corrigenda,” 7:30 p.m., Breedlove Auditorium.
Oct. 31: UAFS Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Nov. 17: UAFS Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Nov. 22: Campus Lighting, 7 p.m., UAFS Campus Green.
Nov. 29: Season’s Greeting Concert, 7 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Dec. 13: Mannheim Steamroller, 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Feb. 1: “Pippin,” 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Feb. 23-25, 27, 28: Theatre @ UAFS production: “Lysistrata,” 7:30 p.m., Breedlove Auditorium.
March 1: “42nd Street,” 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
April 4: UAFS Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
April 20: UAFS Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
May 2: “A Grand Night for Singing,” 7:30 p.m., ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center.
Season at The Blue Lion
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s fourth annual Season at The Blue Lion, featuring “world-class entertainment at a reasonable price,” will include four musical performances at the university’s downtown location.
The season features musical performances by the Quebe Sisters Sept. 20, DePue De Hoyos Oct. 17, UAFS music faculty Jan. 31 and Four Bitchin’ Babes March 3. All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd St.
Quebe Sisters will feature western swing, vintage country, and traditional Texas-style music. Since forming in 2000, the Dallas-based group has produced three albums and toured nationally and internationally. The sisters have played with world-renowned artists including Asleep at the Wheel, George Strait and Merle Haggard.
DePue De Hoyos has found renown for their unique combination of classical music and classic rock. The duo has been guest instructors at the National Oldtime Fiddling Championship and appeared at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Grand Master Fiddler Championship. They also hold the world record for playing “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
Instrumental, vocal and piano faculty members at UAFS will display their talents as well, with trumpet, percussion and chamber ensemble pieces, in addition to various solos.
The final concert features the Four Bitchin’ Babes, who will perform a series of humorous and light-hearted folk music pieces. The group consisted of four accomplished musicians that are known for their exquisite wit and humor. They have released 12 albums and a full-length DVD.
“While Season at The Blue Lion is different from Season of Entertainment, they both bring electrifying entertainment to the Fort Smith area that is sure to impress audience members,” Jones said. “It’s tremendously exciting to be able to bring such a variety of talents to Fort Smith. These acts have traveled nationally and internationally, and for local residents, it’s an opportunity to see world-class entertainment in their backyard for a reasonable price.”
Season tickets cost $50 and only 250 tickets are available per performance. Individual show tickets go on sale Aug. 1. The season runs from Sept. 20 through March 3.
The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown was temporarily called UAFS at Second Street after UAFS acquired the building in 2013. The four-show series at the location is separate from Season of Entertainment, the annual entertainment lineup sponsored by UAFS.