Music in the Wild

featuring Merlon Devine

Join us on Friday, October 8 at 7:00 pm for a casual outdoor concert at Wildwood’s Butler Gazebo. This concert features jazz artist and Little Rock native, Merlon Devine.

Merlon Devine is a lyrical soloist with a smooth, groove-based sound. Devine often performs in church, and sees his role as helping set the tone for praise & worship services. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he was raised in a musical family. Devine grew up singing in church, and first began playing saxophone around age ten. After launching his professional career, he caught the attention of keyboardist Ben Tankard, who utilized him for several recordings. As a solo artist, Devine debuted with Due Season in 2002. Since then, he has released well-received independent albums including 2004’s Breathe, 2006’s holiday-themed Unwrap the Gift, and 2008’s Set the Atmosphere, Vol. 1. Love Divine followed in 2014. In 2017, Devine’s sixth studio album, Now, peaked in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

Online Ticket sales end 2 hours before the concert begins. Walk up tickets are available. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Concessions will be available for donations. In the event of rain, this concert will be moved to Wildwood’s Pavilion or to the Cabe Festival Theatre. Please bring a facemask to wear when social distancing is not possible and for use in indoor facilities.

Wildwood and Argenta Community Theatre Present

The Sound of Music

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteeen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire Von Trapp family must make a moral decision.

Join Wildwood Park for the Arts and the Argenta Community Theatre in a production that brings together two arts organizations, two cities, and an all-star cast. For wheelchair accessible seating in Wildwood’s theatre or information about student shows, please contact us at info@wildwoodpark.org.

Argenta Community Theatre

Dates: November 3-13

Wildwood Park for the Arts

Dates: November 18-21

Music in the Wild

Rodney Block & Friends Present: Holiday in the Wild

Join us on December 3 at 8:00 pm for a special installment of Music in the Wild! This warm and cozy concert features Rodney Block & Friends, presenting HOLIDAY IN THE WILD.

A great kick-off to the winter Holidays, and sure to be fun for all ages, this concert is our first indoor installment of Music in the Wild. Reserve your seats in the Cabe Theatre now! Beverages and snacks will be available for donations.

Wildwood Park for the Arts Staff will contact all ticket holders prior to the concert with COVID-19 Safety procedures and information based on current public safety guidelines. Tickets available online up to 2 hours before the concert begins.

Sister Act

in partnership with Praeclara

April 1-10, 2022

Wildwood Park for the Arts, in partnership with Little Rock based performing arts company Praeclara, presents their spring mainstage production of Sister Act!

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. The cast is chock full of amazing roles for women of all ages, making this a perfect choice for high schools and community theatres. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!

Kendra Scott Color Bar Party Drawing

In partnership with Kendra Scott in The Promenade at Chenal, we are thrilled to offer a raffle for a Kendra Scott Color Bar party! All proceeds benefit Wildwood’s educational and artistic programming.

Treat yourself and four friends to a private Color Bar party. Enjoy bubbles and bites while each person creates one custom piece of jewelry that expresses their own unique style!

The Kendra Scott Color Bar party is valued at $500, and the winner and friends can select Color Bar jewelry valued at up to $100 per item.

200 entries are available. Patrons may purchase one entry at $25 or 5 entries for $100. There is no limit on the number of entries that can be purchased.

Patrons will be notified by email in advance of the drawing. Winner will be contacted by park staff within 24 hours of the drawing and will pick up the raffle prize in person, at the offices of Wildwood Park with a valid picture ID no later than two weeks after initial notification of winning.

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATES AT WILDWOOD PARK FOR THE ARTS

Wildwood Park for the Arts grounds remain open during the park’s regular hours to individual walkers and those who require space to exercise their pets. Indoor activities and programs in the Cabe Festival Theatre are operating at limited capacity for the safety of our staff, patrons, and students.

Wildwood administrators are working diligently with our community partners, rental clients, and patrons to determine specific plans for individual programs so that we may best serve and protect the health of our patrons during the COVID-19 outbreak.

These classes, along with private lessons in voice, piano, violin, and more, are being offered as part of our new education initiative!

A welcomed addition to the West Little Rock community, the West Little Rock Performing Arts Academy strives to become a leader in the development of arts-based programs that serves the families of our community. Our Mission is to make a difference in the lives of our students, audience, and our community through the power and beauty of the Arts.

The WLR Performing Arts Academy, under the leadership of professional musicians and artists, will provide a definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, performance training, and arts-based social programs.

Providing one-on-one studio instruction, ample opportunities for solo and ensemble performances, and small group instruction in choral music, dance, fitness, and a host of discipline-specific subjects, the WLR Performing Arts Academy seeks to support and enhance the artistic lives of our closest neighbors and the wider arts community of which we are privileged to be a part.

To register, contact Kira Keating, kira@wildwoodpark.org.

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