Murry’s brings back ‘Opal’
The lovable character Opal Kronkie returns in “Opal’s Husband,” the comic sequel to “Everybody Loves Opal” and Murry’s Dinner Playhouse’s newest production. The musical opened Jan. 11 and will run through Feb. 6 with shows Tuesday through Sunday.
Candyce Hinkle stars as Opal, with Fran Austin as Rosie Montefalco and other cast members Michael Davis, Nora Wells and Michael Klucher.
Showtimes are 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with dinner starting at 6 p.m. Sunday’s showtimes are 1 p.m. (11 a.m. lunch buffet) and 7 p.m. (5:30 dinner buffet). Ticket prices range from $25 for the Sunday matinee to $29 for the Friday and Saturday night showings.
?Sex, religion and politics meld together in both fantasy and reality in Tony Kushner’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” which will be staged by the Weekend Theater beginning Friday, Jan. 14, and running for three weekends.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
“Millennium Approaches” is the first half of Kushner’s award-winning work (the other half is “Perestroika”). The recent HBO version of “Angels” won several Emmy Awards.
Though the play, written in the early 1990s, delves into the subject of AIDS, it also examines the human condition in general. Kushner “doesn’t shirk away from truth,” says Duane Jackson, who will direct the Weekend version. “Every time I read the script, there’s something that sticks out to me.”
Actors will take on multiple roles in the show, which has three distinct storylines forming the core of the script. The cast includes Tim Huffmaster, Jeremy Estill, Jason Willey, Alan Douglas, Regi Ott, Joe Hypes, Julie Atkins and Patti German.
Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 374-3761.
For a rainyday …
Rainyday People Productions is back in the community theater business, staging “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, at the Unitarian Universalist Church.
Shows are at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Call 225-1503 or 888-1504. UUCLR is at 1818 Reservoir Road.
Kaitz in Conway
The witty transplanted Arkansas folk singer-songwriter Emily Kaitz will headline a concert Saturday, Jan. 15, at Conway’s Peace Acoustic Cafe. Kaitz, who grew up performing in Houston and Austin, has a wide cult following for her whacky lyrics and likeable melodies.
Justin Morgan, who has competed in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, will open the show at 7:30 p.m.
Peace Acoustic Cafe is at the Family Life Center of the Peace Lutheran Church, Dave Ward Drive and Donaghey Avenue. Drinks and refreshments are available. Admission is $6, with children 12 and under admitted free.
Step back in time
The Arkansas Post Museum will take visitors back in time with a Civil War encampment Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15-16. The event includes Civil War living historians, men and women, as infantrymen, civilians and artillery crews from the period. A new addition to the event is a music program featuring Civil War era music on autoharp. Museum personnel suggest Saturday as the best day of the two to visit if you only have one day available.
The encampment opens for visitors at 10 a.m. and Saturday’s activities run until 5 p.m. Sunday’s schedule starts at 8:30 a.m. with a non-denominational church service. The camp opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. There is no admission charge to the encampment areas; the museum charges a small fee. The museum is on U.S. Highway 165 between Gillett and Dumas. Call 870-548-2634.
for Jan. 20 at Juanita’s
??“Hornucopia,” which will bring together four of the best cover bands in Central Arkansas for a benefit for the “Play It Again, Arkansas” music-in-schools program, is now set for Thursday, Jan. 20, at Juanita’s after the pre-Christmas snowstorm wiped out the original date.
The GroanUps, Paula Montgomery-Reed and the Bona Fide Band, the Rockets and Leavenworth are set to perform, with music beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event should wind down about midnight. Admission is a donation of a musical instrument or $15 per person. “Play It Again, Arkansas” is a nonprofit coordinated by John Caldwell, the public school program adviser for the state Department of Education. Its purpose is to deliver music instruments to students who want to participate in school bands throughout the state.
Call 377-3366 or visit www.playitagain.org for more information.