Holiday theatrical triple-threat


cmas-dancers-orch-2The touring production of the Broadway musical Elf may be the biggest news in theatrical events this week, but it’s not the only thing happening on a stage near you. Whether you couldn’t snag tickets to the all-but-sold-out show or Elf just isn’t your thing, these special events in Conway and at Wildwood Park for the Arts will enthrall you all the same.


The University of Central Arkansas and Conway Symphony Orchestra are doing a double feature at Reynolds Performance Hall this weekend—and offering two chances to see it, on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:00 p.m. The show begins with the Arkansas Festival Ballet performing highlights from The Nutcracker; afterwards, the UCA Opera will join the orchestra for a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors, the beloved telling of the story of the Three Kings. As a special treat, before the Sunday afternoon program will be a special children’s event called “Nutcracker Sweets,” featuring the Arkansas Festival Ballet ballerinas and the CSO maestro and cookies, crafts and storytelling. Tickets for the performances are $5 for children and students, $20-$38 for adults and $15 each for groups of ten or more; admission to Nutcracker Sweets is $5 per child and free for accompanying adults. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 501-450-3265 or visit

At Wildwood Park for the Arts, you have two opportunities to catch what might be the wildest holiday show of the year: Arkansas Circus Arts’ Holiday Cirque Spectacular. Winter and the holidays will be represented in dazzling magic and movement by acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and more. This one-of-a-kind show takes place this weekend only, on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20, or $15 for children age 5 and under. To purchase tickets, visit Wildwood’s box office here.