Holiday theatrical triple-threat

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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.

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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 www.uca.edu/tickets.

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.