Part 1: The Second annual UALR Opera Gala is a chance for those of us who are looking at the voice department with interest, following last year's gala under its director, Rosella Ewing. She is my first guest, and brings us up to date on the developments and activities during the past year and the program to be heard at the gala this coming Thursday.
The UALR Opera Gala is Thu., March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center.
Part 2: One of the most successful events, both in the event itself and the joint participation between UALR and the central Arkansas school districts, is the annual Shakespeare Scenes Festival begun by Ros Knutson 20 years ago. Her successor, associate professor Kris McAbee, now in her sixth year on the English faculty, works enthusiastically with teachers and students in the 5th-12th grades. McAbee applied for the post at UALR because of the Shakespeare Scenes Festival. She has been watching the weather anxiously. Last year, one of two days was lost to snow and ice. She is my second guest and has brought with her one of her students, Geoffrey Bara, who works as master of rentals.
The Shakespeare Scenes Festival is in the University Theater at UALR, Thu., March 10-Fri., March 11, 9:30 a.m.-Noon each day.
This program originally aired Sun., March 6, 2016.
Arts Scene with Ann Nicholson airs weekly on KLRE at 12:00 p.m. and KUAR at 5:30 p.m. in Little Rock.