Tickets are on sale for the Bard Ball, a fine arts event benefiting Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, set for Feb. 18 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.    

This year’s theme is "Arkansas Artists Pay Tribute to the Bard". The program, set for 6:30-9 p.m., will include performances by Graham Gordy, Trenton Lee Stewart, Philip Martin, Greg Brownderville, The Conway Twitties, Stephen Feldman, Suzanne Loerch and AST company actors. Garland Recital will provide live music.    

Matt Chiorini, AST’s artistic director, will serve as master of ceremonies. Harry Thomason, the Arkansas filmmaker, producer and director, will give the opening remarks.    

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce our 2011 season in such an elegant setting, with a host of Arkansas artists performing original, live pieces about their experience with Shakespeare," said Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte, executive director of AST. "In addition to the performances, there will be many exciting announcements made about our season, ample food and drink and a silent auction.     

"We encourage all Arkansans to embrace the cultural gem that is Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, as it remains the only professional Shakespeare theatre in our state."      

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will open its fifth season in June with a repertory of "Othello," "As You Like It," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "The Tortoise and the Hare."    

Tickets to the Bard Ball are $75 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Liz Parker at (501) 450-3165 or Tickets are on sale at PK’s in Downtown Conway.

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