Joan Hanna, music director of Oklahoma! reports that, even after two performances were added, Oklahoma! was sold out by noon on Friday the 13th.

Each of the six performances had seating for 100, so a sell-out is a really big deal.

It was to be expected, however. With a cast that big, there were bound to be lots and lots of parents and grandparents who wanted to see the show, at least once.

Congratulations to the Faulkner Academy of Arts. We’ll be watching for your next effort.

Were you surprised that 11 of the 47 contestants in the Miss Arkansas contest last week were students at the University of Central Arkansas?

Will the college begin promoting itself as "The prettiest campus?"

Miss UCA, Morgan Holt of Conway, 21, the daughter of Terry and Donna Holt, was named first runner-up to Miss Arkansas, and she will receive an $8,000 scholarship.

For her UCA win, she received a $6,000 scholarship.

A junior education major, Holt’s talent was a jazz dance. In a preliminary judging, she was the winner in the "poise" category.

Three other contestants were from Conway.

• Miss Conway Caitlyn Cook, 19, daughter of Dr. Joe and Mary Cook.

• Miss Arkansas Valley, Mackenzie Bryant, 19, daughter of Donald and Deed Bryant.

• Miss South Arkansas, Lauren Howell of Conway, 22, daughter of Dr. John and Debra Howell.

Miss Heart of the Ozarks, Sloan Roberts. 19, of Rison, won the title of Miss Arkansas 2012 Saturday night at the 75th Anniversary of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.

I can’t help but think about all the voice, piano, ballet, gymnastics, jazz or tap classes these young women attended, and all the teachers who were cheering them on.

They deserve a round of applause, too.

There will be art on display and music to hear at the "early preview" of the new Conway High School.

The event, from 6:30 to 8 tonight, is $25 at the door and sponsored by the Conway Public Schools Foundation for teacher grants.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)