Conway Dinner Theater is launching a musical theatre workshop for grades K-12 that is sure to identify, train and build up a new cadre of student performers.

What a great idea.

The eight-week workshop, at a fee of $45, will end with a full theater production of "The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition," May 10, 11, 17 and 18.

Rehearsals will begin Friday, March 1.

Kristen Sherman is teaching and directing, and according to Joan Hanna, the Dinner Theater’s music director, Kristen brings lots of experience working with students and sparking a love of the theater.

Registration begins Feb. 15 and is by appointment only by calling 339-7401.

Taking cues from "The Wizard," here are suggestions for students who want to get involved with musical theater.

• If I only had a brain: Come and learn the fundamentals of acting and vocal performance.

• If I only had the nerve: Gain the tools and self-confidence to stand in the spotlight, whether on stage or in your everyday life.

• If I only had a heart: Fall in love with the theater, a magical place that embraces our differences and highlights them rather than hiding them.

Sounds like great fun.

Tickets available

A group of folks has let UCA Reynolds know they won’t be using their tickets to "A Chorus Line" Friday night so give UCA a call at 450-3265 to get in line. Cheers!

Don’t leave, please

Members of the popular local band, Don’t Stop Please, are moving to Fayetteville. To mark the occasion, they are hosting a farewell party at ZaZa’s at 9 p.m. Friday. There’s a $5 cover.

At the Lantern

Tickets go on sale Monday for "All the King’s Women" at Lantern Theatre on Van Ronkle in Downtown Conway.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2:30 p.m., Feb. 10 and 17.

The performance is a series of scenes and monologues about women who met Elvis.

For reservations — a good idea — call 733-6220. Tickets are $12 each.

Next up at the Lantern?

"Hats! the Musical." Open audition is 6:30 p.m., Feb. 18 for women ages 35-75 who can sing solo and also harmonize.

Go to for the audition song. Show dates are April 19-21 and 26-28. Liz Parker is directing.

A pianist (paid position) is needed. Call 450-6247.

Angel Moix is the Lantern’s volunteer coordinator, looking for help at ushering, building scenery, gathering props, working backstage "and all those jobs that go along with keeping a theatre up and running."

Email Angel at

Hendrix Players

The Hendrix Players will present Anton Chekov’s "The Bear" and "The Proposal" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Staples Auditorium.

Additionally, a video recorded presentation will be offered in Mills B at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is free. Seating is limited. For more information, contact the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at 501-450-1343.

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