A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
“H.M.S Pinafore,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s first great opera, will mark the opening show of the 17th season for the Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts.
The classic comic opera, starring regular Wildwood performers Robert Holden and George Dyer, will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Lucy Lockett Cabe Theatre at Wildwood.
Wildwood takes “H.M.S. Pinafore” on tour to Hot Springs Village Oct. 11-14.
“H.M.S. Pinafore” or “The Lass That Loved a Sailor” was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and their first blockbuster hit. The story revolves around a Royal Navy sailor who falls in love with the captain’s daughter, an unpardonable violation of class barriers. The captain wants his daughter to marry the stuffy admiral, Sir Joseph Porter. Does the girl stay true to her class or elope with her true love and face a life of poverty? Favorite songs from the show include “I’m Called Little Buttercup” and “We Sail the Ocean Blue.”
Cast members along with Holden and Dyer include Andrew Buck, Shawn Charton, Charles Holloway, John Callahan, Kira Keating, Melissa Thoma and Martha Antolik. Wildwood’s Ann Chotard will direct the two-act show.
Dinner is available before the Friday show starting at 7 p.m. Call 821-7275 for tickets, dinner reservations or more information.
Raitt, and Mo'
Bluesy singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt appears Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Robinson Center Music Hall with fellow blues great Keb' Mo' in their Souls Alike Tour show. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $43 and $63 through Ticketmaster outlets (www.ticketmaster.com, 975-7575, Harvest Food grocery stores and the Celebrity Attractions office at Third and Spring streets).
Weekend Theater opens new show
Obie Award winner Paul Zindel’s “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” opens at the Weekend Theater on Friday, Sept. 29, and runs for three weekends through Oct. 14.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
“Marigolds” was the Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle best play winner in 1970, as well as the 1971 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It’s the story of an alcoholic widow who takes her bitterness out on her daughters. The youngest, Matilda, is extremely intelligent but shy and introverted. But she wins a prize for her experiment on mutated flowers, and the flower’s growth is symbolic of her own growth amid a wasteland. Andy Hall directs.
Call 374-3761 for reservations.
Live music, a parade, pumpkin painting and more can be found at Hillcrest HarvestFest on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The activities start with a pancake breakfast at Hillcrest Hall followed by the parade down Kavanaugh. More than 40 vendor booths will have food, jewelry, pottery and other items on display throughout the day. The music, featuring four local groups, cranks up at sunset. The festival is free and sponsored by the Hillcrest Residents Association.
Roll out the barrels
Central Arkansas Fermenters and the New Belgium Brewing Co. will sponsor Little Rocktoberfest at Rick’s Armory Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A family atmosphere is promised with food and craft beer and chances to win a Fat Tire bicycle. The food includes a traditional German-style bratwurst dinner along with hotdogs and root beer floats for children. Five microbreweries are providing the beer, plus several styles of home brews can be sampled.
The Itinerant Locals will play polka music, Swamp Poodle will follow with classic rock covers, and original bluegrass band Runaway Planet will also make an appearance.
Tickets are $20, which includes an entry into the raffle. Call 758-6261. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Guard Foundation.
Batista, King Booker, Chavo Guerrero, Scotty 2 Hotty and other favorites from World Wrestling Entertainment will appear at Alltel Arena on Saturday, Sept. 30, for “Smackdown Live.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and features a variety of matches, include a Triple Threat tag team title match and the United States Title Match.
Tickets range from $21.75 to $41.75 and are available through Ticketmaster or the arena box office (975-9000).