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About Main Stage

Main Stage is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to a Vision of creating multi-generational, multi-cultural art, and community center for all Eureka Springs residents and visitors, to promote life-long learning, and be a cornerstone for the North Main Street Arts District. Our Theatre is small enough to be intimate, and large enough to make you feel like you are playing to a full house! Our 125-seat theater is the perfect place for shows and Main Stage summer camps. Our engaging classes are taught by some of Eureka Springs's most talented artists, actor, and musicians. What a great opportunity for you to expand your mind! FIND US HERE

About Main Stage

December 2023

*This show is made possible by a generous grant from the Eureka Springs Arts Council.*

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A Christmas gift for the Eureka Springs area!

Need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit? Then book tickets to see WONDERFUL LIFE, a one-person version of the classic holiday film, returning to Main Stage this Friday for nine more performances. In this 75-minute performance, award-winning actor Christopher Willard plays all the residents of Bedford Falls, plus a certain Angel Second Class named Clarence, tasked with saving George Bailey in his hour of need.

“The show is the film onstage, but told through a different lens,” says Willard, who describes the production as a deeper dive into the story. “The original narrative is there at the core, but this one’s delivered by Clarence who allows the characters to reveal their own sides of the story. It’s a wonderful new take and beautifully written.”

It’s also beautifully supported by clever staging and immersive sound and lighting. In fact, there are over 200 light and sound cues in the production.

 

“It’s not just one guy blabbing for an hour and change,” Willard says. “The goal is to use all the theatrical tools at our disposal to totally transport audiences into the world of the play.”

 

That goal seems to be working, gauging from the reactions of people who saw the production on opening weekend:

“The actor draws you in with charm and humor, then delivers an emotional finale that leaves you with tears of joy.” “Spellbinding.” “Like spending an hour with dear, old friends.”

 

But what if you’ve already seen the film a million times? Why see this production?

 

“There’s always something to learn from the oldest of stories,” Willard says. “Plus, it’s a live stage version, and that experience can’t be rivaled. The language is lovely, like poetry, and the visuals, stunning. The staging, too, is completely unique. The audience surrounds the stage on three sides, so it’s a different experience no matter where you sit in the space. ”

 

After more than 75 years, why is It’s A Wonderful Life still relevant today?

 

“It’s always been about family and community,” Willard offers, “and that value isn’t lessening anytime soon. The story reminds us of the important things in our world, of kindness and connection, and how the little things are what matter most. It’s a wonderful message to take into the holidays.”

 

SHOW DATES/TIMES:

Friday, Dec. 8 — 7:30-8:45 PM

Saturday, Dec. 9 — 7:30-8:45 PM

Sunday, Dec. 10 — 3-4:15 PM

 

Friday, Dec. 15 — 7:30-8:45 PM

Saturday, Dec. 16 — 7:30-8:45 PM

Sunday, Dec. 17 — 3-4:15 PM

 

Friday, Dec. 22 — 7:30-8:45 PM

Saturday, Dec. 23 — 7:30-8:45 PM

Tuesday, Dec. 26 — 7:30-8:45 PM

TICKETS:

$16/adults, $12/children ages 6-18

All seating is general admission.

 

Tickets available at the door, day of show. 

Box office opens one hour before advertised performance time.

 

Advance tickets at: www.ReserveEureka.com/attractions/wonderfullife

 

All shows at Main Stage Creative Community Center, 67 N. Main Street, in Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

 

Wonderful Life is a co-production of Lakefront Arts and Main Stage.

 

Runtime: 75 minutes without intermission.

Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

 

Phone: 479-244-6273

 

E-mail: mainstageeurekasprings@gmail.com

 

Website: lakefrontarts.org

Praise for this new adaptation:

“A sensationally moving masterpiece.” — DC Metro Theatre Arts

“A warm-and-fuzzy vision of trust and neighborliness in small town America.” — The Washington Post

Praise for Christopher Willard’s performance in Wonderful Life:

“Absolutely incredible!”

“A stellar performance plus a wonderful message for all!”

“It will make you laugh, it will make you cry — it will make you a better human being.”  

“If you’re having trouble picking out a perfect gift for a friend — take them to see this play. If you are feeling reflective — take yourself to see this play. Just GO SEE IT!”

Classes

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Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the class / workshop or show start time for a full refund.

Cancellations after the 7-day cutoff will be subject to a cancellation fee of half of the price paid, after processing fees are deducted.

We are a non-profit and your donations in lieu of refunds are appreciated.

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Kids & Teens Improv Eureka!
Improvisational Drama at Main Stage

THURSDAYS  6:00 PM

The best way for students at any age to learn is to play — as author Diane Ackerman says, “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” In month-long workshops held Wednesday evenings, students ages 4-17 will have the opportunity to play and create stories together. The curriculum for each class varies based on where students are developmentally. 

Instructor: Jordana Lipsitz

Price: Four week workshop $35 or $9 per Class

BOOK ONE CLASS HERE

When booking, please, indicate which class/age group you are paying for (PayPal- What is this payment for?)

Paint & Sip Party

MONTHLY PARTIES

No previous painting experience or artistic ability required! We help get those creative juices flowing with a prepped canvas and step by step instructions on how to create your own masterpiece, all in a fun and relaxed setting. It is great for a date night, catching up with friends, or meeting new people. All materials (easel, apron, prepped canvas, acrylic paint, brushes) along with step by step instructions are provided and a selection of complimentary drinks. At the end of the event you will leave with your own painting ready to hang up on your wall. Instructor: Jessica Cummings

CONTACT US FOR A PRIVATE PAINTING PARTY WITH JESSICA @MAINSTAGE

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Are you planning a birthday party, a girls' weekend, a family reunion or a work retreat and looking for something special to do? Let us create an experience for you! Contact Lorna at (479) 244-6273

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