State educators win music, theater awards

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AWARDS: Outstanding teachers

Julia Reynolds of Russellvilleformer band director of Sheridan High School and Russellville High School and executive director of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association for 23 years, is one of seven section recipients of the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Outstanding Music Educator Awards.

Reynolds received the Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year Award in 1997 and was inducted into the Arkansas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2019.

and Helen Strickland, a teacher and coach at Little Rock West High School of Innovation, is one of 12 state winners in the NFHS’s Outstanding Speech and Debate Educator category and also one of six state winners in the Outstanding Theater category. Strickland has previously taught at Arkansas State University, Central High School, and Hall High School, and served as President and Vice President of the Arkansas Communication Theater Arts Association.

AUDITING: Shakespearean comedy

Actors Theater of Little Rockwill be auditioning in association with Henderson State University for William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” adapted and directed by Mark A. Burbank, by appointment starting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Pinnacle View Middle School, 5701 Ranch Drive, Little , bar rock.

Prepare a 1-2 minute Shakespearean monologue (comedically preferred but not required). And because the director recognizes that “Shakespeare can be a bit nerve-wracking for those who don’t specialize,” auditioners can recite it from memory or “on book,” and “the level of memorization will not impede your audition.” The theater company “emphasises inclusivity and diversity in casting” and encourages performers of all ethnicities, races, gender identities, body types and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

Production dates are April 6-9 at Henderson State in Arkadelphia. Rehearsals begin in early February and run between Little Rock and Arkadelphia two to three days a week through mid-March. All roles receive a small stipend plus travel expenses.

Schedule auditions and ask questions by emailing [email protected].

Rogers premiere

Arkansas Public Theater will be holding auditions for the world premiere of “Survival of the Unfit” by Oren Safdie on February 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St., Rogers. The audition is based on readings from the script. Download the audition pack, including audition times, scenes, character descriptions, and rehearsal schedule, at Bring the package to the audition.

Doors open at 6:30pm; Callbacks will be made on February 14th if needed. Production dates are 24.-26. March, 30-31 and 1st–2nd April. Call (479) 631-8988 or visit for more information.

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