Welcome to Onstage Arkansas! I am Theresa, the creator of this site, and here is my story:
After 6 years in commercial radio, I took a decade off to make babies. I was content sitting on my couch watching cartoons with them. But then something happened…..they got bigger! They saw a sign at the local college talking about auditions for “A Christmas Carol.” Really? Am I ready for this? They auditioned and 2 of them were cast. Since neither could drive, guess who else was there for EVERY rehearsal–the new christened “Theater Mom.” Eventually, I gave in and produced the music for the show, and we had a great time!
From this show, we all made new friends. Later, these new friends were promoting their next shows at venues I never knew existed. How are my babies suppose to audition for other places if I don’t even know they exist?
Well, come to find out, there are A LOT of “hidden” theaters in Arkansas. Why do I call them “hidden?” Because I can’t even find them on the internet unless I know to specifically look for them. THIS is why people aren’t showing up for the shows. No one even knows you are putting them on. Arkansas Theaters as a whole are behind on marketing. Yes, we all know what is playing at the bigger venues, but what about in Morrilton? What about in Searcy? And there are even “hidden” theaters right there in Little Rock.
So, while thinking out loud to my web gurus, I was asking why there wasn’t one place that had all the theaters listed? My web guru took me seriously, and started my website before I even had a real thought out plan on what should be done–and behold–Onstage Arkansas was born.
It is Onstage Arkansas mission to promote the live, local theaters. You guys work super hard memorizing lines, making costumes, building sets, and everything else in between, that we hate it when people don’t show up for the show. We want people to know that YOU exist! We want to keep live entertainment alive! We want to keep the historic theaters running! We want people to come see what talent is right in their own neighborhoods! Let us help you get people in YOUR theater.
So, with that said, Do you have a show coming up? Let us know. Do you have an audition coming up? Let us know. Are there any hidden Theaters we need to know about? Let us know. We are here for you.