Walton Arts Center is excited to debut Arts and Appetizers and the Broadway Book Club, two programs that give patrons new opportunities to engage with and explore the arts from different perspectives.

Arts and Appetizers:
This program allows patrons to feed their appetite for theatrical insider information with conversations hosted by Walton Arts Center's Vice President of Programs & Executive Producer, Scott Galbraith. Along with occasional special guests, Galbraith will provide context, backstage stories and historical perspectives to enhance the theatergoing experience for patrons.

The inaugural Arts and Appetizers is Monday, Sept. 25 at 7 pm in Walton Arts Center’s Sudduth Garden Room.

September’s Arts and Appetizers will focus largely on the first show in the P&G Broadway Series, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, with Galbraith providing historical context around the show, Rodgers and Hammerstein and the real Anna Leonowens. Galbraith will also highlight two additional October shows: Symphonie Dramatique, a Romeo and Juliet-inspired evening of dance by Cas Public; and Ballet Arkansas’ Emergence, which includes a world premiere of Marianna Oliveira’s winning entry from the 2017 VISIONS choreographic competition. Galbraith will be joined by Ballet Arkansas’ new Artistic Director Michael Fothergill for the dance discussions.

Additional Arts and Appetizers are scheduled for 7 pm on Oct. 30, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Jan. 29, Feb. 19, April 16 and May 7.

Registration is required, but the event is free. Additional information can be found at waltonartscenter.org/arts-and-apps.

Broadway Book Club:
Throughout the 2017-18 season, members of the Broadway Book Club will read books that directly relate to the shows in the P&G Broadway Series, see the corresponding show and attend a moderated discussion of both works.

Patrons must register to participate and then pick the books they want to read. By joining Broadway Book Club, patrons have access to discounted tickets to the corresponding show and the opportunity to join a discussion group on the surrounding themes, time periods and social contexts of the book and theatrical production.

Broadway Book Club members:
• May participate in every book club or just choose one or two. Registration is required for each book that you want to read in order to receive the discount on tickets.
• Meet for discussion the Monday following the Broadway performance, unless noted otherwise.
• Can purchase the book at a discounted price at Fayetteville’s Barnes & Noble store.

Contact Walton Arts Center’s Group Sales Coordinator, Kimberly Jones, at 479-571-2719 to register. It is free to join Broadway Book Club. Members will receive a discount code for 10% off regular ticket prices for up to four tickets to the corresponding show. Discounts are only available for Wednesday evening, Thursday matinee and Thursday evening performances. Additional information can be found at waltonartscenter.org/broadway-book-club.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I
Book: Anna & The King of Siam

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Book: White Christmas: The Story of An American Song

Finding Neverland
Book: Peter Pan

Book: The Berlin Stories

An American in Paris
Book: Suite Française

Book: Down These Mean Streets

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Book: Carole King – A Natural Woman

The Sound of Music
Book: The Book Thief

For an overview of additional programs and enrichment opportunities provided by Walton Arts Center, visit waltonartscenter.org/engage.