30 | CITISCAPES | JUNE 2019 A R T S & C U LT U R E In its 53rd season, Arts Center of the Ozarks celebrates its heritage and launches bold new programs to champion local playwrights, visual artists and cultural partners. Visitors will find the center humming with programs on the main stage, in the gallery, around town and in the new black box theater space. Kicking off the season on the main stage, on July 12, is Mamma Mia! – a summer musical performance that is sure to get the audience out of their seats and singing along. Plus, ACO will be teaming up with local favorites Arts Live Theatre and Trike Theatre to bring entertaining and thoughtful children’s programming and classes to local schools and families. The center’s art gallery will reflect a year- long celebration of powerful female artists, including Kelli Lehr, Leah Grant and Virmarie Suria DePoyster. There are many ways for people of all ages to enjoy the arts this summer, and throughout the year, at ACO. ACO’S 2019 PROGRAMMING THEME: LAYERS “Synecdoche” is defined as a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole and vice versa. For example, if someone were to say, “Springdale is a vibrant community,” they mean that the many different people and places unique to the city of Springdale create the vibrant community. This year ACO is exploring the different layers of the community to see how those differences bring us together as a whole. ACO’s programming looks at Springdale as if through a kaleidoscope to highlight the various identities of the local community while also appreciating the ties that bind us together. MAMMA MIA! “Here we go again…” The summer musical Mamma Mia! hits the stage July 12-28. Mamma Mia! follows Sophie Sheridan to the Greek island of Kalokari as she’s about to marry her fiancé. One small problem: She wants her father to walk her down the aisle and she isn’t sure which one of three men it is. Set to the songs of ABBA, audiences will enjoy hits such as “Our Last Summer” and “Take A Chance On Me.” Mamma Mia! will be directed by local favorite Julie Gabel. ACO PLAYERS Following tradition, ACO has invited actors, directors and designers who have worked on its theater productions throughout the years to help curate the upcoming main stage season. The selected fall show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, will be adapted and modernized by the cast and director. The winter performance, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, continues a long-standing tradition as the theater’s Christmas show. In the spring, warmer weather is welcomed in with a British comedy, See How They Run. Arts Center of the Ozarks’ 53rd Season is Layered with New Programs and Creative Performances