UA Little Rock Hosts a Night of Opera and Musical Theatre with ‘Games of Chance: A Casino Night’

The School of Literary and Performing Arts at UA Little Rock is hosting an event titled “Games of Chance: A Casino Night of Opera and Musical Theatre,” and everyone is invited to attend. Co-directed by Dr. Larry Smith and Kate Sain, the production will feature a concert staging of short opera works and beloved musical theatre scenes, all centered around the theme of fortune in the game of life.

The performances are scheduled to take place from Nov. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m in the University Theatre, located in the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) building on the UA Little Rock campus. The event is a collaborative effort between the music and theatre arts programs, bringing together various disciplines from the School of Literary and Performing Arts. New faculty and staff at UA Little Rock will also showcase their talent, with scenic design work by assistant professor of theatre Karen Dauenhauer and technical director Robert Warner.

Dr. Nickolas Doshier, assistant professor of music, will be in charge of musical direction and will conduct a 15-piece orchestra composed of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra musicians, community members, faculty, and students to accompany the vocal performances. Stacy Pendergraft, co-director of the School of Literary and Performing Arts, expressed excitement about the opportunity to pilot an integrated student opportunity, and praised Dr. Doshier’s orchestra as a wonderful team effort.

Dr. Sarah Beth Estes, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education, commended the faculty for their commitment to innovation and providing opportunities for students within the school. The event is free to attend, and no reservations are required. For more information, interested individuals can contact the School of Literary and Performing Arts at 501-916-3291 or email This event marks a significant achievement for the School of Literary and Performing Arts and showcases the dedication of the faculty in providing enriching experiences for the campus and community.