25 Things to Do in Rogers
#3: Arkansas Public Theatre
Arkansas Public Theatre, (APT), formerly known as the Rogers Little Theater, produces classic, cutting-edge, and fresh from Broadway plays and musicals as well as hosts many special events throughout the year. The APT is the only all-volunteer community theater in Northwest Arkansas.
The Victory Theater opened in December 1927 and was designed by Rogers architect A.O. Clarke. The theater was a place for community gatherings and has since been renovated several times as a movie and vaudeville theater before closing the doors in the early 1970s. With generous help from the Wal-Mart Foundation, contributions from civic-minded donors, and countless volunteers, the City of Rogers purchased the Victory Theater with an agreement that it would serve as the long-term home of the Arkansas Public Theatre. For over 30 years, the theatre has been thriving with performances each year and continues to recruit local volunteers and talent to help continue to see the APT grow.
Arkansas Public Theatre
From the moment you arrive and catch the first glimpse of the glowing lights from the beautifully lit, welcoming theater, you know you will be in for a special treat. With a tremendous volunteer staff, you will be greeted with a smile as you enter. Downstairs is filled with cabaret-style seating, however, there is not a bad seat in the house as balcony boasts a pretty spectacular view of the whole stage. Assorted concessions and a cash bar are offered before each show. Make a night of it and check out one of the many restaurants in downtown Rogers prior to show time.
What You Need to Know
Arkansas Public Theatre is located in downtown Rogers at 116 S. Second Street. For more information, call the Box Office at (479) 631-8988 or visit their website. To see upcoming performances and event, visit their ticketing page.