It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Even at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre.

"Mother Goose Christmas" takes the stage from Dec. 1-17 with a pay-what-you-can preview performance on Thursday, Nov. 30.

When Memory comes to stay at the Piper house, Bella Piper and her Grandpa Andy are flabbergasted to learn that the girl has never heard of Mother Goose! How can you get to be 8 years old without learning about Mother Goose? Well, Grandpa Andy – Gandy for short – makes it his Christmas Eve mission to school young Memory in the ways of that great dame of nursery rhyme fame.

With Bella’s help and with the aid of a certain magic music box, the three set off on an adventure in Mother Goose’s Realm of Romp and Rhyme. It is in this fantasy land that Memory meets Mother Goose and all her nursery rhyme children. But more importantly, she learns that family may be found anywhere and that everyone deserves love – even her.

The show takes the stage every Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Dec. 1-17. Tickets range from $10-$12.50. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Several special events are taking place along with the show:

  • "Pay What You Can" preview night is 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Arkansas Arts Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Stephens Inc. Visitors Center, or from 6-6:45 p.m. at the Children's Theatre Box Office, Lower Lobby Level. The maximum "pay what you can" ticket purchase is six tickets per person and additional tickets can be purchased at regular price.
  • Opening Night Dinner at Canvas is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. Enjoy a meal at Canvas restaurant before the 7 p.m. performance. Enjoying a full menu, including a special kid’s menu with plenty of child-friendly favorites, and coloring placemats featuring activities and artwork from the show. To make reservations, call 501-907-5946.
  • Pajama Night at the theatre is Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Stickers are available at the Box Office before the show for children (and parents!) wearing pajamas. Regular admission ($10 for members, $12.50 for non-members) applies for this show.
  • Dec. 9 is a special afternoon at the theatre: the show at 2 p.m. will be an ASL interpreted peformance. Visit the Box Office before the show for seating assistance.