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Helaine and the Little War audience-participation reading

The community is invited to attend a public reading of the musical-in-development, Helaine and the Little War, by Arkansas singer-song writers, Charley Sandage and Charlie Crow, and playwright, Dr. David Eshelman of Arkansas Tech University. 

At the heart of this new Arkansas-based musical is Helaine Starkey, a mid-30s, former slave who now owns an inn and tavern near the intersection of Main and 3rd Avenue in Little Rock.  Around 1863, she took her daughter, then 6 years old, and left the plantation near Pine Bluff where she had grown up in "the big house” and started a new life in Reconstruction Era Little Rock.  

This event is not a performance, but an audience-participation reading helping to refine a script for the musical play.  Sandage, Crow, and Eshelman invite actor/readers, theater-savvy listeners, and any others willing to offer feedback on their story about six principal characters, half of them black and half of them white, who are trying to sort out relationships and prospects moving forward as Reconstruction comes to an end in Arkansas in 1874, while the "Brooks-Baxter War" is breaking out around them.  

The audience-participation reading will take place in the Bellamy Theatre at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.  This is a free event and open to the public.  To RSVP attendance, please contact Hilary Mullins, email: or call 870.536.3375.