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Northwest Arkansas Gridiron Show

Oct. 2 and Oct. 3

Rogers Little Theater

116 S. Second St. in downtown Rogers

Doors open at 7 p.m. for general seating. Show at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 by calling 409-6072 or e-mailing nwagridiron@gmail.com and are available online at nwagridiron.com with a credit card. Tickets will also be available at the door unless they are sold before the show.

Remembering the ice storm of the century, speculating on what the Springdale Macadoodles might look like, and giving Razorback basketball coach John Pelphrey some ideas for recruiting will all get spoofed when local journalists present this year’s Northwest Arkansas Gridiron Show Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the Rogers Little Theater.
This year’s show “Too Funny to Fail,” is written, directed and performed by the local Society of Professional Journalists. The show spoofs newsmakers of the past year in sketch and song.
This year, the Gridiron pokes fun at local issues including the change in Bella Vista’s demographics, Judge Gunn’s Drug Court and the quandary over the looming sale of the Washington County Sale Barn.
For sports fans, in addition to Pelphrey’s recruiting efforts, the cast will take a trip back in time to talk to Coach Hugo Bezdek, who came up with the Razorback moniker 100 years ago.
The Gridiron writers also keep an eye on Washington. “President Obama” will hold a press conference on the Gridiron stage, and will try to solve the world’s problems over a beer…or two…or several.
The “wise Latina,” “Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” will sing about her road to the Supreme Court and the Gridiron also hears from some Rush Limbaugh faithfuls. “Joe Biden” tries to learn to shut his yap and “Blanche Lincoln” and “Mark Pryor” sing about how hard it is sometimes to be a good Democrat.
The GOP tea parties that were in the news last year will get an Alice in Wonderland treatment and Gridiron’s version of Indiana Jones will arrive to try to solve a mystery.
The cast will take on health care with the help of “Dr. Gregory House” of cable TV fame.
Everyone’s favorite backwoods couple, the Stufflebeams, return, along with Dr. Red Neck. The finale, Arkansas Idol, reflects American Idol Kris Allen’s victory as well as the loss of a pop icon – all the time satirizing state issues.
The cast features 30 local journalists and journalism students who will perform about 200 roles. Janine Parry, University of Arkansas political science professor and director of the Arkansas Poll, will emcee the show this year. As usual, the musical director is Emily Kaitz, a local singer and songwriter.
The program is presented in two 45-minute acts with a 20-minute intermission with finger foods and a cast met and greet. There will also be a cash bar.
The NWA Gridiron returned in 2004 after a 14-year hiatus, with the help of the Fayetteville branch of the American Association of University Women and the Rogers Little Theater, SPJ’s partners. SPJ will fund scholarships with its profits, AAUW will contribute its share to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, the AAUW scholarship at the University of Arkansas, and the AAUW Educational Foundation and Legal Advocacy Fund. The show will also benefit the RLT building fund. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

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