The curtain closes for Live On Stage in NWA. It has been a great 39 years of bringing entertainment to our area. Times change and there are many more wonderful options for entertainment now. Thank you to all our loyal sponsors and audiences.! You’re the greatest.
In 1976 Hobart Mossman invited a group of people to meet at the Country Club to discuss the possibility of planning subscription concerts. They felt Bella Vista, then a small retirement community, needed some decent live entertainment. With a donation of $10 from each council member a bank account was opened. Admission to the concerts would be by membership only. The performances were held in Riordan Hall, but early on there were too many members for the Hall, so a second night was planned. Performers were found by working with various agents and word of mouth. Each year one act from Arkansas was booked and the Arkansas Art Council presented a stipend for using Arkansas talent.
The Village Performing Arts Assn. had a board and members. Names were submitted and new board members were introduced at the last performance of the season after they were voted on by the members. At this performance the current president gave a short talk, and the secretary read the minutes of the last board meeting. They were then voted on and passed by the membership.
Finding talent proved to be difficult. A national agency became involved, but it was soon discovered that they were not fulfilling their obligations to their subscribers or members.
In 2003 the association changed its name to LIVE ON STAGE in NWA! And started using LIVE! ON STAGE, a new agency in Nashville, which seemed to have it all together.
At this time the membership idea was changed to patrons. In 2004 the performances were moved to the Arend Arts Center at Bentonville High School.
I joined the Board in 2002 and have served since then, with a rest in the middle. My husband Ken served two terms.