ignite the imagination





Tuck Everlasting, 2018. Photo: Emily Allen Photography


Come take flight with us. 

Based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas we are an arts organization focused on musical theatre. We reserve the right to do other types of theatre as well...we just REALLY like musical theatre.

This is theatre for everyone. 




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Hey, you… it’s Pilot Arts Season Two!



March 27-31,2019
Evening Shows (Wed-Sat): 7pm
Doors open at 6:30pm.

Saturday & Sunday Matinee at 2pm
Doors open at 1:30pm.

Arkansas Air & Military Museum
4290 S. School (71B by Drake Field)
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Tickets available at will call. Please bring a copy of your receipt or image from your phone.

Book by Bridget Carpenter
Writer of TV hits Friday Night Lights and Parenthood
Music and Lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey
Pulitzer Prize winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then

Directed/Choreographed by Missy Gipson
Music Directed by Rebecca McBride

A delightfully spunky musical! –VARIETY
‘Freaky Friday’ is both touching and hilarious! –THEATERMANIA


When a mom and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before the big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the two hit Disney movies, is a hilarious and heartfelt update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it takes to be a family when they experience each other’s lives first-hand for just one freaky Friday.

With a score by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then and a book from the writer of TV’s Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, Freaky Friday is a delightfully entertaining new musical for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family.


Freaky Friday runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

FREAKY FRIDAY is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

education. Let's learn.

First timers or seasoned veterans welcome.  Classes are usually held at Drake Field Airport, 4500 S. School Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701

KIDSTAGE: NINJA’S, The Musical! - Open to ages 8-14
CLASS RUNS JAN. 10 - FEB. 23, TUES + THUR, 4:15-5:30

Come be a part of the process of mounting a brand new, original kids musical! This is a class that is open to all youth ages 8-14. Students will meet twice a week and will culminate in a public production of "NINJAS". You will learn tools and techniques to create theatre together while helping shape a new show. You will give input and feedback and help give "NINJAS" the KIDSTAGE stamp of approval. Let's be real... who doesn't want to be in a musical about NINJA'S?! Sorry grownups, this one is for the kids. Show is scheduled to open February 22nd. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-5:30. Instructor/Director: Missy Gipson. Location: Drake Field Airport.

AUDRA BOCKSNICK: MA, Theatre, NYU. She spent time in London and Dublin studying Educational Theatre. She has served as Chapter Director of the Arkansas Chapter of the International Thespian Society and was head of the Alma High School Theatre Department for 8 years. She also has been to Disney World over 10 times. 

MISSY GIPSON: BA, Theatre, Lyon College. She played the role of Mary Shelley in the Off- Broadway production of Frankenstein: The Rock Musical at LaMaMa ETC, among various other roles in a cornucopia of shows.  She is also the Executive Director of the Young Actors Guild of Fort Smith where she won National Youth Arts Award for her direction of Les Miserables.  She is trying to break her addiction to Dr. Pepper.

ERIN HAGAR: BA, Theatre, University of the Ozarks. She recently was seen as Rosie in Pilot Arts production of Mamma Mia..  She served as costume designer for Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center, NY, as well as directing for Arts Live Theatre and the Young Actors Guild. She has a 4 year old named Sullivan and has been known to burst into random acts of singing. 



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Arkansas Air & Military Museum, Footloose, 2017

Arkansas Air & Military Museum, Footloose, 2017

Support Pilot Arts

Donations provide necessary support for all Pilot Arts productions and educational program expenses throughout the year. Ticket sales cover less than 60% of the cost of running our theatre company. Outside support from individuals, corporations, and foundations is absolutely necessary.

Every gift received is important to the future of Pilot Arts and to the actors, designers, directors, and technical staff of each production. All donations of $50 or more receive a "shout-out" in the playbill of each production for one calendar year.

Every Gift Matters

Each gift of $50-$250 supports set pieces and props

Each gift of $250-$500 funds a local orchestra musician

Each gift of $500-$1000 provides costumes for a performance

Each gift of $100-$1500 helps design and construct the set of a production

Each gift of $1500-$5000 invests in technical and production equipment for long-term use. 

Corporate Sponsorship

Each Pilot Arts performance allows for funding opportunities for area businesses and organizations to support our mission. An alliance with Pilot Arts connects your business with over 5,000 NWA residents annually - a diverse and well educated audience - individuals who are committed to supporting those who support the arts. 

Corporate Sponsors enjoy unique opportunities for business branding, client exposure, and community engagement while demonstrating a strong commitment to civic leadership. Opportunities begin at $1,000. Contact Missy for more information at 479.879.1034

Aviator's Circle

help the arts take flight

Our annual giving circle is designed to recognize our donors (individuals and businesses) who commit to support Pilot Arts on an annual basis of $500 or more. Visit for more information on how you can be a part of the Aviator's Circle and support Pilot Art's overall mission.