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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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 (upcoming events)

Auditions for FREAKY FRIDAY, The Musical

Casting "Freaky Friday," a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films. Open to ages Teen-Adult. We also have a few roles open for kids ages 8-10.

Saturday, Jan. 26th from 2-5 pm and Sunday, Jan. 27th from 2-5 pm. If you want to register for a time slot, we will have sign-ups from 1:15-1:45 each day. Registration stops promptly at 1:45. You do not need to register to audition, this is to accommodate work schedules. Location: Drake Field Airport, 4500 S. School Ave, Fayetteville, 72701. We are inside of the Drake Field terminal. You will see our signs inside. We also are next door to the Greenland Post Office.

About the show: The musical is a contemporary update of an American classic, in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience firsthand each other’s lives, if only for a day. Synopsis: When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before Mom’s big wedding.
Featuring a brand-new rock score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (“Next To Normal”), with a new book by Bridget Carpenter ("Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood"). Freaky Friday is a story that has resonated with generations, starting with the Mary Rodgers novel (1972), the first film starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster (1976), the second film starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan (2003), the Disney Channel original movie starring Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (2018), and now this new stage musical.

Sides will be provided. Prepare a song that shows your range from a contemporary musical OR any piece that you feel comfortable singing (musical or not). An accompanist will be provided so please bring sheet music, if not, a cappella is fine. A recent photo is appreciated and please be prepared to know your schedule to write down any conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.

1st rehearsal February 9, opens March 27, closes March 31, 2019. Performances are Wed, Thurs and Friday at 7pm,
Saturday at 2pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Rehearsal schedule will be evenings on Monday-Thursday and on Sunday afternoons. You will only be called for rehearsals when you are needed (how often you are called depends on the size of your role). We do understand people will have some conflicts so please be ready write those down on your audition form.

Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition for all roles. There are a variety of roles for Adults and Teens, and one or two younger roles.

Katherine Blake:
Female, 35-49 (or who can present this age). A single mother who runs her own catering business. Overprotective and Type A, she believes she can have it all by doing it all: event planning, designing, and catering her own perfect wedding. Must also portray Ellie in Katherine's body. Strong belter.

Ellie Blake:
Female, teenager. (Teen or an Adult 18+ who can present this age.) A rumpled, disorganized "everygirl." She is smart, funny, and passionate about her school's underground scavenger hunt, but sees herself as a "Whats-her-name," and easily forgotten, unlike her "perfect" mom. Must also portray Katherine in Ellie's body. Strong belter.

Fletcher Blake:
Male, 8-10, Katherine's eccentric son and Ellie's younger brother. He is a budding puppeteer who habitually annoys his sister (but secretly looks up to her). Must sing.

Mike Riley
35-49 (or who can present this age). Katherine's fiancé and a contractor by trade. A warm, reliable guy. He adores Katherine and her kids. Bari-Tenor.

Male, teen. (Older teen or Adult 18+ who can play teen). Love interest for Ellie. Slouchy and scruffy, he is a paragon of cool. Acts as the "“List Master"” of the school’s annual underground scavenger hunt. Tenor.

OKAY, THIS ENSEMBLE! IT IS SO FUN. Lots of fun dancing and singing. This is truly an ensemble show. You have tons of numbers. Okay, that is all… carry on.

Male Ensemble:
Adults 18+ and Teens of all ethnicities and ages. Seeking actors who sing. Each will play a variety of roles, which may include both teen and adult roles. Roles include: Grandpa Gordon, Louie Snaps- Photographer, Pastor Bruno, Mr. Blumen- High School teacher, Wells- High School student, Parker- High School student, Parker's Dad, Senor O'Brien- High School Spanish teacher, Officer Kowalski, Fish Vendor, Wedding Party, Students/Teachers.

Female Ensemble:
Adults 18+ and Teens of all ethnicities and ages. Seeking actors who sing. Each will play a variety of roles, which may include both teen and adult roles. Roles include: Torrey-Katherine's assistant, Savannah-high school student, Grandma Helene, Hannah- High School student, Gretchen- High School student, Ms. Meyers-High School teacher; Alexandra Daniel- Journalist, Adam's Mom, Savannah's Mom, Mrs. Luckenbill, Mrs. Time, Officer Sitz, Catering Waiter, Dr. Ehrin-School Counselor, Wedding Party, Students/Teachers.


Director/Choreographer: Missy Gipson
Music Director: Rebecca McBride
Conductor: Gini Law
Lighting Designer: Kathleen Schmidt
Scenic: Cari Humphry

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


An original musical for young, brave, (not so) deadly NINJA’S!
written by Chase and Missy Gipson
Show dates: February 22 @ 6:30 pm
February 23 @ 2:00 pm
Venue: Drake Field Airport -
4500 S School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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.

ADULT SONG LAB- Open to ages 18+
ENROLLMENT INFO., Tuition $115

CLASS RUNS JAN. 29 - MAR. 12, TUESDAY’S, 5:45-6:30 pm
Always wanted to brush up your vocal skills? Do you want to prepare a solo song for auditions
or personal growth? Come learn breathing and vocal techniques, work on song repertoire, gain tips on
interpreting a song, and learn ways to handle performance anxiety. You can bring in a song but the instructor
may also suggest songs that fit your voice. Peer group review. We will rotate which songs are worked on each
class. Accompanist provided. Instructor: 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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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.